2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings

2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings

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2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings

2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings


Which college programs have been the strongest lately and which struggled? Welcome to the 2017 CFN Five-Year Analysis of all the programs and where they stand. 


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Where do all the college football programs rank overall after what they’ve accomplished on and off the field over the last five years?

The academics matter, and the attendance is a really big deal for the bottom line, but in the end, it’s all about three things: wins, wins, and wins.

Win, and everything takes care of itself.

Created almost two decades ago, the CFN Five-Year Program Analysis takes a look at several different factors to see who’s doing the best job.

Miami ruled the rankings in the early 1990s, Florida and Nebraska stepped up for a stretch, USC dominated for a while, and now you can probably guess some of the big names up top.

How are the rankings determined?

FBS Wins: Victories over FBS teams – no credit given for scheduling an FCS program.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By FBS Wins | By Conference

Attendance Score: This is what funds everything else. It’s the average of the attendance divided by 1,000 for the score – average 21,698 fans per game over five years, get a score of 2.17.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Attendance | By Conference

Quality Wins: Wins over FBS teams that finished with winning records.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Quality Wins | By Conference

Elite Wins: Wins over FBS teams that finished with two losses or fewer, or on the road over teams that finished with three losses or fewer. An extra 0.5 added for a win over a two-loss team on the road. Bowls count, too.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Elite Wins | By Conference

Bad Losses: Losses to FCS teams or to FBS teams that finished with three losses or fewer. An extra 0.5 taken away from a Bad Loss at home.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Bad Losses | By Conference

Bad Wins Score: Wins over FCS teams or to FBS teams that finished with three losses or fewer. Score is -0.25 per Bad Win.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Bad Wins | By Conference

Elite Loss Score: Losses to teams that finished a season with two losses or fewer. Score is +0.25 per Elite Loss.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Elite Losses | By Conference

Conference Win %: Self-explanatory. Total records are taken from independent teams.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By League Win % | By Conference

Draft Score: How many players were drafted by the NFL? Score is half the number of players drafted.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By Draft | By Conference

APR Score: The Academic Progress Rate. Score determined by an average of the last five years devised by 100.
Ranking Programs 1-130 By APR | By Conference

CFN Preview 2017: Team Previews, Rankings, Features

CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings

130. Massachusetts

FBS Wins: 9
Attendance Score: 1.37
Quality Wins: 0
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 10.5
Bad Wins Score: 1.5
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.205
Drafted Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.364
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 10.19

Analysis: With just nine wins over FBS teams over the last five years, a 10.5 Bad Loss score, and not enough butts in the seats, it’s been a rough five-year run.
2017 UMass Preview

129. Charlotte

FBS Wins: 4
Attendance Score: 1.15
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 4.5
Bad Wins Score: 1
Elite Losses Score: 0
Conference Win %: 0.188
Drafted Score: 0
APR Score: 9.513
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 10.35

Analysis: Early on in the program’s life at the FBS level, it’s going to be a while before it hits its stride. The four FBS wins are the fewest by anyone outside of newbie Coastal Carolina, the attendance isn’t there yet, and the overall victories need to start coming.
2017 Charlotte Preview

128. New Mexico State

FBS Wins: 8
Attendance Score: 1.39
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 8.5
Bad Wins Score: 1.75
Elite Losses Score: 0.25
Conference Win %: 0.190
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 0.294
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 10.38

Analysis: The Aggies just didn’t win enough, and now they have one more year in the FBS world. It’s been a struggle to make any sort of noise, there haven’t been enough big victories to rally around.
2017 New Mexico State Preview

127. Coastal Carolina

FBS Wins: 0
Attendance Score: 1.37
Quality Wins: 0
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 0
Elite Losses Score: 0
Conference Win %: 0.773
Drafted Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.590
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 12.69

Analysis: The wins don’t show up yet since 2017 will be the first season in the FCS world for the program. However, before being an FCS independent, it was a power program in the Big South. The big key going forward, along with the wins, will be the attendance.
2017 Coastal Carolina Preview

126. Georgia State

FBS Wins: 8
Attendance Score: 1.37
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 10
Bad Wins Score: 1.5
Elite Losses Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.311
Drafted Score: 1
APR Score: 9.798
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 14.01

Analysis: It hasn’t been an easy start to FCS life for the Panthers, but with a new stadium, a new coaching staff, and a renewed effort, the production should start coming. Being better in Sun Belt play would be a nice start.
2017 Georgia State Preview

125. Army

FBS Wins: 15
Attendance Score: 3.28
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 14
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.311
Drafted Score: 0
APR Score: 9.798
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 15.39

Analysis: It’s all starting to change. The Black Knights came up with a big 2016 season, and it looks like things are turning around – finally. There won’t be anything on the draft score, but the APR is great and the wins will start coming.
2017 Army Preview

124. Eastern Michigan

FBS Wins: 11
Attendance Score: 0.91
Quality Wins: 2
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 8.5
Bad Wins Score: 1.5
Elite Losses Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.175
Drafted Score: 1
APR Score: 9.422
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 15.76

Analysis: The MAC’s free space for a long, long, long time, EMU came up with a big 2016 season to potentially change all of that. With an 8.5 Bad Loss score and miserable attendance, there hasn’t been a lot to make up for the lack of wins.
2017 Eastern Michigan Preview

123. Kansas

FBS Wins: 5
Attendance Score: 3.33
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 1.25
Elite Losses Score: 2.25
Conference Win %: 0.067
Drafted Score: 2
APR Score: 9.482
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 16.88

Analysis: By far, the biggest disaster among the Power Five programs, the Jayhawks have a pathetic five wins over FBS teams over the last five seasons. Even worse has been the conference play, winning fewer than 10% of their Big 12 games.
2017 Kansas Preview

122. UAB

FBS Wins: 8
Attendance Score: 0.95
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 2
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.292
Drafted Score: 1
APR Score: 9.430
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 16.92

Analysis: Welcome back. Having a few years off obviously kills the overall score, but even so, the Blazers aren’t at rock bottom. The eight wins before going into a coma helped, but the people have to start showing up – the attendance has to be there.
2017 UAB Preview

121. FIU

FBS Wins: 15
Attendance Score: 1.46
Quality Wins: 0
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 8.5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.325
Drafted Score: 2
APR Score: 9.340
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 17.88

Analysis: Even with 15 FBS wins over the last five years, the Golden Panthers are still way low down the rankings after struggling way too much in conference play and with too many bad losses. Enter Butch Davis to change it all around.
2017 FIU Preview

119. Idaho

FBS Wins: 14
Attendance Score: 1.26
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.286
Drafted Score: 0
APR Score: 9.094
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 19.89

Analysis: Just as it’s become time for Idaho to get into a new world outside of the Sun Belt, it’s becoming more interesting and more productive. The 14 FBS wins might not be all that great, but it could’ve been a whole lot worse – 2016’s bowl-winning season kept the ranking from being a whole lot uglier.
2017 Idaho Preview

120. Miami Univ.

FBS Wins: 12
Attendance Score: 1.60
Quality Wins: 2
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.325
Drafted Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.660
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 20.08

Analysis: Until the midway point of last season, it looked like the RedHawks would be flirting with the bottom of this list. The winning streak and the run to a bowl game changed all of that, but the conference wins have to keep on coming.
2017 Miami University Preview

