1909 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1909 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .524 and the root for determining point spreads was 0.619.

The average home field advantage for this year is 1.59 points.

Some game locations are unknown and have been estimated. Research continues.

KEY: PR=Final power rating, PS=Pre-season power rating, SOS=strength of schedule.


Rank Team PR PS SOS PF PA Wins Losses Ties Pct Conference
1 Yale .929 .859 .460 20.90 0.00 10 0 0 1.000 Northeast Independent
2 Texas A&M .853 .474 .531 16.25 1.75 7 0 1 .938 Western Independent
3 Lafayette .837 .663 .334 22.00 0.75 7 0 1 .938 Eastern Independent
4 Pennsylvania .787 .842 .659 14.60 3.80 7 1 2 .800 Eastern Independent
5 Penn State .771 .647 .492 23.71 1.57 5 0 2 .857 Eastern Independent
6 Missouri .769 .573 .394 10.75 4.50 7 0 1 .938 MVIAA
7 Kansas .757 .690 .304 19.11 2.44 8 1 0 .889 MVIAA
8 Sewanee .751 .743 .613 22.86 6.00 6 1 0 .857 Southern Independent
9 Princeton .734 .728 .750 11.22 5.56 6 2 1 .722 Eastern Independent
10 Arkansas .734 .404 .198 26.29 2.57 7 0 0 1.000 Western Independent
11 Harvard .733 .796 .285 11.44 1.89 8 1 0 .889 Northeast Independent
12 Virginia Tech .732 .610 .472 21.14 3.86 6 1 0 .857 Mid-Atlantic Independent
13 Minnesota .726 .554 .445 22.57 3.86 6 1 0 .857 Western
14 Virginia .721 .564 .149 19.38 1.38 7 1 0 .875 Mid-Atlantic Independent
15 Louisiana State .708 .649 .467 23.50 4.63 6 2 0 .750 Southern Independent
16 Alabama .699 .597 .416 8.50 2.13 5 1 2 .750 Southern Independent
17 Drake .699 .474 .195 17.25 4.50 7 1 0 .875 MVIAA
18 Washington & Jefferson .698 .659 .230 22.30 2.70 8 1 1 .850 Eastern Independent
19 Texas Christian .689 .467 .478 11.88 4.13 5 2 1 .688 Western Independent
20 Michigan .667 .589 .316 16.57 4.86 6 1 0 .857 Eastern Independent
21 Colorado .664 .545 .067 23.50 0.00 6 0 0 1.000 Western Independent
22 Carlisle .660 .861 .480 20.25 7.83 8 3 1 .708 Eastern Independent
23 Brown .659 .632 .551 10.20 5.80 7 3 0 .700 Northeast Independent
24 Auburn .653 .615 .505 16.71 5.57 5 2 0 .714 Southern Independent
25 Georgia Tech .637 .530 .288 24.11 5.00 7 2 0 .778 Southern Independent
26 Pittsburgh .636 .608 .388 10.44 2.89 6 2 1 .722 Eastern Independent
27 Denver .630 .489 .174 19.67 3.44 7 2 0 .778 Western Independent
28 Texas .618 .544 .620 13.13 6.25 4 3 1 .563 Western Independent
29 North Carolina State .611 .437 .126 15.71 3.43 6 1 0 .857 Mid-Atlantic Independent
30 Vanderbilt .609 .669 .247 21.00 3.20 7 3 0 .700 Southern Independent
31 Baylor .607 .401 .433 14.00 5.13 5 3 0 .625 Western Independent
32 Fordham .599 .227 .241 10.75 2.75 5 1 2 .750 Northeast Independent
33 Clemson .598 .380 .419 10.33 4.78 6 3 0 .667 Mid-Atlantic Independent
34 Chicago .574 .603 .300 19.14 5.71 4 1 2 .714 Western
35 Colgate .573 .525 .319 21.38 7.63 5 2 1 .688 Northeast Independent
36 Samford .570 .227 .288 10.25 3.75 5 2 1 .688 Southern Independent
37 Oklahoma .558 .227 .425 20.30 10.70 6 4 0 .600 Western Independent
38 Navy .534 .755 .400 12.38 5.25 4 3 1 .563 Mid-Atlantic Independent
39 Haskell .533 .302 .609 8.33 9.67 4 2 0 .667 Western Independent
