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1971 School Ratings

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Pat Sullivan (Auburn)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Bob Devaney (Nebraska)

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

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.

128 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Nebraska Big 8 14.96 16.53 31.49 43.65 1.28
2 Oklahoma Big 8 22.60 6.64 29.24 50.28 10.67
3 Alabama SEC 12.22 15.44 27.66 38.58 2.72
4 Georgia SEC 9.50 12.72 22.22 33.67 6.02
5 Colorado Big 8 13.51 7.75 21.25 37.50 9.93
6 Louisiana State SEC 10.85 10.03 20.87 35.09 7.07
7 Michigan Big Ten 6.57 12.97 19.54 38.72 4.89
8 Penn State Ind 10.67 8.83 19.51 40.57 10.37
9 Arizona State WAC 14.38 4.73 19.11 38.99 14.61
10 Auburn SEC 11.87 6.82 18.69 35.73 10.97
11 Houston Ind 10.31 6.46 16.77 31.95 10.98
12 Southern California Pac-8 6.55 10.08 16.63 28.26 6.54
13 Notre Dame Ind 1.95 14.65 16.60 27.29 3.61
14 Mississippi SEC 11.42 5.15 16.57 34.26 14.28
15 Tennessee SEC 4.57 11.75 16.33 25.86 5.49
16 Stanford Pac-8 5.04 10.05 15.09 26.37 6.51
17 Iowa State Big 8 9.14 5.81 14.95 31.59 13.39
18 Washington Pac-8 10.34 4.35 14.69 35.13 13.35
19 Ohio State Big Ten 4.85 9.35 14.20 27.18 6.57
20 Texas SWC 6.83 6.59 13.42 29.42 10.73
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Florida State Ind 5.99 7.26 13.25 26.77 10.90
22 Arkansas SWC 8.81 2.88 11.68 31.50 15.22
23 Toledo MAC 4.66 6.30 10.95 28.27 14.18
24 North Carolina ACC 5.62 5.29 10.91 27.27 13.19
25 Michigan State Big Ten 2.73 7.14 9.88 26.10 9.45
26 Northwestern Big Ten 3.79 5.51 9.30 25.26 12.28
27 Georgia Tech Ind 3.35 4.45 7.80 23.93 13.03
28 Boston College Ind 0.02 7.27 7.29 22.18 13.48
29 Utah State Ind 2.67 4.20 6.87 21.43 15.82
30 Oregon Pac-8 6.46 -0.65 5.81 27.25 18.45
31 Air Force Ind 1.13 4.37 5.50 20.32 14.40
32 New Mexico WAC 10.68 -5.79 4.90 31.88 25.63
33 Kansas State Big 8 4.99 -0.15 4.84 25.07 19.68
34 Kansas Big 8 0.42 4.24 4.66 22.41 17.84
35 Memphis MVC 2.83 1.57 4.41 24.17 17.61
36 South Carolina ACC 0.80 3.55 4.35 21.86 16.41
37 Oregon State Pac-8 9.05 -4.81 4.24 29.42 22.58
38 California Pac-8 1.06 3.12 4.18 21.94 16.66
39 Florida SEC 2.48 1.65 4.13 23.22 20.72
40 West Virginia Ind 6.20 -2.07 4.12 26.13 20.69
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Duke ACC -3.14 7.01 3.87 17.72 12.79
42 Cornell Ivy 2.91 0.71 3.62 20.93 21.45
43 Purdue Big Ten 5.16 -1.68 3.49 26.75 17.07
44 Dartmouth Ivy 0.50 2.94 3.44 17.36 18.59
45 Oklahoma State Big 8 0.88 2.46 3.34 21.25 20.38
46 Illinois Big Ten -0.67 3.96 3.28 21.32 15.03
47 Washington State Pac-8 5.49 -2.23 3.25 26.28 21.01
48 Temple Ind 1.67 0.94 2.61 23.48 19.75
49 Ohio MAC 3.11 -0.85 2.26 22.56 19.16
50 Long Beach State PCAA 5.95 -3.75 2.20 24.15 23.91
51 Minnesota Big Ten 4.04 -1.92 2.12 25.14 18.51
52 UCLA Pac-8 0.51 1.58 2.09 21.95 16.78
53 Tampa Ind 1.19 0.61 1.80 26.46 19.04
54 Wisconsin Big Ten 5.12 -3.33 1.79 26.58 20.68
55 Syracuse Ind -3.92 5.61 1.69 17.47 12.90
56 Western Michigan MAC -1.52 3.07 1.54 19.00 16.88
57 Southern Mississippi Ind -2.04 3.56 1.52 19.66 16.46
58 San Jose State PCAA 0.69 0.48 1.17 22.72 20.43
59 Vanderbilt SEC -2.76 3.83 1.07 16.70 15.60
60 Tulane Ind -1.68 2.62 0.94 19.63 15.54
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 San Diego State PCAA 2.11 -1.51 0.60 21.10 22.70