118. UNLV

FBS Wins: 14
Attendance Score: 1.72
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.25
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.325
Drafted Score: 0
APR Score: 9.356
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 21.40

Analysis: What’s the problem? UNLV seems like it’s been this close to turning things around for several years, but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Getting players good enough to get to the NFL would be nice, but like everyone else this low, the team has to start winning.
2017 UNLV Preview

117. UTEP

FBS Wins: 19
Attendance Score: 2.65
Quality Wins: 0
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 6.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 0
Conference Win %: 0.325
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.504
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 22.98

Analysis: It’s been a rough run for the program, even with 19 wins over FBS teams. The problems in conference play are to blame for the low score. Beat more of the bad teams in the league, boost up the ranking.
2017 UTEP Preview

116. Hawaii

FBS Wins: 14
Attendance Score: 2.72
Quality Wins: 2
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 4.5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.200
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.658
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 23.33

Analysis: Nick Rolovich appears to be the answer. The Rainbow Warriors look like they’re going to be fun and exciting again with more offense and more wins. Now they have to win more than 20% of their games on a regular basis in the Mountain West.
2017 Hawaii Preview

115. Akron

FBS Wins: 19
Attendance Score: 1.29
Quality Wins: 1
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 4.5
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Losses Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.375
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.410
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 24.83

Analysis: The Zips have had their moments under Terry Bowden, but there’s only been one win over a team that finished with one win over a team that finished with a winning record.
2017 Akron Preview

114. Texas State

FBS Wins: 17
Attendance Score: 1.88
Quality Wins: 2
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3.5
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.297
Drafted Score: 1
APR Score: 9.528
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 25.20

Analysis: It’s going to take a little while. The Bobcats are undergoing an overhaul, and it’s been painful – at least it was last season. Winning fewer than 30% of the conference games has been the issue – they have to win the winnable.
2017 Texas State Preview

113. Tulane

FBS Wins: 15
Attendance Score: 2.17
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 4
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.275
Drafted Score: 2
APR Score: 9.674
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 26.62

Analysis: Can the Green Wave find a groove under head coach Willie Fritz? The attendance isn’t awful, and the APR is strong, but winning under 28% of Conference USA games has been a killer.
2017 Tulane Preview

112. Florida Atlantic

FBS Wins: 16
Attendance Score: 1.40
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.325
Drafted Score: 2
APR Score: 9.412
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 27.63

Analysis: This is still a young football program trying to find its footing in the world. Can Lane Kiffin provide any sort of stability? That might be asking for a lot, but at least he should be able to bring in more wins – and stop losing to the bad teams.
2017 Florida Atlantic Preview

111. Buffalo

FBS Wins: 20
Attendance Score: 1.85
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5.5
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Losses Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.410
Drafted Score: 2
APR Score: 9.504
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 28.76

Analysis: It seems like a million years ago when Buffalo was a player in the MAC race under Turner Gill. The 20 FBS wins aren’t bad compared to the other teams this low, but the 5.5 Bad Loss Score is a disaster.
2017 Buffalo Preview

110. Purdue

FBS Wins: 11
Attendance Score: 4.00
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2
Elite Losses Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.146
Drafted Score: 3
APR Score: 9.634
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 28.78

Analysis: When you go 3-33 in four years of conference play, things aren’t going well. The Boilermakers need new head man Jeff Brohm to change things around in a huge way – they’ve beaten just one team that finished with a winning record over the last five years.
2017 Purdue Preview

109. SMU

FBS Wins: 17
Attendance Score: 2.13
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3.5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.350
Drafted Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.464
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 28.94

Analysis: It’s been a long time – and a hard time – trying to make SMU a factor again. The program has been better and more competitive, but it hasn’t been enough of a factor in the American Athletic. Wins have to overcome the Attendance Score.
2017 SMU Preview

108. Southern Miss

FBS Wins: 17
Attendance Score: 2.56
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.325
Drafted Score: 2.5
APR Score: 9.486
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 29.12

Analysis: The ranking should shoot up over the next few years when a miserable run gets pushed aside – at least that’s the hope. The conference record should be far, far better now that the Golden Eagles are winning again.
2017 Southern Miss Preview

107. Old Dominion

FBS Wins: 20
Attendance Score: 2.01
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.75
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.659
Drafted Score: 0
APR Score: 9.468
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 29.64

Analysis: It’s all starting to kick in. The attendance and a few bad losses hurt, and there are too many bad wins, the wins are going to keep piling up as the Monarchs become bigger Conference USA players. They won’t be this low for long.
2017 Old Dominion Preview

106. Kent State

FBS Wins: 19
Attendance Score: 1.44
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.410
Drafted Score: 1
APR Score: 9.522
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 29.87

Analysis: Get ready for the Golden Flashes to take a tumble if they don’t come up with a shockingly decent 2017. The wins aren’t going to be there – the 11-win 2012 season won’t count towards next year’s rankings.
2017 Kent State Preview

105. Connecticut

FBS Wins: 16
Attendance Score: 2.96
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 7.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Losses Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.282
Drafted Score: 5
APR Score: 9/638
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 30.63

Analysis: The Randy Edsall run – Part 2 – needs to turn this around in a hurry. With just 16 FBS wins over the last five years – and with way too many losses against the weak and the sad – the Huskies have fallen in a big way since Edsall left for Maryland.
2017 Connecticut Preview

104. ULM

FBS Wins: 21
Attendance Score: 1.71
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Losses Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.436
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.580
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 30.72

Analysis: The lack of attendance compared to most of the other FBS schools, and the absence of too many big wins over good teams, have pushed the Warhawks down on the list. They need to start winning more than half of their Sun Belt games.
2017 ULM Preview

103. Iowa State

FBS Wins: 15
Attendance Score: 5.44
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5.5
Bad Wins Score: 1.75
Elite Losses Score: 2.5
Conference Win %: 0.200
Drafted Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.508
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 31.90

Analysis: It’s been hard to get this whole thing going. Fortunately for the Cyclones, Kansas has been the Big 12’s biggest issue, but it’s still been a rough run. ISU has only won 20% of its conference games over the last five years, and there are way too many Bad Losses.
2017 Iowa State Preview

102. North Texas

FBS Wins: 20
Attendance Score: 1.85
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 4
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.375
Drafted Score: 0
APR Score: 9.676
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 32.16

Analysis: A good 2016 helped to bump up the ranking. While 20 FBS wins might not seem like much, they matter. The seven Quality Wins are a big deal, too – they’re the most among the teams in the top 30.
2017 North Texas Mean Green

101. Nevada

FBS Wins: 25
Attendance Score: 2.26
Quality Wins: 2
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 4.5
Elite Losses Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.450
Drafted Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.466
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 32.17

Analysis: The Wolf Pack should be far better than this. The 25 FBS wins are decent, but the big Bad Loss score is crushing. The lack of drafted players doesn’t help, and the mediocre APR is just enough to keep the program out of the top 100.
2017 Nevada Preview

100. Wyoming

FBS Wins: 21
Attendance Score: 1.65
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 0.25
Conference Win %: 0.385
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.414
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 32.91

