2015 College Football Season Rankings: No. 91-100

    How good were the seasons? Based on schedules, wins, and how hard the victories were – and how bad the losses were – the 2015 College Football Season Rankings

    January 20, 2016


    How good were the seasons? Based on schedules, wins, and how hard the victories were – and how bad the losses were – the 2015 College Football Season Rankings


    2015 College Football Season Rankings: No. 91-100

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    – Explanation of the College Football Season Rankings and the components

    100. Old Dominion Monarchs, Conference USA

    That the Monarchs were in the hunt for a possible bowl game late in the season showed improvement, but they couldn’t close with a crushing home loss – a Bad Loss that killed the Season Score – to Florida Atlantic to close things out. Four of the five wins were Bad Wins, and they weren’t even close in most games, but all it would’ve taken was one win over FAU, and they couldn’t get it done.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 2.04

    2015 Record 5-7
    2015 Preseason Prediction 4-8
    2015 Preseason Ranking 123
    2014 Final Season Ranking 83

    99. South Carolina Gamecocks, SEC

    A meltdown of a campaign, Steve Spurrier jumped off a sinking ship he created and the team never recovered. The Gamecocks came up with a strong season-opening win over North Carolina, but the other two wins came against a winless UCF and Vanderbilt. Give credit to the team for not giving up, and there is hope for a turnaround considering five of the losses were by a touchdown or less, including defeats to Clemson, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Kentucky. However, the Bad Loss home loss to Citadel was disastrous to the overall score.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 2.08

    2015 Record 3-9
    2015 Preseason Prediction 9-3
    2015 Preseason Ranking 30
    2014 Final Season Ranking 51

    98. Rice Owls, Conference USA

    The Owls had several chances to come up with a win and go bowling, but they couldn’t do it over the finishing kick until it was too late. All five wins were Bad Wins, but it was the Bad Loss to UTSA that killed the shot at a winning season. They weren’t even close against the good teams losing 70-17 against Baylor, 49-10 to WKU and 65-10 to Southern Miss.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 2.25

    2015 Record 5-7
    2015 Preseason Prediction 8-4
    2015 Preseason Ranking 94
    2014 Final Season Ranking 58

    97. FIU Golden Panthers, Conference USA

    FIU just needed to win one of its final two games to get to a bowl, and it couldn’t do it. But there were two other easier chances than Marshall and WKU to get that sixth win, gacking away layups against UMass and Florida Atlantic that could’ve gotten the job done. There wasn’t any special win, but the Golden Panthers won most of the games that were there for the taking. Competitive in losses to Indiana, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee, the team played better than expected, and then it lost to the Thundering Herd and Hilltoppers by a combined score of 115-7.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 2.40

    2015 Record 5-7
    2015 Preseason Prediction 3-9
    2015 Preseason Ranking 107
    2014 Final Season Ranking 106

    96. Florida Atlantic Owls, Conference USA

    The schedule wasn’t easy, but FAU didn’t help itself with a struggling offense that scored 20 points or fewer eight times. There weren’t any Bad Losses and the only Bad Win came against Charlotte, but the Owls couldn’t win the 50/50 games. They were good enough to beat Buffalo at home, and couldn’t. Rice was lousy and UTEP was beatable, but they couldn’t get it done.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 2.50

    2015 Record 3-9
    2015 Preseason Prediction 3-9
    2015 Preseason Ranking 106
    2014 Final Season Ranking 97

    95. Iowa State Cyclones, Big 12

    It’s rough to be a bad team in the Big 12. Not only did the Cyclones have to deal with Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State, but they had to play a Rose Bowl-bound Iowa, too, in non-conference play. The win over Texas was the high point, but the other two wins came against Northern Iowa and Kansas – there weren’t any massive surprises. The losses to OSU and Kansas State were close fights, and the 30-23 loss to Toledo wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good enough.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 2.83

    2015 Record 3-9
    2015 Preseason Prediction 3-9
    2015 Preseason Ranking 60
    2014 Final Season Ranking 115

    94. Georgia State Panthers, Sun Belt

    Forgetting the bowl loss to San Jose State, it was a phenomenal breakthrough season for the program just to get a 13th game. All of a sudden, the team turned it on in the second half of the season with a four-game winning streak to become bowl eligible, highlighted by a 34-7 blowout win over Georgia Southern on the road. The loss to Liberty and the opening day loss to Charlotte hurt the overall score, but considering this looked like one of the worst teams in college football coming into the season, the 6-7 record is tremendous.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 3.28

    2015 Record 6-7
    2015 Preseason Prediction 2-10
    2015 Preseason Ranking 124
    2014 Final Season Ranking 128

    93. Colorado Buffaloes, Pac-12

    The season started out with a loss the Buffs couldn’t afford to a bad Hawaii team, but even after the win over Colorado State and with a 3-1 start they couldn’t keep the momentum going. They gave Arizona a tough time and came close against UCLA, USC and Utah losing each by six points or fewer, but they still lost eight of the final nine games. Three of the wins were Bad Wins, and the team wasn’t awful overall, but it was still another disappointing year.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 3.44

    2015 Record 4-9
    2015 Preseason Prediction 5-8
    2015 Preseason Ranking 63
    2014 Final Season Ranking 112

    92. Maryland Terrapins, Big Ten

    The Terps started out 2-1 and looked promising, and then the offense stopped working and the losses started to come fast and furious. There weren’t any Bad Losses, but the Terps didn’t have many close calls in all the losses, either, losing 31-30 to Penn State and losing by seven to Wisconsin – but that wasn’t all that close. The offense turned out to be the difference going 3-0 when scoring 35 points or more, and 0-9 when going under the mark.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 3.58

    2015 Record 3-9
    2015 Preseason Prediction 7-5
    2015 Preseason Ranking 47
    2014 Final Season Ranking 68

    91. Troy Trojans, Sun Belt

    It wasn’t a bad first season under Neal Brown even with just four wins. The offense worked at times – even if it was inconsistent – and the team was outscored by just four points all year. Three of the four wins were Bad Wins with just the 41-17 season-ender against Louisiana-Lafayette the decent victory. Close home losses to South Alabama and Idaho hurt – it shouldn’t take too much to get to a winning season in 2015.

    2015 Season Ranking Score 3.79

    2015 Record 4-8
    2015 Preseason Prediction 4-8
    2015 Preseason Ranking 116
    2014 Final Season Ranking 117 

    – Explanation of the College Football Season Rankings and the components

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