1976 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1976 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .540 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.219.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.64 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 Pittsburgh .901 .705 .611 31.75 11.08 12 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
2 Southern California .872 .802 .676 32.17 11.58 11 1 0 .917 Pac 8
3 Maryland .862 .733 .642 24.50 9.58 11 1 0 .917 ACC
4 Michigan .845 .848 .614 36.00 7.92 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
5 Georgia .842 .744 .761 27.25 12.08 10 2 0 .833 SEC
6 Texas A&M .832 .753 .674 30.33 11.67 10 2 0 .833 SWC
7 Houston .830 .528 .743 28.58 15.67 10 2 0 .833 SWC
8 Ohio State .811 .883 .771 25.42 12.42 9 2 1 .792 Big Ten
9 Oklahoma .809 .935 .770 27.17 16.00 9 2 1 .792 Big 8
10 Texas Tech .808 .683 .709 28.00 17.17 10 2 0 .833 SWC
11 Nebraska .794 .861 .758 32.00 13.92 9 3 1 .731 Big 8
12 Notre Dame .779 .801 .716 24.50 13.17 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
13 Alabama .777 .914 .680 27.25 11.67 9 3 0 .750 SEC
14 Oklahoma State .775 .732 .778 27.42 17.83 9 3 0 .750 Big 8
15 UCLA .770 .758 .599 32.58 14.42 9 2 1 .792 Pac 8
16 East Carolina .766 .625 .533 25.27 10.55 9 2 0 .818 Southern
17 Mississippi State .764 .651 .604 24.45 16.18 9 2 0 .818 SEC
18 Rutgers .756 .592 .104 26.09 7.36 11 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
19 Kentucky .750 .542 .793 17.42 12.58 8 4 0 .667 SEC
20 Colorado .749 .731 .842 25.42 18.75 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
21 Iowa State .739 .564 .653 33.55 19.64 8 3 0 .727 Big 8
22 Missouri .735 .727 .950 22.36 21.91 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
23 Florida .734 .754 .846 27.33 24.33 8 4 0 .667 SEC
24 Cincinnati .703 .575 .542 18.55 10.36 8 3 0 .727 Eastern Independent
25 San Diego State .696 .709 .288 17.91 11.36 10 1 0 .909 South/West Independent
26 Baylor .682 .577 .689 19.00 16.64 7 3 1 .682 SWC
27 Louisiana-Lafayette .680 .377 .338 23.73 13.45 9 2 0 .818 Southland
28 North Carolina .679 .530 .581 20.25 18.33 9 3 0 .750 ACC
29 Penn State .667 .836 .710 20.08 14.42 7 5 0 .583 Eastern Independent
30 McNeese State .667 .439 .319 24.67 17.08 10 2 0 .833 Southland
31 Brigham Young .664 .571 .396 31.00 19.25 9 3 0 .750 WAC
32 Louisiana State .652 .639 .582 23.18 13.55 6 4 1 .591 SEC
33 Boston College .650 .635 .402 21.73 11.36 8 3 0 .727 Eastern Independent
34 Kansas .649 .669 .774 23.64 22.82 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
35 William & Mary .637 .353 .519 19.09 13.55 7 4 0 .636 Southern
36 Tulsa .626 .591 .547 21.08 17.33 7 4 1 .625 MVC
37 South Carolina .624 .577 .626 17.73 13.00 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
38 Texas .620 .835 .764 17.73 17.09 5 5 1 .500 SWC
39 Duke .608 .520 .725 21.27 22.27 5 5 1 .500 ACC
40 Tennessee .606 .714 .587 21.55 14.73 6 5 0 .545 SEC
41 Arkansas .605 .766 .675 20.00 18.55 5 5 1 .500 SWC
42 Memphis .605 .611 .456 21.91 16.55 7 4 0 .636 South/West Independent
43 Stanford .598 .673 .687 21.73 25.82 6 5 0 .545 Pac 8
44 Furman .593 .429 .478 20.64 14.45 6 4 1 .591 Southern
45 California .590 .687 .687 20.91 20.55 5 6 0 .455 Pac 8
46 Richmond .584 .511 .702 15.73 14.18 5 6 0 .455 Southern
47 Illinois .584 .566 .727 21.36 22.55 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
48 Appalachian State .584 .514 .437 25.18 15.00 6 4 1 .591 Southern
