1949 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1949 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .531 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.237.

The average home field advantage for this year is 1.95 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 Oklahoma .935 .802 .669 36.27 8.00 11 0 0 1.000 Big 7
2 Notre Dame .933 .878 .668 36.00 8.60 10 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
3 California .879 .715 .738 29.00 11.91 10 1 0 .909 PCC
4 Rice .878 .703 .699 25.09 8.82 10 1 0 .909 SWC
5 Maryland .814 .607 .475 26.60 8.20 9 1 0 .900 Southern
6 Army .809 .809 .302 39.33 7.56 9 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
7 Ohio State .802 .621 .757 20.70 13.60 7 1 2 .800 Western
8 Santa Clara .796 .566 .672 20.18 10.36 8 2 1 .773 South/West Independent
9 Baylor .793 .613 .691 23.20 12.60 8 2 0 .800 SWC
10 Minnesota .783 .671 .631 25.67 8.89 7 2 0 .778 Western
11 Texas .778 .828 .749 29.00 9.30 6 4 0 .600 SWC
12 Kentucky .763 .652 .544 26.42 6.17 9 3 0 .750 SEC
13 Wyoming .761 .370 .208 38.10 6.50 9 1 0 .900 Skyline
14 Michigan .755 .895 .728 15.00 9.44 6 2 1 .722 Western
15 Louisiana State .748 .589 .646 21.00 9.91 8 3 0 .727 SEC
16 Michigan State .743 .681 .642 34.33 11.89 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
17 Villanova .740 .671 .383 29.44 11.44 8 1 0 .889 Eastern Independent
18 Tulane .727 .679 .574 25.10 14.20 7 2 1 .750 SEC
19 Tennessee .726 .683 .492 21.40 10.40 7 2 1 .750 SEC
20 Stanford .726 .432 .577 33.27 11.00 7 3 1 .682 PCC
21 Southern Methodist .713 .815 .846 21.50 20.40 5 4 1 .550 SWC
22 Missouri .695 .687 .731 24.00 20.45 7 4 0 .636 Big 7
23 Texas Christian .694 .619 .701 20.50 18.50 6 3 1 .650 SWC
24 North Carolina .678 .837 .766 17.27 18.64 7 4 0 .636 Southern
25 UCLA .678 .514 .702 25.22 20.89 6 3 0 .667 PCC
26 Georgia Tech .677 .793 .562 19.70 12.90 7 3 0 .700 SEC
27 Southern California .675 .731 .727 23.78 18.89 5 3 1 .611 PCC
28 Colorado State .675 .479 .172 20.60 8.60 9 1 0 .900 Skyline
29 Cornell .670 .603 .221 31.56 12.33 8 1 0 .889 Northeast Independent
30 Oregon State .665 .538 .585 23.20 18.80 7 3 0 .700 PCC
31 Wisconsin .650 .468 .631 23.00 14.33 5 3 1 .611 Western
32 Duke .634 .629 .425 28.89 13.00 6 3 0 .667 Southern
33 Brown .626 .528 .071 29.22 10.44 8 1 0 .889 Northeast Independent
34 Alabama .626 .704 .440 22.70 13.00 6 3 1 .650 SEC
35 Virginia .623 .580 .333 22.11 13.44 7 2 0 .778 South/West Independent
36 San Francisco .619 .377 .366 26.00 14.40 7 3 0 .700 South/West Independent
37 Texas-El Paso .619 .511 .186 26.55 10.27 8 2 1 .773 Border
38 Pittsburgh .609 .484 .524 17.33 17.11 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
39 William & Mary .593 .736 .443 25.60 16.90 6 4 0 .600 Southern
40 Kansas .588 .659 .532 25.90 18.30 5 5 0 .500 Big 7
41 Miami (Florida) .588 .471 .438 18.33 10.67 6 3 0 .667 South/West Independent
