1977 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1977 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .556 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.382.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.33 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 Notre Dame .934 .790 .874 35.00 11.58 11 1 0 .917 Eastern Independent
2 Alabama .910 .846 .801 31.67 11.58 11 1 0 .917 SEC
3 Texas .904 .728 .753 36.75 12.67 11 1 0 .917 SWC
4 Penn State .904 .751 .857 32.50 15.58 11 1 0 .917 Eastern Independent
5 Arkansas .890 .686 .646 32.42 8.42 11 1 0 .917 SWC
6 Kentucky .888 .646 .785 22.91 10.09 10 1 0 .909 SEC
7 Pittsburgh .874 .803 .862 35.67 11.17 9 2 1 .792 Eastern Independent
8 Michigan .836 .846 .687 29.42 10.33 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
9 Oklahoma .835 .872 .787 33.42 18.08 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
10 Florida State .828 .478 .732 26.17 14.17 10 2 0 .833 South/West Independent
11 Ohio State .805 .847 .699 28.58 10.00 9 3 0 .750 Big Ten
12 Nebraska .797 .827 .814 26.25 16.67 9 3 0 .750 Big 8
13 Southern California .787 .837 .862 29.75 17.67 8 4 0 .667 Pac 8
14 North Carolina .783 .605 .690 20.92 8.50 8 3 1 .708 ACC
15 San Diego State .779 .702 .410 31.73 15.00 10 1 0 .909 South/West Independent
16 North Texas .777 .519 .620 29.09 16.27 9 2 0 .818 South/West Independent
17 Washington .771 .557 .812 28.67 16.17 8 4 0 .667 Pac 8
18 Clemson .758 .482 .771 19.00 13.58 8 3 1 .708 ACC
19 Brigham Young .755 .618 .456 39.36 15.00 9 2 0 .818 WAC
20 Grambling State .751 .319 .308 42.00 15.91 10 1 0 .909 SWAC
21 Louisiana Tech .751 .519 .462 25.42 12.25 9 1 2 .833 Southland
22 Miami (Ohio) .736 .596 .379 23.82 15.73 10 1 0 .909 MAC
23 North Carolina State .736 .603 .766 21.58 15.08 8 4 0 .667 ACC
24 Texas A&M .732 .793 .812 29.17 25.33 8 4 0 .667 SWC
25 Central Michigan .728 .490 .292 28.64 14.09 10 1 0 .909 MAC
26 Colorado .725 .740 .692 24.18 15.82 7 3 1 .682 Big 8
27 Stanford .724 .636 .724 23.75 23.25 9 3 0 .750 Pac 8
28 Arizona State .722 .609 .519 33.25 16.33 9 3 0 .750 WAC
29 Tennessee State .716 .319 .367 24.50 9.10 8 1 1 .850 South/West Independent
30 Michigan State .715 .602 .652 23.64 14.73 7 3 1 .682 Big Ten
31 Colorado State .713 .489 .515 25.08 17.17 9 2 1 .792 WAC
32 UCLA .713 .764 .739 24.45 17.82 7 4 0 .636 Pac 8
33 Louisiana State .710 .646 .694 32.42 18.33 8 4 0 .667 SEC
34 Maryland .709 .798 .682 21.17 14.92 8 4 0 .667 ACC
35 Fresno State .702 .402 .333 32.18 14.82 9 2 0 .818 PCAA
36 Texas Tech .694 .746 .839 23.25 20.50 7 5 0 .583 SWC
37 Iowa State .690 .651 .635 20.75 14.83 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
38 Ball State .689 .547 .294 34.27 15.36 9 2 0 .818 MAC
39 California .685 .638 .693 27.27 19.18 7 4 0 .636 Pac 8
40 East Carolina .673 .696 .456 24.36 14.00 8 3 0 .727 South/West Independent
41 Florida .669 .744 .781 22.82 21.36 6 4 1 .591 SEC
42 Houston .666 .679 .814 25.64 23.55 6 5 0 .545 SWC
43 Tennessee-Chattanooga .664 .435 .239 24.09 15.18 9 1 1 .864 Southern
44 Washington State .662 .441 .777 23.91 21.45 6 5 0 .545 Pac 8
45 Minnesota .649 .543 .723 14.25 15.00 7 5 0 .583 Big Ten
46 Syracuse .647 .465 .760 19.82 21.27 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
47 Colgate .644 .472 .071 34.55 19.73 10 1 0 .909 Eastern Independent
48 Mississippi .644 .590 .779 18.91 17.82 5 6 0 .455 SEC
49 Mississippi State .640 .708 .924 17.55 20.64 5 6 0 .455 SEC
50 Baylor .624 .629 .779 20.73 20.00 5 6 0 .455 SWC
51 Jackson State .622 .319 .283 21.00 10.18 8 3 0 .727 SWAC
52 Rutgers .620 .674 .360 26.45 16.45 8 3 0 .727 Eastern Independent
