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1952 School Ratings

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National Champion: Michigan State (AP, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Vessels (Oklahoma)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan State ▪ AP Final #1: Michigan State

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.

113 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Michigan State Ind 13.63 12.02 25.65 40.01 3.31
2 Oklahoma Big 7 19.92 5.71 25.63 49.01 8.46
3 Southern California PCC 5.45 18.61 24.06 28.23 -3.60
4 UCLA PCC 8.84 15.05 23.88 31.99 -1.06
5 Georgia Tech SEC 9.12 14.15 23.27 32.52 0.21
6 Notre Dame Ind 7.92 13.11 21.03 28.27 -0.44
7 Texas SWC 11.66 7.38 19.04 33.04 6.74
8 California PCC 10.33 7.67 18.00 32.16 7.07
9 Maryland Ind 8.32 9.48 17.80 30.70 5.34
10 Ohio State Western 7.07 9.70 16.77 27.58 4.71
11 Wisconsin Western 10.13 6.62 16.75 30.72 7.82
12 Tennessee SEC 3.32 12.78 16.10 27.17 1.94
13 Alabama SEC 9.13 6.27 15.40 30.15 8.49
14 Purdue Western 9.63 5.66 15.29 30.63 8.27
15 Florida SEC 9.11 5.41 14.52 31.58 8.51
16 Navy Ind 1.89 12.49 14.38 22.46 3.65
17 Mississippi SEC 5.53 8.74 14.27 27.78 5.79
18 Duke Southern 3.60 10.59 14.19 26.40 4.49
19 Michigan Western 6.05 7.66 13.71 29.32 6.79
20 Washington PCC 9.82 3.14 12.96 31.86 13.65
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Kansas Big 7 6.45 5.83 12.29 28.42 6.44
22 Houston MVC 0.75 11.14 11.89 19.77 3.67
23 Princeton Ind 5.48 6.10 11.58 30.57 10.80
24 Pittsburgh Ind 6.10 4.47 10.57 25.76 10.84
25 Illinois Western 7.04 2.91 9.95 28.16 10.76
26 Colorado Big 7 6.29 3.20 9.49 28.98 10.18
27 Missouri Big 7 2.83 6.43 9.26 22.55 7.75
28 Penn State Ind 2.49 6.38 8.87 20.38 9.88
29 Minnesota Western 2.22 6.21 8.44 21.78 8.90
30 Virginia Ind 1.68 6.58 8.26 25.45 10.75
31 Texas Christian SWC -2.15 10.28 8.14 20.13 4.62
32 Georgia SEC 6.08 1.80 7.88 26.86 13.88
33 Southern Methodist SWC 2.14 5.63 7.78 22.86 8.64
34 Army Ind 4.16 3.51 7.67 23.69 13.75
35 Stanford PCC 6.89 0.56 7.45 25.64 15.58
36 Mississippi State SEC 10.22 -3.01 7.21 29.72 17.50
37 Nebraska Big 7 1.04 6.07 7.11 21.83 7.73
38 Tulsa MVC 9.06 -2.02 7.03 30.21 17.63
39 Pennsylvania Ind 0.76 6.15 6.91 19.60 8.44
40 West Virginia Southern 4.84 1.75 6.59 22.17 16.58
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Rice SWC 2.41 4.07 6.48 22.45 10.22
42 Tulane SEC 2.52 3.79 6.31 23.87 10.38
43 Baylor SWC 5.89 0.36 6.25 24.99 13.68
44 Yale Ind 4.55 1.11 5.66 24.94 15.72
45 Villanova Ind 2.26 2.65 4.91 21.98 15.47
46 Texas A&M SWC 1.83 2.95 4.79 22.30 12.26
47 Louisiana State SEC 2.98 1.74 4.72 23.77 12.42
48 Syracuse Ind 4.30 0.09 4.40 21.72 20.18
49 Arizona State BIAA 2.75 1.38 4.13 23.93 15.00
50 Kentucky SEC 0.24 3.46 3.70 19.53 11.29
51 Washington State PCC 3.81 -0.25 3.57 23.26 15.35
52 Wake Forest Southern -0.20 2.60 2.40 17.36 13.23
53 Pacific Ind 3.52 -1.23 2.29 24.59 17.63
54 San Jose State Ind 5.27 -3.04 2.23 25.56 19.10
55 Holy Cross Ind -1.56 3.62 2.07 18.45 13.59
