1896 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1896 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .517 and the root for determining point spreads was 0.413.

The average home field advantage for this year is 1.82 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 Princeton .858 .723 .479 27.18 1.09 10 0 1 .955 Eastern Independent
2 Pennsylvania .839 .771 .514 21.73 1.60 14 1 0 .933 Eastern Independent
3 Lafayette .815 .427 .328 20.00 0.83 11 0 1 .958 Eastern Independent
4 Yale .802 .792 .470 15.57 3.14 13 1 0 .929 Northeast Independent
5 Michigan .723 .619 .150 26.20 1.10 9 1 0 .900 Western
6 Wisconsin .692 .450 .349 22.89 3.33 7 1 1 .833 Western
7 Harvard .659 .732 .552 12.00 3.64 7 4 0 .636 Northeast Independent
8 Chicago .650 .515 .257 19.37 4.53 15 3 1 .816 Western
9 Minnesota .638 .489 .222 16.80 2.40 8 2 0 .800 Western
10 Northwestern .613 .326 .314 17.67 5.11 6 1 2 .778 Western
11 Carlisle .592 .222 .671 16.40 10.20 5 5 0 .500 Eastern Independent
12 Cornell .565 .444 .422 18.00 9.11 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
13 Dartmouth .544 .452 .458 15.25 10.50 5 2 1 .688 Northeast Independent
14 Williams .522 .410 .371 8.73 4.91 6 4 1 .591 Northeast Independent
15 Brown .511 .462 .553 12.60 10.00 4 5 1 .450 Northeast Independent
16 Bucknell .476 .222 .311 6.75 12.50 5 2 1 .688 Eastern Independent
17 Navy .465 .222 .267 22.50 6.63 5 3 0 .625 Eastern Independent
18 Trinity (Connecticut) .458 .326 .224 12.00 8.00 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
19 Wesleyan .453 .320 .514 8.60 10.60 4 5 1 .450 Northeast Independent
20 Army .439 .452 .422 15.50 7.50 3 2 1 .583 Northeast Independent
21 Illinois .434 .366 .250 21.14 5.14 4 2 1 .643 Western
22 Bowdoin .424 .222 .050 8.20 8.60 5 3 2 .600 Northeast Independent
23 Dickinson .423 .222 .368 14.44 10.00 4 5 0 .444 Eastern Independent
24 Purdue .404 .482 .252 17.43 8.57 4 2 1 .643 Western
25 Amherst .395 .411 .541 6.20 12.80 3 6 1 .350 Northeast Independent
26 Penn State .372 .222 .485 9.00 18.29 3 4 0 .429 Eastern Independent
27 Franklin & Marshall .361 .222 .298 7.78 13.89 3 4 2 .444 Eastern Independent
28 Lake Forest .348 .206 .320 9.50 18.75 3 4 1 .438 Eastern Independent
29 Lehigh .340 .359 .584 11.43 18.57 2 5 0 .286 Eastern Independent
30 Wild Card U .229 .222 .602 2.06 22.32 8 99 5 .094  
31 Tufts .227 .397 .181 4.67 13.00 2 6 1 .278 Northeast Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Western .593 .464 .256 53 12 6 .789 7
Eastern Independent .535 .347 .421 65 33 6 .654 11
Northeast Independent .500 .452 .396 62 44 11 .577 12

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Last Updated on 09/15/13
By James Howell
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