1989 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1989 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .554 and the root for determining point spreads was 2.003.

The average home field advantage for this year is 2.60 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 .939 .834 .901 32.85 14.54 12 1 0 .923 Eastern Independent
2 Miami (Florida) .907 .912 .629 35.50 10.58 11 1 0 .917 Southern Independent
3 Florida State .885 .848 .809 35.33 16.58 10 2 0 .833 Southern Independent
4 Colorado .880 .624 .604 38.17 14.25 11 1 0 .917 Big 8
5 Southern California .869 .801 .772 28.00 11.00 9 2 1 .792 Pac 10
6 Tennessee .869 .615 .726 28.83 18.08 11 1 0 .917 SEC
7 Auburn .857 .820 .720 23.67 10.92 10 2 0 .833 SEC
8 Clemson .851 .773 .616 30.67 11.50 10 2 0 .833 ACC
9 Michigan .850 .807 .729 27.92 15.33 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
10 Alabama .840 .741 .720 29.75 18.08 10 2 0 .833 SEC
11 Illinois .826 .517 .672 27.67 15.17 10 2 0 .833 Big Ten
12 Arkansas .800 .740 .586 32.08 19.17 10 2 0 .833 SWC
13 Houston .791 .603 .457 53.55 13.64 9 2 0 .818 SWC
14 Nebraska .784 .824 .447 42.42 17.92 10 2 0 .833 Big 8
15 Virginia .782 .579 .732 28.54 20.92 10 3 0 .769 ACC
16 Penn State .769 .667 .727 21.58 14.08 8 3 1 .708 Eastern Independent
17 Washington .767 .679 .797 27.67 18.75 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
18 Michigan State .756 .673 .635 29.67 13.58 8 4 0 .667 Big Ten
19 Texas A&M .735 .692 .668 28.58 16.00 8 4 0 .667 SWC
20 Brigham Young .723 .677 .535 40.23 28.38 10 3 0 .769 WAC
21 Arizona .713 .669 .693 20.67 14.83 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
22 Texas Tech .712 .518 .584 30.00 23.42 9 3 0 .750 SWC
23 Oregon .705 .590 .608 31.58 20.92 8 4 0 .667 Pac 10
24 Fresno State .700 .604 .107 36.75 18.33 11 1 0 .917 Big West
25 West Virginia .697 .724 .574 28.25 18.42 8 3 1 .708 Eastern Independent
26 Pittsburgh .678 .644 .571 27.75 22.33 8 3 1 .708 Eastern Independent
27 Duke .665 .519 .629 31.42 27.92 8 4 0 .667 ACC
28 Air Force .663 .577 .535 36.54 27.54 8 4 1 .654 WAC
29 Mississippi .650 .500 .600 25.75 26.17 8 4 0 .667 SEC
30 Hawaii .648 .565 .354 36.15 21.62 9 3 1 .731 WAC
31 Washington State .647 .635 .676 31.91 24.36 6 5 0 .545 Pac 10
32 Ohio State .643 .607 .557 28.25 24.75 8 4 0 .667 Big Ten
33 Florida .639 .661 .590 22.33 16.83 7 5 0 .583 SEC
34 Syracuse .630 .743 .522 23.83 20.17 8 4 0 .667 Eastern Independent
35 Georgia Tech .626 .447 .492 24.09 19.36 7 4 0 .636 ACC
36 Virginia Tech .619 .478 .625 18.45 16.36 6 4 1 .591 Southern Independent
37 Georgia .615 .722 .644 20.92 16.50 6 6 0 .500 SEC
38 Oklahoma .604 .815 .389 34.55 18.18 7 4 0 .636 Big 8
39 North Carolina State .596 .593 .508 24.17 19.17 7 5 0 .583 ACC
40 South Carolina .595 .640 .656 20.73 22.73 6 4 1 .591 Southern Independent
41 Colorado State .591 .327 .625 31.82 27.64 5 5 1 .500 WAC
42 Northern Illinois .591 .405 .181 31.27 24.45 9 2 0 .818 Eastern Independent
43 Louisiana State .589 .750 .788 26.82 22.91 4 7 0 .364 SEC
44 Southern Mississippi .560 .624 .675 21.82 22.91 5 6 0 .455 Southern Independent
45 Baylor .551 .546 .602 22.27 17.27 5 6 0 .455 SWC
46 Arizona State .550 .626 .525 21.91 23.45 6 4 1 .591 Pac 10
47 Louisiana-Lafayette .549 .456 .367 21.91 21.09 7 4 0 .636 Southern Independent
48 UCLA .543 .835 .824 19.00 22.36 3 7 1 .318 Pac 10
49 Louisville .537 .467 .382 28.36 20.18 6 5 0 .545 Southern Independent
50 Texas .537 .524 .736 20.00 26.27 5 6 0 .455 SWC
51 Kentucky .530 .553 .528 19.27 20.00 6 5 0 .545 SEC
52 Louisiana Tech .529 .319 .485 28.30 26.50 5 4 1 .550 Southern Independent
53 San Diego State .522 .440 .469 30.67 31.50 6 5 1 .542 WAC
54 Minnesota .514 .419 .494 23.91 25.73 6 5 0 .545 Big Ten
55 San Jose State .512 .496 .375 28.09 25.18 6 5 0 .545 Big West
