College Football Rankings Final 1 To 131: 2022 Season Formula. Who Had The Best Years?

The 2022 Final College Football News Season Rankings from No. 1 to 131? How did all the seasons stack up based on the CFN Season Formula.

CFN College Football Rankings: 2022 Final Season Rankings

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
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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. The win over the key rival is obviously the biggest moment, but it might not have been the win over the best team on the slate.

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

131 Colorado (1-11)

2022 CFN Season Score: -3.41
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 103
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 62
2021 CFN Season Score: 97
Best Win: Cal 20-13
Worst Loss: Arizona State 42-34

130 UMass (1-11)

2022 CFN Season Score: -3.15
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 131
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 130
2021 CFN Season Score: 130
Best Win: Stony Brook 20-3
Worst Loss: Arkansas State 35-33

129 Nevada (2-10)

2022 CFN Season Score: -2.28
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 130
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 100
2021 CFN Season Score: 54
Best Win: Texas State 38-14
Worst Loss: Incarnate Word 55-41

128 Northwestern (1-11)

2022 CFN Season Score: -1.67
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 110
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 67
2021 CFN Season Score: 118
Best Win: Nebraska 31-28
Worst Loss: Southern Illinois 31-24

127 USF (1-12)

2022 CFN Season Score: -1.50
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 126
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 92
2021 CFN Season Score: 117
Best Win: Howard 42-20
Worst Loss: Temple 54-28

126 New Mexico (2-10)

2022 CFN Season Score: -0.63
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 129
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 122
2021 CFN Season Score: 122
Best Win: UTEP 27-10
Worst Loss: Colorado State 17-0

125 Charlotte (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: -0.30
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 123
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 119
2021 CFN Season Score: 98
Best Win: Rice 56-23
Worst Loss: William & Mary 41-24

124 Hawaii (3-10)

2022 CFN Season Score: 0.04
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 121
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 107
2021 CFN Season Score: 86
Best Win: UNLV 31-25
Worst Loss: Colorado State 17-13

123 Akron (2-10)

2022 CFN Season Score: 0.51
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 119
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 128
2021 CFN Season Score: 127
Best Win: Northern Illinois 44-12
Worst Loss: Central Michigan 28-21

122 Arkansas State (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.48
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 128
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 121
2021 CFN Season Score: 116
Best Win: ULM 45-28
Worst Loss: Old Dominion 29-26

121 Temple (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.62
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 114
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 98
2021 CFN Season Score: 119
Best Win: USF 54-28
Worst Loss: Rutgers 16-14

120 Virginia Tech (3-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.67
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 90
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 57
2021 CFN Season Score: 83
Best Win: Liberty 23-22
Worst Loss: Old Dominion 20-17

119 Northern Illinois (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.84
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 120
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 101
2021 CFN Season Score: 41
Best Win: Eastern Michigan 39-10
Worst Loss: Akron 44-12

118 ULM (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.88
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 116
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 126
2021 CFN Season Score: 104
Best Win: Louisiana 21-17
Worst Loss: Arkansas State 45-28

117 Old Dominion (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.90
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 107
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 110
2021 CFN Season Score: 84
Best Win: Coastal Carolina 49-21
Worst Loss: Georgia State 31-17

116 Louisiana Tech (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 1.93
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 124
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 99
2021 CFN Season Score: 112
Best Win: Middle Tennessee 40-24
Worst Loss: Charlotte 26-21

115 Virginia (3-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.10
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 75
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 56
2021 CFN Season Score: 79
Best Win: Georgia Tech 16-9
Worst Loss: Miami 14-12

114 FIU (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.35
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 127
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 127
2021 CFN Season Score: 126
Best Win: New Mexico State 21-7
Worst Loss: Texas State 41-12

113 Texas State (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.45
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 122
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 118
2021 CFN Season Score: 115
Best Win: Appalachian State 36-24
Worst Loss: Nevada 38-14

112 Boston College (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.49
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 74
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 45
2021 CFN Season Score: 88
Best Win: NC State 21-20
Worst Loss: Virginia Tech 27-10