56 Vanderbilt SEC -1.84 3.86 2.02 20.76 13.00
57 Northwestern Western 8.03 -6.15 1.88 27.68 20.49
58 Oklahoma State MVC -1.73 3.60 1.88 17.75 10.94
59 Iowa Western 0.86 0.42 1.29 21.86 15.58
60 Arizona BIAA 1.30 -0.53 0.77 26.24 17.22
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 William & Mary Southern 6.85 -6.10 0.76 24.15 23.42
62 Auburn SEC -1.01 1.59 0.58 20.51 13.13
63 Utah Skyline -1.58 1.81 0.23 17.15 14.47
64 South Carolina Southern -0.46 0.38 -0.08 18.84 15.79
65 Indiana Western 1.68 -1.78 -0.09 22.53 16.04
66 Arkansas SWC 5.72 -6.66 -0.95 25.31 22.22
67 Marquette Ind 2.60 -3.76 -1.16 21.03 20.01
68 Colorado State Skyline -3.77 2.51 -1.26 15.67 18.33
69 Colgate Ind -1.86 0.34 -1.52 16.16 16.15
70 North Carolina Southern 3.23 -4.76 -1.54 23.28 19.93
71 Oregon State PCC 2.68 -4.67 -1.99 21.43 22.09
72 New Mexico Skyline -8.43 5.98 -2.45 6.85 10.92
73 Iowa State Big 7 -3.64 1.11 -2.53 20.10 17.51
74 Idaho PCC -1.69 -1.11 -2.80 18.13 17.82
75 Oregon PCC -3.13 0.23 -2.90 15.24 17.76
76 Hardin-Simmons BIAA 0.94 -5.09 -4.15 17.22 20.79
77 Clemson Ind -5.23 0.91 -4.32 15.45 16.44
78 Santa Clara Ind -6.53 1.51 -5.02 12.65 14.73
79 George Washington Southern -4.19 -0.97 -5.15 11.36 22.49
80 Miami (FL) Ind -6.61 1.39 -5.22 15.25 16.27
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Columbia Ind -2.52 -3.14 -5.67 15.54 19.10
82 Wyoming Skyline -5.78 0.10 -5.68 11.60 17.51
83 Harvard Ind 1.60 -7.88 -6.28 19.88 25.08
84 Texas Tech BIAA -1.32 -5.29 -6.61 19.18 21.41
85 Dartmouth Ind -3.91 -2.74 -6.65 14.37 20.01
86 Rutgers Ind 0.13 -7.02 -6.89 16.37 25.19
87 Cornell Ind -6.21 -0.70 -6.91 12.26 18.19
88 Furman Southern -5.70 -2.03 -7.72 11.04 20.49
89 Detroit Mercy MVC 0.49 -8.68 -8.19 21.74 27.15
90 Fordham Ind -4.49 -3.85 -8.34 14.62 19.98
91 Citadel Southern -6.74 -2.05 -8.79 10.25 23.67
92 Boston University Ind -4.84 -4.10 -8.94 10.70 23.33
93 Virginia Tech Southern -7.68 -2.12 -9.80 7.62 22.60
94 Texas-El Paso BIAA -3.05 -6.94 -9.99 14.50 26.35
95 Boston College Ind -9.88 -1.47 -11.35 5.08 18.02
96 Kansas State Big 7 -7.80 -4.06 -11.86 11.19 20.47
97 Brigham Young Skyline -2.64 -10.01 -12.64 13.52 28.76
98 Virginia Military Institute Southern -1.80 -10.93 -12.73 13.30 30.51
99 Temple Ind -7.45 -6.26 -13.72 9.44 25.57
100 Washington & Lee Southern -2.14 -11.92 -14.06 12.34 36.46
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Brown Ind -9.58 -4.77 -14.36 7.70 24.71
102 North Carolina State Southern -10.66 -3.94 -14.61 6.29 33.72
103 Utah State Skyline -8.28 -6.76 -15.04 7.79 24.39
104 Montana Skyline -9.89 -5.58 -15.47 7.03 24.98
105 Denver Skyline -7.45 -8.10 -15.55 8.78 26.78
106 Wichita State MVC -8.78 -7.74 -16.52 7.49 28.87
107 New York University Ind -12.59 -7.48 -20.07 2.94 29.50
108 West Texas A&M BIAA -9.48 -10.64 -20.12 7.33 31.94
109 Northern Arizona BIAA -12.26 -8.26 -20.52 1.58 26.42
110 Davidson Southern -5.32 -16.13 -21.45 7.33 34.56
111 Richmond Southern -9.73 -13.30 -23.03 5.96 35.11
112 New Mexico State BIAA -9.58 -13.59 -23.17 5.96 36.20
113 Drake Ind -9.85 -15.20 -25.05 5.04 39.89