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1959 School Ratings

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National Champion: Syracuse (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Cannon (Louisiana State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Louisiana State ▪ AP Final #1: Syracuse

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.

112 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Mississippi SEC 10.39 13.73 24.12 37.20 -0.05
2 Syracuse Ind 13.05 10.32 23.36 39.83 4.12
3 Louisiana State SEC 5.81 13.85 19.66 22.94 -2.90
4 Texas SWC 9.22 10.35 19.58 26.35 2.01
5 Washington AAWU 5.65 11.47 17.12 25.02 1.80
6 Texas Christian SWC 4.28 12.16 16.44 23.37 1.12
7 Georgia SEC 8.31 7.69 16.00 26.98 5.99
8 Iowa Big Ten 9.06 6.77 15.83 32.15 5.42
9 Southern California AAWU 5.67 9.19 14.86 24.00 4.08
10 Arkansas SWC 5.40 9.36 14.75 22.19 3.36
11 Northwestern Big Ten 8.63 6.09 14.71 26.94 6.30
12 Oklahoma Big 7 10.38 4.25 14.63 28.70 9.76
13 Auburn SEC 4.39 9.91 14.30 22.00 3.00
14 Purdue Big Ten 3.03 10.83 13.86 20.67 1.56
15 Penn State Ind 8.44 4.80 13.24 27.04 8.81
16 Michigan State Big Ten 6.46 6.60 13.06 24.70 5.93
17 Clemson ACC 6.16 5.72 11.88 26.51 7.79
18 Illinois Big Ten 2.19 9.24 11.43 19.82 3.49
19 Indiana Big Ten 5.02 6.25 11.27 22.80 6.57
20 Georgia Tech SEC 4.69 6.18 10.87 20.91 5.73
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Wisconsin Big Ten 4.93 5.83 10.76 23.12 7.45
22 Kentucky SEC 2.26 8.41 10.67 21.42 4.96
23 Oregon Ind 4.66 5.46 10.12 20.78 7.47
24 Notre Dame Ind 8.05 1.60 9.65 25.09 10.50
25 Southern Methodist SWC 5.06 4.45 9.51 22.64 8.58
26 Tennessee SEC 3.27 5.90 9.17 19.31 7.27
27 Wyoming Skyline 2.58 6.34 8.92 24.05 8.69
28 Kansas Big 7 4.98 3.76 8.74 21.48 7.97
29 Florida SEC 2.87 5.76 8.63 21.04 7.45
30 Miami (FL) Ind 5.00 3.49 8.49 21.55 9.32
31 Iowa State Big 7 1.45 7.00 8.45 23.24 7.69
32 Ohio State Big Ten 1.37 6.77 8.13 18.37 5.68
33 Alabama SEC -3.32 11.14 7.82 12.10 2.73
34 UCLA AAWU 2.77 4.80 7.57 21.97 7.72
35 Vanderbilt SEC 0.73 6.64 7.37 18.06 6.85
36 Pittsburgh Ind 4.02 3.26 7.28 20.13 10.17
37 Missouri Big 7 -0.64 7.49 6.85 16.18 5.21
38 Washington State Ind 1.63 4.15 5.78 18.41 9.32
39 Baylor SWC 2.01 3.38 5.39 19.45 9.66
40 Navy Ind 4.63 0.52 5.15 22.12 12.62
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Army Ind 4.05 1.03 5.08 21.68 13.83
42 Pennsylvania Ivy 2.77 2.21 4.97 16.98 14.85
43 Michigan Big Ten 4.09 0.68 4.78 21.98 12.25
44 North Texas MVC 1.59 3.18 4.78 22.52 11.65
45 New Mexico State BIAA 7.79 -3.23 4.56 27.20 16.91
46 Minnesota Big Ten 1.79 2.22 4.01 19.82 10.88
47 Tulane SEC -0.49 3.94 3.45 17.30 12.22
48 North Carolina ACC 0.66 2.67 3.33 21.13 10.81
49 Nebraska Big 7 0.51 2.60 3.11 16.43 10.42
50 Wake Forest ACC 7.22 -4.14 3.08 21.74 16.26
51 Air Force Ind 0.75 2.31 3.06 16.50 10.88
52 Colorado Big 7 3.45 -0.40 3.04 19.29 14.33
53 Oklahoma State Ind 2.15 0.88 3.03 18.74 13.29
54 Texas A&M SWC -0.66 3.47 2.80 15.94 9.82