53 Georgia Tech .614 .575 .676 20.36 20.09 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
54 Memphis .604 .608 .640 20.73 17.64 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
55 Southern Mississippi .604 .514 .798 17.92 20.83 6 6 0 .500 South/West Independent
56 Louisiana-Lafayette .604 .529 .524 19.92 15.08 6 4 2 .583 Southland
57 Auburn .603 .579 .829 18.55 22.09 5 6 0 .455 SEC
58 Army .599 .395 .515 26.09 22.27 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
59 Duke .591 .564 .758 21.00 20.09 5 6 0 .455 ACC
60 Navy .590 .537 .703 20.82 20.91 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
61 West Virginia .589 .618 .701 22.18 24.00 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
62 Eastern Michigan .582 .302 .293 21.73 17.73 8 3 0 .727 MAC
63 Indiana .582 .434 .706 18.64 20.73 5 5 1 .500 Big Ten
64 Missouri .580 .731 .795 17.73 16.36 4 7 0 .364 Big 8
65 Cincinnati .576 .639 .459 22.73 11.00 5 4 2 .545 Eastern Independent
66 William & Mary .575 .495 .583 18.64 18.45 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
67 Louisville .573 .399 .380 24.25 16.17 7 4 1 .625 South/West Independent
68 Virginia Military Institute .572 .420 .340 20.27 14.09 7 4 0 .636 Southern
69 Georgia .568 .793 .724 14.27 17.36 5 6 0 .455 SEC
70 Tennessee .566 .660 .738 20.82 20.82 4 7 0 .364 SEC
71 Boston College .549 .643 .585 22.00 24.45 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
72 Temple .549 .490 .631 20.82 26.00 5 5 1 .500 Eastern Independent
73 South Carolina .548 .600 .695 17.92 16.83 5 7 0 .417 South/West Independent
74 Arizona .547 .597 .708 21.33 20.83 5 7 0 .417 WAC
75 Purdue .547 .534 .608 21.00 22.45 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
76 Pacific .543 .383 .452 20.91 14.64 6 5 0 .545 PCAA
77 Southern Methodist .537 .509 .838 20.55 29.00 4 7 0 .364 SWC
78 Oklahoma State .537 .754 .761 21.36 24.27 4 7 0 .364 Big 8
79 West Texas A&M .531 .437 .304 23.91 16.64 6 4 1 .591 MVC
80 Texas Southern .517 .319 .293 26.55 17.36 6 4 1 .591 SWAC
81 Arkansas State .516 .555 .334 16.73 19.45 7 4 0 .636 Southland
82 Texas-Arlington .513 .388 .550 17.00 16.82 5 6 0 .455 Southland
83 Kent .511 .540 .492 18.18 21.91 6 5 0 .545 MAC
84 New Mexico .508 .489 .646 22.75 26.58 5 7 0 .417 WAC
85 Iowa .508 .459 .729 15.55 20.82 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
86 Northwestern State .503 .376 .379 17.82 16.64 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
87 Yale .503 .531 .118 23.56 12.00 7 2 0 .778 Ivy
88 Miami (Florida) .487 .553 .886 11.36 22.27 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
89 Bowling Green State .485 .584 .540 22.92 24.67 5 7 0 .417 MAC
90 Wisconsin .480 .538 .578 12.09 18.18 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
91 Hawaii .480 .321 .435 22.73 21.18 5 6 0 .455 South/West Independent
92 McNeese State .478 .553 .390 13.55 14.36 5 5 1 .500 Southland
93 Brown .476 .460 .050 19.22 10.67 7 2 0 .778 Ivy
94 San Jose State .474 .628 .647 21.00 27.18 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
95 Wyoming .472 .473 .633 15.09 24.82 4 6 1 .409 WAC
96 Virginia Tech .471 .565 .666 15.82 19.09 3 7 1 .318 South/West Independent
97 Utah State .468 .460 .624 16.09 22.64 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
98 Western Carolina .465 .319 .163 26.18 18.82 6 4 1 .591 Southern
99 Kansas .465 .659 .819 11.91 24.45 3 7 1 .318 Big 8
100 Oregon State .451 .362 .887 15.73 27.55 2 9 0 .182 Pac 8
101 Wichita State .440 .311 .376 23.82 24.45 5 6 0 .455 MVC
102 Villanova .439 .438 .477 21.00 21.64 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