42 Iowa State .583 .395 .509 18.78 14.89 5 3 1 .611 Big 7
43 Arkansas .579 .630 .694 16.70 17.50 5 5 0 .500 SWC
44 Princeton .573 .463 .379 21.33 15.22 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
45 Vanderbilt .565 .707 .611 17.70 18.30 5 5 0 .500 SEC
46 Purdue .564 .526 .664 13.22 15.00 4 5 0 .444 Western
47 Texas Tech .563 .640 .504 15.58 15.33 7 5 0 .583 Border
48 Boston University .558 .378 .225 31.25 13.50 6 2 0 .750 Northeast Independent
49 Drake .555 .425 .215 22.44 10.56 6 2 1 .722 MVC
50 Oklahoma State .550 .591 .583 22.30 21.20 4 4 2 .500 MVC
51 Illinois .547 .590 .638 16.56 15.56 3 4 2 .444 Western
52 Penn State .545 .724 .599 18.00 19.44 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
53 Pennsylvania .539 .644 .518 19.88 14.75 4 4 0 .500 Eastern Independent
54 Hardin-Simmons .534 .591 .293 28.91 17.18 6 4 1 .591 Border
55 Dartmouth .533 .540 .238 22.88 13.38 6 2 0 .750 Northeast Independent
56 Iowa .530 .482 .666 20.44 27.44 4 5 0 .444 Western
57 Northwestern .529 .681 .652 15.22 17.33 4 5 0 .444 Western
58 Oregon .527 .656 .582 25.00 21.90 4 6 0 .400 PCC
59 Georgia .520 .786 .549 16.09 12.18 4 6 1 .409 SEC
60 Loyola Marymount .518 .227 .330 23.00 22.60 6 4 0 .600 South/West Independent
61 Rutgers .517 .567 .191 29.56 15.33 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
62 Fordham .510 .231 .350 28.25 17.38 5 3 0 .625 Northeast Independent
63 Mississippi .503 .745 .532 24.60 24.30 4 5 1 .450 SEC
64 Boston College .503 .582 .505 23.22 20.78 4 4 1 .500 Northeast Independent
65 Tulsa .499 .435 .456 20.27 21.18 5 5 1 .500 MVC
66 Wake Forest .498 .672 .533 20.70 18.30 4 6 0 .400 Southern
67 Arizona State .496 .356 .050 34.20 20.40 7 3 0 .700 Border
68 Navy .495 .443 .723 16.78 26.44 3 5 1 .389 Eastern Independent
69 Detroit Mercy .494 .528 .394 19.89 18.33 5 4 0 .556 MVC
70 Washington .487 .428 .773 16.70 28.50 3 7 0 .300 PCC
71 Nebraska .485 .361 .573 13.78 19.11 4 5 0 .444 Big 7
72 Florida .479 .464 .506 18.00 21.80 4 5 1 .450 SEC
73 South Carolina .477 .471 .577 14.50 16.80 4 6 0 .400 Southern
74 Georgetown .475 .381 .459 13.90 21.00 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
75 Temple .455 .326 .397 17.33 25.00 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
76 Houston .454 .227 .176 23.10 16.90 5 4 1 .550 South/West Independent
77 Clemson .454 .682 .316 23.20 21.60 4 4 2 .500 Southern
78 St. Mary's .451 .464 .594 16.80 24.30 3 6 1 .350 South/West Independent
79 West Texas A&M .449 .448 .210 27.67 18.89 5 4 0 .556 Border
80 Marquette .444 .385 .422 28.56 23.22 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
81 George Washington .433 .318 .443 15.00 20.44 4 5 0 .444 Southern
82 Texas A&M .428 .518 .950 9.20 26.70 1 8 1 .150 SWC
83 Auburn .425 .333 .497 14.89 20.89 2 4 3 .389 SEC
84 Washington State .425 .443 .548 16.56 22.78 3 6 0 .333 PCC
