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2010 CFN Program Rankings - No. 4 Ohio State
Posted Aug 26, 2010

CFN's 2010 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis ... No. 4 Ohio State

Preview 2010 - No. 4 Ohio State

CFN Five-Year Program Analysis

2010 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis
- Bottom 20 | No. 81 to 100 | No. 61 to 80
- No. 41 to 60 | No. 21 to 40 | No. 11 to 20
- No. 10 Alabama | No. 9 Penn St | No. 8 Virginia Tech
- No. 7 Georgia | No. 6 LSU | No. 5 Oklahoma
- No. 4 Ohio State | No. 3 Texas | No. 2 Florida | No. 1 USC

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Every new coach realistically needs five years to make a program his. He doesn't always get that much time, often being asked to turn things around right away. Five years allow a coach to go through an entire recruiting cycle, get comfortable in the position, and implement everything he'd like to do. With that in mind, we have created our CFN Five-Year Program Analysis (it used to be three years, but we supersized it) highlighting off-the-field factors like the Academic Progress Report (do the players go to class) and the players drafted by the NFL (a huge selling point to recruits), to attendance (it pays the bills) and wins, wins, wins. On-field success ends up being all that matters, so that's where the focus lies. One note, the totals for each team might not add up because we have listed the total number of wins and losses for the categories, while the Bad Wins and Losses and Elite Wins and Losses might be scored differently (two home losses against 3-9 teams would be scored as a 3).

Quick Explanation of Scores
- Attendance: Home attendance average over the last five years divided by 10,000. Avg. Score: 4.37
- APR: The most recently released Academic Performance Rate. 90th to 100th percentile (best) gets a 10, 1st to 10th percentile (worst) gets a 1 Avg. Score: 5.84
- Quality Wins: Wins over FBS teams that finished with a winning record. Avg. Score: 9.62
- Total Wins: Wins over FBS teams. Avg. Score: 29.25
- Players Drafted: Number of players drafted. Avg. Score: 9.62
- Conference Win %: Conference winning percentage times 10. Avg. Score: 4.96
- Elite Win Score: Wins over FBS teams that finished with two losses or fewer, or on the road, at a neutral site, or in a bowl over teams that finished with three losses or fewer. Add an additional 0.5 for an Elite Win over a two-loss team on the road. Avg. Number: 1.25
- Bad Loss Score: Losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or any loss to a non-FBS team. Subtract each loss from the overall total. Subtract an additional 0.5 for each Bad Loss at home. Avg. Number: 2.03
- Elite Losses: Losses to teams that finished with two wins or fewer. Take 0.25 of the number. Avg. Number: 5.02
- Bad Wins: Wins over teams that finished with three wins or fewer or any win to a non-FBS team Avg. Number: 10.83

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4. Ohio State

2010 Total Score: 128.01
2009 Ranking: 5

Program Analysis: The Buckeyes got up to the No. 2 spot in 2004, but weren’t quite able to get over the hump. They’ll have to settle for being a permanent fixture in the top five.

Jim Tressel has created such a machine with such high expectations that is seemed like the world was going to collapse in Columbus after a road loss at Purdue last year. Ohio State never, ever, ever, ever loses to mediocre teams, that that defeat was seen as a possible signal that things were starting to slip. All OSU did was reel off six straight victories including Elite Wins over Penn State and Iowa, a blowout over Michigan, and a Rose Bowl win over Oregon.

Of the ten losses over the last five years, only the losses to Purdue and USC last year came against teams that didn’t end up in a BCS game, while the 52 FBS wins are the only beaten by USC, Texas, Florida and Boise State. The APR is fantastic, the Attendance Score will always be among the best, and winning 90% of conference games is the best mark of any BCS program over the last five years.

If everything goes according to plan, the Buckeyes should have yet another monster season, they should be back into another BCS game, and they could potential make another move up and get into the top three next year.

Attendance Score: 10.51
2005: 105,017
2006: 105,096
2007: 105,110
2008: 104,976
2009: 105,261

APR Score: 9

Draft: 31
2006: LB A.J. Hawk, DB Donte Whitner, LB Bobby Carpenter, WR Santonio Holmes, C Nick Mangold, DB Ashton Youboty, LB Anthony Schlegel, DB Nate Salley, OG Rob Sims
2007: WR Ted Ginn, WR Anthony Gonzalez, DT Quinn Pitcock, RB Antonio Pittman, DE Jay Richardon, WR Roy Hall, QB Troy Smith, C Doug Datish
2008: DE Vernon Gholston, LB Larry Grant, OT Kirk Barton
2009: DB Malcolm Jenkins, RB Chris Wells, LB James Laurinaitis, WR Brian Robiskie, DB Donald Washington, WR Brian Hartline, LB Marcus Freeman
2010: LB Thaddeus Gibson, DE Doug Worthington, S Kurt Coleman, LB Austin Spitler

FBS Wins: 52

Quality Wins: 26
2005: Miami Univ., Iowa, at Minnesota, Northwestern, at Michigan, Notre Dame
2006: Northern Illinois, at Texas, Cincinnati, Penn State, Michigan
2007: at Purdue, Michigan State, at Penn State, Wisconsin, at Michigan
2008: Troy, Minnesota, at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, at Northwestern
2009: Navy, Wisconsin, at Penn State, Iowa, Oregon (Rose Bowl)

Elite Wins: 6.5
2005: Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl)
2006: at Texas, Michigan
2007: None
2008: None
2009: at Penn State, Iowa, Oregon (Rose Bowl)

Bad Losses: 0

Elite Losses: 7
2005: Texas, at Penn State
2006: Florida (BCS Championship)
2007: LSU (BCS Championship)
2008: at USC, Penn State, Texas (Fiesta Bowl)
2009: None

Bad Wins: 9
2005: Illinois
2006: at Illinois
2007: Youngstown State, at Minnesota, Kent State
2008: Youngstown State, Michigan
2009: Illinois, New Mexico State

Conf. Score: 9.00
2005: 7-1
2006: 8-0
2007: 7-1
2008: 7-1
2009: 7-1