1959 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1959 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .547 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.087.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.75 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 Syracuse .950 .698 .734 37.55 6.64 11 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
2 Mississippi .942 .840 .747 31.82 1.91 10 1 0 .909 SEC
3 Louisiana State .887 .783 .848 14.91 4.55 9 2 0 .818 SEC
4 Georgia .874 .586 .738 20.73 8.09 10 1 0 .909 SEC
5 Washington .866 .474 .645 23.00 6.64 10 1 0 .909 AAWU
6 Texas .854 .685 .811 19.64 8.73 9 2 0 .818 SWC
7 Penn State .837 .657 .736 23.82 10.18 9 2 0 .818 Eastern Independent
8 Arkansas .828 .638 .839 14.82 9.18 9 2 0 .818 SWC
9 Texas Christian .818 .760 .909 15.36 6.82 8 3 0 .727 SWC
10 Wyoming .797 .626 .392 28.70 6.20 9 1 0 .900 Skyline
11 Clemson .791 .700 .563 25.91 9.36 9 2 0 .818 ACC
12 Southern California .777 .541 .606 19.50 9.00 8 2 0 .800 AAWU
13 Auburn .767 .862 .703 17.40 5.80 7 3 0 .700 SEC
14 Oregon .745 .578 .561 20.90 11.30 8 2 0 .800 South/West Independent
15 Alabama .743 .555 .695 8.64 5.36 7 2 2 .727 SEC
16 Oklahoma .739 .894 .704 23.40 14.60 7 3 0 .700 Big 7
17 Georgia Tech .718 .721 .950 12.36 11.00 6 5 0 .545 SEC
18 Arizona State .713 .655 .300 24.73 13.64 10 1 0 .909 Border
19 North Texas .705 .586 .347 27.55 9.36 9 2 0 .818 MVC
20 Virginia Military Institute .692 .545 .296 24.30 9.30 8 1 1 .850 Southern
21 Kansas .678 .505 .748 16.30 13.40 5 5 0 .500 Big 7
22 Tennessee .676 .686 .820 11.20 11.80 5 4 1 .550 SEC
23 New Mexico State .676 .311 .405 32.73 14.36 8 3 0 .727 Border
24 Vanderbilt .665 .664 .694 13.80 10.60 5 3 2 .600 SEC
25 Southern Methodist .664 .666 .829 14.70 13.30 5 4 1 .550 SWC
26 Iowa State .662 .424 .429 24.80 8.00 7 3 0 .700 Big 7
27 Pittsburgh .660 .639 .797 14.70 16.40 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
28 UCLA .660 .619 .746 16.90 15.00 5 4 1 .550 AAWU
29 Wisconsin .657 .685 .600 16.50 14.90 7 3 0 .700 Big Ten
30 New Mexico .654 .467 .439 26.00 13.50 7 3 0 .700 Skyline
31 Pennsylvania .652 .364 .285 21.67 8.22 7 1 1 .833 Ivy
32 Northwestern .651 .493 .636 19.33 14.89 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
33 Missouri .651 .571 .806 11.36 11.27 6 5 0 .545 Big 7
34 Miami (Florida) .645 .565 .728 14.00 14.00 6 4 0 .600 South/West Independent
35 Purdue .636 .674 .613 12.11 9.00 5 2 2 .667 Big Ten
36 Navy .635 .685 .691 19.90 16.60 5 4 1 .550 Eastern Independent
37 Kentucky .634 .651 .913 14.00 10.70 4 6 0 .400 SEC
38 Florida .633 .737 .697 16.90 10.70 5 4 1 .550 SEC
39 Washington State .633 .606 .609 17.70 12.10 6 4 0 .600 South/West Independent
40 Air Force .627 .589 .650 16.00 12.40 5 4 1 .550 South/West Independent
41 Illinois .615 .540 .604 12.33 10.33 5 3 1 .611 Big Ten
42 Notre Dame .612 .713 .768 17.10 18.00 5 5 0 .500 Eastern Independent
43 Citadel .611 .354 .233 20.70 14.20 8 2 0 .800 Southern
44 Oklahoma State .607 .654 .549 18.10 15.10 6 4 0 .600 South/West Independent
45 Wake Forest .601 .433 .545 21.80 17.80 6 4 0 .600 ACC
46 South Carolina .598 .634 .553 17.00 16.90 6 4 0 .600 ACC
47 Baylor .595 .575 .905 10.60 15.40 4 6 0 .400 SWC
48 Iowa .595 .795 .517 25.89 11.11 5 4 0 .556 Big Ten
49 Michigan State .593 .633 .590 16.56 13.11 5 4 0 .556 Big Ten
50 North Carolina .583 .613 .609 19.80 14.20 5 5 0 .500 ACC
51 Colorado .577 .670 .691 14.40 17.70 5 5 0 .500 Big 7
52 Army .575 .753 .611 19.33 15.67 4 4 1 .500 Eastern Independent
53 Maryland .566 .569 .673 18.40 18.80 5 5 0 .500 ACC
54 Colorado State .558 .474 .521 12.30 14.70 6 4 0 .600 Skyline
55 Tulane .553 .503 .853 9.40 17.60 3 6 1 .350 SEC
56 Holy Cross .548 .558 .428 14.20 16.00 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
57 Tulsa .547 .569 .633 13.70 16.40 5 5 0 .500 MVC
58 Utah .544 .501 .567 22.40 19.50 5 5 0 .500 Skyline
59 Harvard .542 .334 .258 19.67 11.22 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
60 Yale .541 .390 .267 17.67 10.56 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
