1980 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1980 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .537 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.457.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.10 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 Pittsburgh .928 .827 .833 31.67 10.83 11 1 0 .917 Eastern Independent
2 Florida State .920 .771 .910 30.75 8.58 10 2 0 .833 Southern Independent
3 Georgia .901 .669 .655 27.75 11.42 12 0 0 1.000 SEC
4 Nebraska .897 .833 .779 39.17 9.17 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
5 North Carolina .878 .704 .710 24.75 10.83 11 1 0 .917 ACC
6 Penn State .877 .825 .902 26.75 13.17 10 2 0 .833 Eastern Independent
7 Alabama .872 .919 .772 29.33 8.17 10 2 0 .833 SEC
8 Oklahoma .860 .877 .799 33.00 17.42 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
9 Notre Dame .857 .783 .855 20.67 10.67 9 2 1 .792 Eastern Independent
10 Brigham Young .854 .781 .598 46.62 18.69 12 1 0 .923 WAC
11 Michigan .844 .797 .676 26.83 10.75 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
12 Southern California .843 .895 .874 24.09 12.18 8 2 1 .773 Pac 10
13 Miami (Florida) .826 .561 .864 23.17 14.25 9 3 0 .750 Southern Independent
14 Baylor .823 .674 .703 26.42 13.25 10 2 0 .833 SWC
15 UCLA .818 .707 .663 27.82 12.27 9 2 0 .818 Pac 10
16 Mississippi State .774 .573 .788 25.08 20.58 9 3 0 .750 SEC
17 Florida .771 .498 .845 21.33 15.50 8 4 0 .667 SEC
18 Ohio State .761 .813 .657 32.25 15.08 9 3 0 .750 Big Ten
19 South Carolina .760 .653 .771 29.00 16.67 8 4 0 .667 Southern Independent
20 Washington .749 .755 .639 27.75 16.50 9 3 0 .750 Pac 10
21 Southern Methodist .746 .583 .735 26.42 16.00 8 4 0 .667 SWC
22 Missouri .742 .699 .692 27.67 14.58 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
23 Maryland .739 .729 .828 17.58 13.75 8 4 0 .667 ACC
24 Southern Mississippi .729 .627 .615 24.17 15.25 9 3 0 .750 Southern Independent
25 Purdue .724 .706 .651 27.33 19.42 9 3 0 .750 Big Ten
26 McNeese State .716 .661 .344 26.50 12.83 10 2 0 .833 Southland
27 Oregon .709 .499 .705 23.91 17.55 6 3 2 .636 Pac 10
28 Furman .704 .487 .349 25.82 16.09 9 1 1 .864 Southern
29 Houston .702 .815 .821 19.67 15.08 7 5 0 .583 SWC
30 Arizona State .699 .680 .704 28.27 19.64 7 4 0 .636 Pac 10
31 Louisiana State .683 .696 .752 19.36 17.55 7 4 0 .636 SEC
32 Stanford .677 .669 .800 28.36 25.00 6 5 0 .545 Pac 10
33 Texas .676 .838 .770 22.25 17.83 7 5 0 .583 SWC
34 Virginia Tech .674 .506 .510 20.75 10.75 8 4 0 .667 Southern Independent
35 Navy .669 .617 .560 18.83 12.17 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
36 Clemson .667 .750 .789 19.73 20.18 6 5 0 .545 ACC
37 Central Michigan .654 .736 .281 19.82 11.55 9 2 0 .818 MAC
38 Long Beach State .652 .505 .494 22.64 20.00 8 3 0 .727 PCAA
39 Boston College .643 .462 .628 18.09 16.91 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
40 Arkansas .640 .833 .692 22.67 19.67 7 5 0 .583 SWC
41 Tulsa .635 .555 .454 22.09 17.82 8 3 0 .727 MVC
42 Tennessee .627 .643 .760 23.27 17.18 5 6 0 .455 SEC
43 Nevada-Las Vegas .624 .556 .508 34.91 23.36 7 4 0 .636 Southern Independent
44 Iowa State .617 .538 .667 22.27 16.73 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
45 North Carolina State .616 .721 .713 20.18 19.27 6 5 0 .545 ACC
46 Hawaii .616 .530 .393 23.64 19.27 8 3 0 .727 WAC
47 West Virginia .616 .511 .739 25.42 24.08 6 6 0 .500 Eastern Independent
