2020 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings

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Pre-season power ratings for 2021 are listed below. Home field advantage is expected to be .542 and the root for determining point spreads is expected to be 2.056.

The average home field advantage equates to 2.33 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 Alabama .937 .937 .588       0 0   12 SEC
2 Clemson .883 .883 .449       0 0   12 ACC
3 Ohio State .863 .863 .376       0 0   12 Big Ten
4 Georgia .857 .857 .574       0 0   12 SEC
5 Oklahoma .827 .827 .535       0 0   12 Big 12
6 Notre Dame .817 .817 .538       0 0   12 Independent
7 Florida .793 .793 .596       0 0   12 SEC
8 Texas A&M .786 .786 .525       0 0   12 SEC
9 Cincinnati .762 .762 .481       0 0   12 American
10 Appalachian State .739 .739 .456       0 0   12 Sun Belt
11 Louisiana State .735 .735 .598       0 0   12 SEC
12 Auburn .721 .721 .649       0 0   12 SEC
13 Louisiana .718 .718 .416       0 0   12 Sun Belt
14 Texas .712 .712 .626       0 0   12 Big 12
15 Brigham Young .709 .709 .341       0 0   12 Independent
16 Oklahoma State .703 .703 .587       0 0   12 Big 12
17 Iowa State .700 .700 .551       0 0   12 Big 12
18 Iowa .696 .696 .435       0 0   12 Big Ten
19 Central Florida .685 .685 .425       0 0   12 American
20 Miami (Florida) .672 .672 .570       0 0   12 ACC
21 Memphis .664 .664 .430       0 0   12 American
22 Boise State .646 .646 .427       0 0   12 MWC
23 Wisconsin .636 .636 .501       0 0   12 Big Ten
24 Penn State .635 .635 .509       0 0   12 Big Ten
25 Texas Christian .626 .626 .554       0 0   12 Big 12
26 North Carolina .619 .619 .531       0 0   12 ACC
27 Coastal Carolina .619 .619 .267       0 0   12 Sun Belt
28 Marshall .619 .619 .304       0 0   12 CUSA
29 Indiana .615 .615 .520       0 0   12 Big Ten
30 Northwestern .614 .614 .330       0 0   12 Big Ten
31 Mississippi .609 .609 .624       0 0   12 SEC
32 Southern Methodist .609 .609 .528       0 0   12 American
33 Army .608 .608 .315       0 0   12 Independent
34 Alabama-Birmingham .594 .594 .408       0 0   12 CUSA
35 Pittsburgh .592 .592 .452       0 0   12 ACC
36 West Virginia .592 .592 .578       0 0   12 Big 12
37 Kentucky .592 .592 .489       0 0   12 SEC
38 Virginia Tech .591 .591 .511       0 0   12 ACC
39 Missouri .588 .588 .531       0 0   12 SEC
40 Georgia Southern .588 .588 .510       0 0   12 Sun Belt
41 Mississippi State .583 .583 .674       0 0   12 SEC
42 Virginia .579 .579 .540       0 0   12 ACC
43 North Carolina State .574 .574 .530       0 0   12 ACC
44 Liberty .574 .574 .308       0 0   12 Independent
45 Oregon .572 .572 .281       0 0   12 Pac 12
46 Buffalo .568 .568 .128       0 0   12 MAC
47 Boston College .565 .565 .418       0 0   12 ACC
48 San Diego State .563 .563 .239       0 0   12 MWC
49 Kansas State .560 .560 .572       0 0   12 Big 12
50 Tulsa .559 .559 .578       0 0   12 American
51 Tulane .555 .555 .604       0 0   12 American
52 Florida Atlantic .553 .553 .341       0 0   12 CUSA
53 Wake Forest .553 .553 .485       0 0   12 ACC
54 Nevada .546 .546 .286       0 0   12 MWC
55 Southern California .544 .544 .375       0 0   12 Pac 12
56 Tennessee .541 .541 .533       0 0   12 SEC
57 Baylor .536 .536 .498       0 0   12 Big 12
58 Air Force .531 .531 .303       0 0   12 MWC
59 San Jose State .531 .531 .228       0 0   12 MWC
60 Louisville .530 .530 .561       0 0   12 ACC
61 Michigan .529 .529 .504       0 0   12 Big Ten
62 Troy .527 .527 .436       0 0   12 Sun Belt
63 Louisiana Tech .526 .526 .271       0 0   12 CUSA
64 Ball State .525 .525 .269       0 0   12 MAC
65 Utah .518 .518 .319       0 0   12 Pac 12
66 Georgia State .512 .512 .589       0 0   12 Sun Belt
67 Minnesota .510 .510 .468       0 0   12 Big Ten
