1978 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1978 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .565 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.723.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.10 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 .940 .812 .950 24.46 11.77 12 1 0 .923 Pac 10
2 Alabama .915 .878 .828 28.75 14.00 11 1 0 .917 SEC
3 Oklahoma .898 .853 .699 39.25 14.58 11 1 0 .917 Big 8
4 Penn State .896 .828 .695 27.75 9.25 11 1 0 .917 Eastern Independent
5 Michigan .849 .841 .581 31.00 8.75 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
6 Clemson .837 .620 .515 30.67 10.92 11 1 0 .917 ACC
7 Notre Dame .835 .862 .892 24.42 16.42 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
8 Texas .830 .816 .802 23.92 11.33 9 3 0 .750 SWC
9 Arkansas .820 .788 .681 28.00 12.25 9 2 1 .792 SWC
10 Nebraska .817 .812 .760 37.00 18.00 9 3 0 .750 Big 8
11 Houston .813 .672 .791 30.33 17.75 9 3 0 .750 SWC
12 Ball State .783 .618 .310 22.82 7.45 10 1 0 .909 MAC
13 Georgia .775 .680 .648 24.17 15.58 9 2 1 .792 SEC
14 Stanford .769 .680 .794 27.17 18.42 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
15 Missouri .768 .655 .739 30.67 19.67 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
16 Arizona State .761 .666 .620 28.92 19.67 9 3 0 .750 Pac 10
17 UCLA .759 .739 .701 21.75 14.33 8 3 1 .708 Pac 10
18 North Texas .752 .648 .520 25.18 13.64 9 2 0 .818 South/West Independent
19 Michigan State .752 .658 .524 37.36 15.45 8 3 0 .727 Big Ten
20 Maryland .752 .753 .653 21.75 13.92 9 3 0 .750 ACC
21 Washington .745 .664 .727 24.55 14.09 7 4 0 .636 Pac 10
22 Purdue .745 .540 .483 21.75 10.83 9 2 1 .792 Big Ten
23 Florida State .743 .653 .671 28.36 18.91 8 3 0 .727 South/West Independent
24 East Carolina .731 .684 .501 23.92 11.33 9 3 0 .750 South/West Independent
25 North Carolina State .728 .669 .618 23.33 17.33 9 3 0 .750 ACC
26 Central Michigan .710 .609 .284 30.09 10.82 9 2 0 .818 MAC
27 Navy .710 .564 .467 21.67 11.33 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
28 Tulsa .707 .471 .441 26.27 18.45 9 2 0 .818 MVC
29 Pittsburgh .703 .839 .634 21.92 15.58 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
30 Brigham Young .702 .686 .592 24.62 15.31 9 4 0 .692 WAC
31 Louisiana State .698 .678 .623 23.25 16.08 8 4 0 .667 SEC
32 Texas Tech .689 .720 .799 22.36 24.36 7 4 0 .636 SWC
33 Texas A&M .681 .762 .596 24.25 15.25 8 4 0 .667 SWC
34 Rutgers .671 .647 .384 23.67 13.75 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
35 Utah .662 .383 .428 26.45 16.55 8 3 0 .727 WAC
36 Southern Mississippi .659 .559 .652 19.36 16.82 7 4 0 .636 South/West Independent
37 Mississippi State .656 .674 .745 21.09 18.64 6 5 0 .545 SEC
38 Ohio State .655 .826 .589 28.25 18.00 7 4 1 .625 Big Ten
39 Miami (Ohio) .652 .666 .349 20.73 14.64 8 2 1 .773 MAC
40 Auburn .645 .591 .606 21.64 17.36 6 4 1 .591 SEC
41 Iowa State .644 .671 .593 18.25 15.67 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
42 Southern Methodist .635 .523 .829 27.27 22.82 4 6 1 .409 SWC
43 Georgia Tech .623 .594 .618 22.50 21.08 7 5 0 .583 South/West Independent
44 California .623 .662 .742 21.45 26.27 6 5 0 .545 Pac 10
45 Temple .623 .519 .421 25.45 18.45 7 3 1 .682 Eastern Independent
46 Furman .610 .458 .281 29.27 17.73 8 3 0 .727 Southern
47 Tennessee-Chattanooga .609 .550 .333 27.82 17.45 7 3 1 .682 Southern
48 New Mexico .607 .499 .500 23.67 17.08 7 5 0 .583 WAC