111 Cal (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.61
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 67
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 55
2021 CFN Season Score: 91
Best Win: Arizona 49-31
Worst Loss: Colorado 20-13

110 Stanford (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.70
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 73
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 61
2021 CFN Season Score: 102
Best Win: Notre Dame 16-14
Worst Loss: Cal 27-20

109 Colorado State (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.81
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 125
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 93
2021 CFN Season Score: 114
Best Win: Hawaii 17-13
Worst Loss: Sacramento State 41-10

108 Rutgers (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 2.91
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 85
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 66
2021 CFN Season Score: 99
Best Win: Indiana 24-17
Worst Loss: Nebraska 14-13

107 Arizona State (3-9)

2022 CFN Season Score: 3.11
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 76
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 53
2021 CFN Season Score: 56
Best Win: Washington 45-38
Worst Loss: Stanford 15-14

106 Rice (5-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 3.22
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 109
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 120
2021 CFN Season Score: 101
Best Win: Louisiana 33-21
Worst Loss: Charlotte 56-23

105 UNLV (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 3.41
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 113
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 112
2021 CFN Season Score: 120
Best Win: North Texas 58-27
Worst Loss: Hawaii 31-25

104 Georgia State (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 3.44
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 101
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 95
2021 CFN Season Score: 49
Best Win: Southern Miss 42-14
Worst Loss: Charlotte 42-41

103 Nebraska (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 3.73
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 68
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 46
2021 CFN Season Score: 95
Best Win: Iowa 24-17
Worst Loss: Northwestern 31-28

102 Western Michigan (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 4.06
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 117
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 81
2021 CFN Season Score: 40
Best Win: Toledo 20-14
Worst Loss: Northern Illinois 24-21

101 Navy (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 4.29
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 89
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 97
2021 CFN Season Score: 82
Best Win: UCF 17-14
Worst Loss: Delaware 14-7

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: 2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 76 to 100

2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 76 to 100

100 Central Michigan (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 4.35
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 115
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 109
2021 CFN Season Score: 34
Best Win: Buffalo 31-27
Worst Loss: Western Michigan 12-10

99 Ball State (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 4.73
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 118
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 125
2021 CFN Season Score: 67
Best Win: UConn 25-21
Worst Loss: Western Michigan 37-30

98 UTEP (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 4.86
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 112
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 104
2021 CFN Season Score: 85
Best Win: Boise State 27-10
Worst Loss: New Mexico 27-10

97 Vanderbilt (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.05
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 60
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 74
2021 CFN Season Score: 128
Best Win: Kentucky 24-21
Worst Loss: Missouri 17-14

96 Miami University (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.15
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 106
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 102
2021 CFN Season Score: 70
Best Win: Kent State 27-24
Worst Loss: Western Michigan 16-10

95 Miami (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.29
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 62
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 24
2021 CFN Season Score: 42
Best Win: Southern Miss 30-7
Worst Loss: Texas A&M 17-9

94 Utah State (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.30
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 80
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 84
2021 CFN Season Score: 14
Best Win: San Jose State 35-31
Worst Loss: Weber State 35-7

93 Georgia Tech (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.32
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 63
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 65
2021 CFN Season Score: 109
Best Win: Pitt 26-21
Worst Loss: Virginia 16-9

92 Tulsa (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.37
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 97
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 75
2021 CFN Season Score: 80
Best Win: Houston 37-30
Worst Loss: Navy 53-21

91 Bowling Green (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.53
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 105
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 124
2021 CFN Season Score: 105
Best Win: Marshall 34-31
Worst Loss: Eastern Kentucky 59-57

90 Indiana (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.55
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 69
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 71
2021 CFN Season Score: 107
Best Win: Illinois 23-20
Worst Loss: Rutgers 38-33

89 West Virginia (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.64
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 66
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 42
2021 CFN Season Score: 71
Best Win: Oklahoma State 24-19
Worst Loss: Iowa State 31-14

88 New Mexico State (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 5.99
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 104
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 129
2021 CFN Season Score: 123
Best Win: Liberty 49-14
Worst Loss: Nevada 23-12

