1961 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1961 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .532 and the root for determining point spreads was 0.844.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.46 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 Alabama .952 .738 .695 27.00 2.27 11 0 0 1.000 SEC
2 Louisiana State .913 .760 .857 23.55 5.18 10 1 0 .909 SEC
3 Texas .895 .753 .790 27.55 6.00 10 1 0 .909 SWC
4 Mississippi .869 .903 .747 30.27 4.73 9 2 0 .818 SEC
5 Colorado .809 .632 .760 16.73 9.45 9 2 0 .818 Big 8
6 Arkansas .793 .762 .822 16.64 8.82 8 3 0 .727 SWC
7 Ohio State .790 .661 .549 24.56 9.22 8 0 1 .944 Big Ten
8 Minnesota .783 .601 .703 16.10 7.80 8 2 0 .800 Big Ten
9 Kansas .771 .690 .747 24.45 8.00 7 3 1 .682 Big 8
10 Missouri .762 .731 .646 12.40 5.70 7 2 1 .750 Big 8
11 Georgia Tech .759 .719 .892 16.09 7.27 7 4 0 .636 SEC
12 Rice .754 .670 .950 16.64 14.36 7 4 0 .636 SWC
13 Penn State .752 .739 .725 23.73 13.00 8 3 0 .727 Eastern Independent
14 Utah State .734 .580 .342 36.00 9.27 9 1 1 .864 Skyline
15 Michigan State .732 .649 .562 21.33 5.56 7 2 0 .778 Big Ten
16 Syracuse .729 .765 .683 24.36 11.91 8 3 0 .727 Eastern Independent
17 Duke .720 .662 .710 18.30 10.60 7 3 0 .700 ACC
18 Miami (Florida) .710 .591 .728 13.27 7.73 7 4 0 .636 South/West Independent
19 Arizona .699 .506 .343 28.80 13.10 8 1 1 .850 South/West Independent
20 Wyoming .699 .734 .526 19.00 8.22 6 1 2 .778 Skyline
21 Tennessee .688 .712 .717 22.10 14.90 6 4 0 .600 SEC
22 Navy .686 .703 .600 20.10 13.60 7 3 0 .700 Eastern Independent
23 Michigan .679 .559 .726 23.56 18.11 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
24 Maryland .667 .553 .604 15.60 14.10 7 3 0 .700 ACC
25 Villanova .667 .274 .286 23.90 8.90 8 2 0 .800 Eastern Independent
26 Texas A&M .659 .497 .840 18.40 11.80 4 5 1 .450 SWC
27 Baylor .659 .680 .787 19.27 15.73 6 5 0 .545 SWC
28 Memphis .657 .486 .181 33.20 7.50 8 2 0 .800 South/West Independent
29 Rutgers .656 .532 .093 27.33 11.33 9 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
30 Auburn .655 .799 .712 17.40 13.70 6 4 0 .600 SEC
31 Mississippi State .652 .531 .879 11.10 13.50 5 5 0 .500 SEC
32 Purdue .646 .628 .554 16.22 9.67 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
33 Wisconsin .642 .582 .633 19.89 17.56 6 3 0 .667 Big Ten
34 Texas Christian .639 .688 .934 11.30 19.40 3 5 2 .400 SWC
35 UCLA .636 .696 .606 16.82 12.91 7 4 0 .636 AAWU
36 Oklahoma .633 .661 .800 12.20 14.10 5 5 0 .500 Big 8
37 Kentucky .631 .667 .693 13.80 12.30 5 5 0 .500 SEC
38 Arizona State .623 .656 .382 28.70 16.30 7 3 0 .700 Border
39 Notre Dame .621 .520 .771 17.50 18.20 5 5 0 .500 Eastern Independent
40 Clemson .618 .642 .634 19.90 12.60 5 5 0 .500 ACC
41 Utah .614 .611 .573 17.60 13.40 6 4 0 .600 Skyline
42 Iowa .604 .754 .673 23.89 18.00 5 4 0 .556 Big Ten
43 Holy Cross .604 .529 .383 20.70 15.20 7 3 0 .700 Eastern Independent
44 North Carolina .600 .483 .790 12.10 14.10 5 5 0 .500 ACC
45 Army .600 .652 .468 22.40 11.80 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
46 Houston .599 .554 .648 14.40 13.80 5 4 1 .550 South/West Independent
47 Wichita State .577 .534 .302 20.36 17.18 8 3 0 .727 MVC
48 North Carolina State .576 .500 .729 12.90 14.90 4 6 0 .400 ACC
49 Citadel .557 .538 .342 13.30 15.50 7 3 0 .700 Southern
50 New Mexico .556 .538 .384 19.55 17.91 7 4 0 .636 Skyline
51 Iowa State .555 .600 .578 15.10 13.30 5 5 0 .500 Big 8
52 Furman .553 .362 .251 17.40 13.20 7 3 0 .700 Southern
53 Florida .549 .746 .750 9.70 14.60 4 5 1 .450 SEC
54 Oregon State .548 .585 .510 16.50 13.70 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
55 Northwestern .543 .564 .663 14.56 11.67 4 5 0 .444 Big Ten
56 Texas Tech .535 .481 .803 9.40 20.10 4 6 0 .400 SWC
57 Oregon .534 .656 .616 15.20 11.20 4 6 0 .400 South/West Independent
58 Washington .529 .741 .434 11.90 9.80 5 4 1 .550 AAWU
59 West Texas A&M .527 .323 .311 30.90 22.10 6 4 0 .600 Border
60 Virginia Military Institute .519 .616 .313 13.40 10.50 6 4 0 .600 Southern
