College Football News Rankings 1-130: 2019 Final

College Football News Rankings 1-130: 2019 Final

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College Football News Rankings 1-130: 2019 Final


College Football News Rankings 2019 Final
130-101 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

100. Arkansas State Red Wolves (8-5)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 92
Final Regular Season Ranking: 101
Why Ranked Here? The tragic start to the season off the field – head coach Blake Anderson lost his wife – turned into a great finish winning five of the last six games. Losing to South Alabama on the road wasn’t okay, but beating FIU to take the Camellia was special.

99. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-9)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 62
Final Regular Season Ranking: 96
Why Ranked Here? How bad was the season? A 21-14 win over Missouri seemed like something special. All nine of the losses were double-digit blowouts. And there was a loss to …

98. UNLV Rebels (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 98
Final Regular Season Ranking: 95
Why Ranked Here? UNLV beat Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt, and it won the rivalry game at Nevada. That wasn’t enough for Tony Sanchez to keep his job thanks to blowout loss after blowout loss, including to …

97. Colorado State Rams (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 97
Final Regular Season Ranking: 94
Why Ranked Here? The Rams had a nice three-game midseason run – beating New Mexico, Fresno State and UNLV – and that was it. They couldn’t beat anyone who was any good, and they got blown out by …

96. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-10)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 61
Final Regular Season Ranking: 93
Why Ranked Here? Well that didn’t work. The Hogs started out 2-1, beat Colorado State, and lost their last nine games. WKU was good, but losing 45-19 at home was a program-changer.

95. Northwestern Wildcats (3-9)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 47
Final Regular Season Ranking: 92
Why Ranked Here? The offense never got going until it was way too late. Beating UNLV and UMass before rocking Illinois to close out the year was a massive reality check after playing for the Big Ten Championship the year before.

94. Marshall Thundering Herd (8-5)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 83
Final Regular Season Ranking: 88
Why Ranked Here? Marshall kept flirting with doing something great. It beat Florida Atlantic on the road, and took out WKU … and lost to Middle Tennessee and Charlotte. When there was a chance to make a big statement in the Gasparilla Bowl against UCF, it didn’t happen.

93. Charlotte 49ers (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 103
Final Regular Season Ranking: 87
Why Ranked Here? The 49ers got to a bowl game – it was a successful season even if it did end with a thud. Beating Marshall was the one big moment, but who cares? They won five straight regular season games to get bowl eligible before losing to the …

92. Buffalo Bulls (8-5)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 101
Final Regular Season Ranking: 103
Why Ranked Here? Call it a successful disappointment. It was a rebuilding year after going to the MAC title game, but the talent was still there to do a whole lot more than be an also ran. The stunning collapse to Kent State was the lone blip over the last six games, but the Bahamas win over Charlotte made it a good year.

91. Fresno State Bulldogs (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 69
Final Regular Season Ranking: 78
Why Ranked Here? The season never got going and there was never a big break. The win over Hawaii was the one positive moment, but it wasn’t nearly enough to salvage something positive. They closed out with four straight losses, including to …

90. San Jose State Spartans (5-7)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 117
Final Regular Season Ranking: 81
Why Ranked Here? It was madly disappointing considering a bowl game was a real possibility, but losing five games in a six game stretch killed that. The wins over Fresno State, Army and Arkansas were fun, but losing to Nevada by three turned out to be the bowl-killer.

89. Nevada Wolf Pack (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 87
Final Regular Season Ranking: 69
Why Ranked Here? When Nevada was good, it stunned Purdue, got by San Diego State, and got by Fresno State. When the team was bad, it was a crushing dud, finishing up with a loss to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato.

88. Utah State Aggies (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 72
Final Regular Season Ranking: 61
Why Ranked Here? Losing to Kent State by ten in the Frisco Bowl put an ugly bow on a disappointing year. There were sparks, but rolling by Nevada and slipping by Wyoming were the only positive parts.

87. Kent State Golden Flashes (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 123
Final Regular Season Ranking: 105
Why Ranked Here? Outside of LSU and Clemson, name another team that closed out with more fun than Kent State. After the stunning late comeback to beat Buffalo, Kent State won four straight to finish with its first ever bowl win, taking down Utah State in the Frisco.

86. Ohio Bobcats (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 86
Final Regular Season Ranking: 102
Why Ranked Here? The Bobcats won their bowl game over Nevada, but they failed at home against Miami University to miss out on the MAC title game. Starting out 2-4 with an easy schedule was inexcusable.

85. Miami University RedHawks (8-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 107
Final Regular Season Ranking: 100
Why Ranked Here? Yeah, the RedHawks won the MAC title as they took down six of they last seven games before losing to Louisiana in the Mobile Alabama, but it wasn’t a smooth season. They got blown away by Ball State, and were rolled by …

84. Western Michigan Broncos (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 96
Final Regular Season Ranking: 97
Why Ranked Here? It was SUCH a painful season. This was the best team in the MAC, but they blew it in the regular season finale – a deep freeze loss at Northern Illinois – and dropped the First Responder Bowl to WKU in gut-punch fashion. The Broncos beat both teams – CMU and Miami University – that were in the MAC title game.

83. UAB Blazers (9-5)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 100
Final Regular Season Ranking: 86
Why Ranked Here? UAB was the season’s master bumslayer. It beat NO ONE, only getting Louisiana Tech because of a few key suspensions. Getting blown out by Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA title game, and to Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl ended things with a crash. It didn’t help to lose 37-2 to …

82. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-6)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 76
Final Regular Season Ranking: 83
Why Ranked Here? The Golden Eagles lost their last three games, but they blew away UAB – that was the one decent win. They beat the teams they were supposed to, and lost to the teams they were supposed to.

81. WKU Hilltoppers (9-4)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 102
Final Regular Season Ranking: 85
Why Ranked Here? The Hilltoppers closed out with four straight wins, beat five bowl teams, and finished with a fantastic First Responder Bowl win over Western Michigan. Why not higher? The loss to Central Arkansas to start the season hurts.

80. Syracuse Orange (5-7)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 25
Final Regular Season Ranking: 82
Why Ranked Here? So much for capitalizing on the breakthrough 2018 campaign. Give the Orange credit for fighting through a bad year with wins in two of the last three games, but there were too many disappointing losses to bad teams like Maryland and …

79. NC State Wolfpack (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 40
Final Regular Season Ranking: 79
Why Ranked Here? This was supposed to be a rough year, but it wasn’t supposed to be this. After beating Syracuse, the Pack lost their last six games, bottoming out with a loss to Georgia Tech. The best win really was … Syracuse?

78. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 120
Final Regular Season Ranking: 77
Why Ranked Here? Where were the bad losses? The Golden Hurricane beat a solid San Jose State squad, took down Wyoming, and shocked UCF. Nine of the first ten games were against bowl teams, but that doesn’t excuse the loss to …

77. Houston Cougars (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 55
Final Regular Season Ranking: 76
Why Ranked Here? How freaking weird was this season? The Cougars lost to Oklahoma and Washington State, and were stunned late by Tulane in a thriller, and then … that was it? The team sort of threw in the towel with only wins over UConn and Tulsa the rest of the way.

76. USF Bulls (4-8)

CFN Preseason Preview Ranking: 78
Final Regular Season Ranking: 59
Why Ranked Here? The win over BYU at home was an aberration. The Bulls lost to everyone who was halfway decent, and lost to all the big boys in the AAC along with …

College Football News Rankings 2019 Final
130-10151-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

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