1987 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1987 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .558 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.539.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.49 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 Miami (Florida) .944 .840 .717 34.33 10.42 12 0 0 1.000 Southern Independent
2 Florida State .919 .712 .744 40.08 13.58 11 1 0 .917 Southern Independent
3 Oklahoma .884 .863 .518 41.08 8.50 11 1 0 .917 Big 8
4 Syracuse .862 .561 .561 31.58 14.08 11 0 1 .958 Eastern Independent
5 Auburn .857 .782 .740 26.17 11.00 9 1 2 .833 SEC
6 Nebraska .855 .804 .684 37.58 13.67 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
7 Louisiana State .844 .748 .682 30.42 15.33 10 1 1 .875 SEC
8 UCLA .829 .778 .670 35.50 16.25 10 2 0 .833 Pac 10
9 Texas A&M .806 .697 .654 26.08 14.00 10 2 0 .833 SWC
10 Michigan State .805 .600 .760 21.75 12.75 9 2 1 .792 Big Ten
11 South Carolina .782 .550 .680 28.42 11.75 8 4 0 .667 Southern Independent
12 Georgia .780 .729 .755 25.92 17.00 9 3 0 .750 SEC
13 Notre Dame .779 .659 .874 28.25 18.17 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
14 Clemson .765 .690 .522 27.75 14.67 10 2 0 .833 ACC
15 Tennessee .753 .681 .552 32.46 18.92 10 2 1 .808 SEC
16 Oklahoma State .752 .587 .522 34.08 20.17 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
17 Iowa .734 .734 .606 29.23 19.23 10 3 0 .769 Big Ten
18 Southern California .728 .691 .746 26.75 19.08 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
19 Pittsburgh .710 .603 .624 19.17 12.17 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
20 Alabama .703 .786 .817 22.33 17.75 7 5 0 .583 SEC
21 Michigan .702 .806 .597 27.58 14.33 8 4 0 .667 Big Ten
22 Florida .701 .743 .846 24.92 14.83 6 6 0 .500 SEC
23 Wyoming .700 .488 .470 32.77 20.85 10 3 0 .769 WAC
24 Arkansas .683 .722 .609 23.08 16.85 9 4 0 .692 SWC
25 San Jose State .682 .559 .260 34.75 18.58 10 2 0 .833 PCAA
26 Penn State .676 .849 .684 23.83 20.33 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
27 Indiana .665 .468 .617 23.58 19.83 8 4 0 .667 Big Ten
28 Ohio State .660 .770 .687 20.36 16.45 6 4 1 .591 Big Ten
29 Arizona State .652 .756 .601 27.83 21.92 7 4 1 .625 Pac 10
30 Virginia .650 .477 .603 24.33 23.00 8 4 0 .667 ACC
31 Eastern Michigan .644 .340 .233 28.58 19.75 10 2 0 .833 MAC
32 Texas .643 .631 .737 27.92 27.00 7 5 0 .583 SWC
33 Washington .641 .742 .606 24.58 21.17 7 4 1 .625 Pac 10
34 Air Force .639 .635 .445 31.15 20.69 9 4 0 .692 WAC
35 Brigham Young .636 .717 .503 26.92 22.54 9 4 0 .692 WAC
36 West Virginia .623 .571 .617 27.50 17.67 6 6 0 .500 Eastern Independent
37 Colorado .608 .551 .478 24.36 16.36 7 4 0 .636 Big 8
38 Oregon .590 .540 .663 20.91 20.73 6 5 0 .545 Pac 10
39 Texas Tech .588 .526 .510 28.64 24.18 6 4 1 .591 SWC
40 Arizona .580 .717 .580 23.91 20.00 4 4 3 .500 Pac 10
41 Boston College .579 .667 .745 22.18 25.55 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
42 Kentucky .572 .571 .597 23.45 17.00 5 6 0 .455 SEC
43 Wake Forest .567 .483 .446 18.27 16.82 7 4 0 .636 ACC
44 Texas Christian .562 .377 .629 23.73 20.55 5 6 0 .455 SWC
45 Missouri .553 .394 .595 20.55 19.00 5 6 0 .455 Big 8
46 Stanford .545 .609 .664 23.82 24.36 5 6 0 .455 Pac 10
47 Tulane .541 .368 .537 30.83 31.33 6 6 0 .500 Southern Independent
48 Rutgers .537 .530 .608 15.27 19.36 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
49 Texas-El Paso .536 .334 .313 28.09 21.27 7 4 0 .636 WAC
50 North Carolina .530 .601 .615 19.45 18.82 5 6 0 .455 ACC
51 Maryland .526 .683 .776 17.64 27.36 4 7 0 .364 ACC
52 Southern Mississippi .521 .527 .508 24.55 26.91 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
53 Baylor .520 .696 .475 20.09 20.73 6 5 0 .545 SWC
54 Houston .516 .412 .623 25.82 26.55 4 6 1 .409 SWC
55 Memphis .513 .316 .405 20.00 19.09 5 5 1 .500 Southern Independent
