1996 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1996 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .550 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.436.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.52 points.

KEY: PR=Final power rating, PS=Pre-season power rating, SOS=strength of schedule.


Rank Team PR PS SOS PF PA Wins Losses Pct Conference
1 Ohio State .906 .817 .753 37.92 10.92 11 1 .917 Big Ten
2 Florida .898 .857 .712 47.00 17.00 12 1 .923 SEC
3 Florida State .881 .844 .664 37.17 14.50 11 1 .917 ACC
4 Arizona State .869 .568 .643 40.67 18.00 11 1 .917 Pac 10
5 Nebraska .868 .908 .748 42.54 13.38 11 2 .846 Big 12
6 Penn State .822 .816 .682 30.77 15.62 11 2 .846 Big Ten
7 Colorado .818 .818 .723 29.33 18.33 10 2 .833 Big 12
8 Brigham Young .811 .633 .489 39.33 18.47 14 1 .933 WAC
9 North Carolina .809 .627 .574 29.75 10.25 10 2 .833 ACC
10 Tennessee .797 .807 .551 36.42 15.42 10 2 .833 SEC
11 Washington .784 .709 .740 32.58 21.17 9 3 .750 Pac 10
12 Virginia Tech .780 .712 .563 30.83 17.42 10 2 .833 Big East
13 Alabama .773 .745 .660 24.31 15.00 10 3 .769 SEC
14 Syracuse .760 .674 .597 36.42 17.33 9 3 .750 Big East
15 Michigan .758 .784 .762 23.08 15.33 8 4 .667 Big Ten
16 Iowa .756 .638 .688 28.25 20.25 9 3 .750 Big Ten
17 Notre Dame .742 .789 .600 37.00 16.45 8 3 .727 Independent
18 Kansas State .740 .737 .633 28.33 15.92 9 3 .750 Big 12
19 Louisiana State .731 .590 .486 27.92 17.50 10 2 .833 SEC
20 Miami (Florida) .725 .758 .563 30.67 17.50 9 3 .750 Big East
21 Northwestern .713 .645 .612 28.00 23.17 9 3 .750 Big Ten
22 Southern Mississippi .696 .528 .637 26.09 22.45 8 3 .727 CUSA
23 Army .694 .433 .319 31.58 18.67 10 2 .833 Independent
24 Texas .687 .683 .665 34.38 23.46 8 5 .615 Big 12
25 Wyoming .686 .546 .322 38.67 23.67 10 2 .833 WAC
26 Auburn .676 .709 .576 33.17 23.08 8 4 .667 SEC
27 East Carolina .675 .592 .503 28.73 19.45 8 3 .727 Independent
28 Wisconsin .674 .634 .602 29.00 18.69 8 5 .615 Big Ten
29 West Virginia .670 .564 .527 22.58 13.00 8 4 .667 Big East
30 Virginia .665 .700 .602 28.42 16.92 7 5 .583 ACC
31 Texas Tech .641 .635 .646 26.92 19.33 7 5 .583 Big 12
32 Southern California .640 .744 .754 27.08 22.25 6 6 .500 Pac 10
33 Navy .638 .361 .386 32.67 25.75 9 3 .750 Independent
34 Stanford .621 .599 .677 20.58 19.08 7 5 .583 Pac 10
35 Michigan State .612 .611 .661 29.83 25.17 6 6 .500 Big Ten
36 UCLA .607 .644 .786 30.00 28.91 5 6 .455 Pac 10
37 Utah .604 .634 .497 26.08 25.75 8 4 .667 WAC
38 San Diego State .601 .560 .328 38.91 27.55 8 3 .727 WAC
39 Houston .597 .334 .583 30.08 28.42 7 5 .583 CUSA
40 Texas A&M .594 .770 .606 29.25 21.42 6 6 .500 Big 12
41 Rice .590 .400 .579 26.91 28.36 7 4 .636 WAC
42 Oregon .589 .675 .615 34.36 32.36 6 5 .545 Pac 10
43 Nevada .589 .557 .152 42.92 23.17 9 3 .750 Big West
44 South Carolina .587 .513 .605 22.27 21.64 6 5 .545 SEC
45 Air Force .584 .595 .495 32.73 21.00 6 5 .545 WAC
46 Colorado State .570 .630 .474 31.67 28.00 7 5 .583 WAC
47 Clemson .569 .603 .514 20.42 20.08 7 5 .583 ACC
48 California .556 .482 .624 31.83 33.92 6 6 .500 Pac 10
49 Arizona .549 .635 .602 28.18 25.45 5 6 .455 Pac 10
50 Ball State .542 .505 .230 24.67 17.50 8 4 .667 MAC
51 Georgia .536 .610 .646 20.91 23.36 5 6 .455 SEC
52 Washington State .522 .571 .578 28.55 28.82 5 6 .455 Pac 10
53 Cincinnati .519 .516 .435 20.73 19.27 6 5 .545 CUSA
54 Mississippi State .515 .506 .513 22.64 20.82 5 6 .455 SEC
55 New Mexico .500 .432 .313 30.09 25.45 6 5 .545 WAC
56 Miami (Ohio) .497 .557 .276 24.82 15.27 6 5 .545 MAC
57 Minnesota .492 .469 .739 21.45 30.91 4 7 .364 Big Ten
58 Boston College .492 .589 .633 22.00 30.33 5 7 .417 Big East