85 Nevada .423 .629 .218 23.50 21.20 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
86 West Virginia .421 .581 .428 20.64 25.00 4 6 1 .409 Eastern Independent
87 Montana .416 .332 .211 19.89 22.22 5 4 0 .556 PCC
88 Syracuse .413 .256 .348 23.00 23.89 4 5 0 .444 Northeast Independent
89 North Carolina State .390 .552 .495 13.40 19.20 3 7 0 .300 Southern
90 Yale .381 .503 .256 17.75 17.13 4 4 0 .500 Northeast Independent
91 Idaho .371 .318 .445 27.50 33.75 3 5 0 .375 PCC
92 Denver .371 .479 .274 19.20 21.40 4 6 0 .400 Skyline
93 Indiana .369 .496 .786 13.00 28.22 1 8 0 .111 Western
94 Bradley .362 .227 .120 15.90 21.40 5 5 0 .500 MVC
95 Wichita State .360 .431 .318 21.20 21.30 3 6 1 .350 MVC
96 Colorado .357 .441 .417 12.90 18.40 3 7 0 .300 Big 7
97 Virginia Military Institute .353 .499 .294 17.44 23.00 3 5 1 .389 Southern
98 Washington & Lee .347 .363 .241 19.33 16.89 3 5 1 .389 Southern
99 Kansas State .336 .186 .519 19.10 25.70 2 8 0 .200 Big 7
100 New Mexico State .320 .245 .174 26.50 31.50 4 6 0 .400 Border
101 Citadel .305 .242 .205 11.00 21.22 4 5 0 .444 Southern
102 Duquesne .303 .240 .329 15.56 23.33 3 6 0 .333 Eastern Independent
103 Utah .297 .700 .334 14.10 16.60 2 7 1 .250 Skyline
104 Furman .288 .258 .207 13.56 17.78 3 6 0 .333 Southern
105 New York University .279 .240 .219 16.22 20.11 3 6 0 .333 Northeast Independent
106 Utah State .274 .446 .292 10.50 20.90 3 7 0 .300 Skyline
107 Wild Card U .270 .227 .374 14.02 30.71 38 104 1 .269  
108 Arizona .268 .476 .421 11.80 29.80 2 7 1 .250 Border
109 Virginia Tech .267 .291 .420 13.00 27.20 1 7 2 .200 Southern
110 New Mexico .266 .355 .519 9.80 30.70 2 8 0 .200 Border
111 Columbia .252 .542 .454 9.11 30.67 2 7 0 .222 Northeast Independent
112 Colgate .248 .378 .389 20.67 32.33 1 8 0 .111 Northeast Independent
113 Richmond .244 .438 .179 11.40 22.60 3 7 0 .300 Southern
114 St. Louis .244 .314 .222 18.44 30.44 2 6 1 .278 MVC
115 Harvard .229 .452 .487 11.44 30.67 1 8 0 .111 Northeast Independent
116 Mississippi State .212 .637 .642 4.22 24.89 0 8 1 .056 SEC
117 Davidson .186 .360 .201 10.90 30.30 2 8 0 .200 Southern
118 Holy Cross .161 .493 .311 11.60 32.50 1 9 0 .100 Northeast Independent
119 Northern Arizona .134 .255 .121 12.75 32.63 1 6 1 .188 Border
120 Brigham Young .113 .354 .350 9.55 33.82 0 11 0 .000 Skyline

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SWC .695 .675 .761 41 27 3 .599 7
Western .614 .603 .684 41 35 6 .537 9
PCC .585 .511 .589 53 41 2 .563 10
SEC .581 .648 .550 63 49 10 .557 12
Eastern Independent .580 .564 .465 79 47 2 .625 14
Big 7 .569 .504 .564 37 32 1 .536 7
South/West Independent .550 .436 .398 52 34 3 .601 9
MVC .438 .422 .330 30 32 6 .485 7
Southern .435 .497 .389 66 83 6 .445 16
Skyline .415 .471 .272 27 33 1 .451 6
Northeast Independent .413 .440 .313 53 60 1 .469 13
Border .405 .431 .275 42 45 4 .484 9

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