1972 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1972 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .538 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.141.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.77 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 Southern California .964 .784 .880 38.92 11.17 12 0 0 1.000 Pac 8
2 Oklahoma .951 .835 .890 33.25 6.17 11 1 0 .917 Big 8
3 Texas .908 .802 .921 24.64 11.00 10 1 0 .909 SWC
4 Nebraska .896 .914 .869 41.75 8.08 9 2 1 .792 Big 8
5 Michigan .884 .792 .642 24.00 5.18 10 1 0 .909 Big Ten
6 Auburn .882 .817 .891 19.00 12.82 10 1 0 .909 SEC
7 Alabama .878 .836 .835 33.83 12.50 10 2 0 .833 SEC
8 Tennessee .863 .847 .765 24.75 8.33 10 2 0 .833 SEC
9 Louisiana State .835 .806 .846 21.00 12.08 9 2 1 .792 SEC
10 North Carolina .822 .629 .656 27.00 17.50 11 1 0 .917 ACC
11 Ohio State .816 .711 .703 25.45 15.55 9 2 0 .818 Big Ten
12 UCLA .789 .595 .844 31.91 21.73 8 3 0 .727 Pac 8
13 Penn State .788 .805 .657 29.83 15.75 10 2 0 .833 Eastern Independent
14 Notre Dame .780 .809 .717 26.27 17.45 8 3 0 .727 Eastern Independent
15 San Diego State .776 .586 .454 24.18 13.00 10 1 0 .909 PCAA
16 Colorado .763 .788 .826 26.08 17.17 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
17 Washington .742 .644 .807 18.91 18.55 8 3 0 .727 Pac 8
18 Texas Tech .738 .546 .756 23.50 15.67 8 4 0 .667 SWC
19 North Carolina State .728 .398 .638 34.08 20.00 8 3 1 .708 ACC
20 Georgia .727 .795 .904 15.82 14.82 7 4 0 .636 SEC
21 Florida .726 .595 .929 19.82 13.09 5 5 1 .500 SEC
22 Arizona State .720 .817 .416 46.83 24.67 10 2 0 .833 WAC
23 Southern Methodist .710 .490 .690 24.45 14.00 7 4 0 .636 SWC
24 Tampa .709 .437 .334 24.92 11.00 10 2 0 .833 South/West Independent
25 Stanford .704 .776 .740 24.18 16.64 6 5 0 .545 Pac 8
26 Oklahoma State .703 .578 .830 23.55 18.45 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
27 Louisville .701 .544 .221 30.90 9.10 9 1 0 .900 MVC
28 Georgia Tech .686 .648 .742 23.67 18.83 7 4 1 .625 South/West Independent
29 Washington State .685 .455 .727 24.91 21.91 7 4 0 .636 Pac 8
30 Arkansas .674 .738 .798 20.73 20.64 6 5 0 .545 SWC
31 Purdue .667 .548 .666 22.27 12.27 6 5 0 .545 Big Ten
32 Baylor .661 .289 .912 16.36 14.18 5 6 0 .455 SWC
33 Iowa State .658 .640 .814 26.58 19.83 5 6 1 .458 Big 8
34 Missouri .656 .532 .945 18.25 25.92 6 6 0 .500 Big 8
35 Florida State .652 .693 .585 26.09 20.36 7 4 0 .636 South/West Independent
36 Utah State .651 .590 .426 29.91 20.91 8 3 0 .727 South/West Independent
37 East Carolina .648 .328 .236 24.45 16.00 9 2 0 .818 Southern
38 Pacific .642 .446 .427 21.09 16.00 8 3 0 .727 PCAA
39 Rice .638 .453 .881 17.82 21.64 5 5 1 .500 SWC
40 Houston .633 .785 .544 29.55 18.36 6 4 1 .591 South/West Independent
41 Michigan State .631 .574 .802 14.36 14.18 5 5 1 .500 Big Ten
42 Miami (Florida) .627 .468 .801 19.45 15.45 5 6 0 .455 South/West Independent
43 Mississippi .625 .768 .747 19.20 14.20 5 5 0 .500 SEC
44 Tulane .622 .511 .649 19.27 15.00 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
45 Bowling Green State .622 .484 .502 18.40 12.70 6 3 1 .650 MAC
