Just because Ohio State won the national championship doesn’t mean the Buckeyes were the only team to have a successful 2014 season. It’s all relative: Some teams might have had a championship-or-bust mentality, but others might view an eight-win season in the same way Ohio State views its national title.
But winning the championship makes this an A+ season for the Buckeyes. What grade did your team earn in 2014? Let’s hand out team-by-team report cards for the entire Football Bowl Subdivision, with marks ranging from an A+ through a failing grade — the dreaded F.
Georgia Southern | Memphis | Ohio State | Oregon | TCU | UAB
Ohio State and Oregon easily draw the top grade for reaching the national championship game.
Air Force | Arizona | Baylor | Boise State | Colorado State | Florida State | Georgia Tech | Marshall | Western Michigan
Bryan Harsin had a perfect first season back at Boise State. Despite losing to the Ducks, Florida State was one of the few one-loss teams.
Appalachian State | Alabama | Cincinnati | Duke | Louisiana Tech | Michigan State | Mississippi State | Missouri | Northern Illinois | Utah | Utah State | UTEP
Alabama has high standards. Michigan State lost twice, but to Oregon and Ohio State.
Arizona State | Arkansas | Clemson | Kansas State | Louisiana-Lafayette | Louisville | Minnesota | Mississippi | North Carolina State | Rutgers | South Alabama | Temple | Toledo | Wisconsin
Winning eight games as a new member of the Big Ten Conference made this a pretty solid season for Rutgers.
Boston College | Central Michigan | East Carolina | Maryland | Old Dominion | Rice | Texas State | UCLA | Southern California | Western Kentucky
ECU could have done more. Old Dominion is happy with its first season on the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Auburn | California | Florida International | Kentucky | Middle Tennessee State | Nebraska | Tennessee | UCF | Washington | West Virginia
Mostly winning seasons, though California and Kentucky are rewarded for coming close to six wins.
Akron | Ball State | Brigham Young | Georgia | Houston | Illinois | Massachusetts | Nevada | Oklahoma State | Penn State | San Diego State
Ball State did a nice job despite being young. Oklahoma State and Penn State closed strong.
Arkansas State | LSU | Navy | Notre Dame | Stanford | Texas | Texas A&M | UTSA | Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas A&M expected more from this season.
Bowling Green | Buffalo | Hawaii | Indiana | Miami (Fla.) | Ohio | Virginia | Wake Forest
Bowling Green had too much talent to lose six games. Same with Miami (Fla.), which lost a seventh game in the postseason.
Florida | Florida Atlantic | Fresno State | Iowa | Miami (Ohio) | Northwestern | Oklahoma | Oregon State | Pittsburgh | Tulane | South Florida
At least Florida finished with a winning record, unlike in 2013. Oklahoma did too, though it felt like a losing season.
Army | Colorado | Eastern Michigan | Kent State | Louisiana-Monroe | North Carolina | North Texas | San Jose State | Southern Mississippi | Washington State | Wyoming
North Carolina should have done more. Craig Bohl didn’t have a smashing debut at Wyoming.
Idaho | Iowa State | Kansas | New Mexico | New Mexico State | Purdue | South Carolina | Syracuse | Texas Tech | Tulsa | Troy | UNLV
Some of the nation’s worst major-conference teams — Purdue, Kansas and Texas Tech – and in South Carolina, the nation’s biggest disappointment.
Connecticut | Georgia State | Michigan | SMU | Vanderbilt
Think SMU was bad? The Mustangs beat Connecticut.