1998 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Final power ratings for the 1998 season are listed below. Home field advantage for this year was .565 and the root for determining point spreads was 1.757.

The average home field advantage for this year is 3.79 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 Tennessee .927 .843 .716 33.15 14.54 13 0 1.000 SEC
2 Ohio State .897 .837 .664 35.83 12.00 11 1 .917 Big Ten
3 Florida State .892 .890 .825 30.85 12.38 11 2 .846 ACC
4 Wisconsin .854 .625 .545 31.83 11.92 11 1 .917 Big Ten
5 Kansas State .836 .790 .564 46.92 15.15 11 2 .846 Big 12
6 Florida .833 .885 .588 31.67 13.75 10 2 .833 SEC
7 Texas A&M .828 .684 .837 23.93 15.29 11 3 .786 Big 12
8 Arizona .822 .633 .519 33.77 18.15 12 1 .923 Pac 10
9 UCLA .817 .736 .742 39.67 28.33 10 2 .833 Pac 10
10 Air Force .805 .636 .379 36.00 14.23 12 1 .923 WAC
11 Tulane .786 .447 .279 45.00 24.58 12 0 1.000 CUSA
12 Michigan .781 .848 .682 27.62 18.08 10 3 .769 Big Ten
13 Nebraska .777 .908 .731 31.00 15.85 9 4 .692 Big 12
14 Georgia Tech .765 .563 .587 35.50 24.58 10 2 .833 ACC
15 Penn State .762 .769 .674 26.42 15.25 9 3 .750 Big Ten
16 Arkansas .759 .509 .562 32.50 18.92 9 3 .750 SEC
17 Virginia Tech .758 .647 .486 31.75 12.42 9 3 .750 Big East
18 Purdue .752 .602 .716 34.15 21.23 9 4 .692 Big Ten
19 Virginia .747 .663 .616 29.83 20.58 9 3 .750 ACC
20 Texas .744 .544 .667 36.42 28.08 9 3 .750 Big 12
21 Syracuse .734 .691 .677 39.83 25.00 8 4 .667 Big East
22 Missouri .729 .527 .706 27.83 19.67 8 4 .667 Big 12
23 Georgia .718 .711 .627 24.33 18.50 9 3 .750 SEC
24 Notre Dame .717 .709 .606 27.33 20.67 9 3 .750 Independent
25 Miami (Florida) .716 .589 .540 37.33 24.83 9 3 .750 Big East
26 Southern California .708 .668 .729 26.62 18.54 8 5 .615 Pac 10
27 Miami (Ohio) .698 .589 .209 28.82 12.91 10 1 .909 MAC
28 Oregon .690 .658 .608 39.42 27.33 8 4 .667 Pac 10
29 Marshall .684 .462 .125 31.15 18.15 12 1 .923 MAC
30 West Virginia .675 .584 .538 34.17 22.25 8 4 .667 Big East
31 Colorado .662 .709 .589 25.17 21.08 8 4 .667 Big 12
32 Mississippi State .659 .587 .599 26.92 19.69 8 5 .615 SEC
33 Colorado State .653 .691 .514 28.75 21.92 8 4 .667 WAC
34 Kentucky .650 .491 .665 35.92 31.25 7 5 .583 SEC
35 Michigan State .638 .637 .699 28.00 24.50 6 6 .500 Big Ten
36 North Carolina State .635 .533 .622 30.50 29.33 7 5 .583 ACC
37 Alabama .630 .656 .726 20.92 23.92 7 5 .583 SEC
38 Central Florida .625 .456 .192 35.73 19.00 9 2 .818 Independent
39 Southern Mississippi .625 .659 .562 32.00 19.83 7 5 .583 CUSA
40 Wyoming .611 .587 .467 20.18 19.55 8 3 .727 WAC
41 Texas Tech .608 .599 .535 26.25 21.25 7 5 .583 Big 12
42 Brigham Young .602 .613 .396 28.71 20.71 9 5 .643 WAC
43 North Carolina .597 .777 .581 24.00 23.58 7 5 .583 ACC
44 Washington .593 .769 .745 25.25 28.58 6 6 .500 Pac 10
45 Texas Christian .572 .319 .457 22.25 19.58 7 5 .583 WAC
46 Idaho .571 .347 .191 32.67 26.42 9 3 .750 Big West
47 Louisiana State .559 .724 .710 30.64 25.36 4 7 .364 SEC
48 San Diego State .550 .533 .488 20.25 20.33 7 5 .583 WAC
49 Oklahoma State .550 .527 .647 27.55 26.91 5 6 .455 Big 12
50 Mississippi .550 .609 .470 23.33 22.83 7 5 .583 SEC
51 Louisville .544 .366 .406 39.42 36.25 7 5 .583 CUSA
52 Utah .536 .557 .239 30.82 20.64 7 4 .636 WAC
53 Louisiana Tech .533 .498 .487 41.08 33.50 6 6 .500 Independent
54 Minnesota .531 .423 .641 20.82 22.64 5 6 .455 Big Ten
55 Arizona State .525 .733 .589 30.27 30.73 5 6 .455 Pac 10
56 Toledo .518 .583 .343 19.08 18.00 7 5 .583 MAC
57 Oregon State .517 .361 .598 26.00 26.45 5 6 .455 Pac 10
58 Rice .515 .521 .556 21.36 23.36 5 6 .455 WAC