87 Arizona (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 6.24
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 54
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 70
2021 CFN Season Score: 125
Best Win: UCLA 34-28
Worst Loss: Cal 49-31

86 Florida Atlantic (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 6.30
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 108
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 103
2021 CFN Season Score: 90
Best Win: UAB 24-17
Worst Loss: UTEP 24-21

85 Iowa State (4-8)

2022 CFN Season Score: 6.32
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 59
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 50
2021 CFN Season Score: 44
Best Win: Ohio 43-10
Worst Loss: Baylor 31-24

84 Army (6-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 6.73
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 88
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 77
2021 CFN Season Score: 23
Best Win: UConn 34-17
Worst Loss: Georgia State 31-14

83 UConn (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.07
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 91
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 131
2021 CFN Season Score: 129
Best Win: Fresno State 19-14
Worst Loss: Ball State 25-21

82 Georgia Southern (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.10
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 102
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 117
2021 CFN Season Score: 108
Best Win: James Madison 45-38
Worst Loss: Georgia State 41-33

81 Auburn (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.35
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 57
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 25
2021 CFN Season Score: 51
Best Win: WKU 41-17
Worst Loss: Arkansas 41-27

80 Kent State (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.35
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 111
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 114
2021 CFN Season Score: 68
Best Win: Ohio 31-24
Worst Loss: Ball State 27-20

79 Texas A&M (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.36
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 51
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 19
2021 CFN Season Score: 39
Best Win: LSU 38-23
Worst Loss: Auburn 13-10

78 Buffalo (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.78
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 100
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 123
2021 CFN Season Score: 103
Best Win: Eastern Michigan 50-31
Worst Loss: Holy Cross 37-31

77 Michigan State (5-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 7.81
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 56
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 16
2021 CFN Season Score: 8
Best Win: Illinois 23-15
Worst Loss: Indiana 39-31

76 Oklahoma (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.08
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 41
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 13
2021 CFN Season Score: 17
Best Win: Oklahoma State 28-13
Worst Loss: West Virginia 23-20

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: 2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 51 to 75

2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 51 to 75

75 Baylor (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.15
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 50
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 26
2021 CFN Season Score: 3
Best Win: Texas Tech 45-17
Worst Loss: West Virginia 43-40

74 Wyoming (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.19
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 84
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 94
2021 CFN Season Score: 64
Best Win: Air Force 17-14
Worst Loss: San Jose State 33-16

73 Washington State (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.20
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 33
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 59
2021 CFN Season Score: 60
Best Win: Wisconsin 17-14
Worst Loss: Fresno State 29-6 (Los Angeles Bowl)

72 San Jose State (7-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.23
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 94
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 90
2021 CFN Season Score: 96
Best Win: Wyoming 40-7
Worst Loss: Utah State 35-31

71 Memphis (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.25
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 70
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 69
2021 CFN Season Score: 77
Best Win: North Texas 44-34
Worst Loss: SMU 34-31

70 North Texas (7-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.29
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 83
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 96
2021 CFN Season Score: 74
Best Win: WKU 40-13
Worst Loss: UNLV 58-27

69 Eastern Michigan (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.36
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 93
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 115
2021 CFN Season Score: 63
Best Win: San Jose State 41-27 (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)
Worst Loss: Northern Illinois 39-10

68 Florida (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.55
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 38
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 11
2021 CFN Season Score: 73
Best Win: Utah 29-26
Worst Loss: Vanderbilt 31-24

67 Louisiana (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.64
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 96
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 106
2021 CFN Season Score: 9
Best Win: Eastern Michigan 49-21
Worst Loss: ULM 21-17

66 San Diego State (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.66
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 78
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 54
2021 CFN Season Score: 10
Best Win: Toledo 17-14
Worst Loss: Middle Tennessee 25-24 (Arizona Bowl)

65 UAB (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.69
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 95
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 85
2021 CFN Season Score: 33
Best Win: Middle Tennessee 41-14
Worst Loss: Rice 28-24

64 Appalachian State (6-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 8.73
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 99
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 68
2021 CFN Season Score: 12
Best Win: Troy 32-28
Worst Loss: Texas State 36-24

