College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Season Formula. Who Had The Best Years?

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College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Season Formula. Who Had The Best Years?

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College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Season Formula. Who Had The Best Years?

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The 2021 Final College Football News Season Rankings from No. 1 to 130? How did all the seasons stack up based on the CFN Season Formula.


CFN College Football Rankings: 2021 Final Season Rankings

CFN 2021 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
Combined Opinion & Season Rankings
CFN College Football Season Formula
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The CFN Season Formula is based on straight numbers, wins, losses, and strengths of schedules to measure just how good a season really was, and NOT how good we thought all of the teams were.

That’s what the CFN Opinion Rankings are for.

This is all about evaluating every team’s season from start to finish with an emphasis on the big wins, the painful losses, and who had the toughest and easiest roads.

This formula – used to compare seasons on a historical basis, as well as year-by-year – only cares about victories and the raw numbers, completely taking out the eye test.

It’s simple … was your schedule good, and did you win with it? Then your ranking is high. Was your schedule mediocre? This exposes that. Here’s the breakdown of how the CFN Season Formula is calculated.

One more note before getting started. The idea of the “best” and “worst” wins are based on how important the wins are according to the formula. For example, of course South Carolina’s most important and biggest wins were against Florida, Auburn, and in the bowl game against North Carolina, but technically, beating East Carolina – who finished 7-6 – was the “best” win.

Basically, which teams had the most fun, and which teams didn’t?

130 UMass Minutemen (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -6.13
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 130
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 129
Best Win UConn 27-13
Worst Loss Rhode Island 35-22
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 129.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 130

129 UConn Huskies (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -5.17
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 129
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 128
Best Win Yale 21-15
Worst Loss Holy Cross 38-28
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 128.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 129

128 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -3.49
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 73
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 104
Best Win Colorado State 24-21
Worst Loss East Tennessee State 23-3
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 116
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 120

127 Akron Zips (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -3.19
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 125
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 127
Best Win at Bowling Green 35-20
Worst Loss Ohio 34-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 127
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 127

126 FIU Golden Panthers (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -2.49
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 115
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 130
Best Win Long Island 48-10
Worst Loss at Southern Miss 37-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 128
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 128

125 Arizona Wildcats (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -1.88
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 72
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 86
Best Win Cal 10-3
Worst Loss Northern Arizona 21-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 105.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 106

124 Duke Blue Devils (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -1.03
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 83
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 107
Best Win Northwestern 30-23
Worst Loss Georgia Tech 31-27
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 115.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T118

123 New Mexico State Aggies (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.97
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 126
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 126
Best Win UMass 44-27
Worst Loss at New Mexico 34-25
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 124.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 126

122 New Mexico Lobos (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.95
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 106
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 125
Best Win at Wyoming 14-3
Worst Loss UNLV 31-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 123.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 125

121 Kansas Jayhawks (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.65
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 81
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 83
Best Win at Texas 57-56
Worst Loss at Duke 52-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 102
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 104

120 UNLV Rebels (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.53
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 110
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 113
Best Win Hawaii 27-13
Worst Loss Eastern Washington 35-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 116.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 121

119 Temple Owls (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.29
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 37
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 118
Best Win Memphis 34-31
Worst Loss at USF 34-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 118.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T122

118 Northwestern Wildcats (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.24
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 32
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 80
Best Win Rutgers 21-7
Worst Loss at Duke 30-23
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 99
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 101

117 USF Bulls (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.21
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 105
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 103
Best Win Temple 34-14
Worst Loss at Tulane 45-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 110
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 112

116 Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.18
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 97
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 123
Best Win at ULM 27-24
Worst Loss at Georgia Southern 59-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 119.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 124

115 Texas State Bobcats (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.39
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 28
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 122
Best Win South Alabama 33-31
Worst Loss Incarnate Word 59-21
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 118.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T122

114 Colorado State Rams (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.45
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 93
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 117
Best Win at Toledo 22-6
Worst Loss South Dakota State 42-23
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 115.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T118

113 Ohio Bobcats (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.82
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 111
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 112
Best Win Miami University 35-33
Worst Loss Duquesne 28-26
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 112.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 113

112 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.03
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 100
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 114
Best Win North Texas 24-17
Worst Loss Southern Miss 35-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 113
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 114

111 Tulane Green Wave (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.65
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 78
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 99
Best Win USF 45-14
Worst Loss at Memphis 33-28
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 105
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 105

110 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.77
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 35
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 119
Best Win at Louisiana Tech 35-19
Worst Loss at Rice 24-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T116

109 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.86
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 64
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 82
Best Win North Carolina 45-22
Worst Loss Virginia Tech 26-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 95.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T98

108 Georgia Southern Eagles (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.91
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 87
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 121
Best Win at Texas State 38-30
Worst Loss at South Alabama 41-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T116

107 Indiana Hoosiers (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.00
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 31
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 88
Best Win at WKU 33-31
Worst Loss Rutgers 38-3
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 97.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 100

106 Washington Huskies (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.19
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 13
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 75
Best Win Cal 31-24
Worst Loss Montana 13-7
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 90.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 94

105 Bowling Green Falcons (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.22
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 127
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 108
Best Win at Minnesota 14-10
Worst Loss Akron 35-20
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 106.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T108

104 ULM Warhawks (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.57
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 124
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 124
Best Win Liberty 31-28
Worst Loss Arkansas State 27-24
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 115

103 Buffalo Bulls (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.75
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 99
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 109
Best Win at Old Dominion 35-34
Worst Loss Bowling Green 56-44
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 106
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 107

102 Stanford Cardinal (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.81
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 77
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 85
Best Win Oregon 31-24
Worst Loss Washington 20-13
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 93.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 96

101 Rice Owls (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 3.32
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 120
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 116
Best Win at UAB 30-24
Worst Loss at Charlotte 31-24
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 108.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 111

CFN 2021 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
Combined Opinion & Season Rankings
CFN College Football Season Formula

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