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The Countdown

A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

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P.S.R. 1-120: Final Re-Ranking

With the season completely in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. I’m interested in hearing your suggestions: it took some time, but this is it.

The Top 25

1. Auburn (14-0, 8-0)
War Eagle.
2. T.C.U. (13-0, 8-0)
The Horned Frogs would have beaten Auburn last night.
3. Oregon (12-1, 9-0)
A very good, often great season.
4. Stanford (12-1, 8-1)
The Cardinal ended their season with eight straight wins.
5. Ohio State (12-1, 7-1)
For now, all is great; come September, there will be some holes.
6. Boise State (12-1, 7-1)
If the Broncos had defeated Nevada, a Rose Bowl berth awaited.
7. L.S.U. (11-2, 6-2)
The Tigers will get a lot of love heading into September.
8. Wisconsin (11-2, 7-1)
Almost, almost, almost: the Badgers nearly got past T.C.U.
9. Oklahoma (12-2, 6-2)
Like L.S.U., Oklahoma will be a hot name entering next season.
10. Nevada (13-1, 7-1)
The Wolf Pack conclude the finest season in program history.
11. Alabama (10-3, 5-3)
I’m not sure if another team looked better during bowl play.
12. Arkansas (10-3, 6-2)
They had a shot, but missteps cost the Razorbacks the Sugar Bowl.
13. Oklahoma State (11-2, 6-2)
The Cowboys end a fine year with an Alamo Bowl win.
14. Michigan State (11-2, 7-1)
Were the Spartans contenders or pretenders in 2010?
15. Virginia Tech (11-3, 8-0)
The loss to Stanford doesn’t detract from the winning streak.
16. Mississippi State (9-4, 4-4)
The future looks extremely bright under Dan Mullen.
17. Florida State (10-4, 6-2)
Likewise for the Seminoles and Jimbo Fisher — bright.
18. Missouri (10-3, 6-2)
A disappointing bowl loss, but another successful season.
19. Nebraska (10-4, 6-2)
The Cornhuskers cannot be happy with this Holiday Bowl.
20. U.C.F. (11-3, 7-1)
A rare occurrence: a winning even-numbered season for O’Leary.
21. Texas A&M (9-4, 6-2)
The six-game winning streak came to end against L.S.U.
22. Tulsa (10-3, 6-2)
A win over Hawaii ended the Todd Graham era at Tulsa.
23. South Carolina (9-5, 5-3)
Two ugly losses ended an otherwise pleasant campaign.
24. Utah (10-3, 7-1)
Ten wins, but not necessarily the prettiest season for the Utes.
25. Maryland (9-4, 5-3)
It was either Maryland or N.C. State here; I went with the former.

The Rest

26. N.C. State (9-4, 5-3)
27. Air Force (9-4, 5-3)
28. San Diego State (9-4, 5-3)
29. Iowa (8-5, 4-4)
30. Notre Dame (8-5, 0-0)
31. Hawaii (10-3, 7-1)
32. North Carolina (8-5, 4-4)
33. Florida (8-5, 4-4)
34. Northern Illinois (11-3, 8-0)
35. West Virginia (9-4, 5-2)
36. Miami (Ohio) (10-4, 7-1)
37. Navy (9-4, 0-0)
38. U.S.C. (8-5, 5-4)
39. South Florida (8-5, 3-4)
40. Pittsburgh (8-5, 5-2)
41. Penn State (7-6, 4-4)
42. Texas Tech (8-5, 3-5)
43. Connecticut (8-5, 5-2)
44. Syracuse (8-5, 4-3)
45. Arizona (7-6, 4-5)
46. Southern Mississippi (8-5, 5-3)
47. Washington (7-6, 5-4)
48. Fresno State (8-5, 5-3)
49. Northwestern (7-6, 3-5)
50. B.Y.U. (7-6, 5-3)
51. Temple (8-4, 5-3)
52. Illinois (7-6, 4-4)
53. Michigan (7-6, 3-5)
54. Miami (Fla.) (7-6, 5-3)
55. Georgia (6-7, 3-5)
56. Ohio (8-5, 6-2)
57. Boston College (7-6, 4-4)
58. Baylor (7-6, 4-4)
59. Kansas State (7-6, 3-5)
60. Army (7-6, 0-0)
61. Georgia Tech (6-7, 4-4)
62. Louisville (7-6, 3-4)
63. Tennessee (6-7, 3-5)
64. Clemson (6-7, 4-4)
65. S.M.U. (7-7, 6-2)
66. Troy (8-5, 6-2)
67. Florida International (7-6, 6-2)
68. Toledo (8-5, 7-1)
69. Kentucky (6-7, 2-6)
70. East Carolina (6-7, 5-3)
71. Oregon State (5-7, 4-5)
72. Arizona State (6-6, 4-5)
73. California (5-7, 3-6)
74. Iowa State (5-7, 3-5)
75. Houston (5-7, 4-4)
76. Western Michigan (6-6, 5-3)
77. Texas (5-7, 2-6)
78. Colorado (5-7, 2-6)
79. UTEP (6-7, 3-5)
80. Louisiana Tech (5-7, 4-4)
81. Purdue (5-7, 3-5)
82. Idaho (6-7, 3-5)
83. Marshall (5-7, 4-4)
84. U.C.L.A. (4-8, 2-7)
85. Middle Tennessee (6-7, 5-3)
86. Kent State (5-7, 4-4)
87. La.-Monroe (5-7, 4-4)
88. Cincinnati (4-8, 2-5)
89. Mississippi (4-8, 1-7)
90. Utah State (4-8, 2-6)
91. Indiana (5-7, 1-7)
92. Arkansas State (4-8, 4-4)
93. Virginia (4-8, 1-7)
94. Tulane (4-8, 2-6)
95. Ball State (4-8, 3-5)
96. Rutgers (4-8, 1-6)
97. Florida Atlantic (4-8, 3-5)
98. U.A.B. (4-8, 3-5)
99. Minnesota (3-9, 1-7)
100. Kansas (3-9, 1-7)
101. Rice (4-8, 3-5)
102. Washington State (2-10, 1-8)
103. Duke (3-9, 1-7)
104. Wake Forest (3-9, 1-7)
105. Vanderbilt (2-10, 1-7)
106. Central Michigan (3-9, 2-6)
107. Wyoming (3-9, 1-7)
108. North Texas (3-9, 3-5)
109. Bowling Green (2-10, 1-7)
110. Colorado State (3-9, 2-6)
111. New Mexico State (2-10, 1-7)
112. Eastern Michigan (2-10, 2-6)
113. U.N.L.V. (2-11, 2-6)
114. La.-Lafayette (3-9, 3-5)
115. Western Kentucky (2-10, 2-6)
116. San Jose State (1-12, 0-8)
117. Buffalo (2-10, 1-7)
118. Akron (1-11, 1-7)
119. New Mexico (1-11, 1-7)
120. Memphis (1-11, 0-8)

