1920 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1920 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .593 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.134.

The average home field advantage for this year is 4.47 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 Georgia .964 .465 .825 27.78 1.89 8 0 1 .944 South/West Independent
2 Georgia Tech .905 .811 .645 34.67 1.78 8 1 0 .889 South/West Independent
3 Virginia Military Institute .894 .489 .378 47.89 2.22 9 0 0 1.000 Mid-Atlantic Independent
4 Pittsburgh .887 .787 .835 18.25 5.50 6 0 2 .875 Eastern Independent
5 Penn State .885 .657 .668 28.78 3.89 7 0 2 .889 Eastern Independent
6 Alabama .884 .553 .493 34.27 3.18 10 1 0 .909 South/West Independent
7 Harvard .864 .547 .440 23.11 3.11 8 0 1 .944 Northeast Independent
8 Texas .843 .683 .206 31.33 1.44 9 0 0 1.000 SWC
9 California .837 .497 .169 56.67 1.56 9 0 0 1.000 PCC
10 Princeton .823 .430 .565 20.57 3.29 6 0 1 .929 Eastern Independent
11 Notre Dame .818 .766 .246 27.89 4.89 9 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
12 Auburn .797 .695 .632 36.89 5.44 7 2 0 .778 South/West Independent
13 Centre .794 .537 .503 53.20 6.20 8 2 0 .800 South/West Independent
14 Ohio State .787 .664 .534 18.75 6.00 7 1 0 .875 Western
15 Texas A&M .783 .802 .441 28.63 0.88 6 1 1 .813 SWC
16 Furman .772 .481 .250 28.60 1.60 9 1 0 .900 Mid-Atlantic Independent
17 Virginia .755 .367 .674 15.56 5.89 5 2 2 .667 Mid-Atlantic Independent
18 Missouri .752 .474 .480 19.50 7.63 7 1 0 .875 MVIAA
19 Colorado State .749 .429 .393 19.00 1.75 6 1 1 .813 Rocky Mountain
20 Oklahoma .742 .696 .422 25.14 7.29 6 0 1 .929 MVIAA
21 Vanderbilt .740 .667 .870 18.78 13.78 5 3 1 .611 South/West Independent
22 Dartmouth .735 .615 .471 22.11 7.56 7 2 0 .778 Northeast Independent
23 Tennessee .729 .376 .407 27.00 4.44 7 2 0 .778 South/West Independent
24 Tulane .729 .470 .482 20.11 3.11 6 2 1 .722 South/West Independent
25 Syracuse .725 .751 .404 22.33 3.00 6 2 1 .722 Northeast Independent
26 Wisconsin .714 .572 .399 20.14 4.14 6 1 0 .857 Western
27 Maryland .701 .458 .407 16.56 6.11 7 2 0 .778 Mid-Atlantic Independent
28 Illinois .695 .705 .652 13.86 5.29 5 2 0 .714 Western
29 Texas Christian .691 .419 .252 17.00 10.90 9 1 0 .900 South/West Independent
30 Michigan .676 .596 .466 17.29 3.00 5 2 0 .714 Western
31 Kansas .672 .554 .522 14.63 7.50 5 2 1 .688 MVIAA
32 Mississippi State .671 .648 .710 14.00 8.50 5 3 0 .625 South/West Independent
33 North Carolina State .664 .560 .508 28.40 11.20 7 3 0 .700 Mid-Atlantic Independent
34 Lehigh .664 .589 .478 19.11 6.00 5 2 2 .667 Eastern Independent
35 Louisiana State .658 .474 .584 22.89 7.00 5 3 1 .611 South/West Independent
36 Navy .646 .711 .352 20.50 5.38 6 2 0 .750 Mid-Atlantic Independent
37 Nebraska .643 .634 .560 16.78 9.33 5 3 1 .611 South/West Independent
38 Washington & Jefferson .643 .644 .445 20.00 3.40 6 3 1 .650 Eastern Independent
39 Rice .639 .589 .524 13.13 3.50 4 2 2 .625 SWC
40 Pennsylvania .629 .644 .597 16.70 13.30 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
41 Iowa .621 .600 .489 20.29 7.71 5 2 0 .714 Western
42 Indiana .620 .462 .424 18.43 6.86 5 2 0 .714 Western
43 West Virginia .608 .514 .625 16.90 11.30 5 4 1 .550 Eastern Independent
44 Lafayette .606 .478 .470 22.75 5.88 5 3 0 .625 Eastern Independent
45 Brown .588 .524 .310 16.56 6.78 6 3 0 .667 Northeast Independent
46 Washington State .572 .412 .374 21.50 12.67 5 1 0 .833 PCC
47 Cornell .570 .338 .158 28.88 8.50 6 2 0 .750 Northeast Independent
48 Washington & Lee .566 .633 .518 15.13 17.38 5 3 0 .625 Mid-Atlantic Independent
49 Sewanee .565 .478 .590 12.88 10.13 4 3 1 .563 South/West Independent
