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1981 College Football Rankings

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                                                                  STRENGTH OF
                                     AVERAGE   OVERALL     CONF     SCHEDULE     AP
RANK TEAM                       CONF   SCORE    W- L-T   W- L-T     AVG  RANK   RANK

   1 Penn State                  IND   98.14   10- 2-0   0- 0-0   78.83     1      3
   2 Clemson                     ACC   97.56   12- 0-0   6- 0-0   63.39    38      1
   3 Pittsburgh                  IND   97.26   11- 1-0   0- 0-0   68.93    10      4
   4 Nebraska                    BG8   96.26    9- 3-0   7- 0-0   71.45     5     11
   5 Georgia                     SEC   96.09   10- 2-0   6- 0-0   65.37    30      6
   6 Miami (Florida)             IND   94.39    9- 2-0   0- 0-0   73.87     2      8
   7 Southern Methodist          SWC   93.65   10- 1-0   7- 1-0   55.03    68      5
   8 North Carolina              ACC   93.39   10- 2-0   5- 1-0   59.63    57      9
   9 Texas                       SWC   92.39   10- 1-1   6- 1-1   68.13    14      2
  10 Alabama                     SEC   90.90    9- 2-1   7- 0-0   63.25    39      7
  11 Michigan                    B10   90.87    9- 3-0   6- 3-0   63.79    35     12
  12 Southern California         P10   89.56    9- 3-0   5- 2-0   65.08    32     14
  13 Arizona State               P10   89.11    9- 2-0   5- 2-0   56.78    62     16
  14 West Virginia               IND   88.77    9- 3-0   0- 0-0   62.70    45     17
  15 UCLA                        P10   86.62    7- 4-1   5- 2-1   67.60    18       
  16 Oklahoma                    BG8   86.33    7- 4-1   4- 2-1   66.71    23     20
  17 Southern Mississippi        IND   85.72    9- 2-1   0- 0-0   49.27    77       
  18 Washington                  P10   85.26   10- 2-0   6- 2-0   56.42    64     10
  19 Ohio State                  B10   84.35    9- 3-0   6- 2-0   60.51    55     15
  20 Iowa                        B10   84.06    8- 4-0   6- 2-0   65.84    28     18
  21 Brigham Young               WAC   83.49   11- 2-0   7- 1-0   45.41    86     13
  22 Arkansas                    SWC   83.43    8- 4-0   5- 3-0   62.62    47       
  23 Florida                     SEC   82.94    7- 5-0   3- 3-0   65.97    27       
  24 Missouri                    BG8   81.96    8- 4-0   3- 4-0   60.17    56     19
  25 Houston                     SWC   81.82    7- 4-1   5- 2-1   66.19    25       
  26 Mississippi State           SEC   80.39    8- 4-0   4- 2-0   62.65    46       
  27 Washington State            P10   79.30    8- 3-1   5- 2-1   55.59    66       
  28 Hawaii                      WAC   78.18    9- 2-0   5- 1-0   42.28    94       
  29 Texas A&M                   SWC   77.25    7- 5-0   4- 4-0   61.34    51       
  30 Wyoming                     WAC   75.70    8- 3-0   6- 2-0   47.71    82       
  31 Illinois                    B10   75.49    7- 4-0   6- 3-0   65.29    31       
  32 Notre Dame                  IND   74.47    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   66.07    26       
  33 South Carolina              IND   73.65    6- 6-0   0- 0-0   67.36    19       
  34 Florida State               IND   72.35    6- 5-0   0- 0-0   66.63    24       
  35 Temple                      IND   72.34    5- 5-0   0- 0-0   63.86    33       
  36 Kansas                      BG8   71.95    8- 4-0   4- 3-0   60.97    53       
  37 Utah                        WAC   71.42    8- 2-1   4- 1-1   43.12    92       
  38 Wisconsin                   B10   71.13    7- 5-0   6- 3-0   61.82    49       
  39 Maryland                    ACC   70.37    4- 6-1   4- 2-0   68.08    15       
  40 San Jose State              PCA   70.29    9- 3-0   5- 0-0   40.41    99       
  41 Duke                        ACC   69.46    6- 5-0   3- 3-0   63.07    41       
  42 Virginia Tech               IND   69.00    7- 4-0   0- 0-0   47.31    83       
  43 Oklahoma State              BG8   67.34    7- 5-0   4- 3-0   61.02    52       
