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1961 School Ratings

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, NFF, UPI), Ohio State (FWAA)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Ernie Davis (Syracuse)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Darrell Royal (Texas)

AP Preseason #1: Iowa ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

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.

111 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Texas SWC 12.87 12.46 25.33 32.94 -0.23
2 Alabama SEC 8.81 15.21 24.03 32.06 -1.29
3 Mississippi SEC 9.90 12.08 21.98 36.37 0.40
4 Louisiana State SEC 8.63 13.21 21.85 31.75 -0.53
5 Michigan State Big Ten 7.09 12.95 20.05 26.29 0.10
6 Ohio State Big Ten 8.81 10.39 19.20 28.48 3.13
7 Georgia Tech SEC 5.37 12.61 17.98 23.38 -0.37
8 Minnesota Big Ten 5.74 11.69 17.43 22.85 1.28
9 Michigan Big Ten 13.78 3.05 16.83 31.57 11.05
10 Kansas Big 8 8.04 7.18 15.22 29.29 5.18
11 Iowa Big Ten 11.95 2.91 14.86 29.73 10.80
12 Penn State Ind 10.25 3.95 14.19 27.80 9.90
13 Arkansas SWC 4.05 9.74 13.78 22.88 2.40
14 Duke ACC 5.06 8.43 13.49 22.95 5.89
15 Colorado Big 8 6.26 6.68 12.94 23.06 6.63
16 Syracuse Ind 9.26 3.56 12.82 27.33 10.17
17 Rice SWC 6.58 5.83 12.41 26.01 6.77
18 Purdue Big Ten 4.62 7.73 12.35 20.50 4.62
19 Miami (FL) Ind 1.39 9.69 11.08 18.47 3.06
20 Wisconsin Big Ten 8.63 2.12 10.75 26.73 12.03
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Missouri Big 8 -0.34 11.03 10.69 16.09 1.91
22 Tennessee SEC 8.49 1.91 10.41 28.68 10.54
23 Texas A&M SWC 3.20 6.52 9.72 24.87 5.89
24 Northwestern Big Ten 2.58 6.95 9.53 20.91 6.18
25 Auburn SEC 6.33 3.14 9.47 23.69 9.53
26 Clemson ACC 6.36 2.95 9.31 23.90 11.00
27 Notre Dame Ind 7.55 1.32 8.87 24.77 11.52
28 Baylor SWC 6.88 1.80 8.68 25.07 10.47
29 Utah State Skyline 5.05 3.49 8.54 30.80 11.64
30 Wyoming Skyline 1.41 6.96 8.37 18.27 6.24
31 UCLA AAWU 3.69 4.21 7.90 20.58 9.63
32 Navy Ind 3.96 3.90 7.86 21.03 10.53
33 Army Ind 2.73 4.68 7.42 20.08 10.41
34 Maryland ACC 3.55 2.98 6.52 18.43 11.47
35 Kentucky SEC 2.87 3.41 6.28 19.60 8.63
36 North Carolina ACC 1.65 4.51 6.16 17.90 9.23
37 Oklahoma Big 8 1.54 4.32 5.87 18.72 8.87
38 Mississippi State SEC -0.48 6.02 5.54 17.19 5.48
39 Arizona Ind 5.95 -1.24 4.72 23.39 15.53
40 Houston Ind 2.84 1.77 4.61 19.53 11.42
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Memphis Ind 3.69 0.85 4.54 26.75 14.79
42 Texas Christian SWC 3.20 1.10 4.30 20.09 11.14
43 Villanova Ind 1.38 2.44 3.82 18.17 13.42
44 Utah Skyline 0.92 2.21 3.13 17.60 11.18
45 Iowa State Big 8 1.66 1.40 3.06 17.87 12.78
46 Florida SEC -0.23 3.18 2.95 16.73 9.99
47 Rutgers Ind 5.25 -2.46 2.80 19.73 17.88
48 Washington AAWU -2.64 5.21 2.56 13.13 7.94
49 Oregon Ind -1.15 3.70 2.55 16.62 10.01
50 North Carolina State ACC 1.46 0.93 2.39 17.29 11.98
51 Nebraska Big 8 -1.71 3.88 2.18 15.61 9.83
52 Arizona State BIAA 5.41 -3.52 1.89 23.12 18.28
53 Pittsburgh Ind 3.73 -2.25 1.47 20.44 15.73
54 Southern California AAWU 1.59 -0.18 1.41 17.83 13.11