103 Tulane .439 .431 .742 16.45 26.27 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
104 Citadel .434 .479 .379 12.09 14.73 5 6 0 .455 Southern
105 Western Michigan .430 .426 .449 23.09 21.00 4 7 0 .364 MAC
106 Dartmouth .429 .427 .075 15.67 10.67 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
107 Long Beach State .429 .547 .423 23.40 25.20 4 6 0 .400 PCAA
108 Utah .427 .339 .724 19.27 34.45 3 8 0 .273 WAC
109 Illinois .419 .575 .760 12.82 26.55 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
110 Vanderbilt .416 .478 .758 12.82 25.09 2 9 0 .182 SEC
111 Mississippi Valley State .411 .319 .253 21.60 19.30 5 5 0 .500 SWAC
112 Illinois State .409 .315 .482 17.64 21.64 3 7 1 .318 Eastern Independent
113 Furman .406 .511 .210 20.91 17.91 4 5 2 .455 Southern
114 New Mexico State .393 .366 .372 21.64 25.55 4 7 0 .364 MVC
115 Fullerton State .392 .289 .360 25.91 26.36 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
116 Richmond .374 .548 .690 11.73 26.64 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
117 Oregon .371 .412 .783 14.91 34.27 2 9 0 .182 Pac 8
118 Texas Christian .370 .327 .776 16.73 39.45 2 9 0 .182 SWC
119 Air Force .364 .411 .742 10.36 26.91 2 8 1 .227 South/West Independent
120 Kansas State .362 .445 .876 11.91 26.00 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
121 Pennsylvania .359 .287 .084 18.00 16.00 5 4 0 .556 Ivy
122 Tulsa .333 .609 .560 17.45 36.18 3 8 0 .273 MVC
123 Southern .331 .319 .361 14.82 21.91 3 7 1 .318 SWAC
124 Wild Card U .320 .319 .461 14.45 26.56 38 87 1 .306  
125 Alcorn State .316 .319 .372 14.82 22.73 3 8 0 .273 SWAC
126 Northern Illinois .316 .242 .437 12.55 22.64 3 8 0 .273 MAC
127 Rice .313 .442 .800 13.73 41.64 1 10 0 .091 SWC
128 Harvard .312 .451 .164 17.00 19.22 4 5 0 .444 Ivy
129 Indiana State .303 .320 .349 14.90 24.00 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
130 Northwestern .302 .332 .810 9.27 30.64 1 10 0 .091 Big Ten
131 Princeton .301 .270 .252 15.22 16.00 3 6 0 .333 Ivy
132 Virginia .283 .332 .800 5.09 25.45 1 9 1 .136 ACC
133 Texas-El Paso .276 .258 .728 13.73 41.82 1 10 0 .091 WAC
134 Southern Illinois .271 .379 .371 8.73 21.09 3 8 0 .273 MVC
135 Prairie View A&M .265 .319 .266 14.55 27.91 3 8 0 .273 SWAC
136 Appalachian State .264 .549 .398 17.73 29.91 2 9 0 .182 Southern
137 Lamar .263 .288 .396 11.18 19.45 2 9 0 .182 Southland
138 Wake Forest .262 .443 .636 10.27 24.55 1 10 0 .091 ACC
139 Ohio .261 .549 .466 21.91 32.82 1 10 0 .091 MAC
140 Toledo .259 .402 .504 10.18 26.09 2 9 0 .182 MAC
141 Marshall .251 .292 .322 21.27 35.36 2 9 0 .182 Southern
142 Drake .230 .274 .307 16.73 28.82 2 9 0 .182 MVC
143 Holy Cross .227 .285 .326 11.82 24.55 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
144 Louisiana-Monroe .227 .309 .394 11.09 27.00 2 9 0 .182 South/West Independent
145 Columbia .200 .221 .167 16.56 24.67 2 7 0 .222 Ivy
146 Cornell .159 .248 .280 9.56 22.11 1 8 0 .111 Ivy

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .661 .669 .781 61 50 1 .549 10
Pac 8 .645 .581 .785 49 42 0 .538 8
SWC .637 .615 .784 55 48 0 .534 9
Big 8 .624 .710 .772 46 43 2 .516 8
Eastern Independent .591 .540 .563 100 73 5 .576 16
ACC .589 .547 .729 39 39 3 .500 7
Big Ten .584 .571 .695 56 55 2 .504 10
South/West Independent .555 .494 .596 112 107 4 .511 20
WAC .553 .484 .616 45 45 2 .500 8
Southland .521 .472 .443 34 29 5 .537 6
PCAA .508 .450 .443 27 27 0 .500 5
MAC .500 .468 .415 58 53 0 .523 10
SWAC .459 .319 .305 38 36 2 .513 7
Southern .437 .429 .293 35 38 4 .481 7
MVC .366 .396 .382 23 42 1 .356 6
Ivy .342 .362 .149 35 37 0 .486 8

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