2021 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Power ratings for 2021 through the games of 9-25-21 are listed below. Home field advantage is .563 and the root for determining point spreads is 2.224.

The average home field advantage equates to 3.14 points.

KEY: PR=Power Rating, PS=Pre-season power rating, SOS=strength of schedule, YTD=year-to-date strength of schedule, PF=points scored per game, PA=points allowed per game, Left=number of games remaining

Note: Due to the 2020 season being an aberration, the pre-season ratings are not as reliable as previous seasons. The ratings will improve as actual results are included in the ratings. I will be phasing the pre-season ratings out at a slightly faster rate than normal.


Rank Team PR PS SOS YTD PF PA Wins Losses Pct Left Conference
1 Georgia .911 .857 .630 .550 42.00 5.75 4 0 1.000 8 SEC
2 Alabama .907 .937 .602 .450 46.50 17.50 4 0 1.000 8 SEC
3 Notre Dame .822 .817 .492 .448 35.25 23.25 4 0 1.000 8 Independent
4 Oklahoma .820 .827 .574 .324 38.75 16.00 4 0 1.000 8 Big 12
5 Florida .794 .793 .589 .613 36.00 19.75 3 1 .750 8 SEC
6 Iowa .793 .696 .506 .371 28.75 11.00 4 0 1.000 8 Big Ten
7 Ohio State .766 .863 .638 .402 43.25 23.25 3 1 .750 8 Big Ten
8 Oklahoma State .757 .703 .620 .415 25.75 19.75 4 0 1.000 8 Big 12
9 Penn State .756 .635 .630 .370 31.50 15.00 4 0 1.000 8 Big Ten
10 Cincinnati .753 .762 .446 .246 43.00 15.00 3 0 1.000 9 American
11 Texas .738 .712 .708 .559 46.75 23.25 3 1 .750 8 Big 12
12 Brigham Young .736 .709 .362 .245 28.00 19.25 4 0 1.000 8 Independent
13 Michigan .732 .529 .650 .387 40.25 11.75 4 0 1.000 8 Big Ten
14 Arkansas .730 .466 .706 .494 35.75 14.50 4 0 1.000 8 SEC
15 Texas A&M .730 .786 .578 .361 23.75 9.25 3 1 .750 8 SEC
16 Oregon .729 .572 .350 .355 38.75 19.50 4 0 1.000 8 Pac 12
17 Southern Methodist .726 .609 .451 .325 43.00 23.00 4 0 1.000 8 American
18 Clemson .718 .883 .561 .598 21.75 12.00 2 2 .500 8 ACC
19 Kentucky .709 .592 .511 .297 31.00 17.75 4 0 1.000 8 SEC
20 Louisiana State .705 .735 .729 .426 34.50 22.75 3 1 .750 8 SEC
21 Army .703 .608 .262 .176 39.00 19.00 4 0 1.000 8 Independent
22 Appalachian State .702 .739 .414 .398 32.75 21.00 3 1 .750 8 Sun Belt
23 Michigan State .701 .463 .652 .450 35.25 18.00 4 0 1.000 8 Big Ten
24 Coastal Carolina .696 .619 .208 .070 45.50 16.00 4 0 1.000 8 Sun Belt
25 Boston College .694 .565 .471 .182 41.25 16.25 4 0 1.000 8 ACC
26 Wake Forest .691 .553 .540 .155 38.75 14.25 4 0 1.000 8 ACC
27 Auburn .691 .721 .733 .251 44.00 15.50 3 1 .750 8 SEC
28 Baylor .683 .536 .620 .207 42.75 15.75 4 0 1.000 8 Big 12
29 Mississippi .673 .609 .650 .295 52.67 20.67 3 0 1.000 9 SEC
30 Boise State .660 .646 .606 .647 33.00 18.25 2 2 .500 8 MWC
31 Texas-San Antonio .658 .448 .253 .309 37.25 17.75 4 0 1.000 8 CUSA
32 Louisiana .654 .718 .354 .309 30.50 24.00 3 1 .750 8 Sun Belt
33 San Diego State .654 .563 .251 .053 36.75 19.00 4 0 1.000 8 MWC
34 Alabama-Birmingham .653 .594 .457 .525 26.50 20.75 3 1 .750 8 CUSA
35 North Carolina State .648 .574 .534 .396 31.75 13.00 3 1 .750 8 ACC
36 Memphis .645 .664 .434 .363 39.00 31.75 3 1 .750 8 American
37 Kansas State .642 .560 .614 .459 28.25 19.50 3 1 .750 8 Big 12
38 Central Florida .640 .685 .418 .429 44.67 29.00 2 1 .667 9 American
