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1953 School Ratings

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National Champion: Maryland (AP, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: John Lattner (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Notre Dame ▪ AP Final #1: Maryland

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.

110 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Notre Dame Ind 19.99 4.37 24.36 41.61 8.22
2 Michigan State Big Ten 13.40 8.34 21.74 33.05 5.49
3 Maryland ACC 7.69 13.62 21.30 30.95 0.60
4 Illinois Big Ten 14.10 7.07 21.17 33.47 6.98
5 Oklahoma Big 7 8.91 12.01 20.92 33.59 1.94
6 Wisconsin Big Ten 10.10 10.26 20.36 29.04 2.89
7 Rice SWC 11.49 8.27 19.76 34.15 5.94
8 Iowa Big Ten 6.91 11.68 18.58 28.16 1.00
9 UCLA PCC 7.00 11.17 18.17 27.61 2.92
10 Texas Tech BIAA 14.16 2.52 16.68 37.95 13.31
11 Michigan Big Ten 3.91 11.09 15.00 25.17 2.85
12 Texas SWC 7.46 7.40 14.86 26.60 5.64
13 Ohio State Big Ten 10.25 4.28 14.53 28.46 9.48
14 Mississippi SEC 6.22 7.42 13.64 27.26 7.90
15 Georgia Tech SEC 3.56 8.96 12.52 25.98 4.86
16 Minnesota Big Ten 6.62 5.75 12.37 25.97 8.18
17 Kentucky SEC 5.85 5.84 11.69 24.12 6.97
18 Baylor SWC 8.27 3.28 11.54 28.29 10.71
19 Southern California PCC 5.80 5.26 11.06 24.55 9.92
20 Mississippi State SEC 4.22 6.70 10.92 23.16 6.75
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Stanford PCC 7.81 3.09 10.90 27.76 11.45
22 Southern Methodist SWC 2.70 8.02 10.72 21.72 4.96
23 Auburn SEC 7.34 2.24 9.59 28.57 11.20
24 Penn State Ind 8.32 1.27 9.59 27.13 12.46
25 Duke ACC 4.29 5.12 9.41 24.46 7.42
26 California PCC 7.37 1.71 9.08 27.21 13.26
27 Army Ind 3.84 5.07 8.90 23.71 9.34
28 Missouri Big 7 1.49 7.29 8.78 19.72 6.03
29 Marquette Ind 3.36 5.34 8.70 21.02 8.15
30 Oklahoma State MVC 4.23 3.95 8.18 21.56 10.33
31 Louisiana State SEC 4.16 3.63 7.79 23.98 10.03
32 Syracuse Ind 2.47 5.18 7.65 22.57 9.40
33 Kansas State Big 7 1.74 5.53 7.27 22.56 9.36
34 Purdue Big Ten -0.67 7.85 7.19 19.74 6.68
35 Utah Skyline 7.47 -0.38 7.09 24.38 16.02
36 West Virginia Southern 9.09 -2.41 6.68 29.78 17.61
37 Texas Christian SWC -0.30 6.46 6.16 18.48 7.42
38 Colorado Big 7 7.26 -1.32 5.94 24.17 15.33
39 Tennessee SEC 2.93 2.86 5.79 24.64 11.57
40 Arkansas SWC -0.35 5.90 5.56 19.01 9.55
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Houston MVC 6.07 -0.76 5.31 24.65 14.20
42 Texas A&M SWC 1.73 3.26 4.99 20.07 10.26
43 Alabama SEC -0.41 5.33 4.92 17.43 8.13
44 Northwestern Big Ten 5.98 -1.07 4.90 25.96 15.13
45 Florida SEC -1.18 5.75 4.57 22.62 6.77
46 Pennsylvania Ind -1.82 6.38 4.56 16.11 8.78
47 Detroit Mercy MVC 1.58 2.62 4.20 22.37 12.84
48 Navy Ind -2.88 6.84 3.96 21.22 9.12
49 Pittsburgh Ind -1.56 5.31 3.76 18.03 8.19
50 Miami (FL) Ind 1.37 2.20 3.57 20.88 12.11
51 South Carolina ACC -1.05 4.60 3.55 18.30 10.26
52 Washington PCC 2.44 0.03 2.47 20.67 16.77
53 Wyoming Skyline -1.10 3.49 2.38 18.19 11.44
