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CHARLES DAVIS'   A former defensive back at Tennessee, Charles Davis is the lead college football analyst for FOX Sports.

Week15 Power rankings

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Posted January 27, 2011 12:58 PM EST
Which teams had the best seasons and who deserves to be ranked where? Here are the final rankings for the 2010 season, based on the CFN Season Ranking Formula.

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Nevada Wolf Pack

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Wisconsin Badgers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

2-0 - 1/23
The all-timer of a season didn't come cheap. The Tigers had to fight to get by Clemson and Kentucky early on, and they had to rally back in epic fashion to get by Alabama on the way to the national title. While the offense struggled to break out against OExpand Description
The all-timer of a season didn't come cheap. The Tigers had to fight to get by Clemson and Kentucky early on, and they had to rally back in epic fashion to get by Alabama on the way to the national title. While the offense struggled to break out against Oregon, it came up big when it had to for the championship, and now it's over. Cam Newton and Nick Fairley are gone, and there's big turnover on both sides of the ball, but Tiger fans have had their fun.Collapse Description
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2

2-0 5 2/10
The Horned Frogs blew through a miserable schedule with five wins over teams that finished with three wins or fewer, more than any BCS conference team, but they showed up when they had to in a blowout over Utah and the program-defining win over Wisconsin Expand Description
The Horned Frogs blew through a miserable schedule with five wins over teams that finished with three wins or fewer, more than any BCS conference team, but they showed up when they had to in a blowout over Utah and the program-defining win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. With a defense that finished first in the nation for the third year in a row, TCU went unbeaten, but didn't come within ten miles of challenging for the No. 1 spot. Had Wisconsin won the Rose Bowl, TCU would have finished out of the top five. Collapse Description
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3

2-1 1 1/8
The Buckeyes' win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl meant everything to the rankings and the program, but beating seven teams that finished with winning records ended up meaning more. There might not have been any huge regular- season wins, but there were pExpand Description
The Buckeyes' win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl meant everything to the rankings and the program, but beating seven teams that finished with winning records ended up meaning more. There might not have been any huge regular- season wins, but there were plenty of very good ones that added up in a big hurry. The only loss was on the road at Wisconsin, but the Buckeyes dominated the rest of the way with only the wins over Iowa and Arkansas coming by fewer than double digits.Collapse Description
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4

3-0 9 2/15
The Sooners bounced back from a disappointing 2009 by winning the Big 12 title and making the two-foot putt to beat Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl. No. 1 in the BCS rankings, the loss to Missouri put a damper on things, and losing at Texas A&M wasn't a plExpand Description
The Sooners bounced back from a disappointing 2009 by winning the Big 12 title and making the two-foot putt to beat Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl. No. 1 in the BCS rankings, the loss to Missouri put a damper on things, and losing at Texas A&M wasn't a plus. But then the offense turned it on hanging 145 points on the board over the final three games.Collapse Description
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5

2-1 7 3/12
Two big keys to Boise State getting into the top five -- The neutral site win over Virginia Tech counts as an elite win, just like a bowl win would, and the point differential is insane, leading the nation after averaging over 45 points per game and allowExpand Description
Two big keys to Boise State getting into the top five -- The neutral site win over Virginia Tech counts as an elite win, just like a bowl win would, and the point differential is insane, leading the nation after averaging over 45 points per game and allowing fewer than 13. There weren't as many bad losses as you might think from the WAC, but there were only four quality wins over teams finishing with winning records. Had the Broncos beaten Nevada, they would have finished the year No. 2.Collapse Description
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6

2-1 1 5/15
As it turns out, Notre Dame finished with a winning record and Tennessee didn't. That's the difference between Stanford and Oregon this year. Stanford played all the bad Pac-10 teams Oregon played, but the win over the Irish provided the paper-thin differExpand Description
As it turns out, Notre Dame finished with a winning record and Tennessee didn't. That's the difference between Stanford and Oregon this year. Stanford played all the bad Pac-10 teams Oregon played, but the win over the Irish provided the paper-thin difference. Yes, the Ducks beat the Cardinal at home, but the Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech provided Stanford the elite Win to make up for it.Collapse Description
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7