59 Missouri .490 .388 .629 25.27 34.18 5 6 .455 Big 12
60 Louisville .488 .555 .541 16.55 18.64 5 6 .455 CUSA
61 Kansas .488 .664 .692 27.27 32.55 4 7 .364 Big 12
62 Louisiana-Lafayette .488 .437 .550 27.64 36.73 5 6 .455 Independent
63 Southern Methodist .487 .292 .521 22.36 24.27 5 6 .455 WAC
64 Indiana .485 .496 .742 22.00 26.45 3 8 .273 Big Ten
65 Georgia Tech .484 .469 .537 20.00 21.45 5 6 .455 ACC
66 Ohio .484 .212 .321 25.17 19.75 6 6 .500 MAC
67 Utah State .480 .370 .356 30.00 30.82 6 5 .545 Big West
68 Purdue .476 .531 .815 17.64 29.45 3 8 .273 Big Ten
69 Arkansas .453 .548 .671 15.82 24.27 4 7 .364 SEC
70 Memphis .444 .432 .634 12.82 19.91 4 7 .364 CUSA
71 Toledo .441 .607 .159 19.09 23.55 7 4 .636 MAC
72 Louisiana Tech .436 .343 .213 31.91 31.09 6 5 .545 Independent
73 Oklahoma State .434 .440 .436 22.09 29.73 5 6 .455 Big 12
74 Idaho .431 .251 .136 34.00 26.91 6 5 .545 Big West
75 Maryland .431 .467 .463 17.00 21.73 5 6 .455 ACC
76 Mississippi .427 .535 .456 18.45 24.55 5 6 .455 SEC
77 Tulsa .427 .386 .526 22.27 30.27 4 7 .364 WAC
78 Baylor .425 .590 .513 24.18 29.09 4 7 .364 Big 12
79 Kentucky .421 .434 .681 12.55 29.27 4 7 .364 SEC
80 North Carolina State .413 .511 .630 24.36 36.45 3 8 .273 ACC
81 Oklahoma .409 .588 .620 23.18 35.64 3 8 .273 Big 12
82 Iowa State .409 .372 .661 28.55 36.45 2 9 .182 Big 12
83 Pittsburgh .402 .395 .625 19.45 39.09 4 7 .364 Big East
84 Central Florida .397 .251 .262 25.18 23.73 5 6 .455 Independent
85 Tulane .395 .254 .662 19.36 24.36 2 9 .182 CUSA
86 Fresno State .383 .503 .402 24.27 31.27 4 7 .364 WAC
87 Texas Christian .377 .498 .414 19.18 27.45 4 7 .364 WAC
88 Vanderbilt .372 .397 .682 11.09 21.27 2 9 .182 SEC
89 Illinois .369 .651 .741 17.27 33.82 2 9 .182 Big Ten
90 Central Michigan .361 .451 .152 31.91 32.09 5 6 .455 MAC
91 Alabama-Birmingham .360 .251 .188 24.18 25.36 5 6 .455 Independent
92 North Texas .349 .253 .267 14.64 26.64 5 6 .455 Big West
93 Louisiana-Monroe .349 .269 .270 17.45 32.09 5 6 .455 Independent
94 Arkansas State .337 .291 .288 24.73 33.18 4 7 .364 Independent
95 Wake Forest .327 .289 .563 13.09 34.00 3 8 .273 ACC
96 Bowling Green State .326 .502 .259 16.00 21.82 4 7 .364 MAC
97 San Jose State .309 .336 .504 18.42 37.33 3 9 .250 WAC
98 Oregon State .306 .359 .538 19.64 35.27 2 9 .182 Pac 10
99 Rutgers .297 .459 .629 13.00 34.55 2 9 .182 Big East
100 Akron .291 .242 .159 15.91 24.45 4 7 .364 MAC
101 Temple .272 .310 .586 19.82 35.09 1 10 .091 Big East
102 Nevada-Las Vegas .270 .282 .592 23.00 45.92 1 11 .083 WAC
103 Eastern Michigan .262 .409 .253 19.09 25.82 3 8 .273 MAC
104 Duke .253 .457 .705 14.73 34.45 0 11 .000 ACC
105 Texas-El Paso .244 .292 .341 16.64 28.55 2 9 .182 WAC
106 Hawaii .231 .414 .449 13.42 36.08 2 10 .167 WAC
107 Wild Card U .223 .251 .345 17.69 32.69 7 41 .146  
108 Western Michigan .221 .501 .249 18.91 27.64 2 9 .182 MAC
109 Kent .190 .162 .209 23.18 44.73 2 9 .182 MAC
110 Boise State .166 .251 .149 20.00 38.25 2 10 .167 Big West
111 New Mexico State .145 .327 .284 15.09 36.00 1 10 .091 Big West
112 Northern Illinois .130 .334 .238 14.27 36.36 1 10 .091 Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Pct Teams
Big Ten .642 .645 .709 74 56 .569 11
Pac 10 .604 .599 .655 62 53 .539 10
SEC .599 .604 .603 81 58 .583 12
Big 12 .584 .633 .631 74 66 .529 12
Big East .550 .558 .590 48 45 .516 8
ACC .537 .552 .584 51 52 .495 9
CUSA .523 .437 .582 32 35 .478 6
WAC .480 .464 .453 91 95 .489 16
Independent .477 .396 .347 66 57 .537 11
MAC .361 .415 .227 47 65 .420 10
Big West .360 .335 .224 29 39 .426 6

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