Previous rankings

Week 15 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 14 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 13 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 12 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 11 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 10 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 9 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 8 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 7 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 6 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 5 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 4 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Boise State, No. 1
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Comments

  1. Burnt Orange says:

    Thanks for a great job all season Paul. From #1 – #120, no one does a better job of covering the sport. Your efforts are much appreciated.

  2. jjtiller says:

    Oklahoma State won the Alamo Bowl

  3. schedule nit says:

    Unless TCU has some sort of magic anti-Fairly dust, I’d see them, like Oregon, being lucky to keep it within three touchdowns.

  4. huskyskins says:

    “The Holiday Bowl continues to be owned by the Big 12.”

    That’s funny, because Washington spanked Big 12 Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl less than two weeks ago.

    Paul: I know, I know. Great win by the Huskies. My mistake on the re-ranking.

  5. Matt Rob says:

    Do you think that LSU will continue to have Top-10 buzz next season should Les Miles depart for the dirty shores of Michigan?

  6. WEK says:

    Found your website for the first time this season, and have been a devoted follower throughout. Very nicely done! I look forward to next season

    WEK
    University of Utah ’06

  7. DMK says:

    Great work this year, Paul.

    We’ll all limp along until national signing day and then go into a long, long depression, relieved only by the inevitable and happy news that Auburn is vacating the whole season.

    Predictions for next year?: Texas plays better, Boise goes undefeated(ish), Alabama wins it all.

  8. Bob J says:

    The final Bob Rankings:

    1. Auburn, Stanford, TCU, Oregon, Ohio State, Boise State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama, LSU

    11. Wisconsin, Nevada, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Nebraska, Florida State, Texas A&M, West Virginia

    21. Northern Illinois, North Carolina State, Iowa, Central Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Florida, Hawaii, Utah, Maryland

    31. Pittsburgh, Air Force, Notre Dame, Tulsa, San Diego State, Illinois, Miami (FL), USC, Connecticut, North Carolina

    41. Navy, Arizona, South Florida, Texas Tech, Syracuse, Arizona State, Penn State, Louisville, Georgia, Temple

    51. Clemson, Kansas State, Baylor, Southern MIssissippi, Boston College, Michigan, Northwestern, Fresno State, Miami (OH), Oregon State

    61. BYU, Kentucky, Washington, California, Tennessee, Ohio, Troy, Army, Georgia Tech, Texas

    71. Western Michigan, Toledo, Florida International, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Houston, Colorado, SMU, Indiana, Mississippi

    81. Idaho, East Carolina, Purdue, Virginia, Louisiana Tech, Kent State, UCLA, Rutgers, UTEP, Utah State

    91. Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Duke, Marshall, Wake Forest, Louisiana-Monroe, Rice, Washington State, Central Michigan

    101. UAB, Wyoming, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Tulane, Ball State, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Western Kentucky

    111. Louisiana-Lafayette, Bowling Green, UNLV, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Akron, New Mexico, Memphis

    Thank you for your attention.

    Paul, thank you so much for keeping us informed.

  9. Duane Hoxit says:

    In listing Syracuse @ #44, while listing Washington @ # 47, I have 2 thoughts that should be obvious before making those choices, first look @ stength of schedules between those schools, (not even close), then look @ head to head.They played the second week of the season and WASHINGTON WON BY 21! Please pay closer attention before embarassing yourself for ignoring the facts!

  10. BocaRocket says:

    Ohio U gets beat by Toledo, Marshall, barely beats a bad Louisiana-Lafayette team in Athens and loses to Kent before getting blown out by Troy in New Orleans and the Bobcats are ranked in the 50′s?
    Likewise Temple fails to live up to their preseason hype and go nowhere. Al Golden goes 0-12 against winning MAC teams and fails to win anything major before departing for Coral Gables. Did Golden turn the former BE program around or were the Owls just able to win at a lower level of competition. Temple was able
    to get a few upset wins(ie:@Va Tech ’98 and Boston College ’99)even as a BE member.50′s ranking for Temple-no way.
    Btw, OU’s Frank Solich(0-3) has yet to beat Toledo. The last Bobcat win against the Rockets was 1988.
    That’s 12 straight losses for the Bobcats.

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