48 Auburn .615 .678 .776 21.36 21.64 5 6 0 .455 SEC
49 Rutgers .614 .666 .404 25.36 14.18 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
50 San Jose State .614 .557 .515 26.73 23.55 7 4 0 .636 PCAA
51 Tulane .604 .589 .593 23.25 20.25 7 5 0 .583 Southern Independent
52 Wake Forest .604 .505 .717 22.82 19.36 5 6 0 .455 ACC
53 Citadel .599 .462 .419 24.45 16.18 7 4 0 .636 Southern
54 Tennessee-Chattanooga .596 .626 .270 27.27 17.91 8 3 0 .727 Southern
55 North Texas .595 .583 .629 24.09 22.91 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
56 Drake .591 .346 .231 27.82 15.91 8 3 0 .727 MVC
57 Kansas .588 .424 .825 15.55 18.91 4 5 2 .455 Big 8
58 Utah State .579 .604 .537 26.36 23.18 6 5 0 .545 PCAA
59 Rice .578 .365 .795 15.91 19.55 5 6 0 .455 SWC
60 Syracuse .570 .591 .733 18.82 20.18 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
61 Northern Illinois .565 .421 .368 19.64 15.91 7 4 0 .636 MAC
62 Texas Tech .564 .642 .688 16.18 17.09 5 6 0 .455 SWC
63 Louisville .563 .513 .692 14.73 18.45 5 6 0 .455 Southern Independent
64 Appalachian State .561 .446 .394 24.82 16.91 6 4 1 .591 Southern
65 Yale .559 .516 .133 20.90 12.40 8 2 0 .800 Ivy
66 Western Michigan .558 .523 .344 21.18 16.27 7 4 0 .636 MAC
67 Louisiana-Monroe .550 .372 .351 26.91 24.27 7 4 0 .636 Southern Independent
68 Louisiana-Lafayette .548 .435 .330 17.64 13.09 7 4 0 .636 Southland
69 Indiana .546 .586 .509 23.18 21.36 6 5 0 .545 Big Ten
70 Mississippi .544 .533 .802 23.91 24.18 3 8 0 .273 SEC
71 Wyoming .544 .456 .427 28.73 22.09 6 5 0 .545 WAC
72 Colorado State .541 .509 .538 21.09 30.00 6 4 1 .591 WAC
73 Arizona .529 .602 .676 19.55 25.00 5 6 0 .455 Pac 10
74 Ball State .527 .624 .416 21.73 18.00 6 5 0 .545 MAC
75 Texas A&M .520 .731 .876 14.00 22.91 4 7 0 .364 SWC
76 Utah .516 .554 .540 23.55 26.64 5 5 1 .500 WAC
77 Minnesota .510 .546 .630 19.09 22.73 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
78 Villanova .508 .438 .312 18.73 12.45 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
79 Washington State .497 .504 .595 26.09 24.64 4 7 0 .364 Pac 10
80 Ohio .497 .446 .338 20.18 17.82 6 5 0 .545 MAC
81 Virginia .496 .469 .823 13.09 23.55 4 7 0 .364 ACC
82 Indiana State .495 .430 .388 18.91 19.18 6 5 0 .545 MVC
83 Miami (Ohio) .483 .626 .426 21.91 17.45 5 6 0 .455 MAC
84 West Texas A&M .481 .514 .520 21.09 25.82 5 6 0 .455 MVC
85 Richmond .473 .285 .462 19.82 23.18 5 6 0 .455 Southern Independent
86 Wichita State .473 .300 .474 16.64 22.27 5 5 1 .500 MVC
87 Michigan State .471 .622 .688 20.09 25.36 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
88 Oklahoma State .464 .591 .693 17.00 24.36 3 7 1 .318 Big 8
89 Illinois .460 .390 .659 21.91 29.64 3 7 1 .318 Big Ten
90 Louisiana Tech .453 .453 .440 17.55 20.00 5 6 0 .455 Southland
91 Kentucky .453 .607 .810 15.18 25.45 3 8 0 .273 SEC
92 California .452 .662 .784 17.64 29.82 3 8 0 .273 Pac 10
93 East Carolina .452 .692 .674 17.45 28.36 4 7 0 .364 Southern Independent
94 New Mexico .451 .528 .595 22.36 33.09 4 7 0 .364 WAC
95 Wisconsin .447 .479 .705 12.55 19.18 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
96 Colgate .442 .411 .262 24.30 20.70 5 4 1 .550 Eastern Independent
97 Iowa .438 .487 .613 14.00 21.64 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
98 Duke .433 .451 .740 19.45 26.91 2 9 0 .182 ACC
99 Harvard .432 .296 .050 15.90 13.80 7 3 0 .700 Ivy
