1921 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1921 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .576 and the root for determining point spreads was 0.794.

The average home field advantage for this year is 5.05 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 Vanderbilt .909 .704 .761 20.13 2.63 7 0 1 .938 South/West Independent
2 Centre .906 .666 .676 30.36 2.55 10 1 0 .909 South/West Independent
3 Washington & Jefferson .886 .643 .597 20.18 3.00 10 0 1 .955 Eastern Independent
4 Lafayette .860 .542 .367 30.44 2.89 9 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
5 Penn State .851 .771 .657 25.10 5.60 8 0 2 .900 Eastern Independent
6 Georgia .833 .715 .784 16.10 3.10 7 2 1 .750 Southern
7 California .823 .667 .347 31.20 3.30 9 0 1 .950 PCC
8 Nebraska .818 .638 .530 35.38 2.13 7 1 0 .875 MVIAA
9 Georgia Tech .812 .858 .467 40.00 6.22 8 1 0 .889 Southern
10 Cornell .802 .454 .232 49.00 2.63 8 0 0 1.000 Northeast Independent
11 Notre Dame .795 .792 .329 34.09 3.73 10 1 0 .909 Eastern Independent
12 Sewanee .767 .522 .655 27.38 3.75 6 2 0 .750 South/West Independent
13 Yale .764 .505 .333 22.44 3.44 8 1 0 .889 Northeast Independent
14 Tennessee .760 .553 .712 11.33 3.89 6 2 1 .722 Southern
15 Syracuse .749 .738 .539 21.56 6.56 7 2 0 .778 Northeast Independent
16 Texas A&M .744 .792 .624 12.22 6.33 6 1 2 .778 SWC
17 Furman .731 .627 .564 28.80 10.30 7 2 1 .750 Mid-Atlantic Independent
18 Harvard .730 .706 .647 10.10 5.40 7 2 1 .750 Northeast Independent
19 Louisiana State .723 .566 .521 22.50 7.00 6 1 1 .813 South/West Independent
20 Pittsburgh .720 .837 .853 14.78 5.56 5 3 1 .611 Eastern Independent
21 Dartmouth .719 .675 .553 18.44 11.44 6 2 1 .722 Northeast Independent
22 Texas .713 .763 .389 33.50 3.38 6 1 1 .813 SWC
23 Missouri .709 .613 .550 17.00 6.25 6 2 0 .750 MVIAA
24 Mississippi College .707 .362 .473 27.50 6.50 7 2 1 .750 South/West Independent
25 Navy .698 .678 .329 21.00 1.86 6 1 0 .857 Mid-Atlantic Independent
26 Iowa .693 .610 .234 26.43 5.14 7 0 0 1.000 Western
27 South Carolina .692 .412 .502 14.50 3.50 5 1 2 .750 Mid-Atlantic Independent
28 Chicago .675 .495 .329 15.86 1.86 6 1 0 .857 Western
29 Auburn .666 .746 .709 20.38 6.50 5 3 0 .625 Southern
30 North Carolina .663 .381 .694 9.44 8.33 5 2 2 .667 Southern
31 Florida .660 .438 .616 12.18 5.55 6 3 2 .636 South/West Independent
32 Virginia Tech .651 .561 .479 19.10 5.00 7 3 0 .700 Southern
33 Erskine .636 .256 .411 21.25 10.88 6 2 0 .750 Mid-Atlantic Independent
34 Washington & Lee .633 .600 .448 19.11 8.22 6 3 0 .667 Southern
35 Oregon .633 .417 .442 16.11 8.33 5 1 3 .722 PCC
36 Oklahoma .626 .719 .618 15.88 12.75 5 3 0 .625 MVIAA
37 Alabama .622 .719 .739 21.91 9.45 5 4 2 .545 Southern
38 Wisconsin .613 .643 .291 20.14 1.86 5 1 1 .786 Western
39 Michigan .613 .636 .277 26.71 3.00 5 1 1 .786 Western
40 West Virginia .610 .561 .600 15.80 8.20 5 4 1 .550 Eastern Independent
41 Ohio State .607 .726 .291 15.71 2.00 5 2 0 .714 Western
42 Baylor .607 .436 .255 19.45 7.55 8 3 0 .727 SWC
43 Lehigh .598 .626 .649 17.25 12.88 4 4 0 .500 Eastern Independent
44 Kentucky .595 .438 .594 19.63 11.13 4 3 1 .563 Southern
45 Princeton .583 .627 .618 13.00 6.43 4 3 0 .571 Eastern Independent
46 Mississippi State .580 .659 .706 12.33 13.89 4 4 1 .500 Southern
47 Utah State .579 .407 .050 18.88 10.25 7 1 0 .875 Rocky Mountain
48 Arkansas .566 .483 .345 16.00 5.33 5 3 1 .611 SWC
49 Washington State .562 .492 .498 15.57 8.86 4 2 1 .643 PCC
50 Brown .561 .556 .409 11.89 9.89 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
51 Kansas .555 .613 .665 13.14 13.86 4 3 0 .571 MVIAA
52 Virginia .552 .561 .550 11.22 9.22 5 4 0 .556 Southern
53 Kansas State .549 .493 .439 10.50 8.00 5 3 0 .625 MVIAA
54 Iowa State .543 .519 .561 10.88 9.25 4 4 0 .500 MVIAA
55 Drake .543 .439 .332 21.29 5.71 5 2 0 .714 MVIAA