68 Arkansas State .501 .501 .483       0 0   12 Sun Belt
69 Navy .500 .500 .679       0 0   12 American
70 Hawaii .500 .500 .166       0 0   13 MWC
71 Houston .499 .499 .327       0 0   12 American
72 Washington .499 .499 .223       0 0   12 Pac 12
73 South Carolina .496 .496 .685       0 0   12 SEC
74 Florida State .489 .489 .611       0 0   12 ACC
75 Texas Tech .483 .483 .570       0 0   12 Big 12
76 Stanford .470 .470 .411       0 0   12 Pac 12
77 Western Michigan .468 .468 .270       0 0   12 MAC
78 Arkansas .466 .466 .758       0 0   12 SEC
79 Western Kentucky .466 .466 .296       0 0   12 CUSA
80 Michigan State .463 .463 .492       0 0   12 Big Ten
81 Toledo .463 .463 .116       0 0   12 MAC
82 Nebraska .454 .454 .580       0 0   12 Big Ten
83 Texas-San Antonio .448 .448 .242       0 0   12 CUSA
84 Colorado .437 .437 .334       0 0   12 Pac 12
85 Arizona State .432 .432 .249       0 0   12 Pac 12
86 Wyoming .432 .432 .235       0 0   12 MWC
87 Duke .428 .428 .449       0 0   12 ACC
88 Fresno State .428 .428 .301       0 0   12 MWC
89 Georgia Tech .424 .424 .663       0 0   12 ACC
90 Southern Mississippi .420 .420 .325       0 0   12 CUSA
91 Miami (Ohio) .420 .420 .288       0 0   12 MAC
92 Syracuse .417 .417 .503       0 0   12 ACC
93 Purdue .409 .409 .563       0 0   12 Big Ten
94 Middle Tennessee State .408 .408 .288       0 0   12 CUSA
95 UCLA .403 .403 .401       0 0   12 Pac 12
96 Temple .401 .401 .398       0 0   12 American
97 North Texas .401 .401 .359       0 0   12 CUSA
98 Washington State .393 .393 .302       0 0   12 Pac 12
99 East Carolina .389 .389 .556       0 0   12 American
100 Ohio .381 .381 .227       0 0   12 MAC
101 Central Michigan .381 .381 .293       0 0   12 MAC
102 Maryland .376 .376 .470       0 0   12 Big Ten
103 South Florida .368 .368 .613       0 0   12 American
104 Eastern Michigan .368 .368 .149       0 0   12 MAC
105 Utah State .367 .367 .270       0 0   12 MWC
106 South Alabama .366 .366 .389       0 0   12 Sun Belt
107 California .364 .364 .318       0 0   12 Pac 12
108 Illinois .354 .354 .449       0 0   12 Big Ten
109 Charlotte .352 .352 .261       0 0   12 CUSA
110 Rice .348 .348 .328       0 0   12 CUSA
111 Kent State .340 .340 .273       0 0   12 MAC
112 Vanderbilt .340 .340 .497       0 0   12 SEC
113 Texas State .333 .333 .377       0 0   12 Sun Belt
114 Rutgers .325 .325 .489       0 0   12 Big Ten
115 Florida International .317 .317 .242       0 0   12 CUSA
116 Northern Illinois .314 .314 .245       0 0   12 MAC
117 Oregon State .313 .313 .333       0 0   12 Pac 12
118 Louisiana-Monroe .304 .304 .545       0 0   12 Sun Belt
119 New Mexico .297 .297 .261       0 0   12 MWC
120 Colorado State .292 .292 .371       0 0   12 MWC
121 Kansas .280 .280 .656       0 0   12 Big 12
122 Arizona .261 .261 .388       0 0   12 Pac 12
123 Old Dominion .249 .249 .340       0 0   12 CUSA
124 Nevada-Las Vegas .244 .244 .373       0 0   12 MWC
125 New Mexico State .240 .240 .411       0 0   11 Independent
126 Texas-El Paso .239 .239 .251       0 0   12 CUSA
127 Connecticut .232 .232 .306       0 0   12 Independent
128 Wild Card U .188 .188 .524       0 0   116  
129 Akron .174 .174 .365       0 0   12 MAC
130 Massachusetts .171 .171 .299       0 0   12 Independent
131 Bowling Green .167 .167 .202       0 0   12 MAC

Conference PR PS SOS YTD Wins Losses Pct Teams
SEC .646 .646 .594   0 0   14
Big 12 .602 .602 .573   0 0   10
ACC .565 .565 .520   0 0   14
American .545 .545 .511   0 0   11
Big Ten .534 .534 .478   0 0   14
Sun Belt .521 .521 .447   0 0   10
Independent .479 .479 .360   0 0   7
MWC .448 .448 .288   0 0   12
Pac 12 .434 .434 .328   0 0   12
CUSA .424 .424 .304   0 0   14
MAC .381 .381 .235   0 0   12


Last Updated on 04/01/21
By James Howell
Email: cfootball@jhowell.net