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January 10th, 2006

 
CFN Formula - Greatest Teams
Ranking the teams based on their seasons
Notes of interest: The All-Time Rankings
1) USC 2005
Yup, had the Trojans won the 2006 Rose Bowl, they would've finished with the number one season of all-time.
2) The big debates
2004: Auburn 24.45 - USC 23.77

(thanks to the new rule counting a bowl win over a three-loss team, Virginia Tech, as Elite)

2003: LSU 25.14 - USC 22.62
1997: Nebraska 25.18 - Michigan 23.33
1994: Nebraska 25.22 - Penn State: 21.37
1991: Miami 26.36 - Washington 25.55
1990: Colorado 22.83 - Georgia Tech 22.39
1974: Oklahoma 22:56 - USC 19:09
3) BYU didn't beat anyone in 1984, but ...
Neither did Washington. The Cougars scored 19.73, while the Huskies finished 19.24.
4) The worst national champion season of the last 40 years was ...
Georgia, 1980. Herschel Walker's Dawgs had only four Quality Wins and five Bad Wins.
5) 1993 Auburn ...
Doesn't even deserve to be in the discussion with only two Quality Wins scoring a 15.86.
6) 1983
The wackiest year ever for the formula. Miami beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, but the Huskers scored a 24.04 to Miami's 19.69. The Formula's national champion? Auburn at 25.42. Not on the list of 70, but also interesting to note, was Texas scoring 20.92.
7) USC 1978
Ten quality wins. The most ever.
The Formula's Components: 
1. Wins. - If you win, everything else falls into place. Each win counts as 1.
2. Quality Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with a winning record. Each win counts as 1.
3. Elite Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each win counts as 1 with a road win over an Elite team getting an extra 0.5. Also counting as 1 is a road win over a team that finished with three losses or fewer (but the extra 0.5 isn't added). A new wrinkle was added this year. A win over a team that finishes with three losses in a bowl game counts as one.
4. Bad Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or a loss to a DI-AA team. Each loss counts as minus-1. Take away an additional 0.5 for a Bad Loss at home.
5. Bad Win - The number of wins to teams that finished with three wins or fewer, or a win over a D-IAA team. Each win counts as minus 0.25. 
6. Elite Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each loss counts as 0.25.
7. Point Differential - Points for minus points against divided by 100. 
8. Winning Percentage - To take losses into account, winning percentage is in the mix. Total wins is the tie-breaker followed by winning percentage.

Written up by by Pete Fiutak   

Below are 70 teams, including all the national champions since Texas won in 1969, and a few notable others considered by most to be among the greatest of all-time, give or take a Yale or Michigan squad here and there, and what kind of seasons they had based on the CFN Formula. (This isn't a ranking of the top 70 seasons among every team that ever played, but ranked on the teams considered among the best.)

Which teams had the best seasons on the field? Forget about biases and human opinion, what if you just went by wins and the importance of each one? After several tweaks, adaptations and attempts, here's the CFN Formula to find out which of the greatest teams of all-time had the best seasons ever.

Two things to keep in mind. 1) This takes into account the entire season punishing ugly losses and pumping up good wins. A win at the beginning of the year counts the same as a win at the end in a bowl game, so there might be some head-to-head discrepancies; they're unavoidable in any ranking system. Remember, this is looking at an entire season and not just which team beat another team.

2) This is NOT a ranking of which teams were the best or most talented. This is a formula to find out which teams had the best seasons. Anything else is simply opinion.

1. Texas, 2005  Big 12 (13-0)
Final Score: 29.54  
Quality Wins:  9. UL Lafayette, at Ohio State, at Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas Tech, Kansas, Colorado, USC
Elite Win Score: 2.5. at Ohio State, USC
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 1.Rice
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 4.29 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00

2. Nebraska, 1995 Big 8 (12-0)
Final Score: 27.64  
Quality Wins: 6. at Michigan State, Arizona State, Kansas State, at Colorado, at Kansas, Florida
Elite Win Score: 5. Kansas State, at Colorado, at Kansas, Florida
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 4. Pacific, Washington State, Missouri, Iowa State
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 4.64 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00

3. Oklahoma, 2000 Big 12 (13-0)
Final Score: 27.37  
Quality Wins: 8. UTEP, Texas, at Kansas State, Nebraska, at Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Florida State
Elite Win Score: 3.5. at Kansas State*, Nebraska, Florida State
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 4: Rice
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 2.87 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00
*Oklahoma beat Kansas State, who finished 11-3, twice. The ruling was to give the Sooners a bonus score of 0.5 for the second win.