56 Pennsylvania .543 .637 .494 18.22 15.00 4 3 2 .556 Eastern Independent
57 Oglethorpe .541 .424 .585 12.78 12.78 5 4 0 .556 South/West Independent
58 Oklahoma State .533 .319 .503 13.50 12.50 5 4 1 .550 SWC
59 North Carolina State .531 .612 .621 6.78 10.89 3 3 3 .500 Southern
60 Oregon State .527 .354 .278 25.67 4.67 4 3 2 .556 PCC
61 Texas Christian .523 .555 .206 13.20 7.50 6 3 1 .650 South/West Independent
62 Tulane .516 .599 .717 8.40 9.70 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
63 Spring Hill .515 .256 .534 22.63 19.13 4 4 0 .500 South/West Independent
64 Rutgers .510 .462 .714 11.00 18.67 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
65 Washington (Missouri) .500 .541 .475 6.63 9.38 4 3 1 .563 MVIAA
66 Rice .492 .614 .443 16.00 14.22 4 4 1 .500 SWC
67 Citadel .490 .347 .477 13.13 10.25 3 3 2 .500 Mid-Atlantic Independent
68 Stanford .478 .325 .255 12.50 12.13 4 2 2 .625 PCC
69 Colgate .474 .383 .446 11.80 10.50 4 4 2 .500 Northeast Independent
70 Davidson .473 .531 .519 16.50 15.30 3 4 3 .450 Mid-Atlantic Independent
71 Illinois .469 .700 .512 12.57 7.29 3 4 0 .429 Western
72 Virginia Military Institute .454 .692 .486 11.89 11.33 3 5 1 .389 Mid-Atlantic Independent
73 Idaho .452 .256 .227 12.25 8.50 4 3 1 .563 South/West Independent
74 Colorado .448 .459 .270 10.83 10.50 4 1 1 .750 Rocky Mountain
75 Maryland .447 .580 .627 5.00 14.11 3 5 1 .389 Southern
76 Birmingham-Southern .442 .411 .330 11.89 11.56 4 4 1 .500 South/West Independent
77 Mercer .441 .230 .693 10.22 16.11 3 6 0 .333 South/West Independent
78 Clemson .431 .565 .950 5.33 20.78 1 6 2 .222 Southern
79 Newberry .429 .199 .446 15.71 17.57 3 3 1 .500 Mid-Atlantic Independent
80 Richmond .428 .256 .186 17.50 9.50 4 3 1 .563 Mid-Atlantic Independent
81 Washington .421 .282 .496 8.63 18.13 3 4 1 .438 PCC
82 Tennessee-Chattanooga .418 .324 .489 13.70 14.40 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
83 Denver .416 .336 .116 19.00 11.14 4 2 1 .643 Rocky Mountain
84 Phillips .411 .349 .293 10.00 10.78 3 4 2 .444 South/West Independent
85 Indiana .398 .541 .460 12.29 13.43 3 4 0 .429 Western
86 Samford .394 .355 .472 15.44 17.67 3 6 0 .333 South/West Independent
87 Mississippi .380 .256 .451 19.89 14.78 3 6 0 .333 South/West Independent
88 Utah .373 .323 .230 9.17 9.17 3 2 1 .583 Rocky Mountain
89 Minnesota .361 .465 .450 8.57 20.14 3 4 0 .429 Western
90 Colorado College .347 .481 .103 11.13 13.50 4 4 0 .500 Rocky Mountain
91 Grinnell .319 .311 .378 11.57 13.29 2 5 0 .286 MVIAA
92 Colorado State .315 .589 .274 11.00 18.00 2 3 1 .417 Rocky Mountain
93 Wild Card U .290 .256 .684 5.09 26.79 40 208 10 .174  
94 Columbia .271 .256 .272 11.13 18.50 2 6 0 .250 Northeast Independent
95 Wyoming .267 .339 .338 5.57 13.14 1 4 2 .286 Rocky Mountain
96 Wake Forest .262 .324 .500 6.60 22.20 2 8 0 .200 Mid-Atlantic Independent
97 Wofford .238 .244 .390 7.67 36.78 2 7 0 .222 Mid-Atlantic Independent
98 Colorado Mines .225 .249 .336 5.83 12.33 1 5 0 .167 Rocky Mountain
99 Southern Methodist .208 .397 .401 1.88 11.50 1 6 1 .188 SWC
100 Presbyterian .201 .530 .439 5.13 20.25 1 7 0 .125 Mid-Atlantic Independent
101 Purdue .201 .355 .524 1.29 13.57 1 6 0 .143 Western
102 Northwestern .170 .432 .363 4.86 17.14 1 6 0 .143 Western
103 Southwestern (Texas) .119 .330 .342 2.43 21.43 0 6 1 .071 South/West Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Eastern Independent .696 .650 .588 63 23 7 .715 10
Northeast Independent .634 .534 .429 47 20 5 .688 8
Southern .627 .610 .649 69 45 14 .594 14
PCC .574 .423 .386 29 12 10 .667 6
MVIAA .574 .543 .505 42 26 1 .616 9
SWC .552 .543 .423 35 22 7 .602 7
South/West Independent .546 .422 .502 85 67 11 .555 18
Western .480 .560 .373 39 29 2 .571 10
Mid-Atlantic Independent .478 .425 .438 45 46 11 .495 12
Rocky Mountain .371 .398 .215 26 22 6 .537 8

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