1946 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1946 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .561 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.372.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.85 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 Army .933 .869 .797 26.30 8.00 9 0 1 .950 Eastern Independent
2 Notre Dame .929 .810 .680 30.11 2.67 8 0 1 .944 Eastern Independent
3 Georgia .917 .744 .605 35.64 10.00 11 0 0 1.000 SEC
4 Tennessee .865 .656 .950 15.91 8.82 9 2 0 .818 SEC
5 Rice .858 .511 .713 22.27 5.64 9 2 0 .818 SWC
6 Louisiana State .857 .678 .782 21.82 11.18 9 1 1 .864 SEC
7 Illinois .840 .546 .780 21.70 10.50 8 2 0 .800 Western
8 Georgia Tech .836 .654 .693 25.82 11.55 9 2 0 .818 SEC
9 North Carolina .833 .525 .791 24.64 11.73 8 2 1 .773 Southern
10 UCLA .824 .476 .496 29.73 10.64 10 1 0 .909 PCC
11 Texas .823 .754 .617 29.00 6.80 8 2 0 .800 SWC
12 Hardin-Simmons .811 .251 .155 29.27 4.36 11 0 0 1.000 Border
13 Tulsa .796 .733 .390 29.50 8.30 9 1 0 .900 MVC
14 Michigan .790 .832 .688 25.89 8.11 6 2 1 .722 Western
15 Mississippi State .773 .532 .476 27.10 7.10 8 2 0 .800 SEC
16 Oklahoma .769 .603 .644 28.09 10.91 8 3 0 .727 Big 6
17 William & Mary .766 .498 .443 34.70 7.10 8 2 0 .800 Southern
18 Wake Forest .766 .629 .804 17.33 10.22 6 3 0 .667 Southern
19 North Carolina State .745 .487 .626 20.55 9.18 8 3 0 .727 Southern
20 Alabama .734 .681 .814 16.91 10.00 7 4 0 .636 SEC
21 Texas Tech .729 .475 .681 13.45 10.55 8 3 0 .727 Border
22 Arkansas .728 .470 .711 12.36 8.36 6 3 2 .636 SWC
23 Kentucky .723 .357 .567 23.30 9.00 7 3 0 .700 SEC
24 Yale .716 .541 .307 30.22 8.00 7 1 1 .833 Northeast Independent
25 Miami (Florida) .715 .502 .546 20.00 14.70 8 2 0 .800 South/West Independent
26 Duke .692 .733 .948 14.89 9.56 4 5 0 .444 Southern
27 Vanderbilt .675 .325 .633 12.00 4.78 5 4 0 .556 SEC
28 Oregon State .671 .352 .303 17.44 9.00 7 1 1 .833 PCC
29 Rutgers .664 .251 .225 28.00 5.33 7 2 0 .778 Eastern Independent
30 Boston College .663 .289 .570 26.00 13.67 6 3 0 .667 Northeast Independent
31 Pennsylvania .655 .673 .427 33.13 12.75 6 2 0 .750 Eastern Independent
32 Southern California .644 .649 .611 15.80 10.60 6 4 0 .600 PCC
33 Columbia .643 .482 .567 24.67 19.56 6 3 0 .667 Northeast Independent
34 Kansas .640 .411 .445 15.70 14.50 7 2 1 .750 Big 6
35 Indiana .639 .788 .548 14.33 10.56 6 3 0 .667 Western
36 Cornell .639 .505 .544 15.00 12.78 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
37 Harvard .629 .329 .232 23.78 7.22 7 2 0 .778 Northeast Independent
38 Villanova .622 .484 .599 18.20 14.20 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
39 Iowa .620 .389 .641 14.33 10.22 5 4 0 .556 Western
40 Utah .616 .457 .223 23.36 10.36 8 3 0 .727 Mountain States
41 Utah State .614 .334 .190 22.00 7.50 7 2 1 .750 Mountain States
42 Richmond .608 .294 .350 19.60 12.10 6 2 2 .700 Southern