49 Arkansas State .598 .535 .469 14.82 13.09 7 4 0 .636 Southland
50 Louisville .595 .486 .402 29.00 18.36 7 4 0 .636 South/West Independent
51 Arizona .595 .572 .642 22.27 18.64 5 6 0 .455 Pac 10
52 Utah State .590 .464 .381 24.45 19.45 7 4 0 .636 PCAA
53 Florida .589 .707 .757 22.64 20.27 4 7 0 .364 SEC
54 Miami (Florida) .586 .520 .646 17.64 17.55 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
55 South Carolina .585 .574 .567 21.64 16.45 5 5 1 .500 South/West Independent
56 Louisiana Tech .584 .635 .557 20.73 16.91 6 5 0 .545 Southland
57 Tennessee .577 .613 .606 22.82 19.00 5 5 1 .500 SEC
58 Colorado .570 .733 .536 20.91 18.73 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
59 Cincinnati .564 .607 .579 25.36 20.36 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
60 McNeese State .560 .515 .319 25.00 16.73 7 4 0 .636 Southland
61 Nevada-Las Vegas .557 .319 .332 22.64 16.55 7 4 0 .636 South/West Independent
62 Baylor .553 .627 .830 20.45 22.00 3 8 0 .273 SWC
63 Western Michigan .546 .428 .267 20.00 13.82 7 4 0 .636 MAC
64 Louisiana-Monroe .541 .268 .351 17.27 13.09 6 4 1 .591 South/West Independent
65 North Carolina .540 .694 .629 18.09 19.82 5 6 0 .455 ACC
66 Mississippi .535 .617 .687 16.45 21.82 5 6 0 .455 SEC
67 Kentucky .534 .767 .704 17.55 17.18 4 6 1 .409 SEC
68 Hawaii .529 .400 .524 22.82 25.45 6 5 0 .545 South/West Independent
69 Appalachian State .522 .406 .276 30.73 27.00 7 4 0 .636 Southern
70 Wyoming .520 .473 .615 21.08 20.42 5 7 0 .417 WAC
71 New Mexico State .508 .380 .428 24.91 26.91 6 5 0 .545 MVC
72 San Jose State .505 .551 .349 21.58 20.67 7 5 0 .583 PCAA
73 Holy Cross .495 .256 .167 23.45 18.27 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
74 Texas-Arlington .493 .450 .441 21.82 19.09 5 6 0 .455 Southland
75 William & Mary .490 .535 .450 15.45 14.64 5 5 1 .500 South/West Independent
76 Wisconsin .482 .509 .423 20.27 25.18 5 4 2 .545 Big Ten
77 Southern Illinois .482 .325 .179 19.91 18.45 7 4 0 .636 MVC
78 Western Carolina .478 .392 .306 21.27 19.00 6 5 0 .545 Southern
79 Washington State .475 .552 .625 25.09 26.91 3 7 1 .318 Pac 10
80 Memphis .471 .606 .641 18.18 27.00 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
81 Yale .470 .517 .160 21.33 12.67 5 2 2 .667 Ivy
82 Oklahoma State .467 .645 .795 15.18 24.18 3 8 0 .273 Big 8
83 Colorado State .460 .601 .448 21.64 22.45 5 6 0 .455 WAC
84 Tulane .455 .435 .571 16.64 19.18 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
85 Kansas State .453 .404 .689 18.27 31.09 4 7 0 .364 Big 8
86 Indiana .452 .508 .581 20.73 26.36 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
87 Oregon State .445 .407 .798 11.64 24.18 3 7 1 .318 Pac 10
88 Dartmouth .437 .428 .153 20.78 17.67 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
89 San Diego State .434 .740 .485 22.00 23.36 4 7 0 .364 WAC
90 Oregon .434 .392 .713 15.73 19.27 2 9 0 .182 Pac 10
91 Duke .431 .577 .718 9.82 22.45 4 7 0 .364 ACC
92 Syracuse .430 .556 .694 17.45 26.82 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
93 Minnesota .423 .596 .426 19.09 24.27 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
94 Citadel .422 .456 .393 18.27 22.36 5 6 0 .455 Southern
95 Virginia Tech .421 .518 .554 14.73 20.45 4 7 0 .364 South/West Independent
96 Long Beach State .419 .488 .300 19.91 20.91 5 6 0 .455 PCAA
97 Brown .417 .468 .127 21.00 18.33 6 3 0 .667 Ivy
