2019 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings No. 1 to 130

2019 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings No. 1 to 130

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2019 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis Rankings No. 1 to 130

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100. Nevada

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 34.867
2018 Ranking: 112
Biggest Positive: 28 FBS wins
Biggest Negative: 1.97 Attendance score
Analysis: This ranking might not be anything special, but the program is on the rise. The wins are starting to come under Jay Norvell, but the 1.97 Attendance score has to improve and the APR and Draft scores have to be a whole lot better. The Bad Loss score of 5 stinks.
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99. Buffalo

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 34.894
2018 Ranking: 107
Biggest Positive: 7 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 1.76 Attendance score
Analysis: The amazing 2018 season helped boost things up, but there have to be more of those. The Attendance score is never going to be great, and the 5.5 Bad Loss score is an anchor. The MAC winning clip of 46% isn’t good enough considering the talent recently amassed, but the 24 FBS wins aren’t bad.
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98. Louisiana

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 34.922
2018 Ranking: 90
Biggest Positive: 60% conference winning
Biggest Negative: 4.5 Bad Loss score
Analysis: The Ragin’ Cajuns have won just enough in Sun Belt play to not fall deep into the 100s, but the 2.04 Attendance score isn’t anything great, the 9.5 APR score is low, and the 4.5 Bad Loss score hurts. The other numbers aren’t going to be strong enough to boost things up if there aren’t more wins.
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97. New Mexico

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 35.169
2018 Ranking: 96
Biggest Positive: 1 Bad Loss score
Biggest Negative: 9.474 APR Score
Analysis: There’s just not anything to like. The wins aren’t there in Mountain West play – winning just 38% of the time – with just four victories over teams that finished with a winning record. The APR stinks, the attendance is low, and no one’s getting drafted. Other than that, everything is going great.
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96. FIU

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 35.427
2018 Ranking: 115
Biggest Positive: 26 FBS wins
Biggest Negative: 1.48 Attendance score
Analysis: The Golden Panthers are getting a few players drafted, and the FBS wins aren’t that bad. Even so, it would be nice if the conference winning clip – 53% – was a little bit stronger and it would be great if there were more Quality Wins. The four victories over teams that finished with winning records are among the fewest in the top 100.
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95. Central Michigan

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 35.46
2018 Ranking: 85
Biggest Positive: 7 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 1.51 Attendance score
Analysis: The total whiff of a 2018 season sent the CMU ranking through the floor. The seven wins over teams that finished with a winning record is a plus, and and the 9.7 APR Score is great, but new head coach Jim McElwain has to pull this thing out of the nosedive in a hurry.
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94. North Texas

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 37.418
2018 Ranking: 89
Biggest Positive: 8 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 1.97 Attendance score
Analysis: It seems like the ranking should be a whole lot higher than this after the success lately, but the Mean Green still haven’t won half of their conference games over the last five years. The non-existent Draft score doesn’t help, and the Bad Loss score of 4 is a hit.
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93. South Alabama

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 38.041
2018 Ranking:
87
Biggest Positive: 7 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 1.66 Attendance score
Analysis: Everything else across the board stinks, but the seven wins over teams that finished with winning records bails out just about everything else. The 9.7 APR Score isn’t bad, and the 2.5 Elite Win score is a huge boost, but the 20 FBS wins and 38% Sun Belt winning run aren’t good enough.
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92. Georgia Southern

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 38.31
2018 Ranking: 104
Biggest Positive: 31 FBS wins
Biggest Negative: 1.77 Attendance score
Analysis: The program is winning. The Eagles have cranked out a 65% run in the Sun Belt and the 31 FBS wins are great, but … they haven’t beaten anyone with just one victory over a team that finished with a winning record. The 9.39 APR score is abysmal, and the lack of attendance doesn’t help.
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91. Wyoming

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 39.303
2018 Ranking: 92
Biggest Positive: 24 FBS wins
Biggest Negative: 5.5 Bad Loss score
Analysis: The Cowboys have won just enough Mountain West games – almost half – and get just enough players drafted to continue to hover just outside of the top 80. The 5.5 Bad Loss score is disastrous, and 1.97 Attendance score hurts, but the program has found a bit of a niche.
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90. UAB

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 40.2836
2018 Ranking: 116
Biggest Positive: 11 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 1.46 Attendance score
Analysis: The ranking isn’t all that fair, and it’s also sort of amazing. The way-low Attendance score comes from not having any butts in the seats for two years when the program was taking a nap. Everything else, though, is outstanding considering it’s based on three seasons, including the fantastic 11 victories over teams that finished with a winning record.
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89. Colorado

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 41.525
2018 Ranking: 84
Biggest Positive: 4.33 Attendance score
Biggest Negative: 29% conference wins
Analysis: Even with a Pac-12 South title a few seasons ago, it’s still been a rough run overall in the last five seasons. The Attendance score isn’t great, but it’s decent enough to keep the Buffs from falling too much further than this – as long as they’re winning. Winning big games would be nice, too, with just six victories over teams that finished with a winning record.
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88. Florida Atlantic

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 41.54
2018 Ranking: 82
Biggest Positive: 8 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 1.56 Attendance score
Analysis: Even with a small attendance figure, and despite a mediocre 9.53 APR score, and even with a surprising 45% conference winning clip, the Owls keep pushing up the rankings after a few good seasons under Lane Kiffin. Winning eight games against teams that finished with winning records helped.
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87. Vanderbilt