43 St. Mary's .606 .471 .423 25.44 17.78 6 3 0 .667 South/West Independent
44 Nevada .600 .251 .094 36.00 9.11 7 2 0 .778 South/West Independent
45 Penn State .600 .556 .242 24.00 6.00 6 2 0 .750 Eastern Independent
46 Ohio State .587 .778 .617 18.44 18.89 4 3 2 .556 Western
47 Detroit Mercy .585 .405 .415 21.40 13.40 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
48 Texas A&M .582 .659 .770 12.50 10.70 4 6 0 .400 SWC
49 Stanford .571 .251 .321 22.20 14.70 6 3 1 .650 PCC
50 Southern Methodist .558 .524 .694 11.40 10.00 4 5 1 .450 SWC
51 Northwestern .547 .611 .578 17.33 15.11 4 4 1 .500 Western
52 Oklahoma State .544 .760 .851 18.36 24.00 3 7 1 .318 MVC
53 Washington .543 .495 .501 16.00 15.56 5 4 0 .556 PCC
54 Tennessee-Chattanooga .534 .386 .502 25.40 23.30 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
55 Missouri .533 .586 .508 15.80 16.60 5 4 1 .550 Big 6
56 Minnesota .531 .621 .479 14.44 12.67 5 4 0 .556 Western
57 Tulane .524 .461 .820 17.90 20.90 3 7 0 .300 SEC
58 Virginia .524 .576 .555 20.00 18.89 4 4 1 .500 South/West Independent
59 Wisconsin .517 .543 .594 15.56 16.00 4 5 0 .444 Western
60 Clemson .513 .555 .581 16.33 19.33 4 5 0 .444 Southern
61 Holy Cross .512 .635 .412 12.67 11.44 5 4 0 .556 Northeast Independent
62 Virginia Tech .512 .276 .594 10.20 14.90 3 4 3 .450 Southern
63 Navy .509 .831 .950 11.67 20.67 1 8 0 .111 Eastern Independent
64 Georgetown .494 .251 .362 14.38 12.13 5 3 0 .625 South/West Independent
65 Denver .492 .476 .475 16.27 16.55 5 5 1 .500 Mountain States
66 Texas Christian .486 .564 .837 9.00 14.80 2 7 1 .250 SWC
67 Michigan State .486 .499 .465 18.10 20.20 5 5 0 .500 Eastern Independent
68 Colgate .485 .417 .432 19.25 11.88 4 4 0 .500 Northeast Independent
69 South Carolina .470 .456 .388 13.38 16.63 5 3 0 .625 Southern
70 Northern Arizona .468 .251 .050 14.44 7.78 5 2 2 .667 Border
71 Colorado .466 .534 .395 9.10 14.70 5 4 1 .550 Mountain States
72 Montana State .466 .251 .165 19.80 15.60 5 3 2 .600 South/West Independent
73 Mississippi .464 .386 .818 8.44 16.00 2 7 0 .222 SEC
74 Virginia Military Institute .462 .379 .526 13.30 18.90 4 5 1 .450 Southern
75 Arizona .460 .251 .303 21.80 13.60 4 4 2 .500 Border
76 West Virginia .449 .393 .352 12.00 9.90 5 5 0 .500 Eastern Independent
77 West Texas A&M .449 .303 .322 12.10 13.20 5 5 0 .500 Border
78 Syracuse .444 .232 .433 16.22 17.56 4 5 0 .444 Northeast Independent
79 Brigham Young .440 .251 .248 9.40 11.90 5 4 1 .550 Mountain States
80 New Mexico .436 .415 .414 10.58 18.67 5 5 2 .500 Border
81 Pittsburgh .435 .472 .584 9.78 15.11 3 5 1 .389 Eastern Independent
82 Marquette .425 .509 .420 14.67 16.44 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
83 Princeton .420 .289 .521 13.00 16.25 3 5 0 .375 Eastern Independent
84 Nebraska .418 .402 .589 14.00 17.89 3 6 0 .333 Big 6
85 George Washington .415 .251 .286 15.29 12.43 4 3 0 .571 Southern
