1897 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1897 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .574 and the root for determining point spreads was 0.886.

The average home field advantage for this year is 4.25 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 Pennsylvania .894 .805 .420 30.87 1.33 15 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
2 Princeton .839 .790 .375 30.82 0.55 10 1 0 .909 Eastern Independent
3 Yale .837 .797 .514 15.45 3.18 9 0 2 .909 Northeast Independent
4 Harvard .815 .695 .412 19.42 1.67 10 1 1 .875 Northeast Independent
5 Wisconsin .709 .571 .052 21.20 1.40 9 1 0 .900 Western
6 Lafayette .705 .621 .451 21.33 9.42 9 2 1 .792 Eastern Independent
7 Chicago .696 .583 .116 27.58 5.83 11 1 0 .917 Western
8 Army .679 .445 .469 24.25 5.13 6 1 1 .813 Northeast Independent
9 Carlisle .670 .407 .608 23.20 9.80 6 4 0 .600 Eastern Independent
10 Brown .639 .487 .646 16.36 13.82 7 4 0 .636 Northeast Independent
11 Cornell .604 .504 .525 14.78 4.67 5 3 1 .611 Northeast Independent
12 Navy .548 .343 .091 13.75 4.25 7 1 0 .875 Eastern Independent
13 Wesleyan .536 .387 .751 9.31 14.15 6 7 0 .462 Northeast Independent
14 Michigan .526 .671 .050 21.00 3.88 6 1 1 .813 Western
15 Dickinson .525 .322 .221 12.17 5.75 7 3 2 .667 Eastern Independent
16 Illinois .516 .400 .126 23.75 5.63 6 2 0 .750 Western
17 Dartmouth .475 .498 .488 23.43 11.00 4 3 0 .571 Northeast Independent
18 Trinity (Connecticut) .439 .392 .354 12.44 8.56 4 4 1 .500 Northeast Independent
19 Purdue .397 .443 .080 11.78 12.00 5 3 1 .611 Western
20 Penn State .380 .297 .655 7.67 15.67 3 6 0 .333 Eastern Independent
21 Tufts .372 .312 .277 7.38 10.23 6 7 0 .462 Northeast Independent
22 Lehigh .365 .350 .592 8.40 26.10 3 7 0 .300 Eastern Independent
23 Bucknell .347 .349 .350 12.71 14.71 3 3 1 .500 Eastern Independent
24 Northwestern .332 .470 .118 9.29 7.86 4 3 0 .571 Western
25 Minnesota .324 .563 .138 14.00 9.63 4 4 0 .500 Western
26 Franklin & Marshall .278 .291 .386 5.80 19.90 2 6 2 .300 Eastern Independent
27 Amherst .266 .403 .401 4.00 18.80 2 6 2 .300 Northeast Independent
28 Wild Card U .227 .225 .612 2.74 20.29 10 89 9 .134  
29 Williams .190 .466 .489 1.33 21.89 1 7 1 .167 Northeast Independent

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Eastern Independent .555 .458 .415 65 33 6 .654 10
Northeast Independent .532 .490 .484 60 43 9 .576 11
Western .500 .529 .097 45 15 2 .742 7

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Last Updated on 09/15/13
By James Howell
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