2015 College Football Season Rankings: No. 111-120


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. 111-120

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– Explanation of the College Football Season Rankings and the components

 T120. Massachusetts Minutemen, MAC

The team was okay, but the season didn’t work out well with way too many Bad Losses gaffing against Kent State, Ball State and Miami University. The offense wasn’t consistent enough and it missed the expected firepower. There were four losses by a touchdown or less, but the defense didn’t have a prayer against Notre Dame, Bowling Green and Toledo. Winning two of the final three games made things a bit better.

2015 Season Ranking Score -1.86

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 4-8
2015 Preseason Ranking 112
2014 Final Season Ranking 122

119. Wyoming Cowboys, Mountain West

Year Two of the Craig Bohl era was a strange disaster. There were moments showing what the team could do, but not enough of them. Horrendous losses to North Dakota and Eastern Michigan to start the season made it a tough go, and there wasn’t much success until a stunning win over Nevada in the seventh game of the season. The offense only scored more than 17 points five times and all ten losses were by double digits.

2015 Season Ranking Score -1.63

2015 Record 2-10
2015 Preseason Prediction 6-6
2015 Preseason Ranking 101
2014 Final Season Ranking 102

118. SMU Mustangs, American Athletic

At least the offense started to work a lot better compared to what it did in 2014. The Bad Loss to James Madison hurt the overall score, and the two victories were Bad Wins beating North Texas and Tulane. Even with the improved offense there were way too many blowouts losing by an average of 18 points per game and getting ripped by 20 points or more in seven losses. There were four Elite Losses to Baylor, TCU, Houston and Navy.

2015 Season Ranking Score -1.23

2015 Record 2-10
2015 Preseason Prediction 3-9
2015 Preseason Ranking 119
2014 Final Season Ranking 127

117. Tulane Green Wave, American Athletic

All three victories were Bad Wins beating Maine, UCF and Army, but the offense struggled way too often. The Green Wave scored 14 points are fewer in seven of the first nine games, but it didn’t matter much when the points started to come in the final three games. The Bad Losses to SMU and Georgia Tech weren’t just lousy, they were blowouts. Losing by almost 20 points per game were a bit reason for the coaching change.

2015 Season Ranking Score -0.99

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 3-9
2015 Preseason Ranking 114
2014 Final Season Ranking 111

116. Oregon State Beavers, Pac-12

It wasn’t a strong start for Gary Andersen, especially on offense with an inconsistent season scoring 13 points or fewer six times. The two wins came early on beating Weber State and San Jose State, but the Beavers lost their last nine games and only came closer than 15 points in losses to Colorado and Oregon. Most galling for a coach like Andersen was the defense that allowed 52 points or more in each of the last three games – the team didn’t get better.

2015 Season Ranking Score 0.01

2015 Record 2-10
2015 Preseason Prediction 5-7
2015 Preseason Ranking 53
2014 Final Season Ranking 89

T114. Texas State Bobcats, Sun Belt

It wasn’t the year expected for a team that had enough talent and experience to challenge for the Sun belt title. The three wins were against lousy teams beating Prairie View A&M, South Alabama and ULM, while the loss at home to New Mexico State was a disaster. The schedule opened up over the second half of the season, but the Bobcats couldn’t take advantage because the defense just didn’t get better.

2015 Season Ranking Score 0.03

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 7-5
2015 Preseason Ranking 108
2014 Final Season Ranking 69

T114. New Mexico State Aggies, Sun Belt

It’s been a rough run trying to improve and trying to make more noise in the Sun Belt world, but the Aggies had a nice late-season run winning three straight over Idaho, Texas State and Louisiana-Lafayette before dropping the final two. Just when it seemed like things were changing, they lost the final game of the season to a miserable ULM team on the road. The defense was awful allowing 34 points in every game but one and 50 points or more six times.

2015 Season Ranking Score 0.03

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 2-10
2015 Preseason Ranking 126
2014 Final Season Ranking 126

113. Miami University RedHawks, MAC

All three wins were Bad Wins beating Presbyterian, Eastern Michigan and UMass, but the difference between an awful year and a possible better one came in the road loss to a bad Kent State team. The offense was abysmal scoring 14 points or fewer six times, but the attack picked up over the the last month of the season helping pave the way to the team’s two late wins. Outside of the problem with the Golden Flashes, there weren’t any cheap losses, but the season was still a dud.

2015 Season Ranking Score 0.66

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 2-10
2015 Preseason Ranking 121
2014 Final Season Ranking 118

112. Fresno State Bulldogs, Mountain West

It turned into a stunningly awful year with just two wins over UNLV and Hawaii after opening up with a victory over Abilene Christian. There weren’t any Quality Wins, and there weren’t any Bad Losses – the Bulldogs just weren’t very good. The offense scores 16 points or fewer in five of the final eight games, but it battled in a loss to Colorado State to end the year. All nine losses came to teams that went bowling.

2015 Season Ranking Score 0.60

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 6-6
2015 Preseason Ranking 80
2014 Final Season Ranking 80

111. UTSA Roadrunners, Conference USA

The Roadrunners didn’t play all that poorly, but they just couldn’t get the wins. They pushed Arizona, they lost 33-31 to Colorado State and 34-31 to Louisiana Tech. In all, UTSA lost five games by eight points or fewer. The Bad Loss to North Texas was unforgivable, though, and the team went 1-8 before finally finding a little luck in late wins over Charlotte and Rice. It wouldn’t have taken too much luck the other way to be closer to 6-6 than an awful 3-9.

2015 Season Ranking Score 0.66

2015 Record 3-9
2015 Preseason Prediction 1-11
2015 Preseason Ranking 122
2014 Final Season Ranking 100


– Explanation of the College Football Season Rankings and the components