Analysis: There might not be a whole lot of FBS wins – just 20 – but six of them are Quality Wins – that helps offset all the Bad Losses. Getting five players drafted is enough of a differentiating factor to get into the top 100.
2017 Wyoming Preview

99. South Alabama

FBS Wins: 21
Attendance Score: 1.65
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 0.25
Conference Win %: 0.385
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.414
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 33.20

Analysis: While there aren’t enough Sun Belt wins, they have one of the few Elite Wins – at San Diego State in 2015 – among the lower teams in the rankings. Along with seven Quality Wins, that’s just enough to get into the top 100.
2017 South Alabama Preview

98. Georgia Southern

FBS Wins: 21
Attendance Score: 1.80
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Losses Score: 0.5
Conference Win % 0.700
Drafted Score: 2.5
APR Score: 9.426
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 34.17

Analysis: The program might have taken a wee bit of a dip over the last few seasons, but the Sun Belt wins have been there and the option attack has done enough to get by in the conference. Watch for the ranking to go through the roof next year – the 2012 FCS season will go away in the formula.
2017 Georgia Southern Preview

97. Wake Forest

FBS Wins: 17
Attendance Score: 2.75
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Losses Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.250
Drafted Score: 2
APR Score: 9.692
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 34.20

Analysis: It could’ve been a whole lot worse, but a breakthrough 2016 season finally got the program some wins. Winning 25% of ACC games dropped the Demon Decons low, and the Attendance Score doesn’t help.
2017 Wake Forest Preview

96. Virginia

FBS Wins: 131
Attendance Score: 4.31
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 1.5
Elite Losses Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.225
Drafted Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.648
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 34.43

Analysis: Not winning conference games killed the Cavalier score, but an okay Attendance Score – compared to Wake Forest, for example – helped. Getting seven players drafted help, but the mere 13 FBS hurts.
2017 Virginia Preview

95. Illinois

FBS Wins: 15
Attendance Score: 4.36
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Losses Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.195
Drafted Score: 4
APR Score: 9.712
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 35.26

Analysis: A strong APR score is a wee bit of a difference-maker, and getting eight players drafted is impressive. However, the Fighting Illini haven’t done too much in Big Ten play, winning fewer than 20% of their conference games. Lovie has a lot of work to do.
2017 Illinois Preview

94. UTSA

FBS Wins: 23
Attendance Score: 2.46
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Losses Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.526
Drafted Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.538
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 35.77

Analysis: Being in the 90s might not be all that great, but it’s not horrible for a program that’s starting to find its groove. The 23 FBS wins are impressive, but there can’t be any more Bad Losses. It’s a program with a world of upside – it’s all just getting started.
2017 UTSA Preview

93. New Mexico

FBS Wins: 24
Attendance Score: 2.23
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.375
Draft Score: 0
APR Score: 9.496
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 36.35

Analysis: Finally, things are starting to work under Bob Davie. The Mountain West wins are starting to come, but the Lobos have only won %38 of their conference games over the last five years. Now they have to start beating the bigger boys.
2017 New Mexico Preview

92. Kentucky

FBS Wins: 16
Attendance Score: 5.63
Quality Wins: 3
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.25
Elite Loss Score: 2.25
Conference Win %: 0.200
Draft Score: 2.5
APR Score: 9.466
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 36.80

Analysis: Did the Wildcats turn a corner last season with their bowl appearance? The Attendance Score helped them from sinking further in the rankings, but the mere 15 wins and 20% SEC winning clip are too lousy to overcome.
2017 Kentucky Preview

91. Troy

FBS Wins: 25
Attendance Score: 1.97
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.25
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.487
Draft Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.362
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 37.07

Analysis: One big 2016 later, and Troy isn’t among the bottom-feeders. The Trojans aren’t going to have a strong Attendance Score, and the APR and Draft scores don’t help, but winning 25 games with six Quality Wins are just enough to be get close to the 80s.
2017 Troy Preview

90. Colorado

FBS Wins: 18
Attendance Score: 4.15
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.244
Draft Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.588
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 37.98

Analysis: Winning the Pac-12 South last season didn’t do enough to get by a slew of awful years. The Buffs have only won 24% of their conference games, and the big wins aren’t there to provide a boost. The hope – obviously – is for 2016 to be a springboard.
2017 Colorado Preview

CFN Preview 2017: Team Previews, Rankings, Features

89. Ball State

FBS Wins: 27
Attendance Score: 1.06
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.500
Draft Score: 1
APR Score: 9.550
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 39.61

Analysis: The Attendance Score is a painful anchor, and there are only six Quality Wins, but the Cardinals have won half of their MAC games. The 27 FBS wins are just enough to move up into the top 90.
2017 Ball State Preview

88. Central Michigan

FBS Wins: 27
Attendance Score: 1.57
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 6
Bad Wins Score: 4.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.575
Draft Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.534
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 39.93

Analysis: There have been a few issues, but the Chippewas have managed to crank out an okay ranking. There are still just 27 FBS wins – the program is used to doing a lot more – the Bad Loss score is a disaster, and the Attendance Score is a problem.
2017 Central Michigan Preview

87. USF

FBS Wins: 24
Attendance Score: 3.47
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 4
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.487
Draft Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.672
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 41.38

Analysis: There were several rough years leading to the 2016 breakthrough. The Bulls have just seven FBS wins from 2012-2014, and the Bad Loss score stings. The draft and APR scores are solid, but it’s all about getting more wins – USF will be a lot higher than this soon.
2017 South Florida Preview

86. Appalachian State

FBS Wins: 26
Attendance Score: 2.44
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 0.25
Conference Win %: 0.750
Draft Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.606
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 42.30

Analysis: The Mountaineers have stepped up in the FBS world, growing into a terrific Sun Belt power. It took a little while to build the program back up, but the ranking should go through the roof over the next two years – ASU doesn’t get credit for FBS wins in 2012 and 2013.
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85. Boston College

FBS Wins: 20
Attendance Score: 3.33
Quality Wins: 8
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.275
Draft Score: 5.5
APR Score: 9.804
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 42.66

Analysis: Years of stinking it up in the ACC prove costly. The Eagles have had 11 players drafted, the APR is fantastic, and the wins are starting to pick up, but winning 28% of the ACC games destroys the overall score.
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84. Rutgers

FBS Wins: 24
Attendance Score: 4.78
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 5
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 2.5
Conference Win %: 0.300
Draft Score: 5
APR Score:
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 43.34

Analysis: It’s going to be a while before the Scarlet Knights can make a lot of noise in the Big Ten. Life before making the jump wasn’t bad, and building up 24 FBS wins is okay when combined with the great APR, but it’s going to get ugly over the next few years.
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83. Tulsa

FBS Wins: 30
Attendance Score: 1.97
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.500
Draft Score: 0
APR Score: 9.380
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 43.85

Analysis: A horrible 2013 and a worse 2014 dragged down the ranking, but nine FBS wins last year and ten in 2012 help the ranking from sinking any lower. The Attendance Score and Bad Losses don’t help, but the 30 FBS wins are the most by anyone in the bottom 50.
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82. Indiana

FBS Wins: 21
Attendance Score: 4.36
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 2.5
Conference Win %: 0.293
Draft Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.746
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 43.90

Analysis: It’s getting better – and Kevin Wilson helped. He turned the program around, but now the Hoosiers have to keep winning without him. The 21 FBS wins aren’t good enough, and winning fewer than 30% of the Big Ten games stinks, but again, it’s getting better.
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81. Maryland