56 East Carolina .509 .439 .469 27.36 26.00 5 5 1 .500 Southern Independent
57 Indiana .504 .621 .487 26.27 23.82 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
58 Ball State .504 .465 .174 22.83 19.92 7 3 2 .667 MAC
59 Fullerton State .503 .421 .309 28.55 25.36 6 4 1 .591 Big West
60 Mississippi State .493 .382 .578 18.64 18.82 5 6 0 .455 SEC
61 Maryland .486 .582 .703 19.55 21.64 3 7 1 .318 ACC
62 Eastern Michigan .480 .474 .050 22.91 17.82 7 3 1 .682 MAC
63 Tulsa .479 .447 .355 25.17 22.58 6 6 0 .500 Southern Independent
64 Wyoming .474 .688 .504 25.55 27.18 5 6 0 .455 WAC
65 Oregon State .473 .479 .794 17.25 29.75 4 7 1 .375 Pac 10
66 Iowa State .473 .417 .348 26.73 27.73 6 5 0 .545 Big 8
67 Akron .470 .329 .221 26.91 21.91 6 4 1 .591 Eastern Independent
68 Iowa .466 .674 .595 17.91 25.27 5 6 0 .455 Big Ten
69 California .464 .514 .726 18.18 26.18 4 7 0 .364 Pac 10
70 Army .463 .527 .197 28.73 19.27 6 5 0 .545 Eastern Independent
71 Stanford .446 .587 .731 17.00 23.45 3 8 0 .273 Pac 10
72 Utah .416 .472 .600 30.42 43.67 4 8 0 .333 WAC
73 Texas Christian .410 .426 .610 16.64 27.36 4 7 0 .364 SWC
74 Tulane .402 .438 .550 20.58 28.08 4 8 0 .333 Southern Independent
75 Central Michigan .401 .491 .120 20.73 16.55 5 5 1 .500 MAC
76 Oklahoma State .400 .713 .531 20.55 29.00 4 7 0 .364 Big 8
77 Purdue .392 .388 .694 15.64 25.55 3 8 0 .273 Big Ten
78 Toledo .391 .424 .128 23.09 24.73 6 5 0 .545 MAC
79 Boston College .349 .515 .562 18.82 23.00 2 9 0 .182 Eastern Independent
80 Utah State .344 .340 .485 17.36 32.27 4 7 0 .364 Big West
81 New Mexico .338 .250 .563 24.83 31.50 2 10 0 .167 WAC
82 Rice .338 .287 .589 15.91 28.45 2 8 1 .227 SWC
83 Western Michigan .336 .488 .080 19.09 19.09 5 6 0 .455 MAC
84 Rutgers .330 .528 .402 22.27 29.00 2 7 2 .273 Eastern Independent
85 Kansas .329 .258 .343 22.55 34.82 4 7 0 .364 Big 8
86 Nevada-Las Vegas .324 .346 .300 21.18 30.91 4 7 0 .364 Big West
87 Bowling Green State .319 .346 .157 21.18 29.00 5 6 0 .455 MAC
88 Wake Forest .313 .546 .506 17.64 29.00 2 8 1 .227 ACC
89 Long Beach State .313 .332 .364 20.50 33.92 4 8 0 .333 Big West
90 Wisconsin .306 .312 .667 15.64 31.00 2 9 0 .182 Big Ten
91 Navy .303 .341 .477 13.18 24.73 3 8 0 .273 Eastern Independent
92 Wild Card U .290 .271 .411 17.80 29.24 13 36 1 .270  
93 Vanderbilt .286 .418 .591 14.73 24.09 1 10 0 .091 SEC
94 Southern Methodist .276 .271 .618 17.00 45.36 2 9 0 .182 SWC
95 Memphis .264 .465 .498 15.82 30.73 2 9 0 .182 Southern Independent
96 Texas-El Paso .262 .549 .479 19.83 34.33 2 10 0 .167 WAC
97 Missouri .262 .441 .562 15.55 33.00 2 9 0 .182 Big 8
98 Pacific .259 .271 .556 14.92 33.83 2 10 0 .167 Big West
99 North Carolina .228 .444 .570 12.55 27.00 1 10 0 .091 ACC
100 Temple .219 .434 .637 12.82 35.18 1 10 0 .091 Eastern Independent
101 Northwestern .194 .331 .573 21.91 45.18 0 11 0 .000 Big Ten
102 Kansas State .177 .194 .455 12.18 31.73 1 10 0 .091 Big 8
103 Cincinnati .175 .356 .423 10.09 34.45 1 9 1 .136 Eastern Independent
104 Miami (Ohio) .172 .325 .162 11.09 23.82 2 8 1 .227 MAC
105 Ohio .146 .266 .192 17.36 31.64 1 9 1 .136 MAC
106 New Mexico State .089 .139 .325 14.73 38.91 0 11 0 .000 Big West
107 Kent .079 .406 .216 16.27 34.27 0 11 0 .000 MAC

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Ties Pct Teams
SEC .637 .616 .649 68 48 0 .586 10
Pac 10 .618 .641 .715 59 52 4 .530 10
SWC .572 .512 .606 54 47 1 .534 9
Southern Independent .570 .544 .541 73 58 4 .556 12
ACC .568 .560 .595 48 43 2 .527 8
Big Ten .545 .535 .610 57 57 0 .500 10
WAC .515 .505 .518 51 54 4 .486 9
Eastern Independent .509 .542 .492 74 68 7 .520 13
Big 8 .489 .536 .460 45 45 0 .500 8
Big West .380 .369 .353 37 53 1 .412 8
MAC .314 .409 .142 38 56 6 .410 9

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