62 Miami (FL) Ind 0.06 0.49 0.54 20.51 18.27
63 Clemson ACC -1.98 2.39 0.42 17.63 16.13
64 Army Ind -2.25 2.65 0.39 16.34 19.28
65 Louisville MVC -3.60 3.97 0.37 15.22 14.81
66 Texas Tech SWC -6.10 6.32 0.22 14.33 11.08
67 Miami (OH) MAC -6.17 6.29 0.13 17.47 15.54
68 Texas Christian SWC 1.70 -1.59 0.11 22.88 23.50
69 Rice SWC -1.46 1.51 0.05 19.17 16.81
70 Brigham Young WAC -2.45 2.27 -0.18 18.14 17.00
71 Cincinnati Ind -0.98 0.55 -0.43 18.81 20.51
72 Wake Forest ACC -2.03 1.28 -0.75 18.23 17.33
73 Arizona WAC -2.76 1.82 -0.94 17.45 17.91
74 Texas A&M SWC -3.81 2.80 -1.01 17.20 16.72
75 Villanova Ind -3.61 2.59 -1.02 17.54 16.92
76 Mississippi State SEC -1.70 0.06 -1.65 18.23 21.13
77 Kentucky SEC -1.60 -0.23 -1.83 18.70 20.14
78 Wyoming WAC 1.58 -3.59 -2.01 20.85 25.99
79 Southern Methodist SWC -2.40 -0.02 -2.42 17.53 18.59
80 Hawaii Ind -0.93 -1.67 -2.60 18.80 23.93
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Bowling Green State MAC 4.49 -7.11 -2.63 22.22 26.60
82 Utah WAC 3.44 -6.18 -2.74 23.02 25.21
83 Missouri Big 8 -5.46 2.67 -2.79 14.95 15.56
84 Virginia Tech Ind 2.72 -5.78 -3.06 23.26 25.48
85 Pittsburgh Ind 5.69 -8.89 -3.20 25.35 29.45
86 Idaho Ind -4.23 0.80 -3.43 15.83 21.34
87 William & Mary Southern 2.75 -6.23 -3.47 22.13 24.55
88 Columbia Ivy -2.27 -1.23 -3.50 13.31 21.82
89 Navy Ind -0.17 -4.14 -4.31 18.88 26.38
90 Drake MVC -1.56 -2.89 -4.45 17.89 24.15
91 Indiana Big Ten -3.61 -1.01 -4.62 17.97 20.79
92 Princeton Ivy -3.24 -1.94 -5.18 16.17 23.59
93 Harvard Ivy -1.51 -3.95 -5.46 15.09 25.11
94 Texas-El Paso WAC -7.00 1.22 -5.78 12.44 19.91
95 Pacific PCAA -3.40 -2.72 -6.11 14.11 21.21
96 Citadel Southern 7.09 -13.39 -6.31 25.36 34.01
97 New Mexico State Ind -2.97 -3.38 -6.35 15.20 24.33
98 Fresno State PCAA -5.60 -0.77 -6.37 13.53 21.01
99 Maryland ACC 1.20 -7.69 -6.49 22.69 26.57
100 Northern Illinois Ind -3.19 -3.59 -6.78 14.74 24.35
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Tulsa MVC -2.05 -4.92 -6.97 17.65 27.19
102 Virginia ACC -4.85 -2.53 -7.37 14.21 23.66
103 Yale Ivy -6.77 -1.75 -8.52 10.99 22.61
104 Richmond Southern -9.62 1.05 -8.57 8.96 18.88
105 Colorado State WAC -4.63 -4.25 -8.87 14.53 26.93
106 Colgate Ind 2.91 -11.89 -8.99 21.85 33.71
107 Iowa Big Ten -4.94 -4.73 -9.67 16.92 27.04
108 Dayton Ind -5.61 -4.15 -9.75 12.86 25.27
109 Holy Cross Ind -3.57 -6.79 -10.36 14.44 29.35
110 California-Santa Barbara PCAA -6.78 -3.74 -10.52 12.22 29.89
111 North Carolina State ACC -5.74 -5.06 -10.79 14.06 24.43
112 Rutgers Ind -5.92 -5.90 -11.82 11.25 28.10
113 Kent State MAC -4.32 -8.21 -12.53 14.13 29.63
114 East Carolina Southern -4.98 -8.19 -13.16 13.96 31.38
115 Chattanooga Ind -3.70 -9.54 -13.24 15.01 32.87
116 Baylor SWC -9.77 -3.86 -13.64 10.76 22.62
117 Furman Southern -9.34 -4.86 -14.20 9.65 26.26
118 North Texas MVC -6.66 -7.72 -14.38 12.17 32.03
119 Pennsylvania Ivy -8.57 -7.07 -15.64 8.95 29.27
120 Xavier Ind -8.46 -8.15 -16.61 9.68 28.99
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 Brown Ivy -7.35 -10.47 -17.82 10.78 31.70
122 Wichita State MVC -8.93 -9.48 -18.40 8.42 30.86
123 West Texas A&M MVC -9.66 -9.54 -19.20 8.61 31.12
124 Virginia Military Institute Southern -17.34 -3.04 -20.39 2.08 25.82
125 Marshall Ind -14.98 -5.48 -20.46 3.08 33.03
126 Texas-Arlington Ind -14.80 -6.83 -21.63 3.11 29.87
127 Cal State Los Angeles PCAA -14.57 -9.79 -24.35 2.21 33.83
128 Davidson Southern -12.47 -13.08 -25.55 6.08 35.92