1986 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1986 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .530 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.109.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.43 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 Penn State .914 .784 .729 28.33 11.08 12 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
2 Oklahoma .895 .832 .626 42.33 6.75 11 1 0 .917 Big 8
3 Miami (Florida) .875 .806 .686 35.83 12.50 11 1 0 .917 Southern Independent
4 Arizona State .844 .668 .714 31.58 13.92 10 1 1 .875 Pac 10
5 Michigan .809 .803 .712 29.15 15.62 11 2 0 .846 Big Ten
6 Alabama .808 .764 .787 27.00 12.54 10 3 0 .769 SEC
7 Nebraska .794 .815 .568 37.17 13.75 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
8 Auburn .793 .772 .529 32.92 10.17 10 2 0 .833 SEC
9 UCLA .784 .772 .856 32.08 18.50 8 3 1 .708 Pac 10
10 Louisiana State .784 .712 .788 25.50 15.42 9 3 0 .750 SEC
11 Washington .782 .703 .810 31.50 16.42 8 3 1 .708 Pac 10
12 Ohio State .774 .766 .694 26.69 13.77 10 3 0 .769 Big Ten
13 Arizona .764 .670 .693 29.33 17.00 9 3 0 .750 Pac 10
14 Stanford .739 .479 .816 23.25 15.92 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
15 Clemson .726 .654 .621 24.67 15.58 8 2 2 .750 ACC
16 Southern California .723 .659 .887 22.00 19.92 7 5 0 .583 Pac 10
17 Texas A&M .718 .677 .570 31.00 17.92 9 3 0 .750 SWC
18 Boston College .714 .620 .589 28.17 19.42 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
19 Arkansas .712 .732 .553 25.92 15.33 9 3 0 .750 SWC
20 San Jose State .708 .410 .421 33.08 19.33 10 2 0 .833 PCAA
21 Baylor .701 .690 .534 27.08 17.25 9 3 0 .750 SWC
22 Iowa .700 .767 .511 32.58 17.83 9 3 0 .750 Big Ten
23 Georgia .694 .765 .667 25.75 19.42 8 4 0 .667 SEC
24 Florida State .688 .737 .626 32.75 18.17 7 4 1 .625 Southern Independent
25 Virginia Tech .676 .596 .436 23.83 17.33 9 2 1 .792 Southern Independent
26 North Carolina State .657 .401 .520 27.33 22.83 8 3 1 .708 ACC
27 Florida .656 .829 .756 20.27 15.73 6 5 0 .545 SEC
28 Mississippi .649 .509 .479 20.00 13.92 8 3 1 .708 SEC
29 Notre Dame .646 .673 .785 27.18 19.91 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
30 San Diego State .640 .521 .588 24.33 23.25 8 4 0 .667 WAC
31 Fresno State .632 .637 .205 27.45 13.64 9 2 0 .818 PCAA
32 North Carolina .626 .577 .606 25.42 23.25 7 4 1 .625 ACC
33 Temple .623 .523 .669 28.00 24.64 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
34 Brigham Young .622 .812 .561 23.85 18.15 8 5 0 .615 WAC
35 Maryland .611 .756 .631 23.82 19.18 5 5 1 .500 ACC
36 Pittsburgh .607 .599 .680 23.00 19.00 5 5 1 .500 Eastern Independent
37 Michigan State .603 .598 .579 25.91 17.91 6 5 0 .545 Big Ten
38 Colorado .601 .501 .669 20.17 16.08 6 6 0 .500 Big 8
39 Texas Tech .588 .464 .557 22.58 22.33 7 5 0 .583 SWC
40 Oregon .588 .492 .863 21.36 30.73 5 6 0 .455 Pac 10
41 Tennessee .586 .776 .506 24.42 20.75 7 5 0 .583 SEC
42 Southern Methodist .585 .707 .679 22.27 25.64 6 5 0 .545 SWC
43 Rutgers .582 .477 .656 20.09 17.18 5 5 1 .500 Eastern Independent
44 Miami (Ohio) .581 .535 .296 28.83 19.00 8 4 0 .667 MAC
45 Kentucky .571 .571 .626 20.73 18.82 5 5 1 .500 SEC
46 Tulsa .558 .537 .310 26.64 16.91 7 4 0 .636 Southern Independent
47 Georgia Tech .554 .662 .547 25.64 19.18 5 5 1 .500 ACC
48 Minnesota .553 .523 .643 21.75 26.33 6 6 0 .500 Big Ten
49 Hawaii .551 .540 .487 19.83 19.58 7 5 0 .583 WAC
50 Colorado State .549 .464 .499 24.18 21.55 6 5 0 .545 WAC
51 Cincinnati .546 .445 .640 24.27 31.36 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
52 South Carolina .545 .554 .694 28.45 26.00 3 6 2 .364 Southern Independent
53 Indiana .542 .394 .495 22.75 18.92 6 6 0 .500 Big Ten
54 Texas .537 .726 .637 20.82 22.27 5 6 0 .455 SWC
55 Washington State .533 .561 .824 20.09 28.36 3 7 1 .318 Pac 10
56 Mississippi State .526 .539 .594 17.73 25.00 6 5 0 .545 SEC
57 Wyoming .522 .454 .485 24.92 22.67 6 6 0 .500 WAC
