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1938 School Ratings

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National Champion: Texas Christian (AP)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Davey O'Brien (Texas Christian)

AP First #1: Pittsburgh ▪ AP Final #1: Texas Christian

The SRS columns are SRS broken up into offensive and defensive components.
The Scoring columns are points per game adjusted for strength of opposition.
The Passing, Rushing, and Total columns are yards per attempt adjusted for strength of opposition.

122 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Texas Christian SWC 13.42 7.23 20.65 28.74 1.68
2 Pittsburgh Ind 12.62 7.98 20.61 27.39 0.59
3 Tennessee SEC 8.93 11.31 20.24 29.58 -2.29
4 Notre Dame Ind 7.61 11.80 19.41 24.69 -3.70
5 Southern California PCC 9.72 8.63 18.35 24.94 -1.11
6 Minnesota Western 6.82 9.53 16.35 21.44 -1.76
7 Oklahoma Big 6 6.00 10.33 16.32 20.02 -1.58
8 Holy Cross Ind 10.52 5.58 16.10 25.09 3.11
9 California PCC 7.63 8.47 16.09 24.32 0.57
10 Duke Southern 3.73 12.33 16.05 17.75 -4.11
11 Northwestern Western 3.65 11.98 15.63 18.60 -5.17
12 Fordham Ind 5.27 9.28 14.55 24.16 -0.07
13 Michigan Western 6.80 7.74 14.54 22.05 -0.06
14 Alabama SEC 5.99 7.97 13.96 20.36 -0.35
15 Cornell Ind 6.63 7.29 13.92 21.60 -1.54
16 Carnegie Mellon Ind 7.32 6.55 13.87 21.35 2.20
17 Tulane SEC 6.70 6.23 12.93 24.14 1.98
18 Santa Clara Ind 3.99 8.86 12.84 18.17 -0.51
19 Dartmouth Ind 7.88 4.31 12.19 28.01 4.06
20 Clemson Southern 5.37 5.44 10.80 17.80 2.43
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Saint Mary's (CA) Ind 4.29 6.44 10.73 17.35 0.24
22 North Carolina Southern 3.08 7.65 10.72 17.25 -0.14
23 Villanova Ind 7.28 3.19 10.46 24.12 6.81
24 UCLA PCC 5.55 4.62 10.17 21.40 4.69
25 Purdue Western 1.66 8.15 9.81 14.95 -0.04
26 Ohio State Western 4.83 4.64 9.47 21.12 4.08
27 Wisconsin Western 7.76 1.65 9.42 22.56 6.71
28 Army Ind 7.76 0.74 8.50 23.20 6.98
29 Oregon State PCC 0.14 8.34 8.49 12.97 -0.03
30 Texas Tech BIAA 4.89 3.58 8.47 24.76 6.47
31 Iowa State Big 6 3.84 4.61 8.46 15.67 4.38
32 Mississippi SEC 7.83 0.35 8.19 21.97 10.87
33 Washington PCC 2.09 5.67 7.76 15.62 2.21
34 Navy Ind 1.56 6.13 7.68 17.20 1.37
35 Georgetown Ind 2.80 4.53 7.33 17.68 6.57
36 Baylor SWC 3.37 3.87 7.24 18.44 6.03
37 Pennsylvania Ind 1.08 6.12 7.21 15.53 1.28
38 Texas A&M SWC 1.70 5.42 7.13 18.68 2.62
39 Michigan State Ind 3.04 3.92 6.96 16.08 4.48
40 Louisiana State SEC 3.33 3.45 6.78 18.56 4.85
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Southern Methodist SWC 5.35 1.43 6.78 18.23 7.29
42 Vanderbilt SEC -0.89 7.57 6.68 11.14 -0.63
43 Harvard Ind 5.14 1.06 6.20 20.95 5.81
44 Stanford PCC 1.35 4.68 6.03 15.82 2.29
45 Missouri Big 6 2.85 2.91 5.76 15.76 5.60
46 Utah MSAC 1.56 4.17 5.73 15.87 6.00
47 Idaho PCC 2.69 2.27 4.96 16.25 7.98
48 Georgia Tech SEC 0.18 4.71 4.89 12.55 3.51
49 Brown Ind 8.65 -3.98 4.67 24.12 10.97
50 Detroit Mercy Ind 2.39 2.16 4.54 14.96 6.52
51 Miami (FL) Ind 1.40 3.03 4.43 15.54 6.78
52 Auburn SEC 0.97 3.45 4.42 14.28 3.39
53 Syracuse Ind 4.14 0.01 4.14 20.05 8.80
54 Nebraska Big 6 -0.49 4.43 3.94 13.28 3.42
55 Rice SWC 2.12 1.55 3.67 16.21 5.69
56 Wake Forest Southern 2.74 0.78 3.51 17.93 8.97
57 Columbia Ind 6.39 -3.22 3.17 22.49 9.36
58 Arkansas SWC 1.88 1.02 2.90 17.17 6.69