FBS Wins: 23
Attendance Score: 4.16
Quality Wins: 4
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 1.75
Elite Loss Score: 2.5
Conference Win %: 0.317
Draft Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.642
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 44.37

Analysis: The Terps have been okay, but winning just 32% of their conference games keeps them from being anything more than mediocre in the rankings. The attendance needs to be better, the APR could be stronger, and more draft picks would be nice, but head coach D.J. Durkin appears to be improving things in a hurry.
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80. Temple

FBS Wins: 29
Attendance Score: 2.88
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 4
Bad Wins Score: 4.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.538
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.676
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 44.59

Analysis: There was a time not all that long ago when Temple was flirting with the bottom of these rankings. The Owls have become a major success story with 29 FBS wins, turning into a major player in the American Athletic. The ranking will only get better – they won just five FBS games from 2012-2013.
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79. Middle Tennessee

FBS Wins: 33
Attendance Score: 1.77
Quality Wins: 5
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.75
Elite Loss Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.700
Draft Score: 1
APR Score: 9.748
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 44.71

Analysis: Consistently okay, Middle Tennessee has won 70% of its conference game over the last five years – the 33 FBS wins are the most by anyone ranked 68th or lower – but the bad Attendance Score and lack of Quality Wins keeps the score from getting higher.
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78. California

FBS Wins: 18
Attendance Score: 4.97
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.267
Draft Score: 6.5
APR Score: 9.504
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 45.24

Analysis: There were plenty of fireworks and lots of fun at times under Sonny Dykes, but the wins didn’t follow. The 18 FBS victories were tied with Colorado for the fewest among the top 90 teams, winning just 27% of its Pac-12 games.
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77. Rice

FBS Wins: 31
Attendance Score: 1.97
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.525
Draft Score: 2
APR Score: 9.770
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 45.26

Analysis: Even with just two FBS wins last season and four the year before, the Owls aren’t all that far down thanks to the ten FBS victories in 2013. The APR is fantastic, but there aren’t enough wins over good teams to overcome the Attendance Score.
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76. Washington State

FBS Wins: 25
Attendance Score: 3.03
Quality Wins: 10
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 6
Bad Wins Score: 2.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.465
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.532
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 45.53

Analysis: Bad Losses, Bad Losses, Bad Losses. The Cougars have won 25 FBS games over the last five years, and the ten Quality Wins are strong. but the giant Bad Loss score drops them at least ten spots.
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75. San Jose State

FBS Wins: 25
Attendance Score: 1.46
Quality Wins: 10
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 2
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.500
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.654
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 45.86

Analysis: Unless there’s a minor miracle this season, the Spartans won’t be here for long. The ten FBS wins of 2012 will be off the books next year, and that’ll be a problem – the other scores will sink them like a stone.
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74. Syracuse

FBS Wins: 21
Attendance Score: 3.63
Quality Wins: 9
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.359
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.664
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 46.40

Analysis: It’s been a rough run for the Orange with just 21 FBS wins – the fewest of anyone in the top 75 – while coming up with victories in just 36% of their ACC games. There aren’t any Bad Losses, but the fans have to start coming back and it’s about wins, wins, wins.
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73. Oregon State

FBS Wins: 23
Attendance Score: 4.05
Quality Wins: 9
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.333
Draft Score: 6
APR Score: 9.516
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 47.89

Analysis: Winning just 33% of the time in the Pac-12 is too much to overcome. Getting 12 players drafted is the saving grace to help overcome the lack of overall victories. The Beavers need a big season with a strong 2012 not counting in next year’s rankings.
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72. East Carolina

FBS Wins: 30
Attendance Score: 4.46
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 5
Elite Loss Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.550
Draft Score: 1
APR Score: 9.452
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 48.22

Analysis: With just six FBS wins over the last two years. ECU is in desperate need of a big turnaround. The ten victories in 2013 help, but the horrible APR and the low Draft Score aren’t helping the cause.
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71. Western Michigan

FBS Wins: 30
Attendance Score: 1.82
Quality Wins: 11
Elite Wins: 1.5
Bad Losses: 6
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.575
Draft Score: 2.5
APR Score: 9.584
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 48.48

Analysis: The massive run to the Cotton Bowl last year bailed out the program that came up with just one FBS win in 2013. The Draft Score from this year improved the ranking, and the 11 Quality Wins were solid – again, helped by 2016.
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70. Louisiana

FBS Wins: 32
Attendance Score: 2.33
Quality Wins: 10
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 3.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.25
Elite Loss Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.667
Draft Score: 1
APR Score: 9.528
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 48.52

Analysis: The Ragin’ Cajuns have been terrific in Sun Belt play, but after winning eight FBS games in each year from 2012 to 2014, they won just eight over the last two seasons. The Bad Losses hurt, there’s almost nothing from the Draft Score, and the APR stinks.
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69. Fresno State

FBS Wins: 25
Attendance Score: 3.14
Quality Wins: 8
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 1.5
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.525
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.488
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 48.66

Analysis: Uh oh. Yeah, Jeff Tedford should bring the bark back to the Bulldogs, but after coming up with 18 FBS wins in 2012 and 2013, winning two in 2015 and none last year will be a mega-problem in the rankings. Without a huge 2017, the ranking will crash.
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68. Colorado State

FBS Wins: 32
Attendance Score: 2.34
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.600
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.508
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 49.20

Analysis: The Rams have been steady enough to be in the middle of the pack, but it would be nice to be occasionally sensational. They have a decent seven Quality Wins and the one Elite Win – at San Diego State last year – but it’s time to start being a bigger Mountain West player.
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67. Ohio

FBS Wins: 33
Attendance Score: 2.11
Quality Wins: 8
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 5.25
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.575
Draft Score: 2
APR Score: 9.558
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 49.49

Analysis: The perennial player in the MAC East. Ohio has been stunningly okay in conference winning percentage. However, with 33 FBS wins and eight Quality Wins, it’s got a nice base of numbers to build on.
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66. Air Force

FBS Wins: 31
Attendance Score: 2.97
Quality Wins: 11
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 3
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.525
Draft Score: 0
APR Score: 9.824
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 49.82

Analysis: Amazing over the last three years, the Falcons are brought down in the rankings by the one FBS win in 2013. The APR is fantastic, and the 11 Quality Wins are great, but it’ll take a few years to push past the one clunker season.
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65. Vanderbilt

FBS Wins: 26
Attendance Score: 3.42
Quality Wins: 8
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.350
Draft Score: 4
APR Score: 9.824
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 49.85

Analysis: The 2016 bowl season helped after winning just five FBS games in the previous two years. The APR is amazing, but winning 35% of the SEC games is a problem – even with 16 FBS wins in 2012-2013. The other big issue? The mediocre Attendance Score.
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64. Memphis

FBS Wins: 31
Attendance Score: 3.36
Quality Wins: 10
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 4
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.550
Draft Score: 2.5
APR Score: 9.522
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 50.18

Analysis: The Tigers are getting better and better. There might not be a slew of amazing wins, but ten Quality Wins are strong, while a good run over the last few years helped boost the resume up to 31 FBS wins – 24 in the last three.
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63. Texas Tech

