1931 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1931 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .579 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.280.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.98 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 Southern California .965 .855 .950 33.00 4.73 10 1 0 .909 PCC
2 Tulane .923 .750 .674 29.17 4.67 11 1 0 .917 Southern
3 Tennessee .905 .871 .511 24.30 1.50 9 0 1 .950 Southern
4 Notre Dame .854 .932 .826 23.89 4.44 6 2 1 .722 Eastern Independent
5 Southern Methodist .842 .773 .634 14.55 4.36 9 1 1 .864 SWC
6 Georgia .827 .731 .823 20.10 11.80 8 2 0 .800 Southern
7 St. Mary's .822 .503 .513 11.90 6.50 8 2 0 .800 South/West Independent
8 Pittsburgh .821 .795 .415 31.11 4.11 8 1 0 .889 Eastern Independent
9 Purdue .818 .721 .367 19.20 3.90 9 1 0 .900 Western
10 Alabama .808 .858 .393 37.00 5.70 9 1 0 .900 Southern
11 Northwestern .808 .743 .615 15.33 4.44 7 1 1 .833 Western
12 California .771 .585 .569 10.60 4.10 8 2 0 .800 PCC
13 Army .771 .775 .529 26.91 6.55 8 2 1 .773 Northeast Independent
14 Texas Christian .762 .748 .511 13.25 3.42 9 2 1 .792 SWC
15 Michigan .751 .730 .292 18.10 2.70 8 1 1 .850 Western
16 Colgate .749 .786 .261 25.22 3.78 8 1 0 .889 Northeast Independent
17 Marquette .744 .627 .268 19.11 2.78 8 1 0 .889 Eastern Independent
18 Nebraska .744 .647 .539 13.60 8.20 8 2 0 .800 Big 6
19 Utah .743 .713 .420 33.44 3.44 7 2 0 .778 Rocky Mountain
20 Bucknell .742 .433 .420 16.44 5.22 6 0 3 .833 Eastern Independent
21 Temple .738 .442 .309 15.80 4.20 8 1 1 .850 Eastern Independent
22 Stanford .736 .767 .568 14.55 4.00 7 2 2 .727 PCC
23 Texas A&M .732 .540 .612 13.70 3.40 7 3 0 .700 SWC
24 Kansas State .724 .452 .337 16.40 3.90 8 2 0 .800 Big 6
25 New York University .714 .671 .596 21.20 4.70 6 3 1 .650 Northeast Independent
26 Columbia .711 .481 .279 24.78 2.89 7 1 1 .833 Northeast Independent
27 Ohio State .710 .650 .600 21.56 8.22 6 3 0 .667 Western
28 Vanderbilt .705 .797 .845 21.33 11.44 5 4 0 .556 Southern
29 Syracuse .704 .600 .269 26.44 6.22 7 1 1 .833 Northeast Independent
30 Kentucky .704 .625 .559 14.44 5.33 5 2 2 .667 Southern
31 Fordham .703 .680 .312 22.78 4.00 6 1 2 .778 Northeast Independent
32 Harvard .700 .548 .326 18.63 3.63 7 1 0 .875 Northeast Independent
33 Maryland .700 .540 .302 19.40 9.80 8 1 1 .850 Southern
34 Texas .699 .788 .633 13.10 5.80 6 4 0 .600 SWC
35 Oregon .695 .668 .663 9.00 8.70 6 2 2 .700 PCC
36 Minnesota .687 .615 .505 19.10 7.20 7 3 0 .700 Western
37 Washington State .686 .778 .722 12.30 11.10 6 4 0 .600 PCC
38 Oregon State .685 .681 .520 19.80 6.20 6 3 1 .650 PCC
39 Cornell .678 .558 .192 29.88 2.50 7 1 0 .875 Northeast Independent
40 Washington .670 .581 .637 18.44 9.22 5 3 1 .611 PCC
41 Detroit Mercy .659 .679 .389 11.20 7.10 7 2 1 .750 Eastern Independent
42 Rice .659 .447 .518 17.80 6.60 6 4 0 .600 SWC
43 Yale .656 .647 .400 24.75 9.88 5 1 2 .750 Northeast Independent
44 Michigan State .641 .557 .426 32.33 6.78 5 3 1 .611 Eastern Independent
45 Duke .624 .604 .527 7.40 4.60 5 3 2 .600 Southern
46 Oklahoma State .618 .513 .193 16.64 5.55 8 2 1 .773 MVC
47 Auburn .616 .339 .542 12.67 8.67 5 3 1 .611 Southern
48 Dartmouth .612 .710 .462 24.00 12.22 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
49 Louisiana State .579 .598 .556 15.22 10.00 5 4 0 .556 Southern
50 Sewanee .569 .369 .491 7.00 9.80 6 3 1 .650 Southern
51 Washington & Jefferson .564 .583 .433 11.20 8.90 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
52 North Carolina .563 .696 .581 11.40 9.20 4 3 3 .550 Southern
53 Villanova .561 .370 .433 14.56 6.89 4 3 2 .556 Eastern Independent
54 Utah State .555 .400 .227 18.38 9.00 6 2 0 .750 Rocky Mountain
55 Wisconsin .548 .681 .600 10.50 11.00 5 4 1 .550 Western
56 Carnegie Tech .547 .734 .719 9.11 8.44 3 5 1 .389 Eastern Independent
57 Colorado State .533 .455 .501 15.22 15.33 5 4 0 .556 Rocky Mountain
58 Brown .532 .533 .108 18.40 10.00 7 3 0 .700 Northeast Independent
