1997 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1997 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .574 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.927.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.94 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 Nebraska .928 .888 .614 46.69 16.46 13 0 1.000 Big 12
2 Michigan .926 .771 .626 26.83 9.50 12 0 1.000 Big Ten
3 Florida State .917 .862 .736 39.00 15.08 11 1 .917 ACC
4 Florida .892 .878 .848 35.83 17.08 10 2 .833 SEC
5 Tennessee .883 .802 .937 32.92 22.00 11 2 .846 SEC
6 Georgia .849 .573 .706 31.67 16.25 10 2 .833 SEC
7 UCLA .846 .626 .724 39.75 20.58 10 2 .833 Pac 10
8 Kansas State .842 .739 .485 34.83 14.75 11 1 .917 Big 12
9 Auburn .838 .692 .944 26.15 19.23 10 3 .769 SEC
10 North Carolina .835 .718 .503 29.00 12.17 11 1 .917 ACC
11 Washington State .814 .546 .659 40.25 24.67 10 2 .833 Pac 10
12 Ohio State .813 .862 .634 30.31 13.08 10 3 .769 Big Ten
13 Washington .791 .747 .839 35.00 21.58 8 4 .667 Pac 10
14 Louisiana State .787 .661 .658 31.08 15.67 9 3 .750 SEC
15 Colorado State .781 .600 .467 36.69 15.62 11 2 .846 WAC
16 Arizona State .748 .718 .615 27.00 17.50 9 3 .750 Pac 10
17 Mississippi .736 .481 .807 22.25 20.00 8 4 .667 SEC
18 Penn State .718 .819 .579 30.50 21.17 9 3 .750 Big Ten
19 Southern Mississippi .705 .612 .480 28.08 17.50 9 3 .750 CUSA
20 Purdue .700 .504 .510 33.00 22.25 9 3 .750 Big Ten
21 Marshall .687 .237 .335 37.23 19.92 10 3 .769 MAC
22 Texas A&M .686 .682 .470 34.23 18.15 9 4 .692 Big 12
23 Oregon .684 .632 .782 31.67 29.17 7 5 .583 Pac 10
24 Air Force .682 .589 .356 21.46 14.62 10 3 .769 WAC
25 Arizona .673 .592 .741 26.42 26.00 7 5 .583 Pac 10
26 Mississippi State .665 .510 .665 20.55 19.55 7 4 .636 SEC
27 Syracuse .664 .717 .406 33.92 17.38 9 4 .692 Big East
28 Michigan State .663 .611 .637 28.50 19.75 7 5 .583 Big Ten
29 Clemson .658 .586 .623 24.33 18.25 7 5 .583 ACC
30 Iowa .654 .697 .421 34.25 13.25 7 5 .583 Big Ten
31 Notre Dame .652 .765 .743 21.69 20.38 7 6 .538 Independent
32 Miami (Ohio) .651 .527 .339 37.45 20.55 8 3 .727 MAC
33 Georgia Tech .649 .477 .729 26.17 24.67 7 5 .583 ACC
34 Virginia .644 .682 .606 25.18 22.00 7 4 .636 ACC
35 Southern California .644 .692 .822 21.18 21.18 6 5 .545 Pac 10
36 Toledo .642 .524 .369 29.67 22.33 9 3 .750 MAC
37 Ohio .621 .348 .287 27.36 16.09 8 3 .727 MAC
38 Oklahoma State .617 .437 .364 29.33 19.42 8 4 .667 Big 12
39 Missouri .615 .439 .601 32.67 30.58 7 5 .583 Big 12
40 Louisiana Tech .607 .390 .235 33.09 25.55 9 2 .818 Independent
41 New Mexico .605 .466 .328 31.08 21.08 9 4 .692 WAC
42 North Carolina State .604 .462 .559 29.55 24.36 6 5 .545 ACC
43 Colorado .600 .818 .753 27.27 26.82 5 6 .455 Big 12
44 Wisconsin .595 .654 .592 22.38 23.54 8 5 .615 Big Ten
45 Central Florida .588 .324 .596 34.00 27.55 5 6 .455 Independent
46 South Carolina .587 .550 .807 23.45 25.36 5 6 .455 SEC
47 Stanford .573 .610 .770 25.09 28.82 5 6 .455 Pac 10
48 Tulane .570 .325 .319 34.09 20.45 7 4 .636 CUSA
49 Cincinnati .569 .518 .294 26.75 21.00 8 4 .667 CUSA
50 Texas Tech .560 .638 .537 22.27 19.73 6 5 .545 Big 12
51 Wyoming .558 .616 .479 24.77 17.46 7 6 .538 WAC
52 Kentucky .554 .428 .665 31.64 32.91 5 6 .455 SEC
53 Alabama .554 .759 .719 22.36 22.55 4 7 .364 SEC
54 West Virginia .551 .617 .379 30.00 23.75 7 5 .583 Big East
55 Virginia Tech .548 .746 .343 27.00 18.92 7 5 .583 Big East
56 Rice .547 .495 .390 27.82 25.91 7 4 .636 WAC
57 Western Michigan .544 .361 .246 27.36 24.09 8 3 .727 MAC
58 Navy .530 .500 .157 36.18 19.00 7 4 .636 Independent
59 Arkansas .518 .501 .828 16.45 25.82 4 7 .364 SEC
