1988 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1988 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .568 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.974.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.26 points.

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 Notre Dame .950 .719 .725 32.75 13.00 12 0 0 1.000 Eastern Independent
2 Miami (Florida) .931 .892 .702 34.83 9.67 11 1 0 .917 Southern Independent
3 Southern California .892 .709 .899 30.83 15.33 10 2 0 .833 Pac 10
4 Florida State .880 .816 .626 37.92 14.33 11 1 0 .917 Southern Independent
5 UCLA .866 .804 .761 32.67 15.83 10 2 0 .833 Pac 10
6 Michigan .859 .754 .694 30.08 13.92 9 2 1 .792 Big Ten
7 West Virginia .850 .597 .495 41.08 17.33 11 1 0 .917 Eastern Independent
8 Auburn .820 .820 .504 28.17 7.67 10 2 0 .833 SEC
9 Nebraska .818 .830 .551 36.69 15.77 11 2 0 .846 Big 8
10 Clemson .818 .727 .597 28.50 13.08 10 2 0 .833 ACC
11 Wyoming .782 .594 .529 39.31 21.54 11 2 0 .846 WAC
12 Arkansas .777 .703 .477 29.08 15.83 10 2 0 .833 SWC
13 Syracuse .776 .711 .522 28.42 15.75 10 2 0 .833 Eastern Independent
14 Washington State .773 .496 .725 34.58 25.25 9 3 0 .750 Pac 10
15 Oklahoma State .757 .669 .425 48.67 28.42 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
16 Oklahoma .757 .873 .590 27.67 13.33 9 3 0 .750 Big 8
17 Houston .741 .464 .497 39.50 18.25 9 3 0 .750 SWC
18 Alabama .738 .745 .554 26.42 15.67 9 3 0 .750 SEC
19 Southern Mississippi .724 .524 .505 29.42 23.67 10 2 0 .833 Southern Independent
20 North Carolina State .706 .481 .480 26.00 13.75 8 3 1 .708 ACC
21 Louisiana State .703 .796 .717 20.75 17.00 8 4 0 .667 SEC
22 Arizona .690 .648 .752 25.36 19.82 7 4 0 .636 Pac 10
23 Georgia .690 .755 .425 29.83 17.67 9 3 0 .750 SEC
24 Brigham Young .677 .677 .513 32.38 21.62 9 4 0 .692 WAC
25 Indiana .675 .566 .451 33.00 19.58 8 3 1 .708 Big Ten
26 Colorado .668 .580 .524 26.83 16.33 8 4 0 .667 Big 8
27 Washington .666 .691 .719 23.09 20.27 6 5 0 .545 Pac 10
28 Texas-El Paso .662 .435 .326 34.23 21.15 10 3 0 .769 WAC
29 Fresno State .651 .556 .114 32.75 14.08 10 2 0 .833 Big West
30 Hawaii .646 .485 .364 31.92 23.58 9 3 0 .750 WAC
31 Michigan State .643 .703 .676 22.42 14.75 6 5 1 .542 Big Ten
32 Texas A&M .631 .752 .629 24.42 21.08 7 5 0 .583 SWC
33 Pittsburgh .631 .656 .584 27.27 16.64 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
34 Oregon .615 .565 .694 24.67 20.58 6 6 0 .500 Pac 10
35 Iowa .614 .734 .485 25.85 17.92 6 4 3 .577 Big Ten
36 South Carolina .614 .666 .476 19.33 18.67 8 4 0 .667 Southern Independent
37 Western Michigan .610 .366 .215 29.50 19.75 9 3 0 .750 MAC
38 Louisville .607 .326 .404 23.73 22.27 8 3 0 .727 Southern Independent
39 Army .602 .453 .192 28.00 18.83 9 3 0 .750 Eastern Independent
40 Florida .600 .722 .512 22.33 15.42 7 5 0 .583 SEC
41 Stanford .596 .577 .794 21.64 19.64 3 6 2 .364 Pac 10
42 Virginia .595 .563 .507 22.82 22.18 7 4 0 .636 ACC
43 Duke .585 .454 .444 29.45 29.45 7 3 1 .682 ACC
44 Oregon State .585 .374 .829 22.36 25.45 4 6 1 .409 Pac 10
45 Ball State .572 .357 .155 26.00 15.45 8 3 0 .727 MAC
46 Penn State .571 .763 .684 21.00 18.27 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
47 Wake Forest .567 .525 .459 25.64 21.64 6 4 1 .591 ACC
48 Maryland .558 .605 .736 23.64 27.64 5 6 0 .455 ACC
49 California .552 .477 .594 22.09 22.18 5 5 1 .500 Pac 10
50 Arizona State .548 .704 .689 17.45 25.18 6 5 0 .545 Pac 10
51 Illinois .543 .491 .509 20.42 20.25 6 5 1 .542 Big Ten
52 Central Michigan .536 .446 .216 26.09 16.00 7 4 0 .636 MAC
53 Kentucky .534 .572 .579 19.73 18.91 5 6 0 .455 SEC
54 Rutgers .523 .533 .527 24.82 23.18 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
55 Air Force .516 .637 .556 35.17 32.67 5 7 0 .417 WAC
56 Memphis .516 .415 .385 20.55 18.64 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