98 Northern Illinois .412 .279 .367 21.09 25.82 5 6 0 .455 MAC
99 Bowling Green State .411 .534 .424 25.18 24.27 4 7 0 .364 MAC
100 Villanova .406 .438 .338 18.73 22.00 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
101 Drake .397 .252 .470 19.18 24.00 4 7 0 .364 MVC
102 Fullerton State .397 .341 .324 24.83 27.50 5 7 0 .417 PCAA
103 Pacific .389 .463 .501 18.50 25.50 4 8 0 .333 PCAA
104 Richmond .388 .461 .494 16.00 17.73 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
105 Northwestern State .385 .440 .371 14.36 25.64 5 6 0 .455 South/West Independent
106 Cornell .384 .204 .092 20.89 17.11 5 3 1 .611 Ivy
107 Wichita State .378 .375 .372 21.82 26.18 4 7 0 .364 MVC
108 Rice .372 .378 .844 14.45 37.09 2 9 0 .182 SWC
109 Army .356 .497 .314 16.73 23.18 4 6 1 .409 Eastern Independent
110 West Texas A&M .353 .484 .477 21.55 27.00 3 8 0 .273 MVC
111 Vanderbilt .338 .447 .664 14.91 38.00 2 9 0 .182 SEC
112 Texas Christian .334 .349 .818 9.91 32.45 2 9 0 .182 SWC
113 West Virginia .333 .603 .665 15.18 33.09 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
114 Kansas .329 .562 .833 11.27 31.36 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
115 Kent .325 .526 .350 14.36 22.55 4 7 0 .364 MAC
116 Louisiana-Lafayette .322 .566 .492 11.55 20.82 3 8 0 .273 Southland
117 Wild Card U .318 .319 .383 16.96 24.17 31 61 2 .340  
118 Harvard .312 .381 .050 21.78 21.00 4 4 1 .500 Ivy
119 Ohio .303 .405 .467 10.91 22.36 3 8 0 .273 MAC
120 Air Force .296 .388 .358 19.55 29.82 3 8 0 .273 South/West Independent
121 Virginia .295 .307 .501 12.64 21.45 2 9 0 .182 ACC
122 Iowa .294 .483 .646 11.36 26.45 2 9 0 .182 Big Ten
123 Fresno State .291 .552 .309 22.45 29.91 3 8 0 .273 PCAA
124 Virginia Military Institute .287 .496 .419 10.36 20.64 3 8 0 .273 Southern
125 Illinois .282 .497 .676 9.36 28.82 1 8 2 .182 Big Ten
126 Colgate .280 .558 .264 13.55 20.55 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
127 Lamar .276 .276 .369 17.09 26.73 2 8 1 .227 Southland
128 Wake Forest .276 .352 .707 9.45 24.91 1 10 0 .091 ACC
129 Indiana State .270 .311 .318 13.00 20.18 3 8 0 .273 MVC
130 Columbia .258 .210 .214 12.33 25.33 3 5 1 .389 Ivy
131 Princeton .240 .286 .189 14.00 20.33 2 5 2 .333 Ivy
132 Eastern Michigan .240 .442 .265 12.20 23.80 3 7 0 .300 MAC
133 Toledo .234 .331 .388 13.09 23.27 2 9 0 .182 MAC
134 Texas-El Paso .226 .267 .652 12.58 35.33 1 11 0 .083 WAC
135 Pennsylvania .215 .323 .164 15.44 20.78 2 6 1 .278 Ivy
136 Illinois State .207 .362 .342 11.73 28.91 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
137 Marshall .207 .271 .498 10.27 26.55 1 10 0 .091 Southern
138 Northwestern .179 .317 .633 8.36 40.00 0 10 1 .045 Big Ten
139 Boston College .165 .596 .443 13.91 26.73 0 11 0 .000 Eastern Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Pac 10 .655 .614 .731 63 49 3 .561 10
SWC .636 .626 .777 53 48 2 .524 9
SEC .626 .665 .687 60 49 4 .549 10
Big 8 .618 .667 .705 50 42 0 .543 8
ACC .551 .568 .620 41 39 0 .513 7
South/West Independent .545 .505 .512 105 92 3 .533 18
WAC .516 .521 .531 39 43 0 .476 7
Eastern Independent .512 .582 .487 84 84 2 .500 15
Big Ten .511 .578 .556 51 55 7 .482 10
Southland .472 .496 .441 30 35 1 .462 6
MAC .462 .484 .347 55 53 1 .509 10
Southern .448 .433 .358 37 39 1 .487 7
MVC .442 .371 .383 36 41 0 .468 7
PCAA .432 .476 .360 31 38 0 .449 6
Ivy .342 .352 .144 33 31 8 .514 8

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