Final Grades For Every College Football Team, Conference: How Did Everyone Do In 2019?

Final Grades For Every College Football Team, Conference: How Did Everyone Do In 2019?

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Final Grades For Every College Football Team, Conference: How Did Everyone Do In 2019?


MAC Team Season Grades: West

2019 Team Season Grades
ACC Atlantic | Coastal
AAC East | West | Big Ten East | West
Big 12 | C-USA East | West
Independents | MAC East | West
MW Mountain | West | Pac-12 North | South
SEC East | West | Sun Belt East | West

Ball State Season Grade: B-

2019 Record: 5-7
CFN 2019 Prediction
: 4-8
CFN Preseason Ranking: 109
CFN Final Opinion Ranking
: 107
CFN 2019 Season Ranking: 83

The Cardinals were a wee bit better than expected, and they beat eventual MAC champion Miami University, but they had a 4-3 start and whiffed on their shot to go bowing with a four-game losing streak. They were competitive – three of the MAC losses were by a total of eight points – in a slightly overachieving season.

Central Michigan Season Grade: A-

2019 Record: 8-6
CFN 2019 Prediction
: 3-9
CFN Preseason Ranking: 121
CFN Final Opinion Ranking
: 106
CFN 2019 Season Ranking: 71

The year might have ended with a thud – losing the MAC Championship to Miami University and getting destroyed by San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl – but the Chippewas had a huge first year under Jim McElwain. Remember, they went 1-11 last year, and got to eight victories and the MAC title game.

Eastern Michigan Season Grade: B

2019 Record: 6-7
CFN 2019 Prediction
: 6-6
CFN Preseason Ranking: 110
CFN Final Opinion Ranking
: 111
CFN 2019 Season Ranking: 80

Eastern Michigan got to a bowl game. It’s not as unique now, but it’s still a huge deal for a program that’s been able to keep the mild success going. It was a losing season, but the team showed up large in the loss to Pitt in the Quick Lane Bowl, and there was a win over Illinois.

Northern Illinois Season Grade: C

2019 Record: 5-7
CFN 2019 Prediction
: 7-5
CFN Preseason Ranking: 88
CFN Final Opinion Ranking
: 112
CFN 2019 Season Ranking: 92

The defending MAC champion should’ve been better in Thomas Hammock’s first season, but give the new guy credit – his team played really, really hard late in the year. Blowout losses to Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan weren’t okay for a team that was good enough to beat Ohio and Western Michigan.

Toledo Season Grade: C

2019 Record: 6-6
CFN 2019 Prediction
: 8-4
CFN Preseason Ranking: 93
CFN Final Opinion Ranking
: 110
CFN 2019 Season Ranking: 73

It’s Toledo. It’s supposed to be a whole lot better than 6-6 and missing out on a bowl game. The defense couldn’t do much of anything over the second half of the year, and the offense was inconsistent throughout the campaign. After starting 6-3, dropping the last three games to three very, very beatable teams – Northern Illinois, Buffalo, Central Michigan – was a disaster.

Western Michigan Season Grade: B-

2019 Record: 7-6
CFN 2019 Prediction
: 7-5
CFN Preseason Ranking: 96
CFN Final Opinion Ranking
: 84
CFN 2019 Season Ranking: 42

It’s like the Broncos just couldn’t get the season going, and then when it did, it flunked. Close losses to Toledo and Eastern Michigan weren’t a killer, but the 17-14 loss at Northern Illinois when a shot at the MAC Championship was there as a massive disappointment. The gut-punch of a First Responder Bowl loss to WKU made the finish even worse.

NEXT: Mountain West Season Grades


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