4. Nebraska, 1971  Big 8  (13-0)
Final Score: 27.28  
Quality Wins: 6. Utah State, Colorado, Iowa State, at Oklahoma, at Hawaii, Alabama
Elite Win Score: 3.5. Colorado, at Oklahoma, Alabama
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 1. at Missouri
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 4.03 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00

5. Florida State, 1993  ACC (12-1)
Final Score: 26.99  
Quality Wins: 7. Clemson, at North Carolina, Miami, Virginia, NC State, at Florida, Nebraska
Elite Win Score: 3.5. at North Carolina, at Florida, Nebraska
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 3. at Duke, Wake Forest, at Maryland
Elite Loss: 1: at Notre Dame .... Point Differential Score: 4.07 ... Winning Percentage: 0.92

6. Notre Dame, 1930 Independent (10-0)
Final Score: 26.86
Quality Wins:  9. SMU, Navy, Carnegie Tech, at Pittsburgh, at Penn, Drake, at Northwestern, Army, at USC
Elite Win Score: 5. at Pittsburgh, at Northwestern, Army, at USC
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 1. Indiana
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 1.91 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00

7. USC, 1978 Pac 10 (12-1)
Final Score: 26.57
Quality Wins:  10. Texas Tech, at Alabama, Michigan State, California, at Stanford, Washington, at UCLA, Notre Dame, at Hawaii, Michigan
Elite Win Score: 2.5. at Alabama, Michigan
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 2. at Oregon, Oregon State
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 1.65 ... Winning Percentage: 0.92

8. Tennessee, 1998 SEC (13-0)
Final Score: 26.42  
Quality Wins: 8. at Syracuse, Florida, at Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Florida State
Elite Win Score: 3. Florida, at Georgia, Florida State
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 4. Houston, at Auburn, at South Carolina, at Vanderbilt
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 2.42 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00

9. Miami, 1991 Big East (12-0)
Final Score: 26.42
Quality Wins: 6. at Tulsa, Penn State, West Virginia, at Florida State, San Diego State, Nebraska
Elite Win Score: 5. at Tulsa, Penn State, at Florida State, Nebraska
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 2. Oklahoma State, Long Beach State
Elite Loss: 0 .... Point Differential Score: 2.86 ... Winning Percentage: 1.00

10. Florida, 1996 SEC (12-1)
Final Score: 26.07  
Quality Wins: 6. at Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State (Sugar Bowl)
Elite Win Score: 3.5. at Tennessee, LSU, Florida State (Sugar Bowl)
Bad Loss Score: 0 ... Bad Wins: 2. Georgia Southern, at Vanderbilt
Elite Loss: 1. at Florida State .... Point Differential Score: 3.9 ... Winning Percentage: 0.92