3-0 4 1/15
WHAT?! The Ducks came within a late field goal of the national championship and they finish seventh? Remember, this is based on who the teams played and NOT on how good we all think they were. Basically, this proves that Oregon didn't play anyone, with onExpand Description
WHAT?! The Ducks came within a late field goal of the national championship and they finish seventh? Remember, this is based on who the teams played and NOT on how good we all think they were. Basically, this proves that Oregon didn't play anyone, with one win over Stanford and a whole bunch of victories over mediocre Pac-10 teams. There were a WAC champion-like four wins over teams that finished with winning records, and even the massive point differential, third only behind Boise State and TCU, couldn't put the Ducks in the top five. Collapse Description
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8

2-1 7 8/25
No one expected anything from a rebuilding team that had to find several key new starters on both sides of the ball. Whatever. The offense blew up to be one of the most dangerous in the nation, scoring 34 points or more in every game, while the defense anExpand Description
No one expected anything from a rebuilding team that had to find several key new starters on both sides of the ball. Whatever. The offense blew up to be one of the most dangerous in the nation, scoring 34 points or more in every game, while the defense and special teams were solid. While losing home games to Nebraska and Oklahoma was disappointing, a blowout win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl closed out one of the best seasons in school history.Collapse Description
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9

2-1 12 9/25
With the greatest season in Nevada history, the Pack won a share of the WAC title and came up with 13 wins, highlighted by the classic over Boise State. The lone blemish came in Hawaii, but the season turned back around with seven straight wins and closedExpand Description
With the greatest season in Nevada history, the Pack won a share of the WAC title and came up with 13 wins, highlighted by the classic over Boise State. The lone blemish came in Hawaii, but the season turned back around with seven straight wins and closed with a Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl victory over Boston College. For good and bad, Nevada got to fatten up on several bad teams, blowing up five teams that finished with three wins or fewer. Collapse Description
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10

3-0 1 1/10
Considering the Tide starting the season as everyone's preseason No. 1, this was a disappointment. Considering the turnover on defense, and finishing fifth in the nation in yards allowed, being in the top ten isn't a bad finish for a three-loss team. The Expand Description
Considering the Tide starting the season as everyone's preseason No. 1, this was a disappointment. Considering the turnover on defense, and finishing fifth in the nation in yards allowed, being in the top ten isn't a bad finish for a three-loss team. The elite wins over Arkansas and Michigan State helped put the Tide in the top ten, but if they had held on against Auburn, they would have finished No. 4. Collapse Description
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11

1-1 7 4/21
The Spartans' two losses might have been totally disastrous, getting obliterated by Iowa, 37-6, and being embarrassed by Alabama, 49-7, when the Tide was able to stop playing early in the third quarter. The win over Wisconsin was a big key to the rankingsExpand Description
The Spartans' two losses might have been totally disastrous, getting obliterated by Iowa, 37-6, and being embarrassed by Alabama, 49-7, when the Tide was able to stop playing early in the third quarter. The win over Wisconsin was a big key to the rankings, as were the six good wins over teams like Illinois, Penn State, and Notre Dame. The season might be remembered for the clunker in the end, but it was still a Big Ten championship campaign.Collapse Description
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12

3-0 4 7/22
It was a strange, wild, fun season with a few miracles, like the strange, wild, fun finish against Tennessee, and it all ended with an impressive Cotton Bowl showing against Texas A&M. The two losses were on the road against Auburn and Arkansas, while beaExpand Description
It was a strange, wild, fun season with a few miracles, like the strange, wild, fun finish against Tennessee, and it all ended with an impressive Cotton Bowl showing against Texas A&M. The two losses were on the road against Auburn and Arkansas, while beating Alabama, Mississippi State, and Florida made the Tigers one of the year's top teams. There were plenty of quality wins, but no elite wins.Collapse Description
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13

