1948 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1948 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .560 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.752.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.40 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 Michigan .933 .858 .685 28.00 4.89 9 0 0 1.000 Western
2 North Carolina .913 .760 .855 23.73 8.55 9 1 1 .864 Southern
3 Oklahoma .907 .697 .721 31.82 11.00 10 1 0 .909 Big 7
4 Southern Methodist .907 .724 .874 22.73 9.55 9 1 1 .864 SWC
5 Notre Dame .896 .861 .589 32.00 9.30 9 0 1 .950 Eastern Independent
6 Tulane .875 .483 .581 20.70 6.00 9 1 0 .900 SEC
7 Mississippi .866 .623 .751 25.11 10.33 8 1 0 .889 SEC
8 Clemson .866 .498 .401 24.91 6.91 11 0 0 1.000 Southern
9 California .851 .578 .535 26.45 9.09 10 1 0 .909 PCC
10 Vanderbilt .831 .584 .677 29.82 6.64 8 2 1 .773 SEC
11 Northwestern .821 .541 .687 19.10 9.10 8 2 0 .800 Western
12 Georgia .821 .751 .639 27.82 12.82 9 2 0 .818 SEC
13 Army .810 .809 .418 32.67 9.89 8 0 1 .944 Eastern Independent
14 Oregon .798 .514 .627 18.82 9.36 9 2 0 .818 PCC
15 Georgia Tech .794 .792 .621 22.60 6.90 7 3 0 .700 SEC
16 Texas .788 .867 .846 20.27 13.36 7 3 1 .682 SWC
17 Utah .780 .620 .477 22.10 9.60 8 1 1 .850 Skyline
18 William & Mary .779 .693 .568 16.64 6.09 7 2 2 .727 Southern
19 Michigan State .778 .585 .660 35.90 13.00 6 2 2 .700 Eastern Independent
20 Missouri .768 .607 .628 30.09 14.64 8 3 0 .727 Big 7
21 Southern California .764 .699 .787 14.20 8.70 6 3 1 .650 PCC
22 Villanova .763 .580 .557 25.64 11.36 8 2 1 .773 Eastern Independent
23 Santa Clara .763 .369 .667 22.80 15.30 7 2 1 .750 South/West Independent
24 Penn State .753 .695 .428 24.33 6.11 7 1 1 .833 Eastern Independent
25 Baylor .744 .481 .804 15.18 11.36 6 3 2 .636 SWC
26 Minnesota .740 .602 .508 22.56 10.44 7 2 0 .778 Western
27 Ohio State .724 .519 .681 20.44 10.44 6 3 0 .667 Western
28 Nevada .717 .542 .305 43.64 12.18 9 2 0 .818 South/West Independent
29 Cornell .716 .489 .379 24.89 12.44 8 1 0 .889 Northeast Independent
30 Texas Tech .694 .586 .585 21.20 13.50 7 3 0 .700 Border
31 Wake Forest .687 .658 .725 22.40 16.80 6 4 0 .600 Southern
32 Tennessee .678 .689 .771 14.00 9.80 4 4 2 .500 SEC
33 Kansas .676 .642 .524 19.90 13.70 7 3 0 .700 Big 7
34 Rice .672 .735 .742 16.80 11.90 5 4 1 .550 SWC
35 Boston College .669 .495 .644 16.89 14.89 5 2 2 .667 Northeast Independent
36 Alabama .665 .742 .681 20.73 15.45 6 4 1 .591 SEC
37 Kentucky .663 .641 .633 19.90 12.80 5 3 2 .600 SEC
38 West Virginia .654 .508 .369 21.42 11.67 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
39 Texas-El Paso .652 .370 .293 32.82 16.55 8 2 1 .773 Border
40 Maryland .647 .566 .556 20.70 13.20 6 4 0 .600 Southern
41 Brown .645 .412 .290 26.89 11.44 7 2 0 .778 Northeast Independent
