1985 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1985 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .569 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.540.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.99 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 Michigan .914 .692 .834 28.50 8.17 10 1 1 .875 Big Ten
2 Oklahoma .905 .759 .685 30.92 8.58 11 1 0 .917 Big 8
3 Tennessee .861 .691 .759 27.08 11.67 9 1 2 .833 SEC
4 Penn State .859 .709 .717 22.92 12.75 11 1 0 .917 Eastern Independent
5 Miami (Florida) .858 .754 .759 33.83 16.25 10 2 0 .833 Southern Independent
6 Air Force .853 .656 .576 36.15 13.77 12 1 0 .923 WAC
7 Florida .848 .809 .769 26.00 14.73 9 1 1 .864 SEC
8 Alabama .844 .685 .841 26.50 15.08 9 2 1 .792 SEC
9 Iowa .841 .693 .707 36.67 15.58 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
10 UCLA .826 .718 .799 30.25 17.83 9 2 1 .792 Pac 10
11 Texas A&M .815 .539 .679 31.25 16.33 10 2 0 .833 SWC
12 Arkansas .796 .669 .585 26.92 12.17 10 2 0 .833 SWC
13 Brigham Young .795 .830 .640 31.57 13.29 11 3 0 .786 WAC
14 Baylor .790 .590 .714 24.42 12.67 9 3 0 .750 SWC
15 Ohio State .789 .744 .758 27.08 17.67 9 3 0 .750 Big Ten
16 Maryland .776 .735 .726 27.17 16.00 9 3 0 .750 ACC
17 Auburn .775 .769 .802 28.67 17.33 8 4 0 .667 SEC
18 Nebraska .770 .859 .570 35.08 13.58 9 3 0 .750 Big 8
19 Georgia Tech .769 .555 .564 21.00 11.00 9 2 1 .792 ACC
20 Fresno State .766 .508 .243 40.08 17.42 11 0 1 .958 PCAA
21 Louisiana State .763 .661 .623 18.92 11.17 9 2 1 .792 SEC
22 Georgia .758 .773 .749 24.75 14.25 7 3 2 .667 SEC
23 Florida State .745 .728 .627 33.50 21.50 9 3 0 .750 Southern Independent
24 Bowling Green State .735 .590 .338 29.58 18.58 11 1 0 .917 MAC
25 Arizona State .714 .622 .654 23.75 14.00 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
26 Arizona .707 .634 .547 21.00 12.17 8 3 1 .708 Pac 10
27 Texas .697 .756 .723 22.50 21.58 8 4 0 .667 SWC
28 Michigan State .684 .512 .781 21.50 18.25 7 5 0 .583 Big Ten
29 Oklahoma State .661 .704 .582 21.25 15.67 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
30 Notre Dame .656 .689 .896 20.91 21.27 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
31 Minnesota .655 .392 .704 24.42 20.00 7 5 0 .583 Big Ten
32 Southern Methodist .650 .764 .696 25.45 19.18 6 5 0 .545 SWC
33 Army .649 .483 .363 33.00 19.33 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
34 Illinois .639 .665 .774 25.33 27.83 6 5 1 .542 Big Ten
35 Colorado .633 .369 .633 19.00 14.50 7 5 0 .583 Big 8
36 Utah .632 .563 .501 33.75 28.58 8 4 0 .667 WAC
37 Washington .627 .778 .671 19.83 18.75 7 5 0 .583 Pac 10
38 West Virginia .625 .732 .541 17.18 14.36 7 3 1 .682 Eastern Independent
39 Syracuse .623 .589 .551 23.67 16.25 7 5 0 .583 Eastern Independent
40 Southern California .620 .698 .757 18.58 15.58 6 6 0 .500 Pac 10
41 Miami (Ohio) .620 .450 .332 24.18 19.18 8 2 1 .773 MAC
42 Southern Mississippi .588 .522 .347 23.18 14.45 7 4 0 .636 Southern Independent
43 Virginia .578 .580 .508 23.82 19.73 6 5 0 .545 ACC
44 Purdue .575 .549 .735 26.09 27.82 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
45 Clemson .574 .734 .645 20.33 18.50 6 6 0 .500 ACC
46 Mississippi State .551 .527 .642 23.36 26.18 5 6 0 .455 SEC
47 San Diego State .548 .494 .621 28.50 26.42 5 6 1 .458 WAC
48 Virginia Tech .547 .646 .442 24.91 19.91 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
49 Wisconsin .547 .625 .654 21.00 23.91 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
50 Pittsburgh .546 .652 .590 18.36 17.00 5 5 1 .500 Eastern Independent
51 Washington State .541 .581 .692 28.45 25.64 4 7 0 .364 Pac 10
52 Kentucky .537 .606 .645 17.64 19.18 5 6 0 .455 SEC
53 Central Michigan .533 .604 .253 19.40 14.30 7 3 0 .700 MAC
54 North Carolina .517 .636 .605 20.36 20.27 5 6 0 .455 ACC
55 Colorado State .514 .414 .747 20.92 27.50 5 7 0 .417 WAC
56 Boston College .510 .731 .794 18.50 25.58 4 8 0 .333 Eastern Independent
57 Kansas .509 .484 .479 24.50 23.42 6 6 0 .500 Big 8
58 Tulsa .508 .566 .523 24.91 29.82 6 5 0 .545 MVC
