1956 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1956 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .546 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.436.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.11 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 Georgia Tech .930 .853 .824 22.55 4.27 10 1 0 .909 SEC
2 Tennessee .914 .646 .712 25.00 8.00 10 1 0 .909 SEC
3 Texas A&M .906 .651 .717 22.30 8.10 9 0 1 .950 SWC
4 Oklahoma .878 .913 .340 46.60 5.10 10 0 0 1.000 Big 7
5 Baylor .863 .668 .757 18.36 6.64 9 2 0 .818 SWC
6 Miami (Florida) .862 .686 .675 16.10 5.30 8 1 1 .850 South/West Independent
7 Iowa .848 .596 .580 21.90 8.40 9 1 0 .900 Big Ten
8 Texas Christian .801 .739 .796 21.00 10.00 8 3 0 .727 SWC
9 Arizona State .788 .582 .354 30.60 8.30 9 1 0 .900 Border
10 Pittsburgh .787 .639 .895 14.18 10.82 7 3 1 .682 Eastern Independent
11 Texas-El Paso .776 .617 .456 27.73 7.09 9 2 0 .818 Border
12 Mississippi .772 .835 .702 20.70 8.20 7 3 0 .700 SEC
13 Wyoming .761 .619 .188 25.20 11.20 10 0 0 1.000 Skyline
14 Michigan .759 .680 .668 25.89 13.67 7 2 0 .778 Big Ten
15 Southern California .757 .695 .600 21.80 12.60 8 2 0 .800 PCC
16 Florida .753 .617 .804 15.80 9.80 6 3 1 .650 SEC
17 Houston .750 .591 .602 18.50 9.00 7 2 1 .750 MVC
18 Auburn .748 .723 .721 17.40 11.70 7 3 0 .700 SEC
19 Oregon State .745 .459 .801 18.45 15.09 7 3 1 .682 PCC
20 Syracuse .742 .560 .591 25.56 13.00 7 2 0 .778 Eastern Independent
21 Minnesota .739 .531 .700 14.11 9.67 6 1 2 .778 Big Ten
22 Michigan State .739 .787 .490 26.56 9.67 7 2 0 .778 Big Ten
23 Colorado .736 .668 .516 26.73 13.00 8 2 1 .773 Big 7
24 Clemson .721 .590 .569 15.18 9.18 7 2 2 .727 ACC
25 Penn State .720 .571 .551 19.67 6.67 6 2 1 .722 Eastern Independent
26 UCLA .712 .848 .680 14.80 12.20 7 3 0 .700 PCC
27 George Washington .702 .437 .252 17.10 8.10 8 1 1 .850 Southern
28 Kentucky .692 .704 .767 11.90 10.50 6 4 0 .600 SEC
29 West Texas A&M .679 .380 .227 29.60 9.60 8 2 0 .800 Border
30 Virginia Tech .673 .540 .326 26.40 9.80 7 2 1 .750 Southern
31 Arkansas .661 .653 .738 16.00 15.50 6 4 0 .600 SWC
32 Oregon .661 .569 .780 13.30 10.20 4 4 2 .500 PCC
33 Duke .654 .763 .672 18.40 10.00 5 4 1 .550 ACC
34 Ohio State .654 .756 .562 17.78 9.00 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
35 South Carolina .650 .487 .392 12.60 6.70 7 3 0 .700 ACC
36 Tulane .642 .514 .647 12.40 12.30 6 4 0 .600 SEC
37 Yale .640 .529 .108 27.33 10.78 8 1 0 .889 Ivy
38 Navy .636 .701 .270 23.00 8.44 6 1 2 .778 Eastern Independent
39 North Texas .630 .437 .337 18.80 13.10 7 2 1 .750 South/West Independent
40 West Virginia .622 .702 .561 13.00 10.60 6 4 0 .600 Southern
41 Tulsa .609 .357 .213 16.90 7.60 7 2 1 .750 MVC
42 Washington .603 .541 .695 23.20 20.60 5 5 0 .500 PCC
43 Army .595 .647 .537 24.78 17.00 5 3 1 .611 Eastern Independent
44 Vanderbilt .570 .594 .592 14.70 11.30 5 5 0 .500 SEC
45 Stanford .568 .645 .722 21.80 21.30 4 6 0 .400 PCC
46 Pacific .561 .519 .267 24.10 14.80 6 3 1 .650 South/West Independent
47 Rice .559 .591 .740 16.00 16.90 4 6 0 .400 SWC
48 Florida State .557 .426 .446 17.80 11.60 5 4 1 .550 South/West Independent
49 Southern Methodist .557 .651 .860 12.50 20.20 4 6 0 .400 SWC
50 Princeton .554 .535 .132 26.33 15.00 7 2 0 .778 Ivy
51 California .535 .522 .811 13.50 18.10 3 7 0 .300 PCC
52 Purdue .534 .608 .584 15.44 13.56 3 4 2 .444 Big Ten
53 Utah .526 .564 .461 22.70 17.70 5 5 0 .500 Skyline
54 Mississippi State .522 .652 .636 14.80 15.20 4 6 0 .400 SEC
55 Northwestern .521 .325 .526 11.89 12.44 4 4 1 .500 Big Ten
56 Villanova .514 .300 .365 16.89 10.22 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
57 Missouri .511 .468 .508 20.00 18.30 4 5 1 .450 Big 7
58 Louisiana State .507 .615 .865 10.40 19.70 3 7 0 .300 SEC
59 Holy Cross .496 .457 .275 15.78 13.67 5 3 1 .611 Eastern Independent
60 Hardin-Simmons .496 .471 .665 17.30 21.70 4 6 0 .400 Border