42 Dartmouth .642 .438 .478 26.63 16.25 6 2 0 .750 Northeast Independent
43 Texas Christian .641 .598 .846 12.50 14.30 4 5 1 .450 SWC
44 Colorado State .619 .338 .302 22.18 12.55 8 3 0 .727 Skyline
45 Oklahoma State .618 .563 .466 21.90 12.70 6 4 0 .600 MVC
46 Pittsburgh .612 .357 .621 13.22 17.11 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
47 Mississippi State .611 .663 .724 11.44 9.67 4 4 1 .500 SEC
48 Arkansas .602 .658 .586 22.70 13.60 5 5 0 .500 SWC
49 Hardin-Simmons .592 .590 .290 31.36 19.27 6 2 3 .682 Border
50 Duke .587 .670 .568 16.00 10.22 4 3 2 .556 Southern
51 Virginia Military Institute .581 .416 .376 20.44 12.89 6 3 0 .667 Southern
52 Rutgers .578 .556 .207 24.89 14.44 7 2 0 .778 Eastern Independent
53 Pennsylvania .572 .715 .509 21.13 14.63 5 3 0 .625 Eastern Independent
54 Drake .567 .283 .205 19.90 10.50 7 3 0 .700 MVC
55 Oregon State .558 .518 .586 20.75 19.67 5 4 3 .542 PCC
56 Virginia .542 .619 .394 19.44 17.44 5 3 1 .611 South/West Independent
57 Florida .527 .400 .544 21.30 20.60 5 5 0 .500 SEC
58 Stanford .526 .338 .615 16.40 15.90 4 6 0 .400 PCC
59 Illinois .525 .655 .669 15.00 15.56 3 6 0 .333 Western
60 Detroit Mercy .523 .534 .216 23.22 12.44 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
61 Arizona .497 .455 .507 15.18 22.36 6 5 0 .545 Border
62 Richmond .491 .385 .227 13.00 9.50 5 3 2 .600 Southern
63 Purdue .490 .562 .727 14.00 19.44 3 6 0 .333 Western
64 St. Mary's .485 .443 .565 15.00 16.10 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
65 Princeton .485 .440 .504 23.00 19.50 4 4 0 .500 Eastern Independent
66 Iowa .485 .479 .537 14.11 15.78 4 5 0 .444 Western
67 Washington State .485 .401 .609 16.40 21.90 4 5 1 .450 PCC
68 Miami (Florida) .471 .470 .569 15.40 17.90 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
69 North Carolina State .467 .637 .640 10.70 12.80 3 6 1 .350 Southern
70 Holy Cross .464 .521 .326 15.10 12.80 5 5 0 .500 Northeast Independent
71 Denver .464 .494 .482 16.60 17.40 4 5 1 .450 Skyline
72 Columbia .462 .622 .426 21.56 19.67 4 5 0 .444 Northeast Independent
73 Louisiana State .460 .718 .950 9.90 27.10 3 7 0 .300 SEC
74 Harvard .457 .448 .566 16.25 23.00 4 4 0 .500 Northeast Independent
75 Boston University .442 .314 .062 15.88 12.75 6 2 0 .750 Northeast Independent
76 Wichita State .441 .421 .280 19.70 23.40 5 4 1 .550 MVC
77 West Texas A&M .439 .456 .216 17.45 13.91 6 5 0 .545 Border
78 Wyoming .430 .310 .285 30.00 16.11 4 5 0 .444 Skyline
79 Texas A&M .429 .608 .927 12.30 24.70 0 9 1 .050 SWC
80 Arizona State .426 .286 .171 27.60 19.20 5 5 0 .500 Border
81 Yale .421 .585 .394 18.56 18.89 4 5 0 .444 Northeast Independent
82 Iowa State .421 .368 .548 11.60 19.70 4 6 0 .400 Big 7
83 Tennessee-Chattanooga .420 .417 .414 12.78 12.56 4 5 0 .444 South/West Independent