  Year Team Conf. Wins Losses Ties Quality Elite Bad Loss Bad Win Elite Loss Pnt Diff Pnt Ag Pnt Diff Win %  CFN Score
1 2005 Texas Big 12 13 0 0 9 2.5 0 1 0 652 213 4.39 1.00 29.64
2 1995 Nebraska Big 8 12 0 0 6 5 0 4 0 638 174 4.64 1.00 27.64
3 2000 Oklahoma Big 12 13 0 0 8 3.5 0 4 0 481 194 2.87 1.00 27.37
4 1971 Nebraska Big 8 13 0 0 6 3.5 0 1 0 507 104 4.03 1.00 27.28
5 1993 Florida State ACC 12 1 0 7 3.5 0 3 1 536 129 4.07 0.92 26.99
6 1930 Notre Dame Ind. 10 0 0 9 5 0 1 0 265 74 1.91 1.00 26.66
7 1978 USC Pac 10 12 1 0 10 2.5 0 2 0 318 153 1.65 0.92 26.57
8 1998 Tennessee SEC 13 0 0 8 3 0 4 0 431 189 2.42 1.00 26.42
9 1991 Miami Big East  12 0 0 6 5 0 2 0 386 100 2.86 1.00 26.36
10 1996 Florida SEC 12 1 0 6 3.5 0 2 1 611 221 3.9 0.92 26.07
11 2005 USC Pac 10 12 1 0 6 3.5 0 2 1 638 297 3.41 0.92 25.58
12 1991 Washington Pac 10 12 0 0 6 3.5 0 3 0 495 115 3.8 1.00 25.55
13 2002 Ohio State Big Ten 14 0 0 8 1 0 3 0 410 183 2.27 1.00 25.52
14 2001 Miami Big East 12 0 0 8 1 0 2 0 512 117 3.95 1.00 25.45
15 1983 Auburn SEC 11 1 0 9 3.5 0 2 1 311 186 1.25 0.92 25.42
16 1994 Nebraska Big 8 13 0 0 6 3 0 3 0 459 162 2.97 1.00 25.22
17 1997 Nebraska Big 12 13 0 0 6 2 0 3 0 607 214 3.93 1.00 25.18
18 2003 LSU SEC 13 1 0 6 3 0 4 0 475 154 3.21 0.93 25.14
19 1932 USC PCC 10 0 0 8 4.5 0 1 0 201 13 1.88 1.00 25.13
20 1982 Penn State Ind. 11 1 0 8 3 0 1 0 395 196 1.99 0.92 24.66
21 1972 USC Pac 8 12 0 0 7 2 0 3 0 467 134 3.33 1.00 24.58
22 2004 Auburn SEC 13 0 0 5 3.5 0 3 0 417 147 2.7 1.00 24.45
23 1995 Florida SEC 12 1 0 6 3 0 3 1 558 263 2.95 0.92 24.27
24 1988 Notre Dame Ind. 12 0 0 6 3.5 0 3 0 393 156 2.37 1.00 24.12
25 1983 Nebraska Big 8 12 1 0 7 0 0 2 1 654 217 4.37 0.92 24.04
26 2004 USC Pac 10 13 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 496 169 3.27 1.00 23.77
27 1992 Alabama SEC 13 0 0 6 2 0 3 0 366 122 2.44 1.00 23.69
28 1997 Michigan Big Ten 12 0 0 7 2 0 3 0 322 114 2.08 1.00 23.33
29 1977 Notre Dame Ind. 11 1 0 7 2 0 2 0 420 139 2.81 0.92 23.23
30 1981 Clemson ACC 12 0 0 5 3.5 0 3 0 338 105 2.33 1.00 23.08
31 1975 Oklahoma Big 8 11 1 0 7 3 0 3 0 344 154 1.9 0.92 23.07
32 1999 Florida State ACC 12 0 0 7 1 0 2 0 458 203 2.55 1.00 23.05
33 1987 Miami Ind. 12 0 0 5 2.5 0 2 0 412 125 2.87 1.00 22.87
34 1990 Colorado Big 8 11 1 1 5 4.5 0 1 0 399 229 1.7 0.88 22.83
35 1945 Army Ind. 9 0 0 6 3.5 0 2 0 412 46 3.66 1.00 22.66
36 2003 USC Pac 10 12 1 0 5 2 0 1 0 534 239 2.95 0.92 22.62
37 1974 Oklahoma Big 8 11 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 473 92 3.81 1.00 22.56
38 1989 Miami Ind. 11 1 0 6 2 0 3 1 426 127 2.99 0.92 22.41
38 1990 Georgia Tech ACC 11 0 1 7 2 0 2 0 379 186 1.93 0.96 22.39
40 1985 Oklahoma Big 8 11 1 0 7 1 0 2 1 371 103 2.68 0.92 22.35
41 1902 Michigan Western 11 0 0 4 1.5 0 6 0 644 12 6.32 1.00 22.32
42 1948 Michigan Western 9 0 0 5 5.5 0 4 0 252 44 2.08 1.00 21.58
43 1924 Notre Dame Ind. 10 0 0 6 3 0 3 0 285 54 2.31 1.00 21.56
44 1947 Michigan Western 10 0 0 6 2 0 4 0 394 53 3.41 1.00 21.41
45 1994 Penn State Big Ten 12 0 0 6 0 0 3 0 564 252 3.12 1.00 21.37
46 1901 Michigan Western 11 0 0 5 0 0 5 0 550 0 5.5 1.00 21.25
47 1944 Army Ind. 9 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 504 35 4.69 1.00 21.19
48 1979 Alabama SEC 12 0 0 5 1 0 4 0 383 67 3.16 1.00 21.16
49 1961 Alabama SEC 11 0 0 5 1 0 3 0 397 25 3.72 1.00 20.97
50 1986 Penn State Ind. 12 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 340 133 2.07 1.00 20.82
51 1978 Alabama SEC 11 1 0 6 1 0 1 1 345 168 1.77 0.92 20.69
52 1976 Pitt Ind. 12 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 381 133 2.48 1.00 19.98
53 1962 USC AAWU 11 0 0 3 3 0 3 0 361 92 2.69 1.00 19.94
54 1970 Nebraska Big 8 11 0 1 5 1 0 2 0 426 189 2.37 0.96 19.83
55 1984 BYU WAC 13 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 456 183 2.73 1.00 19.73
56 1983 Miami Ind. 11 1 0 6 1 0 4 0 313 136 1.77 0.92 19.69
57 1973 Notre Dame Ind. 11 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 382 89 2.93 1.00 19.68
58 1969 Texas SWC 11 0 0 3 2.5 0 5 0 435 119 3.16 1.00 19.41
T59 1949 Notre Dame Ind. 10 0 0 5 1 0 2 0 360 86 2.74 1.00 19.24
T59 1984 Washington Pac 10 11 1 0 5 1 0 3 0 352 145 2.07 0.92 19.24
61 1974 USC Pac 10 10 1 1 5 2 0 4 0 363 142 2.21 0.88 19.09
62 1968 Ohio State Big Ten 10 0 0 4 3 0 3 0 323 150 1.73 1.00 18.98
63 1980 Georgia SEC 12 0 0 4 1 0 5 0 333 137 1.96 1.00 18.71
64 1909 Yale Ivy 10 0 0 5 1.5 0 4 0 209 0 2.09 1.00 18.59
65 1938 TCU SWC 11 0 0 4 1 0 4 0 269 60 2.09 1.00 18.09
66 1940 Minnesota Western 8 0 0 4 4.5 0 1 0 154 71 0.83 1.00 18.08
67 1955 Oklahoma Big 7 11 0 0 3 1 0 5 0 385 60 3.25 1.00 18.00
68 1993 Auburn SEC 11 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 353 192 1.61 1.00 15.86
69 1956 Oklahoma Big 7 10 0 0 1 1 0 6 0 466 51 4.15 1.00 15.65
70 1947 Notre Dame Ind. 9 0 0 3 1 0 5 0 291 52 2.39 1.00 15.14

 



 














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