60 Southern Methodist .513 .389 .406 22.45 21.55 6 5 .545 WAC
61 Fresno State .512 .443 .429 26.50 24.00 6 6 .500 WAC
62 Brigham Young .505 .722 .404 22.73 23.09 6 5 .545 WAC
63 Northwestern .500 .679 .633 20.25 24.00 5 7 .417 Big Ten
64 Utah State .495 .425 .329 32.42 24.67 6 6 .500 Big West
65 Utah .495 .619 .325 23.00 18.18 6 5 .545 WAC
66 San Diego State .487 .580 .644 21.42 27.75 5 7 .417 WAC
67 Wake Forest .484 .308 .553 22.27 26.18 5 6 .455 ACC
68 California .478 .519 .726 26.82 30.82 3 8 .273 Pac 10
69 Pittsburgh .461 .398 .364 27.75 29.50 6 6 .500 Big East
70 Nevada .456 .573 .403 32.09 29.09 5 6 .455 Big West
71 Miami (Florida) .435 .742 .360 28.55 25.91 5 6 .455 Big East
72 East Carolina .433 .634 .484 19.45 27.09 5 6 .455 CUSA
73 Kansas .421 .576 .501 16.09 25.36 5 6 .455 Big 12
74 Louisiana-Monroe .414 .309 .474 18.83 26.58 5 7 .417 Independent
75 Ball State .410 .524 .319 21.73 23.64 5 6 .455 MAC
76 Texas .404 .685 .498 25.73 33.27 4 7 .364 Big 12
77 Vanderbilt .403 .385 .618 12.55 18.55 3 8 .273 SEC
78 Oklahoma .391 .499 .588 19.33 31.58 4 8 .333 Big 12
79 Oregon State .390 .332 .635 17.73 25.91 3 8 .273 Pac 10
80 Eastern Michigan .385 .335 .374 29.91 32.00 4 7 .364 MAC
81 Memphis .372 .438 .346 19.82 22.09 4 7 .364 CUSA
82 Minnesota .365 .481 .586 19.83 27.83 3 9 .250 Big Ten
83 Alabama-Birmingham .362 .306 .202 20.18 21.64 5 6 .455 Independent
84 Duke .362 .355 .632 20.27 31.00 2 9 .182 ACC
85 San Jose State .360 .322 .485 20.45 35.18 4 7 .364 WAC
86 Bowling Green State .354 .414 .623 17.36 31.00 3 8 .273 MAC
87 Idaho .354 .341 .103 27.45 23.91 5 6 .455 Big West
88 Boston College .352 .540 .368 21.55 28.55 4 7 .364 Big East
89 Nevada-Las Vegas .349 .276 .417 25.55 30.18 3 8 .273 WAC
90 Boise State .328 .208 .249 25.91 32.55 4 7 .364 Big West
91 Texas-El Paso .325 .268 .400 14.73 28.27 4 7 .364 WAC
92 Baylor .321 .507 .632 18.18 34.09 2 9 .182 Big 12
93 Maryland .306 .449 .664 14.64 32.27 2 9 .182 ACC
94 North Texas .306 .301 .257 21.09 30.09 4 7 .364 Big West
95 Army .297 .564 .246 20.09 28.27 4 7 .364 Independent
96 Kent .297 .176 .381 30.64 44.55 3 8 .273 MAC
97 Houston .292 .466 .466 19.64 37.27 3 8 .273 CUSA
98 Akron .291 .266 .595 19.82 39.55 2 9 .182 MAC
99 Tulsa .290 .407 .520 23.45 38.73 2 9 .182 WAC
100 Temple .286 .291 .416 19.27 33.73 3 8 .273 Big East
101 Hawaii .285 .322 .382 15.75 25.67 3 9 .250 WAC
102 Indiana .285 .490 .699 10.91 32.64 2 9 .182 Big Ten
103 Iowa State .265 .391 .695 19.45 44.82 1 10 .091 Big 12
104 Central Michigan .246 .406 .407 25.64 43.55 2 9 .182 MAC
105 Louisville .210 .522 .405 22.27 37.00 1 10 .091 CUSA
106 Texas Christian .200 .437 .428 15.64 29.55 1 10 .091 WAC
107 Wild Card U .193 .237 .370 15.66 35.50 6 32 .158  
108 Illinois .189 .510 .678 10.82 33.45 0 11 .000 Big Ten
109 New Mexico State .165 .236 .178 20.09 36.18 2 9 .182 Big West
110 Arkansas State .158 .314 .188 18.18 35.82 2 9 .182 Independent
111 Louisiana-Lafayette .151 .462 .421 16.00 50.27 1 10 .091 Independent
112 Northern Illinois .135 .232 .480 11.73 34.73 0 11 .000 MAC
113 Rutgers .105 .378 .363 17.36 45.09 0 11 .000 Big East

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Pct Teams
SEC .689 .602 .767 86 54 .614 12
Pac 10 .664 .602 .731 68 48 .586 10
ACC .607 .544 .623 58 45 .563 9
Big Ten .583 .643 .599 72 60 .545 11
Big 12 .554 .608 .561 75 65 .536 12
WAC .468 .472 .429 90 97 .481 16
CUSA .450 .502 .399 37 42 .468 7
MAC .439 .362 .396 62 73 .459 12
Big East .425 .554 .375 41 52 .441 8
Independent .418 .437 .362 45 57 .441 9
Big West .351 .347 .253 26 41 .388 6

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