57 Tennessee .513 .717 .688 19.27 26.00 5 6 0 .455 SEC
58 Mississippi .510 .490 .519 20.09 20.27 5 6 0 .455 SEC
59 Utah .506 .438 .371 36.27 32.45 6 5 0 .545 WAC
60 Ohio State .498 .715 .626 20.82 25.73 4 6 1 .409 Big Ten
61 Baylor .484 .608 .315 21.09 17.82 6 5 0 .545 SWC
62 Texas Tech .480 .557 .462 29.82 30.18 5 6 0 .455 SWC
63 Louisiana-Lafayette .478 .434 .289 26.91 20.36 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
64 Tulsa .456 .438 .600 23.09 28.91 4 7 0 .364 Southern Independent
65 Eastern Michigan .455 .492 .242 17.30 20.00 6 3 1 .650 MAC
66 East Carolina .438 .440 .684 25.55 29.55 3 8 0 .273 Southern Independent
67 Northern Illinois .437 .373 .110 14.09 16.82 7 4 0 .636 Eastern Independent
68 Iowa State .428 .407 .452 17.73 23.45 5 6 0 .455 Big 8
69 Tulane .422 .454 .406 22.82 30.36 5 6 0 .455 Southern Independent
70 Toledo .420 .427 .164 22.18 20.09 6 5 0 .545 MAC
71 Virginia Tech .415 .542 .736 16.00 24.00 3 8 0 .273 Southern Independent
72 Texas .412 .637 .487 22.91 27.64 4 7 0 .364 SWC
73 Georgia Tech .411 .484 .538 18.18 17.64 3 8 0 .273 ACC
74 Missouri .409 .474 .617 21.27 30.00 3 7 1 .318 Big 8
75 Fullerton State .408 .433 .285 19.91 19.55 5 6 0 .455 Big West
76 Boston College .406 .623 .658 21.55 29.64 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
77 Temple .405 .463 .556 18.82 28.82 4 7 0 .364 Eastern Independent
78 Kent .398 .415 .243 23.27 22.73 5 6 0 .455 MAC
79 Vanderbilt .389 .447 .585 18.36 25.18 3 8 0 .273 SEC
80 Texas Christian .382 .469 .494 18.73 26.00 4 7 0 .364 SWC
81 San Jose State .372 .620 .348 26.33 27.83 4 8 0 .333 Big West
82 San Diego State .359 .520 .636 18.55 34.91 3 8 0 .273 WAC
83 Akron .353 .305 .136 21.18 19.45 5 6 0 .455 Eastern Independent
84 Navy .352 .331 .452 20.09 24.91 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
85 Louisiana Tech .335 .303 .425 16.82 32.00 4 7 0 .364 Southern Independent
86 Purdue .329 .446 .484 11.27 27.55 4 7 0 .364 Big Ten
87 Ohio .324 .207 .218 17.73 26.18 4 6 1 .409 MAC
88 North Carolina .322 .566 .760 19.73 35.55 1 10 0 .091 ACC
89 Minnesota .317 .521 .389 17.73 22.36 2 7 2 .273 Big Ten
90 Northwestern .303 .359 .561 17.45 31.82 2 8 1 .227 Big Ten
91 Utah State .300 .379 .304 19.55 32.91 4 7 0 .364 Big West
92 Cincinnati .268 .444 .412 18.27 34.45 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
93 Mississippi State .268 .496 .663 15.64 30.18 1 10 0 .091 SEC
94 Nevada-Las Vegas .261 .431 .192 16.00 28.45 4 7 0 .364 Big West
95 Colorado State .256 .397 .575 17.45 31.64 1 10 0 .091 WAC
96 Long Beach State .250 .415 .314 16.75 32.08 3 9 0 .250 Big West
97 Wild Card U .240 .303 .525 14.31 32.74 11 60 1 .160  
98 Bowling Green State .228 .465 .360 14.45 30.27 2 8 1 .227 MAC
99 Rice .217 .357 .614 15.00 32.55 0 11 0 .000 SWC
100 Wisconsin .201 .423 .564 9.64 28.55 1 10 0 .091 Big Ten
101 New Mexico .201 .298 .451 14.17 43.17 2 10 0 .167 WAC
102 Kansas .200 .317 .544 17.18 45.09 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
103 Pacific .173 .370 .202 15.82 29.45 2 9 0 .182 Big West
104 Kansas State .155 .232 .522 15.55 40.73 0 11 0 .000 Big 8
105 Miami (Ohio) .139 .510 .337 15.18 32.82 0 10 1 .045 MAC
106 New Mexico State .089 .190 .112 15.55 34.27 1 10 0 .091 Big West

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
Pac 10 .678 .605 .746 66 44 4 .596 10
SEC .577 .656 .575 62 53 0 .539 10
ACC .570 .551 .565 47 40 3 .539 8
Southern Independent .568 .521 .520 79 57 0 .581 12
Eastern Independent .548 .536 .466 83 64 0 .565 13
Big 8 .524 .548 .528 47 45 1 .511 8
SWC .515 .568 .497 45 46 0 .495 8
WAC .512 .498 .480 56 52 0 .519 9
Big Ten .498 .571 .544 48 57 11 .461 10
MAC .409 .409 .239 47 48 4 .495 9
Big West .313 .424 .234 33 58 0 .363 8

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