54 Oregon PCC -6.67 9.03 2.37 10.16 5.91
55 Fordham Ind 1.37 0.99 2.36 19.64 13.91
56 Boston University Ind 4.20 -2.27 1.93 23.13 17.38
57 Indiana Big Ten 3.70 -1.93 1.76 22.47 17.10
58 Arizona BIAA 2.10 -0.65 1.46 22.21 16.59
59 Texas-El Paso BIAA 3.22 -2.49 0.72 18.45 17.66
60 Kansas Big 7 -2.83 3.54 0.71 16.04 12.51
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Nebraska Big 7 0.73 -0.05 0.68 19.03 13.99
62 Utah State Skyline -1.89 1.05 -0.84 16.10 14.99
63 Colorado State Skyline 0.11 -1.33 -1.22 17.07 15.72
64 New Mexico Skyline -3.50 1.50 -2.00 12.08 14.12
65 Holy Cross Ind -7.45 5.36 -2.09 11.09 9.91
66 Wichita State MVC -3.58 1.48 -2.10 16.70 14.13
67 Boston College Ind -1.90 -0.66 -2.55 15.46 17.38
68 North Carolina ACC -0.95 -1.68 -2.62 18.30 15.77
69 Pacific Ind -0.90 -1.80 -2.70 15.77 16.67
70 Clemson ACC -0.23 -2.56 -2.79 17.19 17.78
71 Cornell Ind -1.32 -1.51 -2.83 15.22 16.51
72 Washington State PCC 2.68 -5.58 -2.91 20.31 23.98
73 Furman Southern -5.65 1.42 -4.23 10.68 16.56
74 Hardin-Simmons BIAA -2.45 -2.37 -4.82 13.78 19.77
75 Georgia SEC 0.52 -5.91 -5.39 18.99 18.95
76 Harvard Ind -5.61 0.17 -5.43 10.43 16.56
77 Iowa State Big 7 -3.05 -2.66 -5.71 16.06 20.68
78 Oregon State PCC -9.10 3.08 -6.02 8.61 16.02
79 Yale Ind -8.76 2.70 -6.06 7.70 14.98
80 George Washington Southern -3.54 -2.60 -6.14 11.93 17.83
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Villanova Ind -2.38 -3.78 -6.16 15.26 19.30
82 Vanderbilt SEC -1.50 -5.07 -6.57 16.74 23.04
83 Tulane SEC -3.50 -3.85 -7.34 17.05 17.94
84 Arizona State BIAA -1.00 -6.40 -7.40 15.23 22.77
85 San Jose State Ind -0.58 -7.15 -7.73 15.76 26.32
86 North Texas Ind -5.46 -2.29 -7.75 12.07 19.05
87 Tulsa MVC -2.67 -5.39 -8.06 13.98 23.04
88 Denver Skyline -3.46 -4.73 -8.19 13.44 21.35
89 Columbia Ind -5.22 -3.72 -8.94 10.81 19.58
90 Colgate Ind -2.67 -6.63 -9.30 13.99 22.13
91 Virginia Tech Southern -8.65 -0.68 -9.33 6.24 16.79
92 Wake Forest ACC -6.03 -3.44 -9.47 10.76 18.65
93 Dartmouth Ind -0.24 -9.44 -9.68 17.79 27.30
94 Princeton Ind -2.39 -7.98 -10.37 12.62 27.09
95 Richmond Southern -8.36 -2.63 -10.99 6.88 20.16
96 Washington & Lee Southern -3.55 -7.54 -11.09 15.49 28.19
97 Brigham Young Skyline -2.40 -8.83 -11.23 14.49 24.56
98 Virginia Military Institute Southern -6.53 -5.18 -11.71 9.97 26.28
99 William & Mary Southern -6.07 -5.74 -11.82 8.13 24.06
100 Brown Ind -7.65 -4.67 -12.32 8.92 20.57
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Montana Skyline -0.54 -12.83 -13.37 15.67 29.51
102 Drake Ind -6.60 -7.16 -13.76 8.41 25.85
103 Rutgers Ind -3.55 -13.59 -17.14 12.64 30.52
104 North Carolina State ACC -10.80 -7.71 -18.51 6.43 28.03
105 Idaho PCC -11.54 -7.50 -19.04 5.03 25.14
106 Virginia Ind -8.46 -10.73 -19.19 8.28 28.45
107 New Mexico State BIAA -12.80 -7.37 -20.17 3.28 35.82
108 West Texas A&M BIAA -8.12 -12.16 -20.28 6.55 29.67
109 Citadel Southern -10.43 -11.36 -21.78 5.64 33.93
110 Davidson Southern -13.84 -16.11 -29.94 1.17 38.57