61 Utah State .494 .445 .285 22.10 19.90 6 4 0 .600 Skyline
62 Dartmouth .493 .329 .232 13.56 9.89 5 3 1 .611 Ivy
63 Illinois .485 .556 .688 13.78 17.11 2 5 2 .333 Big Ten
64 Texas Tech .473 .678 .856 11.70 21.60 2 7 1 .250 South/West Independent
65 Idaho .471 .317 .515 22.00 23.89 4 5 0 .444 PCC
66 Denver .470 .635 .203 25.00 20.60 6 4 0 .600 Skyline
67 Arizona .466 .567 .544 18.00 18.20 4 6 0 .400 Border
68 Georgia .462 .580 .769 6.60 16.20 3 6 1 .350 SEC
69 Kansas .456 .393 .633 16.30 21.50 3 6 1 .350 Big 7
70 Oklahoma State .451 .470 .563 13.10 16.60 3 5 2 .400 MVC
71 Washington State .450 .381 .669 16.30 24.70 3 6 1 .350 PCC
72 Colgate .441 .546 .420 22.33 23.78 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
73 Brown .438 .328 .213 13.78 10.44 5 4 0 .556 Ivy
74 Davidson .428 .359 .050 21.22 14.11 5 3 1 .611 Southern
75 Maryland .427 .862 .827 6.80 16.80 2 7 1 .250 ACC
76 Boston College .426 .534 .149 16.56 10.11 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
77 Nebraska .420 .533 .540 12.50 20.60 4 6 0 .400 Big 7
78 Wisconsin .418 .629 .640 10.33 14.33 1 5 3 .278 Big Ten
79 Texas .416 .683 .950 10.10 27.20 1 9 0 .100 SWC
80 Wake Forest .402 .510 .465 9.10 10.20 2 5 3 .350 ACC
81 Notre Dame .391 .821 .784 13.00 28.90 2 8 0 .200 Eastern Independent
82 Alabama .388 .436 .763 8.50 20.80 2 7 1 .250 SEC
83 North Carolina State .383 .381 .575 9.40 16.90 3 7 0 .300 ACC
84 Indiana .380 .427 .590 14.33 29.22 3 6 0 .333 Big Ten
85 New Mexico .375 .347 .297 16.70 20.50 4 6 0 .400 Skyline
86 Virginia Military Institute .372 .299 .412 16.70 22.00 3 6 1 .350 Southern
87 Richmond .369 .443 .282 15.78 17.78 4 5 0 .444 Southern
88 Kansas State .368 .494 .540 14.30 25.90 3 7 0 .300 Big 7
89 Wichita State .366 .624 .362 11.70 19.80 4 6 0 .400 MVC
90 Cincinnati .360 .344 .156 17.33 15.56 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
91 Virginia .347 .339 .506 9.20 16.70 3 7 0 .300 ACC
92 Pennsylvania .338 .245 .325 10.67 24.00 4 5 0 .444 Ivy
93 North Carolina .333 .471 .571 9.90 18.30 2 7 1 .250 ACC
94 Citadel .309 .296 .205 15.11 16.56 3 5 1 .389 Southern
95 Dayton .302 .290 .160 10.60 16.20 4 6 0 .400 Eastern Independent
96 Boston University .297 .403 .447 12.00 20.75 1 5 2 .250 Eastern Independent
97 Colorado State .293 .554 .424 15.60 31.40 2 7 1 .250 Skyline
98 Wild Card U .281 .290 .354 13.47 25.17 25 61 4 .300  
99 Furman .273 .314 .542 6.70 18.50 2 8 0 .200 Southern
100 San Jose State .272 .533 .317 18.60 30.10 2 7 1 .250 South/West Independent
101 Brigham Young .269 .238 .286 14.70 23.20 2 7 1 .250 Skyline
102 Iowa State .269 .325 .524 9.20 26.00 2 8 0 .200 Big 7
103 Columbia .247 .225 .258 10.44 26.33 3 6 0 .333 Ivy
104 Harvard .234 .363 .205 19.13 24.88 2 6 0 .250 Ivy
105 Drake .221 .322 .066 18.89 29.22 3 6 0 .333 South/West Independent
106 Detroit Mercy .220 .440 .282 9.90 19.40 2 8 0 .200 MVC
107 Rutgers .204 .282 .082 11.70 24.00 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
108 New Mexico State .202 .215 .425 13.10 27.60 1 9 0 .100 Border
109 William & Mary .191 .385 .479 8.40 24.60 0 9 1 .050 Southern
110 Montana .190 .315 .357 12.50 27.20 1 9 0 .100 Skyline
111 Cornell .189 .439 .352 11.11 23.22 1 8 0 .111 Ivy
112 Marquette .080 .393 .294 8.00 33.67 0 9 0 .000 Eastern Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SWC .680 .662 .794 41 30 1 .576 7
SEC .658 .647 .733 69 50 3 .578 12
PCC .611 .553 .697 45 41 4 .522 9
Big Ten .608 .590 .603 48 33 10 .582 10
Border .568 .472 .445 35 26 0 .574 6
Big 7 .520 .542 .514 34 34 3 .500 7
South/West Independent .511 .514 .423 33 30 6 .522 7
ACC .490 .550 .572 31 42 8 .432 8
MVC .479 .496 .404 23 23 4 .500 5
Eastern Independent .466 .499 .398 64 67 8 .489 15
Southern .438 .419 .346 38 43 6 .471 9
Skyline .422 .465 .313 36 42 2 .463 8
Ivy .392 .374 .228 35 35 1 .500 8

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