FBS Wins: 27
Attendance Score: 5.77
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.378
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.394
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 50.30

Analysis: It hasn’t been fun. The Red Raiders came up with seven FBS wins in both 2012 and 2013, and just 13 over the last three seasons, winning just 38% of their Big 12 games. The APR stinks, and there are just seven Quality Wins.
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62. Cincinnati

FBS Wins: 35
Attendance Score: 3.21
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 2
Bad Wins Score: 4.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.590
Draft Score: 2
APR Score: 9.584
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 51.88

Analysis: The three FBS wins of last year are going to be an anchor after so many strong seasons. There were only seven Quality Wins, but the 35 FBS wins were enough to keep Cincinnati out of the bottom half of the rankings.
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61. NC State

FBS Wins: 27
Attendance Score: 5.52
Quality Wins: 6
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.325
Draft Score: 5
APR Score: 9.566
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 52.16

Analysis: The 27 FBS wins are way low among teams in the top 70, and the six Quality Wins aren’t nearly enough. But the Draft and Attendance Scores keep the Wolfpack from dropping too low. However the two FBS wins of 2013 are still a problem.
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60. Bowling Green

FBS Wins: 36
Attendance Score: 1.62
Quality Wins: 7
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 5.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.700
Draft Score: 0.5
APR Score: 9.576
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 52.65

Analysis: Being a major player in the MAC title chase for a few years, Bowling Green built up a massive base or wins and have been amazing in conference play. There aren’t a lot of Quality Wins, but the 36 FBS victories are strong.
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59. Marshall

FBS Wins: 36
Attendance Score: 2.57
Quality Wins: 9
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 5
Elite Loss Score: 0.25
Conference Win %: 0.650
Draft Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.586
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 54.55

Analysis: Just imagine what the Thundering Herd would do in these rankings if they didn’t stink it up last season. After winning 30 FBS games over three years, they came up with just two last season. The attendance isn’t all that bad for Conference USA teams, but the APR could be better.
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58. Duke

FBS Wins: 36
Attendance Score: 2.76
Quality Wins: 9
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.75
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.475
Draft Score: 2
APR Score: 9.920
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 54.90

Analysis: The Blue Devils put together some nice nine FBS-win seasons in 2012 and 2013, but the rough 2016 season brought the score down. The Attendance Score will always be lousy, and and the APR will always be fantastic. The wins need to crank up again.
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57. Louisiana Tech

FBS Wins: 37
Attendance Score: 2.12
Quality Wins: 10
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 6
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.684
Draft Score: 5
APR Score: 9.408
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 55.71

Analysis: A Conference USA powerhouse with eight FBS wins or more in four of the last five seasons, but there three in 2013 bring the score down. With a 68% conference winning clip, and with a good Draft Score, the program has done plenty of nice things.
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56. Arkansas State

FBS Wins: 38
Attendance Score: 2.44
Quality Wins: 8
Elite Wins: 4.5
Bad Losses: 3.5
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.821
Draft Score: 1
APR Score: 9.484
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 57.74

Analysis: The Sun Belt’s steadiest star, Arkansas State has won an incredible 82% of its conference games over the last five years. For the Sun Belt, the attendance isn’t bad, but the APR could be better and the 3.5 Bad Loss score hurts.
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55. UCF

FBS Wins: 35
Attendance Score: 3.61
Quality Wins: 10
Elite Wins: 3
Bad Losses: 3.5
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.650
Draft Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.794
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 59.30

Analysis: 2015. For a program with 12 FBS wins in 2013 and ten in 2012, going winless in 2015 was a total disaster to what would otherwise be an amazing overall score. The APR is fantastic and the ten Quality Wins helps, but again, that one season …
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54. Northwestern

FBS Wins: 33
Attendance Score: 3.64
Quality Wins: 14
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.488
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.932
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 61.31

Analysis: After two straight four FBS-win seasons, the Wildcats have rolled with 16 over the last two years. The APR is peerless, and the 14 Quality Wins are great, but the attendance is always going to be low and not winning half of the Big Ten games is enough to keep the score down.
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53. Arkansas

FBS Wins: 24
Attendance Score: 6.66
Quality Wins: 11
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.25
Elite Loss Score: 0
Conference Win %: 0.300
Draft Score: 10.5
APR Score: 9.458
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 61.67

Analysis: The ranking isn’t nearly as strong as it should be. Bad 2012 and 2013 seasons, and a mediocre run under Bret Bielema, are enough to knock the Hogs outside of the top 50. The biggest problem? Winning just 30% of the SEC games. However, the Draft Score and attendance help make up for it.
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52. Minnesota

FBS Wins: 33
Attendance Score: 4.77
Quality Wins: 12
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.439
Draft Score: 4.5
APR Score: 9.752
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 62.46

Analysis: Solid at times over the years, Minnesota has been in a few Big Ten title chases late in the season. However, winning just 44% of the conference games overall isn’t good enough. The 33 overall FBS wins are too light, and the attendance isn’t big enough.
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51. Utah State

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 2.09
Quality Wins: 14
Elite Wins: 3
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 4.25
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.658
Draft Score: 3.5
APR Score: 9.776
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 63.27

Analysis: This is probably going to change in a big hurry. Utah State needs a massive 2017 with the ten FBS-win 2012 season not counting next year. The Attendance Score is low, but the Draft Score isn’t bad and the 14 Quality Wins are good.
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50. West Virginia

FBS Wins: 31
Attendance Score: 5.56
Quality Wins: 11
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.489
Draft Score: 8
APR Score: 9.438
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 63.99

Analysis: The nine FBS wins last year were the most by far over the last five seasons. The APR is a disaster and winning fewer than half of the conference games hurts, but the 11 Quality Wins and the solid Attendance Score gets the Mountaineers into the top 50.
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49. BYU

FBS Wins: 37
Attendance Score: 5.93
Quality Wins: 13
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.646
Draft Score: 2
APR Score: 9.450
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 65.03

Analysis: The APR is always a bit off because of the nature of the program – the church missions throw the rate off a bit – but the 37 FBS wins, with seven or more in each of the last five seasons, boosts the ranking up. The 13 Quality Wins are terrific, but the Draft Score is a bit of a problem.
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48. Navy

FBS Wins: 40
Attendance Score: 3.29
Quality Wins: 14
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.709
Draft Score: 1
APR Score: 9.772
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 66.02

Analysis: The lowest-ranked team with 40 or more FBS wins, the Midshipmen are always going to be dragged down a bit by the Draft Score and the lack of big attendance numbers. However, the 14 Quality Wins are great, and winning 71% in conference play is special for the American Athletic.
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47. San Diego State

FBS Wins: 41
Attendance Score: 3.26
Quality Wins: 11
Elite Wins: 1.5
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 5
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.800
Draft Score: 4.5
APR Score: 9.594
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 66.15

Analysis: The Aztecs have replaced Boise State as the Mountain West’s biggest star – lately. However, they’re still a wee step behind over the five year haul, even with an 80% run in conference action. The Attendance Score and APR hurt, but the Draft Score is strong.
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46. Iowa

FBS Wins: 35
Attendance Score: 6.76
Quality Wins: 11
Elite Wins: 3
Bad Losses: 3
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.610
Draft Score: 6
APR Score: 9.676
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 66.29