63 Missouri (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 9.42
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 43
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 43
2021 CFN Season Score: 78
Best Win: South Carolina 23-10
Worst Loss: Vanderbilt 17-14

62 Kansas (6-7)

2022 CFN Season Score: 9.48
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 47
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 73
2021 CFN Season Score: 121
Best Win: Duke 35-27
Worst Loss: Baylor 35-23

61 Oklahoma State (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 9.51
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 45
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 12
2021 CFN Season Score: 4
Best Win: Texas 41-34
Worst Loss: West Virginia 24-19

60 Kentucky (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 9.69
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 28
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 29
2021 CFN Season Score: 36
Best Win: Mississippi State 27-17
Worst Loss: Vanderbilt 24-21

59 SMU (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 9.98
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 64
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 72
2021 CFN Season Score: 53
Best Win: Houston 77-63
Worst Loss: UCF 41-19

58 Southern Miss (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 10.02
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 98
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 108
2021 CFN Season Score: 110
Best Win: Tulane 27-24
Worst Loss: Georgia State 42-14

57 Middle Tennessee (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 10.27
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 77
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 105
2021 CFN Season Score: 59
Best Win: San Diego State 25-23 (Hawaii Bowl)
Worst Loss: Louisiana Tech 40-24

56 Syracuse (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 10.39
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 52
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 52
2021 CFN Season Score: 89
Best Win: Purdue 32-29
Worst Loss: Wake Forest 45-35

55 Liberty (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 10.50
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 92
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 82
2021 CFN Season Score: 38
Best Win: BYU 41-14
Worst Loss: Virginia Tech 23-22

54 Coastal Carolina (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 10.83
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 86
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 78
2021 CFN Season Score: 32
Best Win: Marshall 24-13
Worst Loss: Old Dominion 49-21

53 BYU (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 11.11
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 58
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 33
2021 CFN Season Score: 24
Best Win: SMU 24-23 (New Mexico Bowl)
Worst Loss: Arkansas 52-35

52 Purdue (8-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 11.46
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 46
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 37
2021 CFN Season Score: 26
Best Win: Minnesota 20-10
Worst Loss: Wisconsin 35-24

51 James Madison (8-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 11.75
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 82
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 113
2021 CFN Season Score: NR
Best Win: Coastal Carolina 47-7
Worst Loss: Georgia Southern 45-38

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: 2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 26 to 50

2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 26 to 50

50 Arkansas (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 11.79
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 44
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 23
2021 CFN Season Score: 35
Best Win: Cincinnati 31-24
Worst Loss: Texas A&M 23-21

49 Duke (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 11.84
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 31
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 83
2021 CFN Season Score: 124
Best Win: UCF 30-13 (Military Bowl)
Worst Loss: Georgia Tech 23-20

48 Wisconsin (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.08
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 34
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 14
2021 CFN Season Score: 25
Best Win: Maryland 23-10
Worst Loss: Michigan State 34-28

47 Texas Tech (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.28
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 27
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 60
2021 CFN Season Score: 47
Best Win: Ole Miss 42-25 (Texas Bowl)
Worst Loss: Baylor 45-17

46 NC State (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.29
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 39
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 8
2021 CFN Season Score: 46
Best Win: Florida State 19-17
Worst Loss: Syracuse 24-8

45 Cincinnati (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.31
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 36
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 44
2021 CFN Season Score: 2
Best Win: East Carolina 27-25
Worst Loss: Arkansas 31-24

44 South Alabama (10-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.31
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 72
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 111
2021 CFN Season Score: 94
Best Win: Southern Miss 27-20
Worst Loss: WKU 44-32 (New Orleans Bowl)

43 Air Force (10-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.40
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 49
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 76
2021 CFN Season Score: 29
Best Win: San Diego State 13-3
Worst Loss: Wyoming 17-14

42 North Carolina (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.40
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 40
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 42
2021 CFN Season Score: 62
Best Win: Pitt 42-24
Worst Loss: Georgia Tech 21-17

42 Maryland (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.52
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 37
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 49
2021 CFN Season Score: 75
Best Win: NC State 16-12 (Duke’s Mayo Bowl)
Worst Loss: Wisconsin 23-10