56 California .510 .444 .690 21.73 24.27 3 6 2 .364 Pac 10
57 Minnesota .504 .538 .420 23.36 23.82 6 5 0 .545 Big Ten
58 Vanderbilt .499 .394 .687 26.00 32.27 4 7 0 .364 SEC
59 Duke .498 .409 .460 27.36 22.09 5 6 0 .455 ACC
60 Kent .495 .334 .236 21.18 19.27 7 4 0 .636 MAC
61 Fresno State .478 .635 .268 23.64 16.27 6 5 0 .545 PCAA
62 East Carolina .474 .406 .620 20.82 30.00 5 6 0 .455 Southern Independent
63 Fullerton State .466 .401 .442 21.92 29.25 6 6 0 .500 PCAA
64 Miami (Ohio) .462 .558 .471 16.36 21.36 5 6 0 .455 MAC
65 Louisiana-Lafayette .461 .407 .389 17.36 22.91 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
66 Mississippi State .459 .532 .659 15.36 23.55 4 7 0 .364 SEC
67 San Diego State .459 .580 .526 29.75 35.67 5 7 0 .417 WAC
68 Virginia Tech .448 .636 .757 18.45 27.27 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
69 Washington State .446 .547 .706 21.64 32.36 3 7 1 .318 Pac 10
70 North Carolina State .432 .529 .574 19.27 27.45 4 7 0 .364 ACC
71 Utah State .427 .331 .451 18.64 27.82 5 6 0 .455 PCAA
72 Hawaii .424 .545 .330 28.08 24.92 5 7 0 .417 WAC
73 Illinois .424 .558 .564 13.91 18.91 3 7 1 .318 Big Ten
74 Central Michigan .422 .470 .231 20.18 18.45 5 5 1 .500 MAC
75 Purdue .413 .480 .600 17.91 25.91 3 7 1 .318 Big Ten
76 Bowling Green State .412 .517 .325 19.55 22.64 5 6 0 .455 MAC
77 Northern Illinois .406 .341 .144 27.73 23.82 5 5 1 .500 Eastern Independent
78 Utah .405 .472 .342 26.75 30.17 5 7 0 .417 WAC
79 Mississippi .400 .579 .627 20.27 28.09 3 8 0 .273 SEC
80 Cincinnati .393 .496 .449 21.27 28.55 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
81 Toledo .385 .470 .363 15.00 22.27 3 7 1 .318 MAC
82 Army .383 .522 .153 25.18 20.27 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
83 Nevada-Las Vegas .372 .490 .231 22.18 26.36 5 6 0 .455 PCAA
84 Western Michigan .364 .369 .195 19.82 21.82 5 6 0 .455 MAC
85 Pacific .363 .376 .396 15.82 22.91 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
86 Georgia Tech .360 .608 .616 18.09 25.00 2 9 0 .182 ACC
87 Oregon State .354 .394 .781 17.18 39.36 2 9 0 .182 Pac 10
88 Temple .352 .573 .506 14.00 22.82 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
89 Iowa State .351 .463 .627 17.73 37.91 3 8 0 .273 Big 8
90 Long Beach State .348 .482 .321 21.00 26.09 4 7 0 .364 PCAA
91 Wisconsin .346 .499 .480 18.36 27.18 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
92 Rice .341 .373 .631 21.55 38.82 2 9 0 .182 SWC
93 Louisville .338 .315 .388 19.55 31.64 3 7 1 .318 Southern Independent
94 Northwestern .336 .381 .589 16.91 29.82 2 8 1 .227 Big Ten
95 Ball State .336 .379 .229 20.55 23.18 4 7 0 .364 MAC
96 Tulsa .329 .547 .538 15.91 33.73 3 8 0 .273 Southern Independent
97 Akron .294 .316 .156 18.55 24.82 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
98 Wild Card U .290 .316 .401 16.73 29.51 18 56 1 .247  
99 Colorado State .287 .506 .564 20.42 30.83 1 11 0 .083 WAC
100 Navy .259 .402 .437 14.55 28.82 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
101 Kansas .241 .392 .578 12.27 36.18 1 9 1 .136 Big 8
102 Kansas State .188 .277 .545 12.27 38.27 0 10 1 .045 Big 8
103 New Mexico .183 .413 .486 19.00 40.36 0 11 0 .000 WAC
104 Ohio .181 .233 .364 11.55 24.64 1 10 0 .091 MAC
105 New Mexico State .164 .215 .230 11.00 29.82 2 9 0 .182 PCAA

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .657 .655 .696 67 46 4 .590 10
Pac 10 .587 .622 .671 55 51 8 .518 10
SWC .582 .554 .608 49 41 2 .543 8
Southern Independent .570 .511 .571 67 56 2 .544 11
Big Ten .559 .583 .592 58 52 5 .526 10
Big 8 .554 .542 .568 47 42 2 .527 8
ACC .541 .560 .576 45 45 0 .500 8
Eastern Independent .527 .545 .505 75 71 2 .514 13
WAC .474 .521 .442 51 58 0 .468 9
PCAA .413 .436 .325 42 48 0 .467 8
MAC .411 .408 .294 45 53 2 .460 9

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