59 UCLA .530 .382 .592 10.38 7.13 3 4 1 .438 PCC
60 Navy .521 .654 .574 7.09 8.64 5 5 1 .500 Eastern Independent
61 South Carolina .518 .528 .291 14.60 7.90 5 4 1 .550 Southern
62 Pennsylvania .518 .658 .272 13.44 10.44 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
63 Iowa State .507 .275 .434 9.00 9.25 5 3 0 .625 Big 6
64 Arizona State .500 .237 .050 21.13 8.25 6 2 0 .750 Border
65 Wyoming .488 .269 .173 17.00 7.50 6 4 0 .600 Rocky Mountain
66 Kansas .477 .517 .332 11.20 5.40 5 5 0 .500 Big 6
67 Centenary .477 .498 .423 14.50 10.20 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
68 Colorado .473 .557 .342 13.88 11.75 5 3 0 .625 Rocky Mountain
69 Georgetown .449 .547 .486 7.80 8.60 4 5 1 .450 South/West Independent
70 West Virginia .445 .563 .548 9.10 12.20 4 6 0 .400 Eastern Independent
71 New Mexico State .434 .237 .059 14.90 9.00 6 4 0 .600 Border
72 Baylor .425 .655 .656 11.11 14.89 3 6 0 .333 SWC
73 Drake .425 .631 .445 11.82 20.55 5 6 0 .455 MVC
74 Oklahoma .422 .504 .534 7.33 9.00 4 7 1 .375 Big 6
75 Arkansas .422 .543 .512 9.11 14.00 3 5 1 .389 SWC
76 Washington & Lee .414 .410 .364 6.90 9.00 4 5 1 .450 Southern
77 Idaho .411 .412 .566 10.71 15.14 3 4 0 .429 PCC
78 Grinnell .407 .446 .060 11.75 7.13 5 3 0 .625 MVC
79 Indiana .407 .431 .671 6.38 12.25 2 5 1 .313 Western
80 Florida .406 .712 .734 7.30 16.80 2 6 2 .300 Southern
81 Virginia Tech .405 .561 .413 8.44 11.56 3 4 2 .444 Southern
82 Davidson .401 .479 .232 5.40 7.20 4 4 2 .500 South/West Independent
83 Gonzaga .399 .230 .260 16.57 8.43 3 4 0 .429 South/West Independent
84 Georgia Tech .390 .568 .742 9.80 20.70 2 7 1 .250 Southern
85 Creighton .380 .260 .328 7.00 11.11 4 5 0 .444 MVC
86 Brigham Young .361 .432 .246 8.63 13.00 4 4 0 .500 Rocky Mountain
87 Colorado College .356 .390 .288 8.88 15.38 4 4 0 .500 Rocky Mountain
88 Mississippi .352 .450 .674 8.11 23.33 2 6 1 .278 Southern
89 Wake Forest .345 .470 .279 5.63 17.25 4 4 0 .500 South/West Independent
90 Denver .343 .476 .289 10.40 14.30 4 6 0 .400 Rocky Mountain
91 Missouri .327 .489 .669 7.20 19.30 2 8 0 .200 Big 6
92 Virginia Military Institute .325 .467 .307 8.20 12.30 3 6 1 .350 Southern
93 North Carolina State .319 .316 .269 6.67 11.56 3 6 0 .333 Southern
94 New Mexico .318 .237 .125 11.43 10.00 3 3 1 .500 Border
95 Chicago .314 .398 .389 7.11 13.78 2 6 1 .278 Western
96 Northern Arizona .306 .237 .224 11.75 15.63 3 5 0 .375 Border
97 Illinois .299 .595 .551 7.25 17.50 2 6 0 .250 Western
98 Arizona .299 .237 .261 8.00 16.56 3 5 1 .389 Border
99 Virginia .274 .465 .499 4.00 11.20 1 7 2 .200 Southern
100 Wild Card U .269 .237 .624 5.39 22.42 46 211 18 .200  
101 Iowa .258 .585 .797 0.88 16.38 1 6 1 .188 Western
102 Penn State .250 .510 .468 6.90 16.70 2 8 0 .200 Eastern Independent
103 Mississippi State .247 .263 .413 5.88 23.38 2 6 0 .250 Southern
104 Northern Colorado .245 .303 .156 7.14 9.86 2 4 1 .357 Rocky Mountain
105 Montana .236 .428 .596 8.00 22.14 1 6 0 .143 PCC
106 Clemson .220 .632 .407 2.11 18.22 1 6 2 .222 Southern
107 Princeton .183 .360 .420 6.88 20.50 1 7 0 .125 Eastern Independent
108 Montana State .152 .496 .186 6.43 20.14 1 5 1 .214 Rocky Mountain
109 Washington (Missouri) .143 .409 .142 2.89 21.56 2 7 0 .222 MVC
110 Western State .133 .089 .181 7.86 18.14 1 6 0 .143 Rocky Mountain
111 Colorado Mines .110 .183 .089 3.71 21.43 1 5 1 .214 Rocky Mountain

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Northeast Independent .685 .636 .339 73 18 9 .775 11
SWC .649 .642 .582 43 25 3 .627 7
PCC .638 .614 .638 55 31 7 .629 10
Eastern Independent .586 .593 .461 79 51 11 .599 15
Western .560 .615 .539 49 36 6 .571 10
Southern .539 .572 .518 108 90 24 .541 23
Big 6 .534 .481 .474 32 27 1 .542 6
South/West Independent .482 .454 .366 28 24 3 .536 6
MVC .394 .452 .234 24 23 1 .510 5
Rocky Mountain .374 .397 .258 46 49 3 .485 12
Border .372 .237 .144 21 19 2 .524 5

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