1955 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1955 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .547 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.217.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.49 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 .920 .906 .544 35.00 5.45 11 0 0 1.000 Big 7
2 Mississippi .897 .772 .819 24.09 10.00 10 1 0 .909 SEC
3 Maryland .886 .838 .719 19.73 7.00 10 1 0 .909 ACC
4 Georgia Tech .885 .821 .742 17.18 4.18 9 1 1 .864 SEC
5 Michigan State .872 .703 .677 25.30 8.30 9 1 0 .900 Big Ten
6 UCLA .866 .829 .797 27.18 6.73 9 2 0 .818 PCC
7 Texas Christian .856 .622 .759 27.82 9.55 9 2 0 .818 SWC
8 Texas A&M .796 .505 .789 16.00 8.90 7 2 1 .750 SWC
9 Notre Dame .776 .867 .575 21.00 11.20 8 2 0 .800 Eastern Independent
10 Duke .769 .756 .672 19.60 9.50 7 2 1 .750 ACC
11 Auburn .758 .688 .600 20.36 11.18 8 2 1 .773 SEC
12 Vanderbilt .745 .442 .590 21.82 7.82 8 3 0 .727 SEC
13 Pittsburgh .733 .545 .802 16.45 11.09 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
14 Stanford .732 .558 .775 19.80 13.50 6 3 1 .650 PCC
15 West Virginia .716 .687 .395 28.50 10.40 8 2 0 .800 Southern
16 Arizona State .715 .448 .397 31.18 9.73 8 2 1 .773 Border
17 Ohio State .706 .807 .534 22.33 10.78 7 2 0 .778 Big Ten
18 Colorado State .704 .405 .461 17.50 10.80 8 2 0 .800 Skyline
19 Miami (Florida) .697 .675 .612 20.11 9.00 6 3 0 .667 South/West Independent
20 Tennessee .697 .595 .620 18.80 9.20 6 3 1 .650 SEC
21 Denver .696 .575 .284 31.00 8.90 8 2 0 .800 Skyline
22 Kentucky .694 .713 .663 17.80 13.10 6 3 1 .650 SEC
23 Michigan .688 .673 .470 19.89 10.44 7 2 0 .778 Big Ten
24 Navy .688 .714 .441 20.89 6.22 6 2 1 .722 Eastern Independent
25 Texas-El Paso .683 .551 .493 22.70 11.40 6 2 2 .700 Border
26 Texas Tech .679 .677 .689 18.36 15.09 7 3 1 .682 Border
27 Wyoming .675 .564 .490 20.45 12.45 8 3 0 .727 Skyline
28 Mississippi State .670 .633 .710 17.30 14.20 6 4 0 .600 SEC
29 Southern California .664 .726 .651 26.50 15.80 6 4 0 .600 PCC
30 Wichita State .662 .586 .382 25.20 13.30 7 2 1 .750 MVC
31 Arkansas .652 .654 .724 12.60 11.40 5 4 1 .550 SWC
32 Texas .647 .719 .872 18.90 21.20 5 5 0 .500 SWC
33 Colorado .642 .695 .569 20.30 14.90 6 4 0 .600 Big 7
34 Syracuse .639 .481 .643 22.50 16.25 5 3 0 .625 Northeast Independent
35 Clemson .635 .546 .461 20.60 14.40 7 3 0 .700 ACC
36 Washington .633 .450 .579 14.10 9.30 5 4 1 .550 PCC
37 Houston .630 .553 .566 17.60 13.90 6 4 0 .600 MVC
38 Louisiana State .626 .605 .950 13.90 14.90 3 5 2 .400 SEC
39 Oregon .621 .516 .579 20.40 15.80 6 4 0 .600 PCC
40 Utah .617 .511 .495 20.22 15.11 6 3 0 .667 Skyline
41 Tulane .614 .413 .616 16.30 13.60 5 4 1 .550 SEC
42 Baylor .614 .723 .762 14.60 14.30 5 5 0 .500 SWC
43 Army .613 .682 .366 28.44 8.00 6 3 0 .667 Northeast Independent
44 Colgate .607 .486 .423 18.22 11.89 6 3 0 .667 Northeast Independent
45 Oregon State .593 .326 .503 14.00 13.33 6 3 0 .667 PCC
46 Florida .590 .645 .873 11.10 12.60 4 6 0 .400 SEC
47 Southern Methodist .588 .714 .794 11.80 11.50 4 6 0 .400 SWC
48 Illinois .579 .533 .492 16.56 12.67 5 3 1 .611 Big Ten
49 Purdue .573 .643 .550 12.56 11.44 5 3 1 .611 Big Ten
50 Yale .569 .489 .181 19.56 8.78 7 2 0 .778 Northeast Independent
51 Arizona .563 .571 .551 18.40 16.90 5 4 1 .550 Border
52 Georgia .560 .601 .745 17.30 17.00 4 6 0 .400 SEC
53 Pacific .559 .478 .561 14.67 13.44 5 4 0 .556 South/West Independent
54 Princeton .555 .516 .093 15.44 7.33 7 2 0 .778 Eastern Independent
55 Wake Forest .552 .467 .563 13.10 15.30 5 4 1 .550 ACC
56 San Jose State .540 .525 .343 17.67 12.67 5 3 1 .611 South/West Independent
57 Iowa .538 .654 .672 18.44 19.22 3 5 1 .389 Big Ten
58 West Texas A&M .533 .226 .454 21.44 12.44 4 4 1 .500 Border
59 Virginia Tech .521 .558 .239 19.10 13.30 6 3 1 .650 Southern
60 Nebraska .520 .546 .613 12.70 17.60 5 5 0 .500 Big 7