  44 Tennessee                   SEC   66.59    8- 4-0   3- 3-0   55.69    65       
  45 Syracuse                    IND   66.48    4- 6-1   0- 0-0   68.94     9       
  46 Navy                        IND   65.39    7- 4-1   0- 0-0   48.78    80       
  47 Tulane                      IND   65.30    6- 5-0   0- 0-0   52.90    69       
  48 Drake                       MVC   65.07   10- 1-0   5- 1-0   32.66   114       
  49 Auburn                      SEC   64.88    5- 6-0   2- 4-0   62.80    44       
  50 Tulsa                       MVC   64.73    6- 5-0   5- 1-0   51.26    73       
  51 Purdue                      B10   60.86    5- 6-0   3- 6-0   63.72    37       
  52 Iowa State                  BG8   60.49    5- 5-1   2- 4-1   63.18    40       
  53 Boston College              IND   59.88    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   62.93    42       
  54 Michigan State              B10   59.83    5- 6-0   4- 5-0   61.39    50       
  55 North Carolina State        ACC   59.71    4- 7-0   2- 4-0   67.79    17       
  56 West Texas A&M              MVC   58.93    7- 4-0   3- 3-0   45.43    85       
  57 Baylor                      SWC   58.55    5- 6-0   3- 5-0   58.16    59       
  58 San Diego State             WAC   58.21    6- 5-0   3- 5-0   51.18    75       
  59 Stanford                    P10   57.42    4- 7-0   4- 4-0   63.85    34       
  60 Minnesota                   B10   56.53    6- 5-0   4- 5-0   55.11    67       
  61 Furman                      SOU   56.14    8- 3-0   5- 2-0   32.20   115       
  62 Cincinnati                  IND   55.88    6- 5-0   0- 0-0   51.35    72       
  63 McNeese State               SLC   55.74    7- 3-1   3- 1-1   31.47   117       
  64 Miami (Ohio)                MID   55.73    8- 2-1   6- 1-1   34.87   108       
  65 Mississippi                 SEC   55.22    4- 6-1   1- 5-1   68.44    12       
  66 Arizona                     P10   54.56    6- 5-0   4- 4-0   49.02    78       
  67 Toledo                      MID   54.51    9- 3-0   8- 1-0   31.34   118       
  68 Vanderbilt                  SEC   53.88    4- 7-0   1- 5-0   66.92    21       
  69 Citadel                     SOU   50.85    7- 3-1   3- 2-1   32.02   116       
  70 Southern Illinois           MVC   50.45    7- 4-0   5- 2-0   36.53   103       
  71 Rutgers                     IND   48.81    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   57.05    61       
  72 Kentucky                    SEC   48.70    3- 8-0   2- 4-0   69.66     8       
  73 East Carolina               IND   47.46    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   52.79    70       
  74 Arkansas State              SLC   46.49    6- 5-0   3- 2-0   41.49    98       
  75 Utah State                  PCA   46.38    5- 5-1   4- 1-0   44.78    88       
  76 Tennessee-Chattanooga       SOU   45.90    7- 3-1   3- 2-1   30.75   119       
  77 Rice                        SWC   45.62    4- 7-0   3- 5-0   68.27    13       
  78 Texas Christian             SWC   45.06    2- 7-2   1- 6-1   65.67    29       
  79 Colgate                     IND   44.72    7- 3-0   0- 0-0   27.79   126       
  80 California                  P10   44.49    2- 9-0   2- 6-0   72.37     3       
  81 Texas-Arlington             SLC   44.25    6- 5-0   4- 1-0   44.80    87       
  82 Virginia Military Institute SOU   43.59    6- 3-1   3- 1-1   33.43   110       
  83 Central Michigan            MID   43.08    7- 4-0   7- 2-0   29.21   124       
  84 Nevada-Las Vegas            IND   42.65    6- 6-0   0- 0-0   51.25    74       
  85 Wake Forest                 ACC   41.89    4- 7-0   1- 5-0   62.13    48       
  86 Pacific                     PCA   41.45    5- 6-0   2- 3-0   51.72    71       
  87 Colorado                    BG8   38.78    3- 8-0   2- 5-0   71.04     6       
  88 Yale                        IVY   38.63    9- 1-0   6- 1-0   14.32   133       
  89 Wichita State               MVC   38.32    4- 6-1   3- 3-1   44.16    91       
  90 Indiana State               MVC   38.27    5- 5-1   2- 4-1   32.92   113       