49 Virginia Tech .580 .549 .567 20.27 16.00 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
50 West Virginia .573 .663 .714 16.73 18.36 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
51 San Jose State .572 .683 .306 32.18 19.36 7 4 0 .636 PCAA
52 North Texas .571 .466 .482 21.09 13.18 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
53 Wyoming .571 .376 .377 23.17 20.83 8 4 0 .667 WAC
54 Miami (Florida) .568 .538 .863 18.82 19.36 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
55 Ball State .566 .528 .144 23.36 11.27 8 3 0 .727 MAC
56 Kent .562 .518 .302 23.33 17.17 8 4 0 .667 MAC
57 Mississippi .557 .623 .679 13.91 16.36 5 6 0 .455 SEC
58 Minnesota .553 .532 .563 18.27 19.18 6 5 0 .545 Big Ten
59 Yale .553 .509 .050 22.00 8.56 8 1 0 .889 Ivy
60 Louisiana Tech .550 .488 .425 30.55 22.45 6 5 0 .545 Southland
61 Purdue .547 .522 .680 17.09 21.18 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
62 Ohio .547 .551 .324 23.00 15.91 7 4 0 .636 MAC
63 Wake Forest .546 .340 .624 16.09 18.73 5 6 0 .455 ACC
64 Wisconsin .542 .533 .553 27.09 24.18 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
65 Long Beach State .541 .552 .137 20.82 12.73 8 3 0 .727 PCAA
66 Colgate .541 .403 .139 17.30 13.40 8 2 0 .800 Eastern Independent
67 Villanova .539 .336 .342 23.09 18.18 6 4 1 .591 Eastern Independent
68 Brown .537 .383 .060 19.00 11.33 8 1 0 .889 Ivy
69 Western Michigan .534 .318 .270 24.55 18.36 7 4 0 .636 MAC
70 Florida State .532 .423 .636 18.64 23.45 5 6 0 .455 South/West Independent
71 Georgia Tech .531 .619 .646 20.09 24.27 4 6 1 .409 South/West Independent
72 Citadel .528 .430 .490 15.55 16.00 6 5 0 .545 Southern
73 Washington .521 .592 .557 21.55 18.82 5 6 0 .455 Pac 8
74 Michigan State .521 .682 .647 21.45 25.27 4 6 1 .409 Big Ten
75 Bowling Green State .520 .648 .386 26.55 22.64 6 5 0 .545 MAC
76 Southern Illinois .512 .246 .256 22.18 20.27 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
77 Iowa .506 .412 .632 14.64 21.27 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
78 Clemson .506 .457 .747 15.64 21.55 3 6 2 .364 ACC
79 North Carolina State .499 .708 .736 18.64 23.55 3 7 1 .318 ACC
80 Auburn .494 .663 .788 17.64 24.27 3 8 0 .273 SEC
81 Navy .494 .581 .703 17.00 23.36 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
82 Indiana .488 .380 .653 11.82 23.09 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
83 Arizona .487 .708 .449 25.73 24.82 5 6 0 .455 WAC
84 Tennessee-Chattanooga .486 .385 .224 21.09 18.64 6 4 1 .591 South/West Independent
85 Colorado State .485 .494 .311 18.64 16.91 6 5 0 .545 WAC
86 Central Michigan .484 .496 .180 20.27 19.91 7 4 0 .636 MAC
87 Army .476 .314 .498 18.27 24.27 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
88 Arkansas State .471 .638 .359 24.91 20.09 5 6 0 .455 Southland
89 Louisville .462 .336 .613 16.09 21.27 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
90 Southern Methodist .460 .558 .804 18.36 30.82 3 8 0 .273 SWC
91 Dartmouth .458 .396 .094 26.22 12.33 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
92 Virginia Military Institute .457 .382 .477 13.80 20.60 5 5 0 .500 Southern
93 New Mexico .456 .522 .493 20.82 21.36 4 7 0 .364 WAC
94 West Texas A&M .447 .427 .383 19.91 22.73 4 5 2 .455 MVC
95 Fresno State .444 .360 .276 21.55 15.00 5 6 0 .455 PCAA
96 Texas-Arlington .441 .334 .311 22.73 21.73 5 6 0 .455 Southland
97 Rice .440 .444 .731 21.45 37.91 3 8 0 .273 SWC
98 Arizona State .433 .785 .478 20.27 21.91 4 7 0 .364 WAC