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 41.763
2018 Ranking: 77
Biggest Positive: 9.9 APR score
Biggest Negative: 19 FBS wins
Analysis: There aren’t enough wins, and the big wins are missing, but the Commodores are able to overcome a slew of problems with a phenomenal APR score and just enough decent marks across the board to stay in the top 90. However, the 23% conference win run is a killer.
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86. Purdue

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 42.787
2018 Ranking: 97
Biggest Positive: 4.03 Attendance score
Biggest Negative: 19 FBS wins
Analysis: Vanderbilt is the only other team in the top 102 in these rankings with fewer than 20 FBS wins, but Jeff Brohm is improving things in a hurry. Even with a good few seasons, the program has only won 28% of its conference games and has just eight wins over teams that finished with a winning record.
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Five-Year Program Analysis Categories, Rankings
FBS Wins | Attendance | Quality Wins
Elite Wins | Bad Losses | Bad Wins | Elite Losses
Conference Win % | APR | NFL Draft


85. Virginia

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 42.824
2018 Ranking: 94
Biggest Positive: 3.5 Draft score
Biggest Negative: 35% conference wins
Analysis: The Cavaliers had a rough run before Bronco Mendenhall turned things around over the last few seasons. It’s going to take a few more great campaigns to boost up more than this. The 21 FBS wins are a tad light, and winning just 35% of the conference games hurts. That’s all changing in a hurry.
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84. Army

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 43.086
2018 Ranking: 110
Biggest Positive: 29 FBS wins
Biggest Negative: 8.5 Bad Loss score
Analysis: It’s Army, so the NFL Draft isn’t a part of the picture. However, with the amazing last few seasons under head coach Jeff Monken, the program has been able to crank up the rankings. The 11 Quality Wins are a huge part of this, but the overall score is dragged down by the brutal 8.5 Bad Loss score.
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83. Iowa State

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 43.487
2018 Ranking: 101
Biggest Positive: 5.5 Attendance score
Biggest Negative: 4 Bad Loss score
Analysis: It’s still going to take a little while before the Cyclones make a bigger move up, but Matt Campbell is leading an impressive boost. Even with the program’s mere 21 FBS wins over the last five years and a 33% winning run in Big 12 play, things are looking way, way up.
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82. Syracuse

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 44.793
2018 Ranking: 88
Biggest Positive: 10 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 33% conference wins
Analysis: With a great 2018, the Orange are starting to make some noise under Dino Babers, but there’s a long way to go. The conference winning run has been rough, and the 20 FBS wins are the fewest by anyone in the top 82. The Elite Win over Clemson two seasons ago continues to help boost up the ranking.
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81. Indiana

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 47.358
2018 Ranking: 76
Biggest Positive: 4.28 Attendance score
Biggest Negative: 26% conference wins
Analysis: The Hoosiers aren’t winning enough Big Ten games, but the two Elite Wins and decent Draft, APR and Attendance scores helped keep them in the top 80. As some point, the FBS wins have to start coming – the 23 are way too few – with some big conference victories a must.
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80. Wake Forest

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 46.758
2018 Ranking: 91
Biggest Positive: 11 Quality Wins
Biggest Negative: 30% conference wins
Analysis: Dave Clawson has been able to make the Demon Deacon program a regular thing on the bowl circuit, but the ACC victories aren’t quite there, and the 23 FBS wins overall are still too light. Even so, the program enjoyed a huge boost up into the 70s. The 11 wins over teams that finished with winning records are tied for the most by anyone just outside of the top 70.
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79. Maryland

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 47.142
2018 Ranking: 73
Biggest Positive: 4.08 Attendance score
Biggest Negative: 30% conference wins
Analysis: The Terps are going through another change after a rough period. On the field, the 21 FBS wins over the last five seasons are the fewest by anyone ranked this high. The 9.7 APR score is excellent, and the Attendance score helps, but the wins have to start coming under new head man Mike Locksley.
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78. Colorado State

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 47.987
2018 Ranking: 62
Biggest Positive: 30 FBS wins
Biggest Negative: 5.25 Bad Win score
Analysis: The Rams were a model of consistency for a few years before a rough 2018, but the 30 FBS wins are strong – even if the Bad Win score is a problem. The 3.5 Draft score is a positive, but the ranking won’t go back up after this year’s dip without more Mountain West victories.
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77. Middle Tennessee

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 48.127
2018 Ranking: 75
Biggest Positive: 68% conference wins
Biggest Negative: 1.66 Attendance score
Analysis: The Blue Raiders have been steady players in the Conference USA world, and the 9.84 APR score is outstanding. The attendance isn’t anything special, though, and the seven Quality Wins are way too few. As long as the FBS wins are still coming – 32 in the last five years – this is around where the ranking will be.
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76. Texas Tech

Five-Year Program Analysis Score: 48.701
2018 Ranking: 67
Biggest Positive: 5.69 Attendance score
Biggest Negative: 22 FBS wins
Analysis: Being a decent Big 12 program helps on the attendance side, and the ten Quality Wins aren’t bad, but the 22 FBS wins are way, way too light – the fewest by anyone in the top 80. How mediocre has the program been? 33% wins in conference play.
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2019 5-Year Program Analysis Rankings
Top 10 | 11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 101-130
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