59 Oregon PCC 2.92 -0.04 2.88 16.20 8.08
60 Colgate Ind -3.43 6.30 2.86 11.53 1.71
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 New Mexico BIAA 0.78 1.96 2.74 15.30 7.90
62 Drake MVC 2.84 -0.46 2.38 19.06 9.88
63 Creighton MVC 0.36 1.99 2.35 14.18 7.73
64 Boston College Ind 3.03 -0.71 2.31 17.50 10.45
65 San Francisco Ind -3.03 5.26 2.23 8.96 4.50
66 Penn State Ind -0.19 1.84 1.65 17.02 7.55
67 South Carolina Southern -0.64 2.26 1.62 13.80 5.56
68 Texas-El Paso BIAA 1.00 0.33 1.34 11.92 8.74
69 New Mexico State BIAA 1.41 -0.12 1.29 13.16 9.92
70 Illinois Western 0.99 0.27 1.26 16.00 8.01
71 Kansas State Big 6 3.77 -2.54 1.24 17.64 12.22
72 Kansas Big 6 4.36 -3.17 1.19 19.60 15.31
73 Virginia Military Institute Southern -0.67 1.57 0.90 11.49 8.26
74 Georgia SEC 3.48 -2.68 0.79 16.79 12.04
75 Princeton Ind 1.39 -1.16 0.23 16.70 8.05
76 Temple Ind 0.18 -0.56 -0.38 13.08 10.28
77 North Carolina State Southern -3.56 2.87 -0.70 10.02 6.52
78 Washington (MO) MVC 0.27 -1.37 -1.10 20.91 11.36
79 Yale Ind 0.07 -1.21 -1.14 14.92 7.39
80 Manhattan Ind -2.73 1.27 -1.46 7.26 6.44
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 New York University Ind -1.10 -0.52 -1.62 12.29 9.15
82 Indiana Western -7.00 5.22 -1.78 6.75 2.95
83 Bucknell Ind -1.56 -0.23 -1.79 9.85 9.75
84 Centenary (LA) Ind -1.81 0.01 -1.81 9.33 9.43
85 Duquesne Ind -2.30 0.22 -2.07 9.85 7.78
86 Tulsa MVC 0.44 -2.52 -2.08 14.22 10.92
87 Virginia Tech Southern -4.60 2.50 -2.10 9.22 8.79
88 Montana PCC -5.51 3.23 -2.28 4.77 5.61
89 Washington State PCC -1.64 -0.84 -2.48 12.30 9.25
90 George Washington Ind -4.79 1.53 -3.26 6.46 8.21
91 Texas SWC -1.53 -1.96 -3.48 11.78 9.88
92 Brigham Young MSAC -3.83 0.27 -3.56 7.69 9.28
93 Citadel Southern -1.73 -2.00 -3.72 9.03 13.63
94 Marquette Ind -5.26 1.54 -3.73 8.43 7.15
95 West Virginia Ind -2.11 -1.63 -3.74 9.76 11.95
96 Colorado MSAC -2.38 -1.56 -3.93 10.35 12.12
97 Kentucky SEC 0.34 -5.38 -5.04 18.83 16.52
98 Mississippi State SEC -2.76 -2.32 -5.08 11.42 11.82
99 Virginia Ind -0.30 -5.04 -5.34 14.20 17.23
100 Utah State MSAC -3.81 -1.56 -5.37 9.08 12.96
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Arizona BIAA -0.21 -5.56 -5.77 12.26 15.48
102 Gonzaga Ind -1.76 -4.10 -5.86 12.95 11.86
103 Loyola Marymount Ind -3.82 -2.29 -6.12 9.91 11.70
104 Richmond Southern -6.54 0.36 -6.19 2.63 10.30
105 Denver MSAC -5.32 -1.29 -6.61 6.39 10.74
106 Iowa Western -2.25 -4.46 -6.71 11.50 13.29
107 Davidson Southern -1.93 -4.84 -6.77 11.13 15.83
108 Florida SEC -3.99 -3.09 -7.08 7.73 12.94
109 Washington & Lee Southern -8.61 0.86 -7.76 1.48 8.91
110 Washburn MVC -1.61 -7.04 -8.65 8.48 19.76
111 Saint Louis MVC -9.07 -1.19 -10.26 0.63 10.03
112 Wyoming MSAC -4.31 -6.22 -10.53 7.68 19.22
113 Arizona State BIAA -7.36 -3.79 -11.15 2.49 13.22
114 Furman Southern -4.46 -6.83 -11.28 7.43 16.31
115 Sewanee SEC -6.49 -5.87 -12.36 7.51 19.97
116 Colorado State MSAC -8.25 -4.37 -12.62 3.26 14.35
117 Oklahoma State MVC -5.79 -7.13 -12.92 5.66 15.76
118 William & Mary Southern -6.06 -7.75 -13.81 7.04 18.94
119 Maryland Southern -2.46 -11.62 -14.08 9.35 26.48
120 Chicago Western -4.01 -12.42 -16.43 7.95 27.45
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 Northern Arizona BIAA -3.67 -13.07 -16.74 6.35 23.45
122 Hampden-Sydney Ind -8.33 -8.79 -17.12 1.39 22.18