Analysis: The 35 FBS wins are just okay, and the conference winning % is strong, but the home Bad Losses- thanks, 2016 North Dakota State and 2014 Iowa State – knock the Hawkeyes down several spots. The Draft Score, though, is fantastic compared to most outside of the top 30.
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45. Houston

FBS Wins: 39
Attendance Score: 3.05
Quality Wins: 13
Elite Wins: 4
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 4.75
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.650
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.402
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 66.36

Analysis: You’d think this would be higher after all the success over the last few years – and with 39 FBS wins – bit the miserable APR and the okay attendance drags the Cougars down. The Elite Win score, though, is fantastic, and next year the ranking should be better when the mediocre 2012 is off the books.
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44. Northern Illinois

FBS Wins: 44
Attendance Score: 1.60
Quality Wins: 13
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 6
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.850
Draft Score: 2
APR Score: 9.716
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 66.42

Analysis: Years of being fantastic as the MAC’s top superpower led the way to 44 FBS wins – winning 85% of the conference games certainly helps – but there weren’t a ton of Quality Wins – tying Texas and Houston for the fewest among the top 45 – while the Attendance Score is always a killer.
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43. Pitt

FBS Wins: 31
Attendance Score: 4.54
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 1.5
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.538
Draft Score: 5
APR Score: 9.662
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 66.99

Analysis: Surprisingly high, the Panthers only won 31 FBS games – among the fewest of anyone in the top 50 – but the win at Clemson last season was a huge help, the Attendance Score is solid, and the 17 Quality Wins were a big boost.
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42. Toledo

FBS Wins: 40
Attendance Score: 1.99
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 4.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.750
Draft Score: 1.5
APR Score: 9.724
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 67.47

Analysis: Really? Northern Illinois and Bowling Green have been the MAC’s stars, and they’re lower? The conference titles might not be there, but the Rockets have been consistently great, winning 75% of their MAC games with 17 Quality Wins a massive boost.
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41. TCU

FBS Wins: 35
Attendance Score: 4.53
Quality Wins: 15
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.556
Draft Score: 5.5
APR Score: 9.466
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 67.55

Analysis: The APR stinks, and winning just over half of the Big 12 games doesn’t help, but with 35 FBS wins and a slew of Quality Wins, the ranking is okay. However, the three FBS-win 2013 season is still an anchor for another two years.
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40. Arizona

FBS Wins: 32
Attendance Score: 4.92
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.422
Draft Score: 2.5
APR Score: 9.574
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 67.67

Analysis: While things didn’t go so well last year, the Wildcats were surprisingly solid for a while, highlighted by the ten FBS-win 2014 season. Even though they’ve only won 42% of their Pac-12 games, there are just enough good numbers to make the top 40.
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39. Georgia Tech

FBS Wins: 31
Attendance Score: 4.80
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.525
Draft Score: 4.5
APR Score: 9.828
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 68.65

Analysis: The 31 FBS wins are among the lowest of everyone in the top 50, but the great APR, 17 Quality Wins, and decent Draft Score are just enough to overcome a clunker of a two FBS-win 2015 season.
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T37. Utah

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 4.60
Quality Wins: 14
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.477
Draft Score: 8.5
APR Score: 9.744
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 70.32

Analysis: Known as a rock-solid program now, there were a few lean years with just four FBS wins in both 2012 and 2013. However, the Utes bounced back with 26 over the last three seasons. Still, it would be nice to win more than half the Pac-12 games.
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T37. Mississippi State

FBS Wins: 35
Attendance Score: 5.85
Quality Wins: 14
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.500
Draft Score: 6.5
APR Score: 9.714
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 70.32

Analysis: Solid over the last five seasons, 2016 was the low mark in FBS wins. However, the Attendance Score and 35 FBS wins are just enough to come up with an okay ranking. Best of all – considering just how tough the SEC West has been – the Bulldogs have won half of their SEC games.
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36. Arizona State

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 5.54
Quality Wins: 18
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.545
Draft Score: 5
APR Score: 9.516
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 70.35

Analysis: The four FBS-win 2016 season is a drag, and the APR doesn’t help, but the 18 Quality Wins – the most by anyone outside of the top 30 – are impressive for a program that came up with a few terrific seasons in 2013 and 2014. Even so, this is a make-or-break year for the coaching staff.
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35. Texas

FBS Wins: 33
Attendance Score: 9.64
Quality Wins: 13
Elite Wins: 3
Bad Losses: 2
Bad Wins Score: 2
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.533
Draft Score: 5
APR Score: 9.580
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 71.50

Analysis: Attendance, attendance, attendance. The Longhorns are able to overcome the slide – at least a little bit – with a massive Attendance Score, but the 13 Quality Wins are by far the lowest of anyone in the top 40. There used to be a time when Texas was pushing for the top spot – that’s going to be a while in these rankings.
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34. Western Kentucky

FBS Wins: 43
Attendance Score: 1.75
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 2.5
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.692
Draft Score: 4
APR Score: 9.508
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 72.70

Analysis: Phenomenal over the last few seasons, WKU has a whopping 30 FBS wins since 2014 and 17 Quality Wins. The Conference USA star bounced back after a rocky few years – the Conference Win % is going to rocket up. Attendance and APR are anchors, but the wins are there.
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33. Kansas State

FBS Wins: 39
Attendance Score: 5.23
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.644
Draft Score: 4.5
APR Score: 9.684
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 73.55

Analysis: Kansas State has been among the land of the very good in Round Two of the Bill Snyder run, and the ranking shows. The 39 FBS wins are fine, but it’s the 17 Quality Wins that makes the difference. However, the Attendance Score and 2013 loss to North Dakota State keep the Wildcats out of the top 30.
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32. Tennessee

FBS Wins: 30
Attendance Score: 9.74
Quality Wins: 16
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 3
Conference Win %: 0.422
Draft Score: 6.5
APR Score: 9.458
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 74.37

Analysis: Hellooooooo, Attendance Score. The 30 FBS wins are by far the fewer among anyone in the top 50, but the attendance is always amazing and the Draft Score is a huge boost. However, how mediocre has the former superpower been? It’s only won 42% of its SEC games.
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31. Virginia Tech

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 6.29
Quality Wins: 18
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.550
Draft Score: 6.5
APR Score: 9.720
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 74.81

Analysis: It seems like the Hokies should be higher than this, but the 34 FBS wins aren’t quite enough to jump up into the top 25. The 18 Quality Wins are impressive, and the APR is great, but this was around a six FBS-win program for a while until breaking through last year.
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30. Washington

FBS Wins: 38
Attendance Score: 6.37
Quality Wins: 16
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.578
Draft Score: 7
APR Score: 9.712
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 75.41

Analysis: Remember, Washington was a massive dud for a while and needed a while to rebuild. Winning 11 FBS games last year obviously helps, but it’s going to take a few more years to build up the numbers, especially in the Pac-12. However, the Draft Score is staring to rock.
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29. North Carolina

FBS Wins: 36
Attendance Score: 5.13
Quality Wins: 21
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 0.5
Conference Win %: 0.650
Draft Score: 8
APR Score: 9.440
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 77.47