39 Virginia Tech .633 .591 .571 .346 23.50 15.25 3 1 .750 8 ACC
40 West Virginia .632 .592 .694 .622 32.50 16.75 2 2 .500 8 Big 12
41 Liberty .629 .574 .383 .280 33.75 15.25 3 1 .750 8 Independent
42 Pittsburgh .622 .592 .475 .216 52.50 23.00 3 1 .750 8 ACC
43 Miami (Florida) .617 .672 .616 .674 31.00 26.25 2 2 .500 8 ACC
44 Maryland .617 .376 .639 .242 37.25 14.25 4 0 1.000 8 Big Ten
45 Iowa State .614 .700 .642 .426 27.50 17.75 2 2 .500 8 Big 12
46 Fresno State .607 .428 .385 .259 42.00 21.60 4 1 .800 7 MWC
47 Mississippi State .601 .583 .727 .667 28.25 25.75 2 2 .500 8 SEC
48 Air Force .600 .531 .374 .232 33.50 18.25 3 1 .750 8 MWC
49 Louisville .599 .530 .618 .416 31.75 26.00 3 1 .750 8 ACC
50 UCLA .598 .403 .433 .522 38.50 25.25 3 1 .750 8 Pac 12
51 Western Michigan .596 .468 .354 .517 27.25 22.75 3 1 .750 8 MAC
52 Wyoming .583 .432 .289 .087 34.50 23.25 4 0 1.000 8 MWC
53 Texas Tech .580 .483 .626 .406 38.75 33.50 3 1 .750 8 Big 12
54 Marshall .579 .619 .310 .346 40.25 22.50 2 2 .500 8 CUSA
55 North Carolina .575 .619 .550 .520 37.50 29.50 2 2 .500 8 ACC
56 Missouri .574 .588 .621 .509 38.75 32.00 2 2 .500 8 SEC
57 Purdue .571 .409 .610 .405 26.25 14.25 3 1 .750 8 Big Ten
58 Texas Christian .571 .626 .646 .227 37.67 25.67 2 1 .667 9 Big 12
59 Rutgers .568 .325 .614 .434 34.00 13.50 3 1 .750 8 Big Ten
60 Indiana .566 .615 .748 .601 29.75 29.25 2 2 .500 8 Big Ten
61 Houston .563 .499 .311 .173 34.50 16.25 3 1 .750 8 American
62 Wisconsin .557 .636 .703 .719 19.00 21.33 1 2 .333 9 Big Ten
63 South Carolina .546 .496 .659 .610 22.25 18.25 2 2 .500 8 SEC
64 Arizona State .544 .432 .294 .195 32.50 16.00 3 1 .750 8 Pac 12
65 Nebraska .543 .454 .653 .570 27.60 17.20 2 3 .400 7 Big Ten
66 Tennessee .537 .541 .618 .405 35.50 21.25 2 2 .500 8 SEC
67 Florida Atlantic .536 .553 .388 .502 26.00 21.50 2 2 .500 8 CUSA
68 Utah .534 .518 .450 .448 28.00 22.25 2 2 .500 8 Pac 12
69 Nevada .533 .546 .343 .333 29.33 21.67 2 1 .667 9 MWC
70 Syracuse .531 .417 .558 .249 30.50 17.75 3 1 .750 8 ACC
71 Northwestern .530 .614 .510 .293 25.75 20.00 2 2 .500 8 Big Ten
72 Virginia .527 .579 .616 .360 35.25 27.50 2 2 .500 8 ACC
73 Duke .527 .428 .495 .210 38.75 26.00 3 1 .750 8 ACC
74 Oregon State .524 .313 .370 .358 38.25 21.00 3 1 .750 8 Pac 12
75 Buffalo .521 .568 .214 .373 33.00 24.25 2 2 .500 8 MAC
76 Louisiana Tech .511 .526 .417 .398 35.00 33.25 2 2 .500 8 CUSA
77 Southern California .511 .544 .435 .336 32.50 27.00 2 2 .500 8 Pac 12
78 Toledo .511 .463 .190 .359 26.50 19.00 2 2 .500 8 MAC
79 Utah State .508 .367 .287 .395 31.50 29.75 3 1 .750 8 MWC
80 Tulane .504 .555 .657 .662 36.50 37.25 1 3 .250 8 American
81 Troy .502 .527 .419 .284 26.25 15.50 2 2 .500 8 Sun Belt
82 Minnesota .501 .510 .521 .369 25.50 21.25 2 2 .500 8 Big Ten
83 Stanford .501 .470 .525 .527 28.50 27.50 2 2 .500 8 Pac 12
84 Georgia Tech .488 .424 .695 .387 29.75 18.75 2 2 .500 8 ACC
85 San Jose State .480 .531 .335 .411 18.00 20.00 2 2 .500 8 MWC
86 Charlotte .476 .352 .255 .225 30.00 24.25 3 1 .750 8 CUSA
87 South Alabama .474 .366 .360 .069 27.00 15.67 3 0 1.000 9 Sun Belt
88 Washington .472 .499 .342 .276 25.00 17.75 2 2 .500 8 Pac 12
89 Eastern Michigan .471 .368 .179 .124 35.75 24.50 3 1 .750 8 MAC
90 Tulsa .460 .559 .545 .531 25.25 30.50 1 3 .250 8 American