59 Temple .505 .540 .586 21.18 20.27 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
60 Hawaii .498 .581 .514 22.42 21.83 4 6 2 .417 WAC
61 Mississippi .497 .521 .679 19.09 25.09 4 6 1 .409 SEC
62 Oregon .493 .491 .556 24.82 27.27 5 6 0 .455 Pac 10
63 Cincinnati .488 .403 .607 18.09 23.73 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
64 Navy .484 .503 .568 23.00 21.73 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
65 Texas Tech .480 .447 .592 22.64 21.82 4 7 0 .364 SWC
66 Houston .471 .571 .649 23.00 30.82 4 7 0 .364 SWC
67 South Carolina .469 .639 .488 24.45 26.36 5 6 0 .455 Southern Independent
68 Stanford .457 .500 .628 22.27 28.45 4 7 0 .364 Pac 10
69 Long Beach State .451 .483 .278 26.67 25.58 6 6 0 .500 PCAA
70 Wake Forest .450 .487 .517 19.27 22.64 4 7 0 .364 ACC
71 California .448 .444 .557 21.18 24.09 4 7 0 .364 Pac 10
72 Illinois State .446 .356 .050 18.73 14.18 6 3 2 .636 MVC
73 Indiana .445 .343 .581 22.82 30.91 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
74 Rice .441 .285 .780 21.18 36.73 3 8 0 .273 SWC
75 West Texas A&M .417 .226 .098 25.80 24.50 6 3 1 .650 MVC
76 Nevada-Las Vegas .414 .615 .247 17.18 19.09 5 5 1 .500 PCAA
77 Fullerton State .410 .571 .215 20.91 25.55 6 5 0 .545 PCAA
78 Western Michigan .409 .462 .408 16.55 19.27 4 6 1 .409 MAC
79 Duke .408 .411 .525 17.55 22.91 4 7 0 .364 ACC
80 Pacific .408 .348 .338 24.33 25.08 5 7 0 .417 PCAA
81 Rutgers .407 .547 .698 13.55 24.18 2 8 1 .227 Eastern Independent
82 Iowa State .407 .426 .454 14.09 28.91 5 6 0 .455 Big 8
83 Northern Illinois .404 .465 .466 15.82 23.55 4 7 0 .364 MAC
84 Memphis .401 .472 .604 16.36 22.09 2 7 2 .273 Southern Independent
85 Vanderbilt .396 .532 .614 15.09 28.00 3 7 1 .318 SEC
86 New Mexico .368 .467 .530 26.27 37.73 3 8 0 .273 WAC
87 Northwestern .366 .304 .647 15.45 30.18 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
88 Wyoming .365 .543 .582 19.18 33.73 3 8 0 .273 WAC
89 East Carolina .364 .474 .635 14.64 25.55 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
90 North Carolina State .355 .448 .520 16.91 27.73 3 8 0 .273 ACC
91 Toledo .348 .587 .353 12.27 17.00 4 7 0 .364 MAC
92 Oregon State .344 .324 .609 14.55 32.91 3 8 0 .273 Pac 10
93 Southern Illinois .342 .406 .164 29.73 23.27 4 7 0 .364 MVC
94 Ball State .339 .364 .323 18.45 25.73 4 7 0 .364 MAC
95 Wild Card U .335 .318 .403 18.11 26.54 28 62 2 .315  
96 Eastern Michigan .332 .235 .290 17.09 22.91 4 7 0 .364 MAC
97 Drake .331 .267 .271 17.82 23.18 4 7 0 .364 MVC
98 Louisiana-Lafayette .324 .412 .368 14.73 27.82 4 7 0 .364 Southern Independent
99 Utah State .323 .412 .508 16.09 29.00 3 8 0 .273 PCAA
100 Indiana State .310 .528 .186 23.00 26.80 4 6 0 .400 MVC
101 Kent .304 .293 .332 19.27 25.18 3 8 0 .273 MAC
102 Texas Christian .299 .511 .534 13.64 34.82 3 8 0 .273 SWC
103 San Jose State .292 .529 .419 19.27 30.82 2 8 1 .227 PCAA
104 Missouri .278 .584 .546 18.73 31.09 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
105 Wichita State .259 .311 .288 15.91 28.82 3 8 0 .273 MVC
106 Louisville .258 .359 .481 18.09 39.00 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
107 Texas-El Paso .256 .283 .509 17.82 34.18 1 10 0 .091 WAC
108 Tulane .251 .462 .550 15.09 30.36 1 10 0 .091 Southern Independent
109 Ohio .237 .378 .329 16.45 27.73 2 9 0 .182 MAC
110 New Mexico State .191 .267 .348 17.27 33.55 1 10 0 .091 PCAA
111 Kansas State .169 .429 .413 9.18 26.82 1 10 0 .091 Big 8

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .683 .657 .712 68 38 9 .630 10
Big Ten .646 .552 .717 66 48 2 .578 10
SWC .604 .570 .661 57 46 0 .553 9
Pac 10 .578 .579 .647 58 55 2 .513 10
Eastern Independent .577 .598 .628 63 59 3 .516 11
ACC .554 .573 .576 46 44 1 .511 8
Big 8 .541 .577 .545 48 45 0 .516 8
WAC .536 .537 .580 52 53 3 .495 9
Southern Independent .481 .547 .530 48 62 2 .438 10
MAC .426 .443 .342 51 57 2 .473 10
PCAA .407 .467 .324 39 49 3 .445 8
MVC .373 .380 .226 33 39 3 .460 7

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