46 West Virginia .615 .636 .420 34.58 24.08 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
47 Virginia Tech .606 .481 .554 27.91 23.00 6 4 1 .591 South/West Independent
48 Texas Christian .585 .518 .804 19.36 22.27 5 6 0 .455 SWC
49 California .573 .611 .911 20.73 28.55 3 8 0 .273 Pac 8
50 Duke .564 .547 .744 12.00 14.18 5 6 0 .455 ACC
51 Western Michigan .562 .572 .322 20.82 18.27 7 3 1 .682 MAC
52 Oregon .559 .611 .892 17.64 25.91 4 7 0 .364 Pac 8
53 Kansas .554 .546 .867 18.91 27.73 4 7 0 .364 Big 8
54 Air Force .550 .657 .399 30.30 18.30 6 4 0 .600 South/West Independent
55 Utah .550 .531 .507 32.18 30.55 6 5 0 .545 WAC
56 Brigham Young .547 .486 .352 22.82 20.64 7 4 0 .636 WAC
57 Maryland .544 .325 .504 22.09 19.73 5 5 1 .500 ACC
58 Miami (Ohio) .543 .620 .187 23.20 11.60 7 3 0 .700 MAC
59 Texas A&M .537 .502 .904 15.00 22.09 3 8 0 .273 SWC
60 Mississippi State .536 .476 .762 17.91 23.09 4 7 0 .364 SEC
61 Dartmouth .529 .620 .129 28.89 18.67 7 1 1 .833 Ivy
62 Fresno State .529 .474 .301 21.55 14.36 6 4 1 .591 PCAA
63 Northern Illinois .529 .390 .233 18.00 12.82 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
64 Illinois .527 .425 .839 17.91 25.18 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
65 Kent .523 .366 .480 15.92 16.33 6 5 1 .542 MAC
66 Indiana .518 .351 .620 18.55 24.73 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
67 Army .512 .481 .556 16.00 28.20 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
68 Yale .506 .453 .098 31.44 17.44 7 2 0 .778 Ivy
69 Minnesota .498 .514 .776 16.82 27.64 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
70 Rutgers .497 .366 .115 26.36 15.64 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
71 Toledo .490 .810 .381 17.82 19.09 6 5 0 .545 MAC
72 Richmond .490 .433 .270 18.30 15.00 6 4 0 .600 Southern
73 Navy .489 .381 .669 16.45 23.36 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
74 Memphis .487 .590 .439 24.09 23.09 5 5 1 .500 MVC
75 Drake .478 .417 .199 23.92 16.67 7 5 0 .583 MVC
76 Kansas State .473 .631 .907 15.36 37.00 3 8 0 .273 Big 8
77 Kentucky .468 .447 .819 11.91 21.09 3 8 0 .273 SEC
78 Clemson .466 .486 .677 13.00 22.27 4 7 0 .364 ACC
79 Wisconsin .458 .446 .628 13.82 20.82 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
80 San Jose State .453 .478 .585 17.91 26.09 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
81 Syracuse .452 .556 .510 12.82 20.82 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
82 Oregon State .452 .638 .905 11.91 26.82 2 9 0 .182 Pac 8
83 Arizona .449 .498 .512 20.55 24.64 4 7 0 .364 WAC
84 South Carolina .449 .568 .528 19.45 21.09 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
85 Long Beach State .448 .582 .404 20.36 24.73 5 6 0 .455 PCAA
86 Tulsa .448 .438 .552 17.73 24.45 4 7 0 .364 MVC
87 Cornell .444 .499 .164 25.33 20.33 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
88 Iowa .441 .343 .720 9.91 18.91 3 7 1 .318 Big Ten
89 William & Mary .437 .425 .268 23.73 17.36 5 6 0 .455 Southern
90 Pennsylvania .428 .273 .103 29.22 22.56 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
91 Virginia .427 .370 .531 18.09 25.09 4 7 0 .364 ACC