91 East Carolina .455 .389 .512 .490 27.25 29.75 2 2 .500 8 American
92 Western Kentucky .452 .466 .408 .407 41.67 30.67 1 2 .333 9 CUSA
93 Central Michigan .438 .381 .300 .397 30.25 27.50 2 2 .500 8 MAC
94 Georgia State .423 .512 .562 .697 17.75 36.25 1 3 .250 8 Sun Belt
95 Texas-El Paso .417 .239 .293 .213 25.25 24.50 3 1 .750 8 CUSA
96 Georgia Southern .413 .588 .536 .547 16.50 34.00 1 3 .250 8 Sun Belt
97 Temple .412 .401 .456 .354 25.75 30.00 2 2 .500 8 American
98 Northern Illinois .409 .314 .399 .499 29.00 37.00 2 2 .500 8 MAC
99 Hawaii .406 .500 .339 .348 28.00 32.40 2 3 .400 8 MWC
100 Miami (Ohio) .404 .420 .325 .631 23.00 27.50 1 3 .250 8 MAC
101 Middle Tennessee State .392 .408 .354 .533 29.00 29.75 1 3 .250 8 CUSA
102 Arkansas State .386 .501 .439 .391 31.75 42.25 1 3 .250 8 Sun Belt
103 Ball State .383 .525 .431 .509 17.00 33.00 1 3 .250 8 MAC
104 Louisiana-Monroe .381 .304 .542 .399 17.00 22.67 2 1 .667 9 Sun Belt
105 South Florida .381 .368 .650 .687 21.25 34.75 1 3 .250 8 American
106 Kent State .372 .340 .389 .712 23.25 29.50 1 3 .250 8 MAC
107 Illinois .366 .354 .640 .645 20.00 26.80 1 4 .200 7 Big Ten
108 Florida State .359 .489 .665 .605 23.00 31.75 0 4 .000 8 ACC
109 North Texas .358 .401 .446 .533 19.75 28.25 1 3 .250 8 CUSA
110 Colorado .354 .437 .436 .428 13.75 20.50 1 3 .250 8 Pac 12
111 California .353 .364 .378 .394 28.75 29.25 1 3 .250 8 Pac 12
112 Southern Mississippi .352 .420 .404 .523 16.75 28.75 1 3 .250 8 CUSA
113 New Mexico .350 .297 .417 .290 18.50 24.00 2 2 .500 8 MWC
114 Navy .335 .500 .713 .561 10.00 33.33 0 3 .000 9 American
115 Colorado State .330 .292 .449 .387 20.00 24.00 1 3 .250 8 MWC
116 Bowling Green .330 .167 .256 .368 16.50 20.00 2 2 .500 8 MAC
117 Washington State .324 .393 .417 .323 23.50 29.75 1 3 .250 8 Pac 12
118 Rice .317 .348 .488 .605 18.00 43.50 1 3 .250 8 CUSA
119 Old Dominion .306 .249 .410 .520 27.00 32.25 1 3 .250 8 CUSA
120 Texas State .297 .333 .388 .338 24.50 36.75 1 3 .250 8 Sun Belt
121 Florida International .296 .317 .270 .268 28.25 29.50 1 3 .250 8 CUSA
122 Kansas .292 .280 .755 .543 19.75 40.00 1 3 .250 8 Big 12
123 Vanderbilt .280 .340 .559 .425 12.50 36.75 1 3 .250 8 SEC
124 Arizona .241 .261 .461 .626 17.00 31.00 0 4 .000 8 Pac 12
125 Akron .232 .174 .359 .528 19.00 44.50 1 3 .250 8 MAC
126 Ohio .224 .381 .310 .458 13.75 35.25 0 4 .000 8 MAC
127 Wild Card U .220 .188 .621 .779 14.14 41.79 10 96 .094 11  
128 New Mexico State .217 .240 .439 .300 20.40 33.60 1 4 .200 7 Independent
129 Nevada-Las Vegas .191 .244 .498 .477 19.00 39.50 0 4 .000 8 MWC
130 Massachusetts .182 .171 .376 .714 16.50 47.75 0 4 .000 8 Independent
131 Connecticut .173 .232 .395 .557 14.20 41.60 0 5 .000 7 Independent

Conference PR PS SOS YTD Wins Losses Pct Teams
SEC .671 .646 .636 .454 40 15 .727 14
Big 12 .633 .602 .650 .419 28 11 .718 10
Big Ten .612 .534 .623 .447 39 18 .684 14
ACC .588 .565 .569 .380 36 20 .643 14
American .534 .545 .508 .438 22 19 .537 11
Independent .495 .479 .387 .389 16 14 .533 7
Sun Belt .493 .521 .422 .350 21 17 .553 10
MWC .492 .448 .381 .326 29 20 .592 12
Pac 12 .474 .434 .408 .399 24 24 .500 12
CUSA .450 .424 .368 .422 26 29 .473 14
MAC .408 .381 .309 .456 20 28 .417 12


Last Updated on 09/26/21
By James Howell
Email: cfootball@jhowell.net