58 Air Force .517 .754 .444 20.82 19.55 6 5 0 .545 WAC
59 Syracuse .515 .606 .601 21.91 24.18 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
60 Iowa State .510 .416 .468 23.36 22.18 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
61 Southern Mississippi .498 .555 .437 18.00 22.91 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
62 Wake Forest .497 .469 .467 29.55 26.82 5 6 0 .455 ACC
63 Long Beach State .496 .467 .380 22.73 23.64 6 5 0 .545 PCAA
64 Oklahoma State .492 .682 .400 16.45 17.36 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
65 Army .478 .566 .348 25.09 26.55 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
66 Toledo .472 .468 .191 19.64 17.91 7 4 0 .636 MAC
67 Nevada-Las Vegas .465 .514 .266 26.00 21.91 6 5 0 .545 PCAA
68 Illinois .464 .652 .655 17.18 27.18 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
69 West Virginia .464 .678 .655 19.09 26.00 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
70 Oregon State .453 .334 .785 13.00 24.55 3 8 0 .273 Pac 10
71 Louisiana-Lafayette .446 .368 .214 22.00 18.55 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
72 California .441 .446 .901 13.18 29.55 2 9 0 .182 Pac 10
73 Northwestern .427 .335 .475 19.73 22.82 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
74 Wisconsin .412 .586 .616 16.75 22.17 3 9 0 .250 Big Ten
75 Duke .409 .409 .490 18.18 25.82 4 7 0 .364 ACC
76 New Mexico .409 .418 .443 26.42 28.17 4 8 0 .333 WAC
77 Ball State .407 .351 .143 18.09 18.27 6 5 0 .545 MAC
78 Texas-El Paso .398 .269 .471 25.75 32.58 4 8 0 .333 WAC
79 Purdue .397 .562 .672 14.55 30.45 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
80 Eastern Michigan .396 .283 .110 20.18 20.73 6 5 0 .545 MAC
81 East Carolina .393 .419 .695 17.00 33.09 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
82 Rice .383 .363 .455 16.82 30.00 4 7 0 .364 SWC
83 Tulane .379 .357 .348 24.09 30.36 4 7 0 .364 Southern Independent
84 Pacific .375 .378 .291 24.64 24.45 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
85 Virginia .375 .579 .534 18.00 28.64 3 8 0 .273 ACC
86 Bowling Green State .372 .662 .280 13.45 20.18 5 6 0 .455 MAC
87 Central Michigan .371 .569 .197 25.80 28.40 5 5 0 .500 MAC
88 Kent .369 .299 .267 16.27 26.18 5 6 0 .455 MAC
89 Missouri .358 .431 .489 17.82 28.55 3 8 0 .273 Big 8
90 Texas Christian .349 .405 .437 23.55 34.18 3 8 0 .273 SWC
91 Utah .347 .597 .586 25.27 40.36 2 9 0 .182 WAC
92 Wichita State .324 .285 .412 19.00 29.45 3 8 0 .273 Southern Independent
93 Vanderbilt .323 .464 .637 17.55 31.55 1 10 0 .091 SEC
94 Louisville .321 .308 .436 16.27 27.55 3 8 0 .273 Southern Independent
95 Navy .311 .494 .319 21.64 27.82 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
96 Fullerton State .311 .490 .335 21.67 29.58 3 9 0 .250 PCAA
97 Wild Card U .305 .327 .398 16.93 30.89 19 53 2 .270  
98 Houston .303 .521 .649 11.36 24.27 1 10 0 .091 SWC
99 Western Michigan .301 .436 .315 16.64 23.36 3 8 0 .273 MAC
100 Utah State .293 .368 .330 12.18 22.09 3 8 0 .273 PCAA
101 Kansas .288 .497 .434 10.18 29.73 3 8 0 .273 Big 8
102 Kansas State .256 .299 .437 12.18 31.18 2 9 0 .182 Big 8
103 Northern Illinois .247 .435 .391 13.09 28.00 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
104 New Mexico State .202 .229 .364 17.18 37.82 1 10 0 .091 PCAA
105 Memphis .196 .436 .421 9.45 26.55 1 10 0 .091 Southern Independent
106 Ohio .157 .308 .195 17.82 29.91 1 10 0 .091 MAC

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Pac 10 .665 .578 .815 63 49 4 .560 10
SEC .639 .670 .637 70 45 2 .607 10
Big Ten .568 .599 .605 62 56 0 .525 10
ACC .557 .563 .552 45 40 6 .527 8
Eastern Independent .554 .575 .589 67 65 2 .507 12
SWC .542 .587 .564 53 50 0 .515 9
Big 8 .524 .559 .511 47 44 0 .516 8
WAC .506 .536 .507 51 55 0 .481 9
Southern Independent .492 .497 .476 62 69 4 .474 12
PCAA .435 .437 .324 42 48 0 .467 8
MAC .381 .434 .222 46 53 0 .465 9

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