55 Texas Tech Ind 2.72 -0.29 2.44 18.86 13.56
56 Stanford AAWU 11.05 -8.67 2.39 28.28 21.82
57 Virginia Military Institute Southern 0.74 1.60 2.34 17.09 13.08
58 New Mexico Skyline 4.37 -2.15 2.22 22.70 16.68
59 Maryland ACC 2.70 -0.73 1.97 20.32 13.67
60 Arizona State BIAA 3.60 -2.19 1.40 18.46 17.62
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Duke ACC -2.34 3.73 1.38 14.57 11.59
62 South Carolina ACC 0.99 -0.26 0.72 17.27 14.09
63 California AAWU 1.13 -0.56 0.57 18.78 13.76
64 Oregon State Ind 0.62 -0.82 -0.20 19.84 13.38
65 Rice SWC 0.82 -1.02 -0.20 18.39 13.85
66 Boston College Ind 0.07 -0.78 -0.71 16.17 17.26
67 Utah Skyline 3.37 -4.79 -1.43 22.65 20.99
68 Tulsa MVC -1.98 0.30 -1.68 14.37 13.25
69 Harvard Ivy 0.37 -2.16 -1.79 13.94 19.05
70 Yale Ivy -1.62 -0.23 -1.85 11.06 17.77
71 Mississippi State SEC 0.37 -2.40 -2.02 17.86 17.87
72 Florida State Ind -4.66 2.63 -2.03 13.36 12.62
73 Houston MVC -1.28 -1.19 -2.47 15.16 13.60
74 Cincinnati MVC 0.81 -3.82 -3.01 16.97 17.39
75 Holy Cross Ind -4.22 0.33 -3.88 10.31 17.79
76 Detroit Mercy Ind -0.69 -3.27 -3.96 15.93 18.36
77 Boston University Ind -3.75 -0.51 -4.26 10.42 16.34
78 Marquette Ind 0.40 -5.07 -4.67 18.01 20.94
79 Citadel Southern -1.59 -3.12 -4.70 15.03 19.83
80 Wichita State MVC -0.23 -4.53 -4.75 15.37 18.77
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Pacific Ind -5.79 0.77 -5.02 8.76 13.73
82 Virginia Tech Southern 1.99 -7.80 -5.81 17.30 21.67
83 Colorado State Skyline -4.47 -1.48 -5.95 9.24 15.69
84 Dartmouth Ivy -6.10 -0.56 -6.66 6.72 17.69
85 San Jose State Ind 3.04 -9.73 -6.69 18.68 26.83
86 Kansas State Big 7 -2.26 -4.99 -7.25 14.62 22.27
87 Princeton Ivy -6.42 -0.87 -7.29 7.75 18.13
88 West Virginia Southern -6.82 -0.49 -7.31 8.78 16.89
89 North Carolina State ACC -2.71 -4.63 -7.34 13.48 16.44
90 Hardin-Simmons BIAA -1.30 -7.84 -9.14 15.10 22.73
91 Richmond Southern -2.65 -6.49 -9.14 13.86 20.25
92 Cornell Ivy -5.92 -4.53 -10.45 6.06 21.77
93 Arizona BIAA -5.84 -4.80 -10.64 8.61 21.73
94 Utah State Skyline -5.51 -5.29 -10.80 10.53 19.78
95 Texas-El Paso BIAA -4.32 -6.75 -11.07 10.75 20.09
96 Rutgers Ind -6.53 -5.27 -11.80 3.65 21.43
97 William & Mary Southern -7.75 -4.19 -11.94 8.36 18.44
98 Brigham Young Skyline -8.09 -4.33 -12.42 5.42 18.86
99 Denver Skyline -7.40 -5.61 -13.01 7.78 22.67
100 Colgate Ind -2.71 -10.40 -13.11 10.92 32.83
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Furman Southern -6.95 -7.87 -14.82 7.73 25.68
102 Xavier Ind -4.84 -11.51 -16.35 9.04 28.53
103 Brown Ivy -13.12 -3.73 -16.85 -0.54 21.37
104 Columbia Ivy -7.73 -9.33 -17.07 5.87 28.21
105 Dayton Ind -13.19 -4.31 -17.49 0.41 19.61
106 Idaho Ind -7.30 -10.84 -18.15 8.22 29.38
107 Virginia ACC -6.67 -12.07 -18.74 10.62 36.07
108 West Texas A&M BIAA -7.57 -11.96 -19.53 7.32 25.78
109 George Washington Southern -11.78 -8.07 -19.85 3.70 23.58
110 Davidson Southern -8.95 -11.84 -20.79 6.27 27.31
111 Montana Skyline -10.00 -12.46 -22.46 4.61 34.05
112 Villanova Ind -11.14 -11.34 -22.48 3.24 29.45