40 West Virginia .530 .227 .461 13.11 9.00 4 3 2 .556 Eastern Independent
41 North Carolina .529 .453 .195 7.71 2.57 5 2 0 .714 Mid-Atlantic Independent
42 Colorado College .521 .523 .208 24.57 7.57 5 2 0 .714 Western Independent
43 Iowa State .513 .648 .426 10.25 7.75 4 3 1 .563 MVIAA
44 Mississippi .510 .282 .391 11.00 5.44 4 3 2 .556 Southern Independent
45 Iowa * .505 .428 .715 8.29 13.86 2 4 1 .357 Western & MVIAA
46 Illinois .502 .434 .131 16.43 5.57 5 2 0 .714 Western
47 Syracuse .493 .589 .532 11.00 10.10 4 5 1 .450 Northeast Independent
48 Nebraska .492 .644 .464 8.63 6.63 3 3 2 .500 MVIAA
49 Mississippi State .479 .390 .271 17.00 4.89 5 4 0 .556 Southern Independent
50 Dickinson .470 .450 .417 9.44 8.56 4 4 1 .500 Eastern Independent
51 Tulane .463 .444 .235 4.44 5.56 4 3 2 .556 Southern Independent
52 Lehigh .457 .475 .284 9.22 8.78 4 3 2 .556 Eastern Independent
53 Washington & Lee .457 .425 .319 10.14 7.00 4 3 0 .571 Mid-Atlantic Independent
54 Villanova .453 .365 .435 16.00 5.40 3 2 0 .600 Eastern Independent
55 Cornell .440 .725 .396 8.25 8.13 3 4 1 .438 Northeast Independent
56 Army .434 .686 .439 11.40 6.40 3 2 0 .600 Northeast Independent
57 Wisconsin .433 .494 .290 12.20 10.80 3 1 1 .700 Western
58 Indiana .429 .367 .180 18.43 7.57 4 3 0 .571 Western
59 Georgetown .423 .262 .306 9.83 5.17 3 2 1 .583 Mid-Atlantic Independent
60 Davidson .421 .502 .381 7.11 10.67 3 4 2 .444 Mid-Atlantic Independent
61 Citadel .420 .227 .050 21.89 5.56 4 3 2 .556 Mid-Atlantic Independent
62 Bucknell .414 .489 .434 6.56 17.11 3 4 2 .444 Eastern Independent
63 Washington (Missouri) .385 .293 .511 7.43 12.86 3 4 0 .429 MVIAA
64 Mercer .383 .227 .375 8.00 13.86 3 4 0 .429 Southern Independent
65 Colorado Mines .360 .421 .340 9.50 12.83 3 3 0 .500 Western Independent
66 Georgia .350 .503 .546 2.00 6.86 1 4 2 .286 Southern Independent
67 Wyoming .301 .227 .155 11.63 21.25 3 5 0 .375 Western Independent
68 Tennessee-Chattanooga .297 .227 .118 5.57 9.57 2 3 2 .429 Southern Independent
69 Richmond .270 .227 .105 2.60 13.50 3 5 2 .400 Mid-Atlantic Independent
70 Wild Card U .242 .227 .610 2.96 20.73 23 196 10 .122  
71 South Carolina .233 .227 .260 4.50 16.00 2 6 0 .250 Mid-Atlantic Independent
72 Purdue .217 .273 .136 10.29 21.00 2 5 0 .286 Western
73 Tennessee .215 .572 .350 1.22 12.56 1 6 2 .222 Southern Independent
74 Wake Forest .190 .206 .110 1.83 7.50 2 4 0 .333 Mid-Atlantic Independent
75 Northwestern .186 .221 .199 5.00 19.00 1 3 1 .300 Western

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Eastern Independent .624 .585 .437 71 26 16 .699 13
Northeast Independent .608 .630 .403 45 18 5 .699 8
Western Independent .589 .418 .353 62 26 3 .698 12
MVIAA * .589 .536 .430 34 16 5 .664 7
Southern Independent .523 .477 .365 61 40 13 .592 14
Mid-Atlantic Independent .472 .406 .253 55 38 8 .584 13
Western * .446 .422 .300 27 20 5 .567 8

* Iowa was a member of both the Western and MVIAA conferences in 1909 and their performance is reflected in the conference statistics for both of these conferences.


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