50 Oglethorpe .564 .285 .651 19.22 17.67 4 4 1 .500 South/West Independent
51 Colorado .563 .354 .250 14.14 4.00 4 1 2 .714 Rocky Mountain
52 Presbyterian .561 .500 .163 14.71 4.00 5 1 1 .786 Mid-Atlantic Independent
53 Yale .560 .451 .402 17.13 8.38 5 3 0 .625 Northeast Independent
54 Birmingham-Southern .559 .262 .466 16.89 20.00 6 3 0 .667 South/West Independent
55 Colorado College .555 .406 .258 17.43 9.14 5 1 1 .786 Rocky Mountain
56 Iowa State .546 .491 .519 12.25 6.00 4 4 0 .500 MVIAA
57 Washington (Missouri) .542 .541 .489 16.75 11.25 4 4 0 .500 MVIAA
58 Arkansas .529 .437 .452 6.00 3.14 3 2 2 .571 SWC
59 Davidson .504 .558 .599 9.50 12.90 5 5 0 .500 Mid-Atlantic Independent
60 Drake .502 .375 .535 17.00 12.80 4 5 1 .450 MVIAA
61 Florida .498 .377 .313 13.88 11.38 5 3 0 .625 South/West Independent
62 Chicago .498 .493 .548 11.00 3.86 3 4 0 .429 Western
63 South Carolina .491 .333 .494 9.11 15.56 5 4 0 .556 Mid-Atlantic Independent
64 Virginia Tech .482 .639 .575 17.10 11.10 4 6 0 .400 Mid-Atlantic Independent
65 Kansas State .476 .511 .307 10.33 6.11 3 3 3 .500 MVIAA
66 Clemson .464 .667 .740 8.91 13.27 4 6 1 .409 Mid-Atlantic Independent
67 Phillips .437 .262 .443 8.90 12.40 4 4 2 .500 SWC
68 Kentucky .435 .440 .472 14.13 13.63 3 4 1 .438 South/West Independent
69 Northwestern .431 .432 .530 9.43 12.86 3 4 0 .429 Western
70 Utah State .428 .387 .138 12.00 6.86 4 2 1 .643 Rocky Mountain
71 Wyoming .409 .269 .440 5.80 10.60 4 5 1 .450 Rocky Mountain
72 Mississippi College .399 .326 .569 14.50 22.75 3 5 0 .375 South/West Independent
73 Baylor .393 .479 .256 7.22 9.89 4 4 1 .500 SWC
74 Grinnell .392 .231 .213 22.86 11.00 3 3 1 .500 MVIAA
75 Tennessee-Chattanooga .387 .262 .344 18.13 17.75 3 4 1 .438 South/West Independent
76 Stanford .383 .267 .148 11.71 9.29 4 3 0 .571 PCC
77 Samford .364 .346 .496 12.22 32.78 3 5 1 .389 South/West Independent
78 Southern Methodist .356 .439 .272 12.50 9.00 3 5 2 .400 SWC
79 North Carolina .328 .433 .750 2.00 11.38 2 6 0 .250 Mid-Atlantic Independent
80 Denver .326 .346 .292 6.57 11.71 3 4 0 .429 Rocky Mountain
81 Citadel .325 .370 .583 9.88 20.75 2 6 0 .250 Mid-Atlantic Independent
82 Oregon State .316 .392 .272 3.33 8.67 2 2 2 .500 PCC
83 Rutgers .307 .616 .643 3.56 14.67 2 7 0 .222 Eastern Independent
84 Purdue .307 .403 .601 5.14 14.71 2 5 0 .286 Western
85 Wake Forest .304 .345 .583 10.89 21.78 2 7 0 .222 Mid-Atlantic Independent
86 Minnesota .303 .626 .629 8.86 13.14 1 6 0 .143 Western
87 Oregon .296 .537 .050 6.17 6.33 3 2 1 .583 PCC
88 Colgate .295 .471 .397 14.25 14.88 1 5 2 .250 Northeast Independent
89 Southwestern (Texas) .255 .406 .496 3.25 15.75 1 6 1 .188 South/West Independent
90 Utah .250 .396 .458 2.71 16.57 1 5 1 .214 Rocky Mountain
91 Wild Card U .250 .262 .687 4.07 29.72 32 195 15 .163  
92 Mercer .197 .262 .201 10.78 19.89 2 7 0 .222 South/West Independent
93 Newberry .168 .231 .471 3.13 28.88 1 7 0 .125 Mid-Atlantic Independent
94 Oklahoma State .160 .477 .530 4.38 25.00 0 7 1 .063 SWC
95 Wofford .160 .327 .561 2.33 26.33 0 8 1 .056 Mid-Atlantic Independent
96 Colorado Mines .142 .355 .481 3.83 17.33 0 6 0 .000 Rocky Mountain
97 Washington .138 .425 .174 9.00 13.83 1 5 0 .167 PCC

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Eastern Independent .687 .612 .557 57 23 9 .691 10
Northeast Independent .620 .528 .369 39 17 4 .683 7
South/West Independent .610 .463 .525 117 67 11 .628 22
MVIAA .578 .484 .436 36 22 7 .608 8
Western .565 .555 .527 42 29 0 .592 10
SWC .517 .521 .390 33 25 11 .558 8
Mid-Atlantic Independent .517 .476 .506 78 69 5 .530 17
Rocky Mountain .428 .368 .339 27 25 7 .517 8
PCC .424 .422 .198 24 13 3 .638 6

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