40 East Carolina (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.57
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 61
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 87
2021 CFN Season Score: 65
Best Win: USC 34-13
Worst Loss: Navy 23-20

39 Ole Miss (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.65
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 35
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 18
2021 CFN Season Score: 21
Best Win: Kentucky 22-19
Worst Loss: Arkansas 42-27

38 Ohio (10-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.70
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 81
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 116
2021 CFN Season Score: 113
Best Win: Wyoming 30-27 (Arizona Bowl)
Worst Loss: Kent State 31-24

37 Houston (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.88
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 65
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 36
2021 CFN Season Score: 18
Best Win: UTSA 37-35
Worst Loss: Tulsa 37-30

36 Iowa (7-6)

2022 CFN Season Score: 12.94
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 25
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 28
2021 CFN Season Score: 30
Best Win: Minnesota 13-10
Worst Loss: Nebraska 24-17

35 Toledo (9-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.01
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 79
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 80
2021 CFN Season Score: 72
Best Win: Ohio (MAC Championship) 17-7
Worst Loss: Western Michigan 20-14

34 Texas (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.04
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 22
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 15
2021 CFN Season Score: 61
Best Win: Kansas State 34-27
Worst Loss: Oklahoma State 41-34

33 Pitt (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.10
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 20
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 21
2021 CFN Season Score: 15
Best Win: UCLA 37-35 (Sun Bowl)
Worst Loss: Georgia Tech 26-21

32 Wake Forest (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.13
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 42
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 30
2021 CFN Season Score: 27
Best Win: Florida State 31-21
Worst Loss: Duke 34-31

31 Marshall (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.29
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 87
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 86
2021 CFN Season Score: 66
Best Win: Notre Dame 26-21
Worst Loss: Bowling Green 34-31

30 Illinois (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.61
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 24
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 51
2021 CFN Season Score: 81
Best Win: Minnesota 26-14
Worst Loss: Indiana 23-20

29 South Carolina (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 13.80
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 12
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 27
2021 CFN Season Score: 69
Best Win:
Worst Loss:

28 UCLA (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 14.02
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 21
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 32
2021 CFN Season Score: 58
Best Win: Washington 40-32
Worst Loss: Arizona 34-28

27 Minnesota (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 14.06
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 26
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 35
2021 CFN Season Score: 31
Best Win: Wisconsin 23-16
Worst Loss: Purdue 20-10

26 Louisville (8-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 14.13
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 30
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 34
2021 CFN Season Score: 76
Best Win: Pitt 24-10
Worst Loss: Boston College 34-33

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: 2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 11 to 25

2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 11 to 25

25 Notre Dame (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 14.33
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 11
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 10
2021 CFN Season Score: 19
Best Win: Clemson 34-14
Worst Loss: Stanford 16-14

24 WKU (9-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 14.96
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 71
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 91
2021 CFN Season Score: 37
Best Win: South Alabama 44-23 (New Orleans Bowl)
Worst Loss: Indiana 33-30

23 Mississippi State (9-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 15.05
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 23
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 31
2021 CFN Season Score: 52
Best Win: Illinois 19-10 (ReliaQuest Bowl)
Worst Loss: Kentucky 27-17

22 Florida State (10-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 15.28
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 14
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 40
2021 CFN Season Score: 92
Best Win: LSU 24-23
Worst Loss: Wake Forest 31-21

21 Oregon State (10-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 15.61
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 18
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 47
2021 CFN Season Score: 55
Best Win: Oregon 38-34
Worst Loss: Utah 42-16

20 UCF (9-5)

2022 CFN Season Score: 15.93
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 32
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 63
2021 CFN Season Score: 45
Best Win: Tulane 38-31
Worst Loss: Navy 17-14

19 UTSA (11-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 16.06
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 55
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 79
2021 CFN Season Score: 11
Best Win: WKU 31-28
Worst Loss: Houston 37-35

18 Boise State (10-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 16.11
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 48
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 58
2021 CFN Season Score: 20
Best Win: Fresno State 40-20
Worst Loss: UTEP 27-10