  91 Louisiana State             SEC   37.36    3- 7-1   1- 4-1   62.86    43       
  92 Indiana                     B10   37.15    3- 8-0   3- 6-0   68.07    16       
  93 New Mexico                  WAC   37.06    4- 7-1   3- 4-1   48.54    81       
  94 Louisville                  IND   36.35    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   46.23    84       
  95 Texas Tech                  SWC   34.19    1- 9-1   0- 7-1   67.17    20       
  96 Kansas State                BG8   33.56    2- 9-0   1- 6-0   66.79    22       
  97 Air Force                   WAC   31.07    4- 7-0   2- 3-0   50.77    76       
  98 Bowling Green               MID   30.81    5- 5-1   5- 3-1   33.10   112       
  99 Richmond                    IND   29.96    4- 7-0   0- 0-0   44.78    89       
 100 Northeast Louisiana         IND   29.93    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   29.40   123       
 101 Western Michigan            MID   29.88    6- 5-0   5- 4-0   29.44   122       
 102 Louisiana Tech              SLC   29.61    4- 6-1   2- 2-1   41.51    97       
 103 Virginia                    ACC   29.44    1-10-0   0- 6-0   68.75    11       
 104 Fresno State                PCA   29.36    5- 6-0   2- 3-0   36.03   105       
 105 East Tennessee State        SOU   27.81    6- 5-0   4- 2-0   30.27   121       
 106 Georgia Tech                IND   26.98    1-10-0   0- 0-0   71.97     4       
 107 Oregon                      P10   26.64    2- 9-0   1- 6-0   57.89    60       
 108 North Texas                 IND   26.33    2- 9-0   0- 0-0   56.58    63       
 109 Appalachian State           SOU   25.98    3- 7-1   1- 5-1   35.98   106       
 110 Lamar                       SLC   25.96    4- 6-1   1- 3-1   37.72   101       
 111 William & Mary              IND   25.94    5- 6-0   0- 0-0   39.33   100       
 112 Memphis State               IND   22.29    1-10-0   0- 0-0   60.70    54       
 113 Ohio                        MID   22.22    5- 6-0   5- 4-0   33.34   111       
 114 Western Carolina            SOU   21.56    4- 7-0   3- 4-0   37.19   102       
 115 Holy Cross                  IND   20.93    6- 5-0   0- 0-0   21.95   130       
 116 Cal-Fullerton               PCA   20.78    3- 8-0   1- 4-0   41.94    95       
 117 Army                        IND   19.30    3- 7-1   0- 0-0   42.73    93       
 118 Kent State                  MID   17.60    4- 7-0   3- 6-0   30.53   120       
 119 Division I-AA                     16.48   25-52-0   0- 0-0   36.42   104       
 120 Long Beach State            PCA   15.99    2- 8-0   1- 4-0   44.50    90       
 121 Dartmouth                   IVY   15.28    6- 4-0   6- 1-0   12.71   137       
 122 Southwest Louisiana         SLC   15.22    1- 9-1   0- 4-1   41.68    96       
 123 Ball State                  MID   12.39    4- 7-0   2- 6-0   28.36   125       
 124 Harvard                     IVY   11.31    5- 4-1   4- 2-1   13.39   135       
 125 Oregon State                P10   10.65    1-10-0   0- 7-0   58.80    58       
 126 Colorado State              WAC   10.29    0-12-0   0- 8-0   63.78    36       
 127 New Mexico State            MVC   10.07    3- 8-0   1- 5-0   35.43   107       
 128 Northwestern                B10    9.60    0-11-0   0- 9-0   70.47     7       
 129 Illinois State              MVC    9.59    3- 7-0   0- 5-0   25.78   129       
 130 Northern Illinois           MID    9.13    3- 8-0   2- 7-0   26.63   128       
 131 Princeton                   IVY    7.96    5- 4-1   5- 1-1   12.33   138       
 132 Marshall                    SOU    6.10    2- 9-0   1- 5-0   33.44   109       
 133 Texas-El Paso               WAC    5.34    1-10-0   1- 6-0   48.92    79       
 134 Cornell                     IVY    2.51    3- 7-0   2- 5-0   18.65   131       
 135 Brown                       IVY    1.91    3- 7-0   2- 5-0   13.38   136       
 136 Eastern Michigan            MID    1.16    0-11-0   0- 9-0   27.40   127       
 137 Columbia                    IVY    0.95    1- 9-0   1- 6-0   16.02   132       
 138 Pennsylvania                IVY    0.45    1- 9-0   1- 6-0   14.15   134       