99 Syracuse .430 .499 .607 14.00 23.91 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
100 Washington State .422 .461 .606 21.82 30.09 3 8 0 .273 Pac 8
101 Harvard .420 .482 .071 19.56 12.78 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
102 Kansas State .418 .472 .926 14.09 31.55 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
103 Northwestern State .416 .336 .223 19.00 18.10 5 5 0 .500 South/West Independent
104 Oregon .413 .412 .583 13.09 24.64 4 7 0 .364 Pac 8
105 Air Force .402 .420 .485 16.36 24.82 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
106 Temple .394 .585 .329 19.60 21.60 4 6 0 .400 Eastern Independent
107 Southern Mississippi .391 .636 .761 13.18 26.91 2 9 0 .182 South/West Independent
108 Miami (Ohio) .373 .819 .483 14.55 18.91 3 8 0 .273 MAC
109 Vanderbilt .366 .590 .752 11.91 25.64 2 9 0 .182 SEC
110 Tulane .359 .502 .619 13.55 20.73 2 9 0 .182 South/West Independent
111 Illinois State .357 .273 .194 10.91 15.73 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
112 Wichita State .355 .266 .299 16.18 20.64 4 7 0 .364 MVC
113 Utah .347 .330 .453 22.27 32.82 3 8 0 .273 WAC
114 Utah State .347 .572 .459 15.45 23.91 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
115 Oregon State .342 .382 .660 14.92 27.08 2 10 0 .167 Pac 8
116 New Mexico State .341 .391 .230 13.82 21.91 4 6 1 .409 MVC
117 Marshall .336 .247 .278 13.73 22.09 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
118 Virginia .312 .351 .639 9.64 24.18 2 9 0 .182 ACC
119 Toledo .309 .496 .296 16.82 21.09 3 8 0 .273 MAC
120 Wild Card U .301 .336 .339 15.37 23.57 28 63 3 .314  
121 Dayton .296 .401 .144 16.82 20.73 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
122 Texas Christian .295 .359 .833 11.64 39.09 0 11 0 .000 SWC
123 Holy Cross .290 .279 .303 18.55 29.73 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
124 Fullerton State .290 .289 .183 16.73 19.36 3 7 1 .318 PCAA
125 Northwestern .282 .383 .669 12.18 28.27 1 10 0 .091 Big Ten
126 Louisiana-Monroe .273 .345 .361 18.73 29.18 2 9 0 .182 South/West Independent
127 Indiana State .269 .370 .215 15.20 21.30 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
128 Columbia .257 .184 .245 15.56 27.44 3 6 0 .333 Ivy
129 Cornell .254 .242 .285 12.11 19.67 2 7 0 .222 Ivy
130 Pacific .254 .511 .320 17.27 27.36 2 9 0 .182 PCAA
131 Drake .249 .299 .494 18.18 38.55 1 10 0 .091 MVC
132 Eastern Michigan .248 .356 .426 12.00 32.27 2 9 0 .182 MAC
133 Lamar .245 .332 .432 8.82 23.91 2 9 0 .182 Southland
134 Pennsylvania .235 .339 .148 10.00 17.67 3 6 0 .333 Ivy
135 Texas-El Paso .233 .284 .458 14.33 29.67 1 11 0 .083 WAC
136 Hawaii .213 .429 .156 14.00 34.27 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
137 Princeton .212 .328 .277 7.00 17.22 2 7 0 .222 Ivy
138 Northern Illinois .145 .339 .384 5.09 33.27 1 10 0 .091 MAC

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Big 8 .708 .711 .806 56 35 2 .613 8
SEC .654 .684 .707 66 47 1 .583 10
SWC .619 .612 .736 53 46 3 .534 9
Southern .593 .463 .519 44 30 2 .592 7
ACC .573 .520 .671 38 37 4 .506 7
Big Ten .568 .574 .651 55 55 2 .500 10
Pac 8 .566 .596 .632 45 45 1 .500 8
Eastern Independent .524 .492 .411 116 92 1 .557 19
Southland .509 .435 .364 37 30 0 .552 6
South/West Independent .474 .497 .498 78 106 2 .425 17
WAC .459 .509 .427 40 51 0 .440 8
MAC .429 .507 .319 52 59 0 .468 10
PCAA .420 .479 .244 25 29 1 .464 5
MVC .404 .395 .391 20 32 4 .393 5
Ivy .366 .358 .154 38 34 0 .528 8

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