17 Fresno State (10-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 16.27
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 29
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 64
2021 CFN Season Score: 13
Best Win: Boise State 28-16 (Mountain West Championship)
Worst Loss: UConn 19-14

16 Kansas State (10-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 16.67
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 10
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 39
2021 CFN Season Score: 48
Best Win: TCU 31-28 (Big 12 Championship)
Worst Loss: Baylor 34-27

15 Washington (11-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 16.90
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 8
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 38
2021 CFN Season Score: 106
Best Win: Oregon State 24-21
Worst Loss: Arizona State 45-38

14 Oregon (10-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 17.00
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 19
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 9
2021 CFN Season Score: 22
Best Win: Utah 20-17
Worst Loss: Oregon State 38-34

13 USC (11-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 18.99
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 17
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 5
2021 CFN Season Score: 100
Best Win: Oregon State 17-14
Worst Loss: Utah 47-24 (Pac-12 Championship)

12 Utah (10-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 19.37
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 9
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 6
2021 CFN Season Score: 16
Best Win: USC 47-24 (Pac-12 Championship)
Worst Loss: Florida 29-26

11 Penn State (11-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 19.38
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 5
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 17
2021 CFN Season Score: 50
Best Win: Utah 35-21 (Rose Bowl)
Worst Loss: Ohio State 44-31

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: 2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula Top 10

2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula Top 10

10 LSU (10-4)

2022 CFN Season Score: 19.39
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 15
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 22
2021 CFN Season Score: 57
Best Win: Alabama 32-31
Worst Loss: Texas A&M 38-23

Going from 57th last year to the top ten – that’s not a bad first run under Brian Kelly. It was the highest-ranked four-loss team with a win over Alabama and a spot in the SEC Championship along the way. The 63-7 win over Purdue in the Citrus Bowl was the biggest bowl blowout ever before Georgia took it up a notch in the national championship.

9 Alabama (11-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 19.83
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 7
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 1
2021 CFN Season Score: 5
Best Win: Kansas State (Sugar Bowl) 45-20
Worst Loss: LSU 32-31

This seems a little low, right? Maybe a lot low? It’s simple – there weren’t any Elite Wins. It’s the highest ranked team without won, and there were only five victories over teams that finished with winning records. Kansas State was the only team the Tide took down that finished with ten wins – it just so happened to be in the Sugar Bowl.

8 Clemson (11-3)

2022 CFN Season Score: 20.27
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 13
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 4
2021 CFN Season Score: 28
Best Win: Florida State 34-28
Worst Loss: South Carolina 31-30

It might not have been a College Football Playoff season, but the Tigers won the ACC Championship and got to the Orange Bowl – that’s not bad for a second straight down year. It got rocked by Notre Dame, but had it held up in the 31-30 meltdown loss to South Carolina, it might have made the CFP. It ended up as the highest ranked three-loss team.

7 Troy (12-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 21.54
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 53
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 89
2021 CFN Season Score: 93
Best Win: UTSA 18-12 (Cure Bowl)
Worst Loss: Appalachian State 32-28

It was as quietly great a season as it gets. For all of the big things that happened with the new-look Sun Belt, and for all of the splashy wins, the Trojans ended up fighting through winning 11 straight to close out the run. They took down the Sun Belt title and beat Conference USA champion UTSA in the Cure Bowl.

Georgia, Michigan, TCU, Tulane … Troy. Those were the only teams to get to at least 12 wins.

6 Tennessee (11-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 21.63
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 6
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 20
2021 CFN Season Score: 43
Best Win: Alabama 52-49
Worst Loss: South Carolina 63-38

All the points, all the big plays, and all the fun got the Vols this close to the top five. The wins over Alabama and Clemson were massive, but there weren’t enough – there were only three other wins over teams that finished with a winning record. That’s part of the deal – had Florida or Missouri won its respective bowl game, Tennessee is No. 4. If both of them had won, it’s third.