92 Vanderbilt .425 .492 .676 11.73 22.09 3 8 0 .273 SEC
93 Southern Mississippi .414 .529 .486 16.55 21.00 3 7 1 .318 South/West Independent
94 Wichita State .401 .230 .147 14.18 20.73 6 5 0 .545 MVC
95 Boston College .400 .650 .393 21.82 23.45 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
96 Holy Cross .398 .294 .143 18.70 18.20 5 4 1 .550 Eastern Independent
97 Colgate .395 .410 .190 21.90 26.90 5 4 1 .550 Eastern Independent
98 West Texas A&M .394 .382 .220 21.70 19.80 5 5 0 .500 MVC
99 Wyoming .386 .502 .391 20.27 28.09 4 7 0 .364 WAC
100 Texas-Arlington .376 .256 .212 14.91 20.45 5 6 0 .455 South/West Independent
101 Appalachian State .374 .321 .088 21.73 21.09 5 5 1 .500 Southern
102 Citadel .371 .456 .157 17.45 16.64 5 6 0 .455 Southern
103 Northwestern .366 .566 .727 13.27 26.36 2 9 0 .182 Big Ten
104 Dayton .364 .448 .230 15.64 16.45 4 6 1 .409 Eastern Independent
105 Temple .363 .434 .106 18.22 19.56 5 4 0 .556 Eastern Independent
106 Idaho .355 .466 .357 15.00 25.27 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
107 New Mexico .349 .562 .493 18.91 29.73 3 8 0 .273 WAC
108 Pittsburgh .342 .458 .689 17.55 31.82 1 10 0 .091 Eastern Independent
109 Harvard .337 .436 .095 22.00 20.67 4 4 1 .500 Ivy
110 Columbia .329 .345 .197 15.89 13.78 3 5 1 .389 Ivy
111 Ohio .311 .543 .396 16.82 29.18 3 8 0 .273 MAC
112 Wild Card U .304 .321 .236 17.13 21.56 37 65 2 .365  
113 Princeton .302 .401 .204 13.33 17.89 3 5 1 .389 Ivy
114 Wake Forest .300 .504 .659 8.00 30.82 2 9 0 .182 ACC
115 Davidson .259 .225 .141 18.36 31.18 3 7 1 .318 Southern
116 Texas-El Paso .238 .480 .290 17.20 34.50 2 8 0 .200 WAC
117 Tennessee-Chattanooga .236 .287 .250 8.55 18.82 2 9 0 .182 South/West Independent
118 Virginia Military Institute .230 .180 .297 13.64 27.18 2 9 0 .182 Southern
119 Cincinnati .225 .544 .308 12.55 29.36 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
120 New Mexico State .222 .453 .286 17.55 36.36 2 9 0 .182 MVC
121 North Texas .210 .397 .428 13.45 32.18 1 10 0 .091 MVC
122 Marshall .209 .254 .311 9.30 25.40 2 8 0 .200 Eastern Independent
123 Colorado State .207 .406 .519 11.64 37.55 1 10 0 .091 WAC
124 Villanova .204 .573 .193 12.73 19.73 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
125 Southern Illinois .191 .321 .342 5.50 18.10 1 8 1 .150 Eastern Independent
126 Furman .187 .352 .154 14.18 27.91 2 9 0 .182 Southern
127 Xavier .182 .232 .152 10.80 24.60 2 8 0 .200 Eastern Independent
128 Brown .161 .168 .196 19.11 33.44 1 8 0 .111 Ivy

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Big 8 .707 .683 .869 52 39 2 .570 8
SEC .696 .688 .817 66 44 2 .598 10
Pac 8 .683 .639 .838 50 39 0 .562 8
SWC .681 .542 .833 49 39 1 .556 8
Big Ten .581 .527 .712 51 57 2 .473 10
PCAA .570 .513 .434 33 21 1 .609 5
ACC .550 .466 .630 39 38 2 .506 7
South/West Independent .540 .527 .491 79 72 4 .523 14
MAC .509 .566 .378 35 27 3 .562 6
WAC .431 .535 .435 37 51 0 .420 8
MVC .418 .431 .311 39 47 1 .454 8
Eastern Independent .418 .476 .365 88 111 4 .443 19
Ivy .379 .399 .148 37 31 4 .542 8
Southern .375 .340 .201 37 48 2 .437 8

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