Analysis: A wee bit up-and-down, the Tar Heels won just five FBS games in 2014 before cranking up ten in 2015. The Draft Score is fantastic and the 21 Quality Wins are outstanding, but the abysmal APR Score and okay attendance  weigh down the overall score.
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28. Miami

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 5.20
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.575
Draft Score: 11
APR Score: 9.692
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 77.97

Analysis: It seems strange that a program that’s been so underwhelming is just outside of the top 25 – especially ahead of Virginia Tech and North Carolina in the ACC. How are the Hurricanes here with just 34 FBS wins and 17 Quality Wins? 22 players were drafted over the last five years. The Draft Score is by far the biggest of anyone outside of the top 20.
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27. Missouri

FBS Wins: 32
Attendance Score: 6.27
Quality Wins: 21
Elite Wins: 1
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.25
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.475
Draft Score: 8
APR Score: 9.780
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 78.28

Analysis: Even after a dud 2016 and a mediocre 2015, Missouri is still just outside of the top 25 thanks to 21 FBS wins in 2013 and 2014. The Tigers have had plenty of players drafted, and the APR is great, but winning fewer than half the SEC games is a problem.
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26. Oklahoma State

FBS Wins: 40
Attendance Score: 5.63
Quality Wins: 20
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.667
Draft Score: 3
APR Score: 9.380
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 78.93

Analysis: The bridesmaid of the league over the last few seasons, the 40 FBS wins are still fantastic and the 20 Quality Wins are amazing. So what’s the problem? The horrific APR, okay Attendance Score, and lousy Draft Score – the lowest of anyone in the top 40 by a mile – are killers.
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25. Ole Miss

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 6.07
Quality Wins: 20
Elite Wins: 4.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 2.25
Conference Win %: 0.475
Draft Score: 5.5
APR Score: 9.532
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 79.07

Analysis: The Rebels might be going through a few issues lately – to be nice about it – but the 4.5 Elite Win score is fantastic and the 34 FBS wins are just enough to get into the top 25. However, they’ve won fewer than half of their SEC games and the APR is awful.
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24. South Carolina

FBS Wins: 34
Attendance Score: 7.99
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 6.5
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.475
Draft Score: 8
APR Score: 9.726
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 80.19

Analysis: It’s been forgotten a bit, but there was a time when Steve Spurrier had South Carolina rocking and rolling, with ten FBS wins in both 2012 and 2013. The 6.5 Elite Wins part of the equation came in those two years, too. However, winning just eight FBS games over the last two years is a problem.
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23. Nebraska

FBS Wins: 40
Attendance Score: 8.96
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.634
Draft Score: 6.5
APR Score: 9.790
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 82.63

Analysis: Is Nebraska ever going to be fantastic again? It’s been okay – winning 40 FBS games in five years isn’t bad – it’s only won 63% of its Big Ten games. The APR is good, the attendance is great – as always – but being on the fringe end of the top 25 isn’t what the program is supposed to be doing.
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22. Penn State

FBS Wins: 40
Attendance Score: 9.90
Quality Wins: 14
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.585
Draft Score: 7.5
APR Score: 9.600
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 82.84

Analysis: Considering the state of the program a few years ago, at least when it comes to on-field production, everything has bounced back in a big way. The 40 FBS wins mostly come from a Big Ten title-winning 2016, but the 14 Quality Wins are still low. The Attendance Score will always be a boost, but over the next few years, winning more than 59% of the conference games is a must.
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21. Auburn

FBS Wins: 33
Attendance Score: 8.60
Quality Wins: 20
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2
Elite Loss Score: 2.5
Conference Win %: 0.450
Draft Score: 8.5
APR Score: 9.690
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 83.24

Analysis: This isn’t a bad ranking considering the mediocre 33 FBS wins over the run. 11 of them came on the run to the BCS Championship in 2013, but the score is killed by the two FBS wins in 2012 – the Tigers should be much higher than this next year. What’s most impressive are the 20 Quality Wins far more than half the total FBS wins.
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20. Louisville

FBS Wins: 45
Attendance Score: 5.18
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 1.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.744
Draft Score: 8.5
APR Score: 9.636
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 83.81

Analysis: The Cardinals need a few big seasons to stay in the top 20. 21 of the FBS wins came in 2012 and 2013, contributing to the 45 overall FBS wins – the most by anyone ranked lower. Winning 74% of conference games helps, and the Draft Score is strong.
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19. Boise State

FBS Wins: 48
Attendance Score: 3.40
Quality Wins: 20
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 0.25
Conference Win %: 0.775
Draft Score: 5
APR Score: 9.846
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 84.02

Analysis: More than anything else, wins matter, and Boise State has a ton of them. The 48 FBS wins are fantastic – only the top six teams in the rankings have more. The Attendance Score is a drag and the Draft Score is low for a top 20 team, but the APR is great.
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18. Michigan

FBS Wins: 40
Attendance Score: 10.99
Quality Wins: 13
Elite Wins: 0
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 2.75
Conference Win %: 0.610
Draft Score: 11
APR Score: 9.796
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 85.64

Analysis: The ranking is moving up and up as the sins of the past coaches are wiped away. The Wolverines still have the five FBS-win 2014 season weighing things down, but they’ve won ten FBS games in each of the last two seasons. The Draft Score is massive, and the Attendance Score alone makes the ranking okay, but winning 61% of Big Ten games is still a problem. Again, this will all change.
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17. Baylor

FBS Wins: 42
Attendance Score: 4.52
Quality Wins: 20
Elite Wins: 6
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 4.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.644
Draft Score: 7.5
APR Score: 9.642
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 87.30

Analysis: Everything might be changing after the nightmare and the controversy, but for now, the numbers on the field are still great. The Attendance Score is the lowest by anyone in the top 18, but the Elite Win score is still outstanding and the 42 FBS wins are still impressive. Even so, Matt Rhule needs to come in and crank up big a few seasons to keep the Bears this high.
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16. Wisconsin

FBS Wins: 46
Attendance Score: 7.92
Quality Wins: 18
Elite Wins: 2.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.732
Draft Score: 7.5
APR Score: 9.908
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 90.56

Analysis: Some of the numbers are amazing. The APR is top-shelf, the 46 FBS wins are great, and winning 73% of Big Ten games is impressive. But there are only 18 Quality Wins, and for a team that’s a regular in the Big Ten title chase, the 2.5 Elite Win score – one of those was against Western Michigan last year – is a bit light.
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15. Texas A&M

FBS Wins: 38
Attendance Score: 9.70
Quality Wins: 22
Elite Wins: 3.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.525
Draft Score: 9
APR Score: 9.656
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 90.88

Analysis: But the Aggies haven’t really won much of anything. This might seem a bit high for a program that’s won just 53% of its conference games and has just 38 FBS wins – the fewest of anyone in the top 20 – but the Attendance and Draft scores are killer. 22 of the 38 wins are Quality – that’s why they’re in the top 15.
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14. UCLA

FBS Wins: 41
Attendance Score: 6.99
Quality Wins: 21
Elite Wins: 2
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 2
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.556
Draft Score: 12.5
APR Score: 9.726
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 92.03

Analysis: This might be the most shocking ranking on the board. The attendance is just okay, the 57% clip in Pac-12 play stinks, and there aren’t enough big wins. However, getting 23 players drafted is the big difference. After winning just four FBS games last year, though, get ready for the ranking to drop next year if 2017 isn’t a massive season.
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13. Georgia