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: 2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula Top 5

2022 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula Top 5

5 TCU (13-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 22.09
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 2
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 48
2021 CFN Season Score: 87
Best Win: Michigan 51-45 (CFP Fiesta Bowl)
Worst Loss: Kansas State 31-28 (Big 12 Championship)

All TCU had to do was not get obliterated by Georgia in the national championship. One 65-7 loss in the worst bowl defeat of all-time later, and that was just enough – along with the loss itself – to get bounced out of the top four.

Even with the rough ending, the win over Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl and the 12-0 start were enough to finish in the top five. But the 104 points allowed in the last six quarters of the season mattered.

4 Ohio State (11-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 22.37
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 4
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 2
2021 CFN Season Score: 7
Best Win: Penn State 44-31
Worst Loss: Michigan 45-23

The team might have been a field goal away from almost certainly winning a national championship, but there weren’t quite enough big victories to get the No. 3 spot.

The two losses to finish up the season might have been Elite – losses to teams that finished with two losses or fewer – but that’s offset by the Bad Wins over Arkansas State and Northwestern and the lack of Quality Wins.

3 Tulane (12-2)

2022 CFN Season Score: 23.04
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 16
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 88
2021 CFN Season Score: 111
Best Win: USC 46-45 (Cotton Bowl)
Worst Loss: Southern Miss 27-24

Quality Wins. Tulane had eight of them including the shocker over USC in the Cotton Bowl. The thrilling comeback was enough to count in several categories to move up into the top three – it would’ve been just inside the top ten with a loss. That, the win over Big 12 Champion Kansas State, and those six other wins over teams that finished with a winning record were enough to overcome rough losses to Southern Miss and the first time around against UCF.

2 Michigan (13-1)

2022 CFN Season Score: 25.59
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 3
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 7
2021 CFN Season Score: 6
Best Win: Ohio State 45-23
Worst Loss: TCU 51-45 (CFP Fiesta Bowl)

Even with the loss to TCU in the CFP Semifinal, Michigan still made it here with ease helped by Elite Wins over Ohio State and Penn State. The program caught a break, though, with a relatively light schedule only yielding six wins over teams that finished with a winning record. Even so, it was a dominant yet up until the end.

1 Georgia (15-0)

2022 CFN Season Score: 32.52
2022 CFN Final Opinion Ranking: 1
2022 CFN Preseason Ranking: 3
2021 CFN Season Score: 1
Best Win: TCU 65-7 (CFP National Championship)
Worst Performance: Georgia 26, Missouri 22

Everything started well with a dominant win over a terrific Oregon team, and everything else rolled on from there. Oh sure, the performances against Kent State and Missouri weren’t top drawer, but the team turned it on when it had to.

None of the 14 wins over FBS teams came against anyone who didn’t win at least five games. In the SEC Championship win over LSU, the CFP semifinal against Ohio State, and in the dominant national’ championship victory over TCU, Georgia averaged over 52 points per game.

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

NEXT: CFN Historical Rankings Formula

CFN Historical Season Rankings Formula

1. Wins. Obviously, winning matters. Just win lots of games, and all is fine. 1 point per win.

2. Ties. Yeah, there used to be those. 0.5 points per tie. (These only matter when it comes to historical comparisons.)

3. Quality Wins. The wins over the good teams. 1 point per win over a team that finished with a winning record.

4. Elite Wins. The wins over the great teams. 1 point per home win over a team that finished with two losses, or a road, bowl, or neutral site win over a team that finished with three losses. An extra 0.5 added to a road win over a team that finished with two losses.

5. Bad Losses. The soul-crushers. -1 point per loss to a non-FBS/D-I team, or a team that finished with three wins or fewer. An extra 0.5 is added to a home loss to a “bad” team.

6. Bad Wins. The layups. -0.25 for a win over a team that finished with three losses or fewer.

7. Elite Losses. The forgivable defeats. 0.25 added for a loss to a team that finished with two losses of fewer.

8. Point Differential. They keep score for a reason. Points scored minus points against divided by 100.

9. Winning Percentage. A sort of tie-breaker, taking into account how good the season was beyond the raw wins and loss.

CFN 2022 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-131 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
CFN College Football Season Formula
CFN Final Overall, Conference Rankings by Opinion – 1-131

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