Team Rankings | Conference Rankings


                        # OF AVERAGE AVERAGE      OVERALL     NON-CONF                                   
CONFERENCE      ABBREV TEAMS   SCORE    RANK     W-  L- T     W-  L- T  BEST TEAM            RANK   SCORE

Southwest          SWC     9   68.00   44.33    54- 44- 5    20- 10- 1  Southern Methodist      7   93.65
Southeastern       SEC    10   67.70   45.30    61- 51- 3    31- 21- 1  Georgia                 5   96.09
Big 8              BG8     8   67.08   44.75    49- 42- 2    22- 15- 0  Nebraska                4   96.26
Atlantic Coast     ACC     7   65.97   47.57    41- 37- 1    20- 16- 1  Clemson                 2   97.56
Big 10             B10    10   62.99   50.40    59- 55- 0    15- 11- 0  Michigan               11   90.87
Pac 10             P10    10   62.36   52.20    58- 54- 2    21- 17- 0  Southern California    12   89.56
Independent        IND    28   55.74   62.11   160-149- 4   160-149- 4  Penn State              1   98.14
Western Athletic   WAC     9   50.09   69.22    51- 50- 2    20- 19- 0  Brigham Young          21   83.49
Missouri Valley    MVC     8   41.93   82.38    45- 40- 2    21- 16- 0  Drake                  48   65.07
Pacific Coast Athl PCA     6   37.37   90.17    29- 36- 1    14- 21- 1  San Jose State         40   70.29
Southland          SLC     6   36.21   92.00    28- 34- 4    15- 21- 0  McNeese State          63   55.74
Southern           SOU     8   34.74   93.50    43- 40- 4    20- 17- 0  Furman                 61   56.14
Mid American       MID    10   27.65  103.30    51- 58- 2     8- 15- 0  Miami (Ohio)           64   55.73
Ivy League         IVY     8    9.88  126.00    33- 45- 2     6- 18- 0  Yale                   88   38.63

The database used to produce the above rankings was constructed from data listed on James Howell's website.
Click here for criteria used for determining what scores to use and which team was the home team.

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