1-1 11 2/16
Lost in all the blowout wins late in the year was the hidden truth that the Badgers only came up with one amazing win (Ohio State) and one good win (Iowa). The Michigan State loss probably cost them a shot at the national title, but they still came close Expand Description
Lost in all the blowout wins late in the year was the hidden truth that the Badgers only came up with one amazing win (Ohio State) and one good win (Iowa). The Michigan State loss probably cost them a shot at the national title, but they still came close even with the defeat in East Lansing. The Arizona State win was nice and beating Michigan and Northwestern was solid, but UW needed to beat TCU in the Rose Bowl to finish in the top ten, likely the top five. There were only four quality wins over winning teams. Collapse Description
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14

3-0 3 9/24
The Tigers almost had a great season. They lost to Nebraska and Texas Tech in back-to-back weeks to miss out on playing for the Big 12 title, but they were able to come up with excellent wins over Illinois, Texas A&M, and the season-defining win over OklaExpand Description
The Tigers almost had a great season. They lost to Nebraska and Texas Tech in back-to-back weeks to miss out on playing for the Big 12 title, but they were able to come up with excellent wins over Illinois, Texas A&M, and the season-defining win over Oklahoma. At 10-2, this was one of the stronger teams to not get into the BCS, but things ended with a clunk as Blaine Gabbert closed out his Tiger career, leaving early for the NFL, with a pick six in a 27-24 Insight Bowl loss to Iowa. Collapse Description
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15

2-0 4 9/25
The Jimbo Fisher era got off to a rousing start with an appearance in the ACC Championship, a loss to Virginia Tech, and finishing off with a dominant Chick-fil-A win over South Carolina. The Seminoles got through quarterback injuries and back-to-back losExpand Description
The Jimbo Fisher era got off to a rousing start with an appearance in the ACC Championship, a loss to Virginia Tech, and finishing off with a dominant Chick-fil-A win over South Carolina. The Seminoles got through quarterback injuries and back-to-back losses to N.C. State and North Carolina to close strong, highlighted by a 31-7 win over Florida. Three of the four losses came away from home.Collapse Description
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16

3-0 2 2/21
The final season in the Big 12 was a disappointment for a team that hoped to be in the mix for the national championship. A clunker of a loss to Texas was the only thing that derailed the Huskers over the first ten games before clunking late. The penalty-Expand Description
The final season in the Big 12 was a disappointment for a team that hoped to be in the mix for the national championship. A clunker of a loss to Texas was the only thing that derailed the Huskers over the first ten games before clunking late. The penalty-filled 9-6 loss to Texas A&M wasn't good, and the 23-20 Big 12 Championship loss to Oklahoma was a battle, but the Holiday Bowl loss to Washington was inexcusable. The 51-41 win over Oklahoma State meant everything to the ranking, giving the Huskers a key elite win.Collapse Description
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17

2-1 11 6/25
The Hogs were really close to finishing with a truly special season, had they been able to complete the rally to beat Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The win over LSU was one of the biggest in the recent history of the program, capping off a six-game winninExpand Description
The Hogs were really close to finishing with a truly special season, had they been able to complete the rally to beat Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The win over LSU was one of the biggest in the recent history of the program, capping off a six-game winning streak including a blowout win over South Carolina and a thrilling double overtime win over Mississippi State. The three losses came to Alabama, Auburn, and Ohio State. That¿s not bad. Collapse Description
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18

2-1 2 8/23
After starting out giving up a late drive to Boise State and suffering a hangover to James Madison, the Hokies turned things around and went on an 11-game run on the way to an ACC campionship with a win over Florida State to get to the Orange Bowl. StanfoExpand Description
After starting out giving up a late drive to Boise State and suffering a hangover to James Madison, the Hokies turned things around and went on an 11-game run on the way to an ACC campionship with a win over Florida State to get to the Orange Bowl. Stanford and Andrew Luck ended the season with an ugly thud, but that doesn't take too much away from the strong regular season. Had the Hokies come up with one stop late against the Broncos, and had they shown up against James Madison, they would have played for the national title. Collapse Description
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19

3-0 9 10/19
In a tale of two seasons, the Aggies struggled through a midseason, three-game losing stretch before going on a tear. The emergence of QB Ryan Tannehill sparked a six-game winning streak highlighted by wins over Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska to earn a spotExpand Description
In a tale of two seasons, the Aggies struggled through a midseason, three-game losing stretch before going on a tear. The emergence of QB Ryan Tannehill sparked a six-game winning streak highlighted by wins over Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska to earn a spot in the Cotton Bowl. And then it all came unraveled in a loss to LSU. All four of A&M's losses came to teams that finished with three losses or fewer. Collapse Description
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20