61 Oklahoma State .510 .551 .672 15.40 16.60 4 6 0 .400 Big 8
62 South Carolina .509 .499 .700 12.80 18.70 4 6 0 .400 ACC
63 Pittsburgh .500 .649 .758 14.50 20.90 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
64 Nebraska .498 .477 .723 11.90 13.50 3 6 1 .350 Big 8
65 Detroit Mercy .497 .511 .396 20.11 19.22 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
66 Columbia .496 .260 .130 26.67 13.00 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
67 Dartmouth .493 .488 .142 21.89 11.56 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
68 San Jose State .492 .422 .258 18.30 18.50 6 4 0 .600 South/West Independent
69 Wake Forest .491 .405 .681 10.30 15.90 4 6 0 .400 ACC
70 Southern California .483 .574 .507 15.00 16.70 4 5 1 .450 AAWU
71 Richmond .482 .364 .462 14.30 19.40 5 5 0 .500 Southern
72 Georgia .481 .704 .761 8.40 17.70 3 7 0 .300 SEC
73 Florida State .472 .466 .525 9.30 12.80 4 5 1 .450 South/West Independent
74 West Virginia .472 .359 .496 13.40 14.50 4 6 0 .400 Southern
75 New Mexico State .471 .659 .206 34.10 19.50 5 4 1 .550 Border
76 Boston College .468 .497 .591 11.70 18.90 4 6 0 .400 Eastern Independent
77 Washington State .460 .557 .622 16.30 21.30 3 7 0 .300 South/West Independent
78 Xavier .449 .346 .181 8.60 8.60 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
79 Virginia .448 .220 .559 12.30 19.00 4 6 0 .400 ACC
80 Southern Methodist .447 .469 .817 9.20 19.10 2 7 1 .250 SWC
81 Harvard .446 .422 .050 17.78 10.78 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
82 Colgate .438 .293 .243 12.89 16.11 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
83 Stanford .430 .361 .503 10.50 16.30 4 6 0 .400 AAWU
84 Vanderbilt .418 .524 .744 9.50 22.00 2 8 0 .200 SEC
85 Princeton .412 .517 .157 19.22 14.22 5 4 0 .556 Ivy
86 California .401 .428 .764 11.80 26.80 1 8 1 .150 AAWU
87 North Texas .398 .452 .144 16.20 20.60 5 4 1 .550 MVC
88 Pacific .393 .431 .133 22.22 20.78 5 4 0 .556 South/West Independent
89 Boston University .392 .408 .350 11.11 15.78 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
90 Indiana .388 .376 .640 10.67 18.00 2 7 0 .222 Big Ten
91 Virginia Tech .384 .503 .319 10.33 12.44 4 5 0 .444 Southern
92 George Washington .377 .409 .363 15.89 13.44 3 6 0 .333 Southern
93 Air Force .369 .546 .489 8.70 17.30 3 7 0 .300 South/West Independent
94 Tulane .365 .542 .836 6.00 22.50 2 8 0 .200 SEC
95 Texas-El Paso .358 .422 .404 17.60 28.30 3 7 0 .300 Border
96 Davidson .358 .282 .247 17.25 20.38 4 4 0 .500 Southern
97 Kansas State .339 .330 .704 5.80 23.20 2 8 0 .200 Big 8
98 Yale .320 .578 .095 11.00 11.67 4 5 0 .444 Ivy
99 Brigham Young .317 .369 .510 13.00 28.90 2 8 0 .200 Skyline
100 Tulsa .310 .534 .524 9.10 20.50 2 8 0 .200 MVC
101 Cornell .308 .320 .211 15.89 15.22 3 6 0 .333 Ivy
102 Cincinnati .301 .415 .259 9.70 14.20 3 7 0 .300 MVC
103 Wild Card U .297 .285 .421 11.43 22.96 20 63 0 .241  
104 Montana .282 .326 .338 13.63 20.88 2 6 0 .250 Skyline
105 Idaho .270 .303 .534 7.22 39.00 2 7 0 .222 South/West Independent
106 William & Mary .259 .312 .474 12.50 27.90 1 9 0 .100 Southern
107 Illinois .253 .570 .769 5.89 32.11 0 9 0 .000 Big Ten
108 Colorado State .218 .401 .592 7.40 24.90 0 10 0 .000 Skyline
109 Dayton .215 .211 .235 9.80 24.50 2 8 0 .200 Eastern Independent
110 Pennsylvania .178 .398 .175 4.67 21.56 2 7 0 .222 Ivy
111 Hardin-Simmons .116 .312 .419 4.30 37.70 0 10 0 .000 Border
112 Brown .052 .303 .186 2.67 27.22 0 9 0 .000 Ivy

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SWC .673 .625 .843 44 36 4 .548 8
SEC .661 .695 .774 70 53 1 .569 12
Big 8 .609 .584 .704 42 37 3 .530 8
Big Ten .606 .595 .647 52 38 1 .577 10
ACC .579 .495 .676 40 40 0 .500 8
Eastern Independent .551 .508 .451 87 61 0 .588 15
South/West Independent .517 .508 .466 60 56 3 .517 12
AAWU .496 .560 .563 21 27 3 .441 5
Skyline .489 .508 .466 32 34 3 .486 7
Southern .440 .416 .363 41 45 0 .477 9
Border .419 .474 .345 21 28 1 .430 5
MVC .396 .484 .307 18 22 1 .451 4
Ivy .338 .411 .143 32 40 0 .444 8

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