1953 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1953 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .518 and the root for determining point spreads was 0.967.

The average home field advantage for this year is 1.26 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 Maryland .896 .811 .699 27.09 3.45 10 1 0 .909 ACC
2 Notre Dame .894 .788 .807 31.70 13.90 9 0 1 .950 Eastern Independent
3 Oklahoma .890 .847 .824 26.64 8.18 9 1 1 .864 Big 7
4 Michigan State .841 .842 .718 24.00 11.00 9 1 0 .900 Big Ten
5 Rice .840 .632 .798 26.82 9.55 9 2 0 .818 SWC
6 Texas Tech .830 .521 .598 38.58 13.92 11 1 0 .917 Border
7 UCLA .809 .772 .633 22.40 7.60 8 2 0 .800 PCC
8 Georgia Tech .788 .879 .681 24.00 9.25 9 2 1 .792 SEC
9 Texas .773 .819 .840 19.00 12.50 7 3 0 .700 SWC
10 Illinois .766 .649 .677 25.33 14.78 7 1 1 .833 Big Ten
11 Kentucky .753 .707 .684 20.10 11.60 7 2 1 .750 SEC
12 Wisconsin .743 .689 .788 19.89 12.22 6 2 1 .722 Big Ten
13 Mississippi .738 .750 .642 23.60 11.30 7 2 1 .750 SEC
14 Duke .731 .760 .528 21.70 8.10 7 2 1 .750 ACC
15 Baylor .727 .693 .730 21.90 16.60 7 3 0 .700 SWC
16 Mississippi State .723 .566 .725 19.60 11.90 5 2 3 .650 SEC
17 Iowa .721 .428 .760 20.78 10.11 5 3 1 .611 Big Ten
18 Auburn .714 .444 .696 24.55 15.73 7 3 1 .682 SEC
19 West Virginia .696 .575 .415 30.90 15.40 8 2 0 .800 Southern
20 Oklahoma State .694 .478 .661 17.80 14.90 7 3 0 .700 MVC
21 Army .689 .569 .365 23.33 9.00 7 1 1 .833 Northeast Independent
22 Southern Methodist .681 .662 .899 12.80 12.90 5 5 0 .500 SWC
23 Stanford .679 .641 .593 24.60 14.80 6 3 1 .650 PCC
24 Michigan .679 .627 .680 18.11 11.22 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
25 Louisiana State .677 .628 .778 17.64 14.45 5 3 3 .591 SEC
26 Ohio State .670 .655 .725 20.22 18.22 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
27 Marquette .666 .492 .525 19.60 10.80 6 3 1 .650 Eastern Independent
28 Alabama .665 .754 .736 14.83 12.67 6 3 3 .625 SEC
29 Southern California .663 .773 .666 19.90 16.10 6 3 1 .650 PCC
30 South Carolina .660 .558 .431 19.80 9.70 7 3 0 .700 ACC
31 Missouri .660 .557 .704 13.00 11.60 6 4 0 .600 Big 7
32 Utah .659 .575 .343 26.40 15.00 8 2 0 .800 Skyline
33 Kansas State .644 .269 .526 19.80 11.60 6 3 1 .650 Big 7
34 Tennessee .639 .833 .643 21.82 13.91 6 4 1 .591 SEC
35 Colorado .635 .654 .614 20.10 19.40 6 4 0 .600 Big 7
36 Penn State .619 .645 .545 23.00 16.44 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
37 Texas A&M .617 .600 .883 12.80 18.60 4 5 1 .450 SWC
38 Texas-El Paso .614 .426 .196 25.70 14.40 8 2 0 .800 Border
39 Houston .610 .612 .751 21.00 20.56 4 4 1 .500 MVC
40 Utah State .599 .346 .300 18.82 12.64 8 3 0 .727 Skyline
41 Minnesota .597 .511 .790 16.67 17.78 4 4 1 .500 Big Ten
42 California .593 .767 .657 22.00 17.00 4 4 2 .500 PCC
43 Syracuse .592 .573 .432 21.89 11.00 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
44 Navy .592 .620 .550 20.67 11.00 4 3 2 .556 Eastern Independent
45 Detroit Mercy .585 .433 .421 23.10 12.40 6 4 0 .600 MVC
46 Florida .583 .688 .666 20.00 11.30 3 5 2 .400 SEC
47 Wyoming .569 .605 .450 19.50 11.00 5 4 1 .550 Skyline
48 Texas Christian .544 .649 .833 11.60 15.00 3 7 0 .300 SWC
49 Furman .542 .433 .102 18.67 10.11 7 2 0 .778 Southern
50 Arizona .535 .521 .550 23.40 18.10 4 5 1 .450 Border
51 Purdue .532 .586 .950 9.89 18.56 2 7 0 .222 Big Ten
52 Pittsburgh .529 .565 .592 15.89 15.33 3 5 1 .389 Eastern Independent
53 Boston University .528 .479 .321 24.89 15.00 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
54 Arkansas .523 .515 .862 11.60 16.10 3 7 0 .300 SWC
55 Pennsylvania .520 .613 .708 10.67 16.89 3 5 1 .389 Eastern Independent
56 Boston College .508 .400 .365 15.22 15.44 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
57 Pacific .504 .550 .409 19.10 17.20 4 4 2 .500 South/West Independent
58 Miami (Florida) .504 .554 .560 17.22 15.22 4 5 0 .444 South/West Independent
59 Hardin-Simmons .501 .529 .429 18.09 19.18 6 5 0 .545 Border