84 Colorado .414 .468 .464 18.67 18.22 3 6 0 .333 Big 7
85 Utah State .408 .485 .355 17.82 21.64 5 6 0 .455 Skyline
86 UCLA .402 .626 .628 15.60 23.50 3 7 0 .300 PCC
87 South Carolina .402 .541 .531 13.25 15.75 3 5 0 .375 Southern
88 Colgate .393 .363 .565 14.78 21.78 3 6 0 .333 Northeast Independent
89 Georgetown .382 .380 .379 12.25 12.88 3 4 1 .438 South/West Independent
90 Washington .376 .480 .770 8.90 18.90 2 7 1 .250 PCC
91 Brigham Young .373 .335 .315 12.27 18.09 5 6 0 .455 Skyline
92 Idaho .369 .267 .418 17.11 17.33 3 6 0 .333 PCC
93 Wisconsin .357 .580 .586 14.00 21.44 2 7 0 .222 Western
94 George Washington .356 .281 .428 9.30 22.60 4 6 0 .400 Southern
95 Washington & Lee .349 .377 .359 10.80 18.70 4 6 0 .400 Southern
96 Nebraska .348 .374 .686 13.70 27.30 2 8 0 .200 Big 7
97 Indiana .347 .644 .767 8.33 24.11 2 7 0 .222 Western
98 Navy .326 .561 .913 8.56 25.22 0 8 1 .056 Eastern Independent
99 Davidson .307 .412 .254 9.44 14.11 3 5 1 .389 Southern
100 Auburn .306 .359 .750 6.80 26.20 1 8 1 .150 SEC
101 New Mexico .299 .411 .543 13.27 19.64 2 9 0 .182 Border
102 Marquette .292 .478 .521 12.70 21.20 2 8 0 .200 Eastern Independent
103 San Francisco .279 .474 .424 13.67 24.00 2 7 0 .222 South/West Independent
104 Fordham .276 .185 .175 20.22 21.33 3 6 0 .333 Northeast Independent
105 Temple .276 .375 .399 10.56 20.22 2 6 1 .278 Eastern Independent
106 Northern Arizona .268 .243 .050 16.00 20.78 4 5 0 .444 Border
107 St. Louis .268 .360 .188 12.64 23.45 4 7 0 .364 MVC
108 Montana .243 .422 .170 14.30 22.10 3 7 0 .300 PCC
109 Duquesne .233 .247 .374 11.33 26.67 2 7 0 .222 Eastern Independent
110 New York University .231 .249 .205 10.67 21.11 3 6 0 .333 Northeast Independent
111 Furman .230 .286 .378 4.44 16.44 2 6 1 .278 Southern
112 Tulsa .222 .648 .603 13.50 33.00 0 9 1 .050 MVC
113 Wild Card U .220 .234 .420 9.99 27.34 29 116 9 .218  
114 New Mexico State .212 .277 .187 13.80 39.10 3 7 0 .300 Border
115 Citadel .200 .284 .354 5.00 16.89 2 7 0 .222 Southern
116 Syracuse .193 .319 .456 9.89 27.11 1 8 0 .111 Northeast Independent
117 Kansas State .186 .185 .550 7.80 32.30 1 9 0 .100 Big 7
118 Virginia Tech .162 .421 .592 3.11 23.22 0 8 1 .056 Southern

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SWC .683 .667 .804 36 30 7 .541 7
SEC .675 .621 .694 69 44 8 .603 12
Western .602 .604 .650 44 38 0 .537 9
Eastern Independent .570 .553 .486 81 52 8 .603 15
PCC .537 .484 .575 49 48 6 .505 10
Big 7 .532 .477 .589 35 36 0 .493 7
Skyline .512 .430 .369 34 26 2 .565 6
South/West Independent .507 .464 .465 38 35 3 .520 8
Southern .501 .493 .488 75 69 11 .519 16
Northeast Independent .462 .419 .382 59 54 2 .522 13
Border .453 .408 .316 47 43 4 .521 9
MVC .423 .455 .348 22 27 2 .451 5

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