61 Boston College .518 .550 .213 22.00 9.88 5 2 1 .688 Northeast Independent
62 Hardin-Simmons .513 .429 .517 22.10 25.60 5 5 0 .500 Border
63 North Texas .507 .367 .402 19.70 15.90 5 4 1 .550 South/West Independent
64 Wisconsin .498 .759 .546 19.11 18.44 4 5 0 .444 Big Ten
65 George Washington .496 .379 .417 11.00 9.56 5 4 0 .556 Southern
66 Penn State .495 .647 .416 18.11 16.67 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
67 Detroit Mercy .494 .386 .240 11.11 6.89 5 3 1 .611 MVC
68 Richmond .475 .412 .225 14.56 9.11 4 3 2 .556 Southern
69 Holy Cross .466 .448 .238 14.80 16.00 6 4 0 .600 Northeast Independent
70 Utah State .453 .438 .499 17.70 17.30 4 6 0 .400 Skyline
71 Kansas State .450 .539 .508 16.50 19.10 4 6 0 .400 Big 7
72 North Carolina .444 .498 .744 11.70 21.80 3 7 0 .300 ACC
73 Florida State .440 .412 .360 14.70 18.60 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
74 Minnesota .440 .623 .616 12.22 19.11 3 6 0 .333 Big Ten
75 Rice .439 .743 .761 11.00 17.90 2 7 1 .250 SWC
76 North Carolina State .431 .331 .358 20.60 19.30 4 5 1 .450 ACC
77 Indiana .406 .447 .565 10.11 16.67 3 6 0 .333 Big Ten
78 Cornell .396 .483 .108 17.67 14.89 5 4 0 .556 Northeast Independent
79 Davidson .391 .327 .050 17.44 10.11 5 4 0 .556 Southern
80 Kansas .389 .398 .516 9.30 22.20 3 6 1 .350 Big 7
81 California .367 .678 .649 10.70 21.60 2 7 1 .250 PCC
82 Oklahoma State .362 .579 .683 8.80 17.20 2 8 0 .200 MVC
83 South Carolina .359 .615 .502 13.33 23.22 3 6 0 .333 ACC
84 Citadel .350 .242 .089 12.00 17.22 5 4 0 .556 Southern
85 Drake .349 .295 .218 20.50 24.75 4 4 0 .500 South/West Independent
86 Missouri .345 .591 .705 9.20 19.20 1 9 0 .100 Big 7
87 Tulsa .342 .372 .537 12.40 23.20 2 7 1 .250 MVC
88 Harvard .320 .406 .143 17.88 14.25 3 4 1 .438 Northeast Independent
89 Montana .318 .313 .460 10.90 28.10 3 7 0 .300 Skyline
90 Marquette .317 .469 .496 8.56 21.56 2 6 1 .278 Eastern Independent
91 Dartmouth .315 .343 .272 10.22 13.33 3 6 0 .333 Northeast Independent
92 Idaho .310 .324 .459 14.22 19.33 2 7 0 .222 PCC
93 Washington State .303 .459 .648 6.70 25.70 1 7 2 .200 PCC
94 New Mexico State .301 .128 .333 14.10 22.60 3 7 0 .300 Border
95 Wild Card U .300 .279 .381 10.60 22.74 28 56 1 .335  
96 William & Mary .292 .477 .573 9.00 20.33 1 7 1 .167 Southern
97 Iowa State .264 .385 .560 7.67 24.22 1 7 1 .167 Big 7
98 Boston University .261 .545 .307 14.13 21.75 2 6 0 .250 Northeast Independent
99 Alabama .252 .620 .902 4.80 25.60 0 10 0 .000 SEC
100 New Mexico .246 .448 .506 6.10 21.30 2 8 0 .200 Skyline
101 Virginia .245 .433 .495 9.60 20.10 1 9 0 .100 ACC
102 Rutgers .242 .321 .115 11.88 20.38 3 5 0 .375 Eastern Independent
103 Cincinnati .242 .445 .280 10.78 22.11 1 6 2 .222 Eastern Independent
104 Villanova .239 .361 .527 8.60 20.40 1 9 0 .100 Eastern Independent
105 Brown .232 .424 .224 9.56 15.44 2 7 0 .222 Northeast Independent
106 Brigham Young .211 .265 .488 10.40 30.00 1 9 0 .100 Skyline
107 Northwestern .186 .464 .513 7.33 26.78 0 8 1 .056 Big Ten
108 Virginia Military Institute .183 .415 .375 8.50 25.90 1 9 0 .100 Southern
109 Furman .165 .462 .396 7.10 31.90 1 9 0 .100 Southern
110 Columbia .163 .288 .338 8.22 27.89 1 8 0 .111 Northeast Independent
111 Pennsylvania .119 .371 .490 3.78 30.00 0 9 0 .000 Eastern Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .666 .629 .736 69 48 7 .585 12
SWC .656 .669 .780 37 31 3 .542 7
Border .570 .433 .490 38 27 6 .577 7
PCC .566 .541 .627 43 41 5 .511 9
Big Ten .549 .631 .564 46 41 4 .527 10
ACC .540 .561 .564 40 37 3 .519 8
South/West Independent .516 .459 .416 30 23 2 .564 6
Big 7 .504 .580 .574 31 37 2 .457 7
MVC .498 .495 .482 22 24 3 .480 5
Skyline .490 .440 .460 40 40 0 .500 8
Eastern Independent .441 .526 .423 40 49 4 .452 10
Northeast Independent .425 .469 .288 51 52 2 .495 12
Southern .399 .440 .306 36 45 4 .447 9

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