60 Washington .499 .645 .707 15.40 21.70 3 6 1 .350 PCC
61 Cornell .494 .473 .453 14.22 16.89 4 3 2 .556 Northeast Independent
62 North Carolina .491 .518 .593 17.30 18.70 4 6 0 .400 ACC
63 Northwestern .484 .495 .680 18.44 22.78 3 6 0 .333 Big Ten
64 Nebraska .482 .518 .674 11.90 18.40 3 6 1 .350 Big 7
65 Colorado State .477 .571 .471 17.44 16.56 4 5 0 .444 Skyline
66 George Washington .475 .485 .275 18.44 13.78 5 4 0 .556 Southern
67 New Mexico .470 .493 .251 17.11 11.44 5 3 1 .611 Skyline
68 Yale .469 .510 .128 13.67 9.89 5 2 2 .667 Northeast Independent
69 Oregon .469 .394 .502 9.10 8.50 4 5 1 .450 PCC
70 Wichita State .468 .317 .360 19.11 12.22 4 4 1 .500 MVC
71 Fordham .466 .438 .382 19.56 14.22 4 5 0 .444 Northeast Independent
72 Washington State .460 .548 .591 14.60 25.60 4 6 0 .400 PCC
73 Georgia .459 .668 .726 14.09 22.73 3 8 0 .273 SEC
74 Harvard .454 .377 .050 18.25 9.75 6 2 0 .750 Northeast Independent
75 Clemson .454 .539 .562 15.44 19.11 3 5 1 .389 ACC
76 Richmond .452 .233 .174 13.89 12.89 5 3 1 .611 Southern
77 William & Mary .448 .543 .266 12.20 19.10 5 4 1 .550 Southern
78 Holy Cross .448 .607 .286 13.40 8.90 5 5 0 .500 Northeast Independent
79 Indiana .448 .422 .785 13.22 25.22 2 7 0 .222 Big Ten
80 Villanova .447 .641 .566 13.20 21.50 4 6 0 .400 Eastern Independent
81 Virginia Tech .423 .335 .194 14.20 12.40 5 5 0 .500 Southern
82 Arizona State .411 .574 .255 20.70 20.30 4 5 1 .450 Border
83 Vanderbilt .407 .600 .637 13.10 25.80 3 7 0 .300 SEC
84 Princeton .407 .711 .185 16.00 22.67 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
85 Kansas .404 .703 .798 8.30 17.90 2 8 0 .200 Big 7
86 Tulsa .404 .674 .627 11.70 25.80 3 7 0 .300 MVC
87 Virginia Military Institute .404 .466 .168 17.40 19.60 5 5 0 .500 Southern
88 Wake Forest .400 .621 .473 11.40 15.70 3 6 1 .350 ACC
89 Columbia .396 .398 .306 13.78 17.00 4 5 0 .444 Northeast Independent
90 San Jose State .396 .491 .279 17.33 24.44 4 4 1 .500 South/West Independent
91 Denver .393 .406 .341 15.90 19.50 3 5 2 .400 Skyline
92 Washington & Lee .384 .469 .343 19.30 24.20 4 6 0 .400 Southern
93 Tulane .378 .610 .722 12.90 22.80 1 8 1 .150 SEC
94 Colgate .376 .485 .245 16.33 17.89 3 4 2 .444 Northeast Independent
95 North Texas .373 .275 .337 16.70 16.70 3 6 1 .350 South/West Independent
96 Oregon State .371 .493 .632 4.33 20.78 3 6 0 .333 PCC
97 Iowa State .337 .438 .521 13.33 23.44 2 7 0 .222 Big 7
98 Brigham Young .317 .422 .356 17.20 22.80 2 7 1 .250 Skyline
99 Dartmouth .316 .396 .432 16.89 24.33 2 7 0 .222 Northeast Independent
100 Brown .310 .296 .117 14.89 14.11 3 5 1 .389 Northeast Independent
101 Drake .309 .367 .127 13.88 21.88 4 4 0 .500 South/West Independent
102 Montana .303 .313 .234 18.13 25.63 3 5 0 .375 Skyline
103 Wild Card U .250 .275 .361 11.10 26.59 17 63 3 .223  
104 Rutgers .238 .436 .223 15.75 27.00 2 6 0 .250 Eastern Independent
105 West Texas A&M .225 .331 .304 12.60 27.60 1 8 1 .150 Border
106 New Mexico State .218 .197 .397 6.22 35.11 2 7 0 .222 Border
107 Virginia .208 .731 .442 8.33 26.89 1 8 0 .111 South/West Independent
108 North Carolina State .203 .374 .437 8.00 26.50 1 9 0 .100 ACC
109 Citadel .193 .389 .275 8.56 29.33 2 7 0 .222 Southern
110 Idaho .176 .416 .345 7.33 23.78 1 8 0 .111 PCC
111 Davidson .077 .250 .279 5.78 32.89 0 9 0 .000 Southern

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SWC .672 .653 .835 38 32 1 .542 7
Big Ten .648 .590 .755 50 37 4 .571 10
SEC .627 .677 .695 62 49 17 .551 12
Big 7 .579 .570 .666 34 33 3 .507 7
MVC .552 .503 .564 24 22 2 .521 5
ACC .548 .597 .532 35 32 3 .521 7
Eastern Independent .546 .612 .523 42 35 6 .542 9
PCC .524 .605 .592 39 43 6 .477 9
Border .476 .443 .390 36 33 3 .521 7
Skyline .473 .466 .343 38 34 5 .526 8
Northeast Independent .465 .461 .299 58 48 11 .543 13
Southern .409 .418 .249 46 47 2 .495 10
South/West Independent .382 .495 .359 20 31 4 .400 6

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