59 California .503 .499 .647 16.64 22.82 5 6 .455 Pac 10
60 Auburn .493 .765 .846 15.09 21.36 3 8 .273 SEC
61 Oklahoma .487 .445 .608 16.73 20.82 5 6 .455 Big 12
62 Indiana .486 .388 .685 22.27 27.73 4 7 .364 Big Ten
63 Southern Methodist .474 .451 .528 18.75 20.67 5 7 .417 WAC
64 East Carolina .465 .534 .351 24.91 27.00 6 5 .545 CUSA
65 Boston College .464 .446 .589 24.82 28.27 4 7 .364 Big East
66 Nevada .463 .515 .267 33.73 28.73 6 5 .545 Big West
67 Bowling Green State .461 .384 .471 26.55 28.36 5 6 .455 MAC
68 Fresno State .456 .478 .388 24.09 20.45 5 6 .455 WAC
69 Kansas .442 .499 .566 25.45 31.00 4 7 .364 Big 12
70 Western Michigan .441 .453 .078 32.73 28.36 7 4 .636 MAC
71 Stanford .438 .592 .675 23.73 33.18 3 8 .273 Pac 10
72 Ohio .426 .484 .380 24.45 27.55 5 6 .455 MAC
73 Tulsa .418 .348 .503 20.18 23.45 4 7 .364 WAC
74 Rutgers .399 .241 .472 18.73 34.18 5 6 .455 Big East
75 Army .398 .430 .571 23.36 29.55 3 8 .273 CUSA
76 Baylor .396 .414 .791 17.73 29.36 2 9 .182 Big 12
77 Duke .395 .359 .490 20.82 29.00 4 7 .364 ACC
78 Boise State .393 .268 .122 29.91 31.82 6 5 .545 Big West
79 Houston .392 .379 .550 23.09 28.82 3 8 .273 CUSA
80 Iowa State .390 .328 .627 20.09 29.82 3 8 .273 Big 12
81 Clemson .390 .622 .532 19.82 24.73 3 8 .273 ACC
82 Iowa .389 .675 .670 15.64 26.09 3 8 .273 Big Ten
83 Wake Forest .386 .396 .582 21.36 30.45 3 8 .273 ACC
84 Central Michigan .382 .326 .157 20.82 23.00 6 5 .545 MAC
85 Washington State .380 .680 .615 20.27 31.73 3 8 .273 Pac 10
86 Louisiana-Monroe .373 .361 .324 20.64 29.27 5 6 .455 Independent
87 San Jose State .372 .341 .453 22.83 32.08 4 8 .333 WAC
88 Maryland .372 .378 .546 18.36 26.36 3 8 .273 ACC
89 Alabama-Birmingham .368 .334 .383 21.55 28.00 4 7 .364 Independent
90 Northwestern .361 .589 .600 17.83 28.08 3 9 .250 Big Ten
91 South Carolina .329 .568 .682 18.82 30.00 1 10 .091 SEC
92 Texas-El Paso .325 .297 .409 20.55 27.73 3 8 .273 WAC
93 Illinois .322 .350 .609 13.55 29.64 3 8 .273 Big Ten
94 New Mexico State .322 .201 .373 30.09 38.55 3 8 .273 Big West
95 Akron .316 .279 .212 24.09 27.18 4 7 .364 MAC
96 Navy .315 .515 .415 23.18 34.18 3 8 .273 Independent
97 North Texas .304 .304 .423 15.73 27.00 3 8 .273 Big West
98 Memphis .304 .405 .528 20.55 30.91 2 9 .182 CUSA
99 Pittsburgh .303 .430 .492 21.27 30.36 2 9 .182 Big East
100 Vanderbilt .296 .394 .696 12.91 33.55 2 9 .182 SEC
101 Utah State .283 .460 .305 21.55 28.09 3 8 .273 Big West
102 Cincinnati .280 .544 .504 23.55 41.45 2 9 .182 CUSA
103 Temple .275 .288 .468 18.00 32.73 2 9 .182 Big East
104 New Mexico .272 .536 .306 22.83 33.08 3 9 .250 WAC
105 Arkansas State .269 .236 .193 18.00 32.08 4 8 .333 Independent
106 Eastern Michigan .258 .360 .192 19.64 28.09 3 8 .273 MAC
107 Louisiana-Lafayette .246 .307 .464 18.09 41.18 2 9 .182 Independent
108 Northern Illinois .223 .184 .362 14.55 29.91 2 9 .182 MAC
109 Wild Card U .218 .215 .459 16.36 38.13 6 41 .128  
110 Nevada-Las Vegas .204 .313 .634 14.18 35.36 0 11 .000 WAC
111 Ball State .170 .467 .363 13.64 31.18 1 10 .091 MAC
112 Hawaii .121 .304 .401 12.42 35.17 0 12 .000 WAC
113 Kent .096 .236 .345 13.55 41.27 0 11 .000 MAC

Conference PR PS SOS Wins Losses Pct Teams
Big 12 .621 .581 .656 82 61 .573 12
SEC .617 .645 .657 80 62 .563 12
Big Ten .616 .613 .653 74 56 .569 11
Pac 10 .599 .633 .647 65 52 .556 10
ACC .575 .576 .598 57 48 .543 9
Big East .541 .489 .533 47 45 .511 8
CUSA .474 .470 .469 42 49 .462 8
WAC .468 .470 .445 87 101 .463 16
Independent .431 .427 .383 42 49 .462 8
Big West .390 .349 .280 30 37 .448 6
MAC .389 .401 .270 62 73 .459 12

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