55 Indiana Big Ten -0.95 2.27 1.32 16.49 11.84
56 Oklahoma State Big 8 0.56 0.26 0.83 19.59 14.97
57 South Carolina ACC 1.05 -0.47 0.58 17.54 15.30
58 Oregon State Ind -1.89 2.32 0.43 15.25 11.92
59 West Virginia Southern -1.25 1.64 0.38 14.63 13.03
60 Wake Forest ACC -1.94 1.78 -0.16 14.22 12.82
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Tulane SEC -1.90 1.67 -0.23 15.01 16.38
62 Holy Cross Ind 0.84 -1.34 -0.50 17.41 17.04
63 Texas Tech SWC -1.67 0.86 -0.82 15.51 13.86
64 Georgia SEC 0.06 -1.19 -1.13 16.39 14.08
65 Southern Methodist SWC -1.23 -0.21 -1.44 15.87 13.73
66 Vanderbilt SEC -1.62 -0.17 -1.79 15.70 16.13
67 Columbia Ivy 1.89 -3.95 -2.06 20.74 19.72
68 Richmond Southern -0.33 -2.39 -2.72 14.21 21.31
69 Furman Southern -2.29 -0.74 -3.04 11.19 16.07
70 Dartmouth Ivy 0.04 -3.23 -3.19 15.86 17.99
71 Washington State Ind 2.65 -6.06 -3.41 19.31 19.98
72 Stanford AAWU -4.15 0.71 -3.44 13.15 14.81
73 Florida State Ind -6.22 2.77 -3.45 10.73 12.34
74 Detroit Mercy Ind 2.07 -5.63 -3.56 18.20 22.32
75 Boston College Ind -2.47 -1.21 -3.68 13.20 17.87
76 New Mexico Skyline -0.39 -3.29 -3.68 15.92 18.36
77 Virginia ACC -1.74 -2.15 -3.88 14.39 19.20
78 Wichita State MVC 0.52 -4.89 -4.37 14.95 19.36
79 Citadel Southern -3.11 -1.46 -4.57 9.76 19.67
80 West Texas A&M BIAA 5.18 -9.97 -4.79 23.21 24.08
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 George Washington Southern -1.74 -3.32 -5.07 13.98 18.55
82 Virginia Military Institute Southern -6.79 1.67 -5.13 7.82 14.59
83 Virginia Tech Southern -5.61 0.33 -5.28 8.56 15.43
84 California AAWU 0.91 -6.31 -5.40 18.66 21.74
85 Harvard Ivy -3.43 -2.71 -6.14 11.34 17.77
86 New Mexico State BIAA 1.52 -7.82 -6.30 24.73 24.49
87 Illinois Big Ten -2.74 -4.48 -7.21 15.16 24.86
88 San Jose State Ind -1.04 -6.20 -7.24 11.12 21.42
89 Boston University Ind -6.17 -1.36 -7.53 9.01 16.96
90 Kansas State Big 8 -5.20 -3.64 -8.83 11.90 20.56
91 Colgate Ind -6.93 -2.05 -8.98 7.94 20.56
92 Princeton Ivy -3.40 -5.61 -9.01 13.84 20.23
93 Pacific Ind -1.05 -8.42 -9.47 12.60 26.05
94 Air Force Ind -6.14 -3.57 -9.71 8.97 17.10
95 Xavier Ind -11.45 0.70 -10.75 1.92 14.61
96 Tulsa MVC -7.80 -3.28 -11.08 8.20 20.24
97 Cornell Ivy -5.21 -5.99 -11.20 11.39 20.82
98 Davidson Southern -1.89 -9.39 -11.28 10.98 26.34
99 Yale Ivy -9.79 -2.45 -12.24 4.57 17.90
100 Montana Skyline -5.31 -7.03 -12.34 9.15 22.40
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Cincinnati MVC -9.69 -4.53 -14.22 5.27 19.58
102 North Texas MVC -5.63 -8.62 -14.25 7.82 24.76
103 William & Mary Southern -3.67 -11.60 -15.27 11.16 30.59
104 Texas-El Paso BIAA -3.34 -12.37 -15.71 11.05 27.79
105 Brigham Young Skyline -4.32 -11.82 -16.14 11.29 29.26
106 Colorado State Skyline -10.28 -6.27 -16.55 6.13 23.83
107 Idaho Ind -9.14 -8.73 -17.87 6.50 37.30
108 Dayton Ind -10.35 -12.55 -22.89 3.89 30.41
109 Pennsylvania Ivy -15.59 -7.67 -23.26 -0.57 25.91
110 Brown Ivy -17.22 -10.62 -27.84 -2.12 32.72
111 Hardin-Simmons BIAA -17.14 -11.07 -28.20 -1.82 37.08