61 Indiana .534 .456 .519 15.78 11.67 4 4 1 .500 Big Ten
62 Boston College .529 .606 .462 18.00 15.89 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
63 Texas Tech .526 .441 .673 13.90 15.80 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
64 Cincinnati .525 .524 .385 19.30 14.80 5 4 1 .550 MVC
65 Dartmouth .521 .553 .428 10.67 11.78 5 3 1 .611 Ivy
66 Virginia Tech .513 .479 .287 22.20 17.80 6 4 0 .600 Southern
67 Detroit Mercy .506 .421 .271 19.90 13.90 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
68 Wichita State .498 .429 .361 18.10 16.10 5 4 1 .550 MVC
69 Stanford .493 .488 .715 23.20 26.10 3 7 0 .300 AAWU
70 Texas A&M .492 .659 .727 10.10 14.10 3 7 0 .300 SWC
71 Duke .484 .696 .668 10.40 15.90 4 6 0 .400 ACC
72 Florida State .479 .553 .534 14.90 13.20 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
73 Oregon State .478 .609 .650 16.60 17.80 3 7 0 .300 South/West Independent
74 Nebraska .473 .414 .661 10.80 16.00 4 6 0 .400 Big 7
75 Michigan .470 .545 .553 13.56 17.89 4 5 0 .444 Big Ten
76 Pacific .463 .562 .310 14.67 13.00 5 4 0 .556 South/West Independent
77 Boston University .463 .438 .521 11.33 16.67 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
78 San Jose State .458 .394 .583 19.20 27.80 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
79 Rice .458 .690 .899 8.60 19.70 1 7 2 .200 SWC
80 Ohio State .456 .753 .626 9.22 12.67 3 5 1 .389 Big Ten
81 Utah State .456 .367 .432 16.45 16.82 5 6 0 .455 Skyline
82 Hardin-Simmons .455 .566 .684 15.40 24.40 3 7 0 .300 Border
83 Houston .453 .627 .761 10.50 17.00 3 7 0 .300 MVC
84 California .447 .545 .854 11.50 22.30 2 8 0 .200 AAWU
85 Cornell .441 .411 .329 12.22 15.11 5 4 0 .556 Ivy
86 Richmond .440 .369 .311 18.10 14.40 4 5 1 .450 Southern
87 Rutgers .423 .467 .050 14.67 13.44 6 3 0 .667 Eastern Independent
88 Marquette .411 .301 .581 17.20 21.40 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
89 William & Mary .406 .338 .354 14.00 15.50 4 6 0 .400 Southern
90 Mississippi State .403 .660 .858 10.67 22.00 2 7 0 .222 SEC
91 Princeton .402 .523 .300 13.78 10.78 4 5 0 .444 Ivy
92 Arizona .399 .334 .440 11.80 21.10 4 6 0 .400 Border
93 West Virginia .396 .614 .701 7.40 20.30 3 7 0 .300 Southern
94 Minnesota .378 .465 .635 10.89 17.67 2 7 0 .222 Big Ten
95 Brigham Young .375 .459 .489 10.10 16.90 3 7 0 .300 Skyline
96 Texas-El Paso .370 .431 .422 16.30 19.10 3 7 0 .300 Border
97 North Carolina State .342 .489 .706 11.70 20.10 1 9 0 .100 ACC
98 Kansas State .330 .449 .653 10.90 26.60 2 8 0 .200 Big 7
99 Colgate .326 .317 .556 12.78 29.78 2 7 0 .222 Eastern Independent
100 Xavier .316 .299 .184 15.50 22.70 4 6 0 .400 Eastern Independent
101 Furman .311 .297 .338 13.10 21.60 3 7 0 .300 Southern
102 Denver .309 .455 .551 10.40 23.00 2 8 0 .200 Skyline
103 Wild Card U .301 .299 .399 11.49 23.67 24 58 0 .293  
104 Brown .275 .439 .367 5.67 15.44 2 6 1 .278 Ivy
105 Dayton .275 .299 .263 7.70 14.90 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
106 Columbia .261 .162 .421 9.11 21.00 2 7 0 .222 Ivy
107 West Texas A&M .242 .351 .437 12.80 24.60 1 9 0 .100 Border
108 Idaho .239 .426 .614 7.90 29.30 1 9 0 .100 South/West Independent
109 George Washington .217 .373 .486 5.89 21.22 1 8 0 .111 Southern
110 Virginia .216 .372 .716 8.00 39.30 0 10 0 .000 ACC
111 Davidson .190 .399 .290 13.11 22.22 1 8 0 .111 Southern
112 Montana .189 .200 .370 9.44 30.00 1 8 0 .111 Skyline
113 Villanova .180 .445 .377 8.70 24.90 1 9 0 .100 Eastern Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .708 .687 .793 73 44 7 .617 12
SWC .673 .668 .846 39 31 3 .555 7
AAWU .649 .533 .714 28 22 1 .559 5
Big 7 .587 .561 .670 36 35 0 .507 7
Big Ten .559 .604 .589 46 40 5 .533 10
MVC .546 .547 .497 27 22 2 .549 5
South/West Independent .536 .543 .587 52 56 1 .482 11
ACC .523 .563 .629 36 45 0 .444 8
Eastern Independent .515 .519 .502 80 75 2 .516 16
Skyline .485 .444 .470 38 42 0 .475 8
Border .476 .441 .448 29 33 0 .468 6
Ivy .454 .397 .332 37 32 3 .535 8
Southern .420 .419 .366 38 48 2 .443 9

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