86 Auburn .411 .418 .539 13.20 21.00 4 6 0 .400 SEC
87 Dartmouth .398 .402 .617 10.11 21.56 3 6 0 .333 Northeast Independent
88 Maryland .397 .461 .542 15.11 21.44 3 6 0 .333 Southern
89 Wichita State .397 .350 .179 11.90 13.50 5 5 0 .500 MVC
90 Oregon .396 .326 .368 9.00 13.11 4 4 1 .500 PCC
91 Purdue .394 .695 .674 10.78 23.11 2 6 1 .278 Western
92 New Mexico State .389 .251 .167 15.50 15.40 5 5 0 .500 Border
93 San Francisco .375 .251 .414 18.00 19.11 3 6 0 .333 South/West Independent
94 Davidson .359 .251 .177 22.89 14.44 4 5 0 .444 Southern
95 Montana .356 .251 .283 13.00 19.50 4 4 0 .500 PCC
96 New York University .348 .229 .074 12.63 20.38 5 3 0 .625 Northeast Independent
97 St. Louis .344 .356 .217 16.00 16.40 4 6 0 .400 MVC
98 Temple .338 .495 .336 7.63 14.25 2 4 2 .375 Eastern Independent
99 Brown .335 .430 .305 13.56 20.44 3 5 1 .389 Northeast Independent
100 California .330 .441 .538 12.44 18.78 2 7 0 .222 PCC
101 Washington & Lee .328 .251 .453 14.75 17.88 2 6 0 .250 Southern
102 Santa Clara .327 .251 .402 14.00 22.63 2 5 1 .313 South/West Independent
103 Texas-El Paso .314 .251 .247 15.11 16.67 3 6 0 .333 Border
104 Washington State .303 .430 .420 14.75 18.38 1 6 1 .188 PCC
105 Florida .303 .372 .748 11.56 29.33 0 9 0 .000 SEC
106 Furman .301 .251 .560 9.90 23.60 2 8 0 .200 Southern
107 Merchant Marine .299 .345 .250 15.73 23.55 4 7 0 .364 Northeast Independent
108 Baylor .292 .396 .747 6.22 20.11 1 8 0 .111 SWC
109 Citadel .274 .251 .257 10.25 19.25 3 5 0 .375 Southern
110 Bucknell .262 .328 .218 10.56 17.11 3 6 0 .333 Eastern Independent
111 Iowa State .256 .518 .373 8.56 26.56 2 6 1 .278 Big 6
112 Arizona State .239 .251 .300 8.45 28.45 2 7 2 .273 Border
113 Drake .236 .456 .274 8.67 27.44 2 6 1 .278 MVC
114 Wild Card U .213 .251 .408 8.13 26.35 25 104 6 .207  
115 Colorado State .192 .252 .289 5.56 20.44 2 7 0 .222 Mountain States
116 Portland .174 .251 .073 8.10 20.50 2 7 1 .250 South/West Independent
117 Wyoming .171 .251 .318 4.40 19.20 1 8 1 .150 Mountain States
118 Lafayette .171 .225 .252 6.22 31.78 2 7 0 .222 Eastern Independent
119 Kansas State .158 .238 .553 4.56 25.89 0 9 0 .000 Big 6
120 Fordham .144 .251 .531 6.14 32.57 0 7 0 .000 Northeast Independent
121 Idaho .116 .218 .230 7.22 27.44 1 8 0 .111 PCC

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .674 .522 .704 74 47 1 .611 12
SWC .618 .554 .727 34 33 4 .507 7
Western .607 .644 .622 44 33 5 .567 9
Eastern Independent .530 .506 .468 76 64 5 .541 16
Southern .528 .409 .520 74 67 7 .524 16
South/West Independent .481 .344 .354 47 40 5 .538 10
Northeast Independent .481 .391 .406 59 53 3 .526 13
Border .477 .300 .293 48 37 8 .559 9
PCC .475 .389 .407 46 42 4 .522 10
MVC .463 .531 .382 23 25 2 .480 5
Big 6 .462 .460 .519 25 30 3 .457 6
Mountain States .427 .365 .305 33 33 5 .500 7

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