3-0 4 20/25
This wasn't quite the year the Wolfpack faithful hoped for, failing late in the year to get into the ACC title game. But it was still a strong, nine-win season finishing up with a dominant, 23-7 win over West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl. Starting oExpand Description
This wasn't quite the year the Wolfpack faithful hoped for, failing late in the year to get into the ACC title game. But it was still a strong, nine-win season finishing up with a dominant, 23-7 win over West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl. Starting out 4-0, highlighted by wins over UCF and Georgia Tech, provided a nice base, but an overtime loss to East Carolina and a one-point defeat to Clemson made the year a fight. With everything on the table in the regular season finale, the Pack lost to Maryland and missed out at a shot at the ACC championship.Collapse Description
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21

1-2 4 21/25
One of the surprise teams of the season, Hawaii overcame a tough schedule and a slew of personnel changes to get the offense rolling to Warrior levels. While the season ended with a thud, losing badly to Tulsa in the Hawaii Bowl, and the 42-7 loss to BoisExpand Description
One of the surprise teams of the season, Hawaii overcame a tough schedule and a slew of personnel changes to get the offense rolling to Warrior levels. While the season ended with a thud, losing badly to Tulsa in the Hawaii Bowl, and the 42-7 loss to Boise State was worse than it looked, the Warriors gave Nevada its only loss, and won nine of their last ten regular-eason games. Collapse Description
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22

3-0 - 19/21
The Irish might have had a disastrous, tragic season off the field, but the team rallied with four straight wins after losing to Navy and Tulsa in back-to-back weeks. The key to the ranking were all the quality wins, beating six teams that finished with wExpand Description
The Irish might have had a disastrous, tragic season off the field, but the team rallied with four straight wins after losing to Navy and Tulsa in back-to-back weeks. The key to the ranking were all the quality wins, beating six teams that finished with winning records, including a blasting of Miami in the Sun Bowl to generate a nice buzz and excitement going into 2011. The Irish only played two teams that didn't go bowling, not counting USC, which would have gone had it been eligible.Collapse Description
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23

2-0 - 12/21
After starting out red hot with an 8-0 start, reality set in with blastings from TCU and Notre Dame by a combined score of 75-10, and close calls against San Diego State and BYU. A 26-3 Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State put a bad end to an otherwise stroExpand Description
After starting out red hot with an 8-0 start, reality set in with blastings from TCU and Notre Dame by a combined score of 75-10, and close calls against San Diego State and BYU. A 26-3 Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State put a bad end to an otherwise strong season. Ten wins should be a positive, but half the victories were against weak and sad teams that finished with three losses or fewer. On the plus side, two of the three losses ¿ TCU and Boise State ¿ came against two of the nation's elite teams. Collapse Description
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24

2-1 - 8/21
Shockingly high in the rankings after an extremely disappointing year, including a loss to Minnesota as part of a three-game slide to close out the regular season, the Hawkeyes were saved by the win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl to salvage something pExpand Description
Shockingly high in the rankings after an extremely disappointing year, including a loss to Minnesota as part of a three-game slide to close out the regular season, the Hawkeyes were saved by the win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl to salvage something positive. Blowing away Michigan State also helped the cause. Still, for a team planning on playing for the Rose Bowl, 8-5 wasn't what anyone was planning for. Collapse Description
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25

3-0 - 0/0
The Huskies dominated MAC play, until gagging in the MAC Championship to Miami. They had several chance to win, but blew it late costing them a shot at finishing in the top 20. More than half the wins came against either FCS teams or teams that finished wExpand Description
The Huskies dominated MAC play, until gagging in the MAC Championship to Miami. They had several chance to win, but blew it late costing them a shot at finishing in the top 20. More than half the wins came against either FCS teams or teams that finished with three wins or fewer, but blasting away on Fresno State 40-17 in the Humanitarian Bowl was a nice way to end the season. Now the program has to rebuild after losing head coach Jerry Kill to Minnesota. Collapse Description
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