FBS Wins: 43
Attendance Score: 9.27
Quality Wins: 20
Elite Wins: 3
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.675
Draft Score: 10.5
APR Score: 9.636
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 94.08

Analysis: As always, there’s a whole lot to like. The Draft Score is massive, the Attendance Score great, and 43 FBS wins are good enough to hang around the top 15. Now the Bulldogs have to start winning more than 68% of their SEC games and be even stronger in APR.
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12. Oregon

FBS Wins: 44
Attendance Score: 5.69
Quality Wins: 24
Elite Wins: 6.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.711
Draft Score: 8
APR Score: 9.638
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 96.29

Analysis: After three FBS wins last year, the 33 amassed from 2012-2014 are straining hard to hold up the score. There have been enough wins thanks to a slew of great seasons, but Willie Taggart has to pull the program up out of the nosedive in a hurry. The wins have to be there, because – compared to the stars – the Attendance and Draft scores are just okay.
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11. USC

FBS Wins: 44
Attendance Score: 7.56
Quality Wins: 21
Elite Wins: 4
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.25
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.667
Draft Score: 10.5
APR Score: 9.522
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 96.50

Analysis: USC might not be the Program Ranking powerhouse it was in the 2000s, but it’s still very, very good. The 44 FBS wins are still impressive – even if the program is down compared to its normal expectations – and the Draft Score is amazing. However, it’s USC. It’s supposed to win more than 67% of its Pac-12 games.
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10. Florida

FBS Wins: 41
Attendance Score: 8.78
Quality Wins: 17
Elite Wins: 4
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 2.25
Conference Win %: 0.675
Draft Score: 17.5
APR Score: 9.734
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 96.68

Analysis: The two-time defending SEC East champ might not be the superstar it was in the Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer eras, but it’s still top ten-good. The Draft Score is tied for the second-best on the board, and the Attendance Score has perked up, but the 17 Quality Wins are the lowest among the top 17.
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9. Michigan State

FBS Wins: 43
Attendance Score: 7.43
Quality Wins: 23
Elite Wins: 8
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.634
Draft Score: 7.5
APR Score: 9.684
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 96.75

Analysis: Even with a clunker of a 2016 season, this is still a top ten program after winning two Big Ten championships and coming up with an impressive 23 Quality Wins. The eight Elite Win score is the highest by anyone outside of the top four, and that’s a must with a mediocre – compare to the other star programs – Draft Score.
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8. Notre Dame

FBS Wins: 43
Attendance Score: 8.28
Quality Wins: 23
Elite Wins: 4
Bad Losses: 1.5
Bad Wins Score: 2.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.672
Draft Score: 12
APR Score: 9.734
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 98.19

Analysis: Mock the Brian Kelly era all you want, but this is still an elite top ten program. There isn’t any one standout number, but they’re all solid across the board with 43 FBS wins and a 67% overall winning clip. Getting 24 players drafted doesn’t hurt, either.
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7. LSU

FBS Wins: 41
Attendance Score: 9.78
Quality Wins: 23
Elite Wins: 4.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.75
Conference Win %: 0.625
Draft Score: 17.5
APR Score: 9.474
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 104.88

Analysis: By far, the 41 FBS wins are the lowest by anyone in the top ten, and winning 63% of SEC games is a light number for a program ranked this high. Throw in the miserable APR, and it doesn’t make any sense – and then look at the Draft Score, Only Alabama has sent more players to the NFL Draft over the last five years.
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6. Oklahoma

FBS Wins: 50
Attendance Score: 8.55
Quality Wins: 26
Elite Wins: 6.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3
Elite Loss Score: 2
Conference Win %: 0.822
Draft Score: 12
APR Score: 9.616
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 112.49

Analysis: Win a slew of Big 12 championships, win 82% of your conference games, and your ranking is going to be high. The 50 FBS wins are the most by anyone outside of the top five – and by a mile – and the other scores are strong, too. What’s keeping OU out of the top five? Not much. By the slimmest of margins, it’s out – the APR just isn’t as strong as the No. 5.
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5. Stanford

FBS Wins: 52
Attendance Score: 4.72
Quality Wins: 30
Elite Wins: 6
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 1
Conference Win %: 0.756
Draft Score: 11
APR Score: 9.834
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 112.56

Analysis: Slightly forgotten when it comes to pointing out the college football superpowers, Stanford has more than held its own as the star of the Pac-12. It’s won 76% of its conference games with 30 Quality Wins and 52 FBS wins overall. The difference between fifth and being behind Oklahoma? The 9.834 APR is just enough to get into the penthouse.
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4. Florida State

FBS Wins: 53
Attendance Score: 7.67
Quality Wins: 32
Elite Wins: 9
Bad Losses: 1
Bad Wins Score: 3.75
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.850
Draft Score: 17.5
APR Score: 9.502
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 126.02

Analysis: While Clemson has become special, and others in the ACC have stepped up, Florida State has still been able to rock in conference play winning 85% of its games. The Draft Score is tied with Florida and LSU to be just behind Alabama, and the 32 Quality wins are the most outside of the top three teams. However, the one Bad Loss – the epic disaster to Georgia Tech in 2015 – is the only one among the top seven ranked teams.
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3. Clemson

FBS Wins: 55
Attendance Score: 8.20
Quality Wins: 34
Elite Wins: 10
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 4
Elite Loss Score: 1.5
Conference Win %: 0.875
Draft Score: 15
APR Score: 9.830
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 130.41

Analysis: Welcome to the elite of the elite. Going to two straight national championships – winning one – will do that, and winning 88% of the conference games certainly helps. The 34 Quality Wins are amazing, the 55 FBS wins are the most outside of Alabama, and the Draft Score is impressive. Dabo Swinney has turned Clemson into a powerhouse with staying power – and least that’s how it looks going into 2017.
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2. Ohio State

FBS Wins: 60
Attendance Score: 10.62
Quality Wins: 34
Elite Wins: 9
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 2.75
Elite Loss Score: 0.75
Conference Win %: 0.951
Draft Score: 16.5
APR Score: 9.746
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 138.82

Analysis: Even more than Alabama, Ohio State has the most FBS wins in college football over the last five years. There aren’t as many Quality Wins, but the Elite Win score is amazing, the Draft Score is phenomenal, and the Attendance Score – as always – is special. There’s no problem with anything on the board – everything is fine when you’re winning 95% of the conference games. The Buckeyes are miles ahead of the rest of the pack in the No. 2 spot, but they’re just not Alabama over the last five years.
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1. Alabama

FBS Wins: 59
Attendance Score: 10.15
Quality Wins: 44
Elite Wins: 9.5
Bad Losses: 0
Bad Wins Score: 3.5
Elite Loss Score: 1.25
Conference Win %: 0.900
Draft Score: 20.5
APR Score: 9.780
Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 151.58

Analysis: You were expecting someone else? The only knock is the Bad Win score – playing the FCSers every year might be necessary, but that’s it. Everything else is fantastic, from the 41 players getting drafted, to winning 905 of SEC games – let that sink in for a wee moment – to the 44 Quality Wins, which by themselves would rank the Crimson Tide just outside of the top 80. The Process is working, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
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