100 Fresno State .429 .427 .426 17.45 22.27 5 6 0 .455 PCAA
101 Bowling Green State .420 .452 .417 17.18 16.91 4 7 0 .364 MAC
102 Georgia Tech .409 .551 .878 10.27 23.64 1 9 1 .136 Southern Independent
103 Brown .408 .431 .063 24.00 19.50 6 4 0 .600 Ivy
104 Temple .408 .691 .559 15.45 23.82 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
105 Princeton .407 .313 .157 17.50 19.80 6 4 0 .600 Ivy
106 Toledo .406 .450 .413 17.00 17.27 4 7 0 .364 MAC
107 Fullerton State .404 .352 .449 20.91 25.73 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
108 Pacific .403 .386 .585 17.58 27.50 4 8 0 .333 PCAA
109 Army .397 .372 .567 18.55 26.82 3 7 1 .318 Eastern Independent
110 Kansas State .395 .426 .652 11.73 19.27 3 8 0 .273 Big 8
111 San Diego State .394 .621 .596 13.42 24.50 4 8 0 .333 WAC
112 Air Force .389 .300 .724 13.42 24.17 2 9 1 .208 WAC
113 New Mexico State .386 .362 .423 19.27 22.45 3 7 1 .318 MVC
114 Cornell .380 .324 .178 17.90 19.20 5 5 0 .500 Ivy
115 Vanderbilt .369 .346 .823 12.73 32.00 2 9 0 .182 SEC
116 Texas Christian .367 .405 .861 13.00 26.82 1 10 0 .091 SWC
117 Virginia Military Institute .355 .438 .457 12.91 22.00 3 7 1 .318 Southern
118 Western Carolina .355 .480 .389 16.36 22.09 3 7 1 .318 Southern
119 Southern Illinois .344 .488 .438 19.18 24.27 3 8 0 .273 MVC
120 Illinois State .343 .296 .319 13.73 21.82 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
121 Texas-Arlington .341 .575 .432 22.55 31.00 3 8 0 .273 Southland
122 Wild Card U .340 .327 .382 15.35 22.91 29 56 3 .347  
123 Colorado .331 .543 .830 14.55 41.00 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
124 Lamar .330 .449 .517 16.91 29.82 3 8 0 .273 Southland
125 Kent .302 .327 .419 14.45 25.36 3 8 0 .273 MAC
126 Dartmouth .297 .375 .087 20.70 17.00 4 6 0 .400 Ivy
127 Memphis .297 .492 .552 10.45 23.18 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
128 Cincinnati .293 .485 .577 11.09 24.64 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
129 William & Mary .278 .437 .505 10.64 23.09 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
130 Holy Cross .267 .392 .216 14.82 20.73 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
131 Marshall .258 .221 .345 12.45 22.27 2 8 1 .227 Southern
132 East Tennessee State .249 .452 .371 13.09 22.73 2 9 0 .182 Southern
133 Texas-El Paso .237 .266 .605 11.92 35.33 1 11 0 .083 WAC
134 Northwestern .235 .269 .694 13.73 40.36 0 11 0 .000 Big Ten
135 Arkansas State .234 .494 .385 11.73 24.45 2 9 0 .182 Southland
136 Oregon State .234 .355 .801 9.82 35.09 0 11 0 .000 Pac 10
137 Eastern Michigan .157 .310 .400 8.10 32.20 1 9 0 .100 MAC
138 Pennsylvania .116 .161 .192 10.90 26.20 1 9 0 .100 Ivy
139 Columbia .109 .167 .159 8.90 27.50 1 9 0 .100 Ivy

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .661 .616 .778 64 50 0 .561 10
ACC .633 .618 .760 42 37 0 .532 7
SWC .624 .654 .771 54 50 0 .519 9
Pac 10 .621 .633 .724 57 51 3 .527 10
Big 8 .612 .616 .742 45 43 3 .511 8
Southern Independent .583 .546 .634 90 80 1 .529 15
Eastern Independent .562 .558 .564 90 76 3 .541 15
Big Ten .544 .569 .648 53 59 1 .473 10
PCAA .513 .472 .501 34 33 0 .507 6
WAC .505 .505 .557 48 53 3 .476 9
MVC .486 .428 .418 38 37 2 .506 7
Southern .460 .451 .374 40 43 5 .483 8
MAC .457 .491 .382 52 57 0 .477 10
Southland .437 .511 .408 30 37 0 .448 6
Ivy .338 .323 .127 38 42 0 .475 8

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