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1973 School Ratings

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National Champions: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF), Alabama (UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: John Cappelletti (Penn State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Southern California ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

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.

129 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Oklahoma Big 8 18.37 14.50 32.87 46.13 2.98
2 Ohio State Big Ten 11.82 17.84 29.66 44.12 0.83
3 Michigan Big Ten 11.54 16.54 28.08 37.33 0.97
4 Alabama SEC 12.34 13.76 26.10 45.01 4.69
5 Nebraska Big 8 10.74 15.15 25.89 34.71 0.63
6 Notre Dame Ind 11.44 14.23 25.67 40.88 4.35
7 Penn State Ind 11.63 11.15 22.78 39.92 7.81
8 Texas SWC 11.21 9.26 20.47 40.27 10.12
9 Southern California Pac-8 11.52 8.12 19.64 33.94 7.74
10 UCLA Pac-8 13.84 5.62 19.45 46.84 12.80
11 Arizona State WAC 12.66 5.76 18.42 43.08 13.24
12 Louisiana State SEC 7.07 10.79 17.86 29.39 6.49
13 Texas Tech SWC 9.62 8.11 17.73 32.53 9.55
14 Missouri Big 8 4.58 12.51 17.10 26.23 4.55
15 Houston Ind 8.20 8.79 16.98 30.93 10.92
16 North Carolina State ACC 14.39 1.89 16.29 38.40 16.49
17 Kansas Big 8 7.45 8.27 15.73 28.89 8.68
18 Oklahoma State Big 8 6.65 8.14 14.79 35.14 10.22
19 Georgia SEC 4.33 9.35 13.68 25.49 7.95
20 Maryland ACC 5.74 7.58 13.33 30.46 10.60
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Colorado Big 8 9.26 3.56 12.82 31.69 13.57
22 Miami (OH) MAC -0.47 13.08 12.62 19.04 8.60
23 Stanford Pac-8 6.60 4.87 11.47 28.98 14.53
24 Minnesota Big Ten 10.18 1.22 11.41 32.03 20.74
25 Tennessee SEC 10.83 0.48 11.31 30.78 17.72
26 San Diego State PCAA 5.55 5.00 10.54 28.08 15.31
27 Kent State MAC 4.26 5.56 9.82 25.52 16.67
28 Iowa State Big 8 7.20 2.43 9.63 31.16 13.54
29 Tulane Ind 1.91 7.35 9.26 24.22 14.01
30 Kentucky SEC 3.89 5.02 8.91 25.49 12.50
31 Mississippi SEC 1.66 6.79 8.45 24.76 14.11
32 Wisconsin Big Ten 5.84 2.59 8.43 27.46 13.91
33 Michigan State Big Ten -2.36 10.69 8.33 18.40 6.14
34 Boston College Ind 4.75 3.43 8.18 29.93 15.86
35 Arizona WAC 4.43 3.62 8.05 23.80 15.08
36 Illinois Big Ten -2.25 10.20 7.95 20.18 7.36
37 Purdue Big Ten 5.34 2.52 7.85 26.27 15.20
38 East Carolina Southern 2.17 5.60 7.77 26.91 16.88
39 Kansas State Big 8 3.67 4.03 7.70 25.36 15.99
40 Florida SEC 1.62 5.87 7.50 23.15 12.45
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Pittsburgh Ind 1.99 5.47 7.46 22.87 11.31
42 South Carolina Ind 12.39 -5.00 7.40 32.87 24.39
43 Texas A&M SWC 6.41 0.82 7.24 30.84 17.18
44 Auburn SEC -0.90 7.84 6.94 21.37 11.49
45 Southern Methodist SWC 4.59 1.99 6.59 27.78 17.93
46 Temple Ind 7.31 -1.20 6.11 30.70 24.90
47 Richmond Southern 1.86 4.22 6.08 25.03 17.46
48 Miami (FL) Ind 1.68 3.95 5.63 21.04 14.06
49 Washington State Pac-8 5.87 -0.67 5.20 27.45 17.02
50 Rice SWC -0.77 5.70 4.93 20.66 13.67
51 Arkansas SWC -4.29 9.09 4.80 16.95 8.92
52 Northwestern Big Ten 4.22 0.30 4.52 24.96 21.68
53 Navy Ind 1.03 3.45 4.48 25.05 17.25
54 Air Force Ind 5.02 -1.13 3.88 24.52 20.98
55 Memphis Ind 3.32 0.42 3.74 22.97 19.34
56 Utah WAC 9.33 -5.73 3.59 33.44 25.29
57 Brigham Young WAC 3.92 -0.96 2.96 28.46 20.88
58 West Virginia Ind 2.54 -0.09 2.45 23.75 20.98
59 Pacific PCAA -1.08 3.51 2.43 22.52 18.64
60 Georgia Tech Ind 0.72 1.71 2.42 20.35 17.73
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Southern Mississippi Ind -1.17 3.54 2.37 18.69 17.82
62 Mississippi State SEC 3.84 -1.87 1.97 25.27 22.58
63 Oregon Pac-8 -2.97 4.62 1.65 22.48 11.58
64 Bowling Green State MAC 5.58 -4.34 1.24 23.47 26.05
65 San Jose State PCAA -3.05 3.97 0.92 15.91 14.78
66 Indiana Big Ten 0.53 0.34 0.87 22.60 18.20
67 Wyoming WAC 1.04 -0.44 0.60 22.09 22.31
68 Vanderbilt SEC -0.23 0.59 0.36 19.26 20.88
69 North Carolina ACC 3.64 -3.82 -0.18 25.37 22.20
70 Clemson ACC 1.95 -2.85 -0.89 22.82 22.31
71 Texas Christian SWC -1.10 0.16 -0.94 20.75 20.22
72 California Pac-8 4.61 -5.57 -0.97 27.80 29.05
73 Tampa Ind -1.60 0.61 -0.99 16.03 20.16
74 Utah State Ind -1.22 0.18 -1.04 17.35 19.95
75 Ohio MAC -2.40 0.77 -1.64 15.86 21.77
76 Oregon State Pac-8 -2.07 -0.03 -2.10 19.22 17.80
77 New Mexico WAC -1.14 -1.08 -2.22 21.41 22.97
78 Cincinnati Ind -6.28 3.41 -2.87 14.71 16.37
79 Baylor SWC 2.95 -6.80 -3.85 24.77 26.42
80 Iowa Big Ten 0.61 -4.84 -4.23 22.77 26.61
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Duke ACC -7.18 2.92 -4.26 13.18 15.42
82 Tulsa MVC -1.83 -2.54 -4.38 20.99 23.94
83 Furman Southern -0.56 -4.21 -4.77 18.30 25.10
84 Yale Ivy -3.57 -1.36 -4.93 16.34 22.73
85 Dartmouth Ivy -4.79 -0.27 -5.06 14.06 21.10
86 Pennsylvania Ivy 1.02 -6.61 -5.59 20.59 26.92
87 Syracuse Ind -4.94 -0.65 -5.60 16.01 22.61
88 Harvard Ivy -2.56 -3.44 -5.99 18.86 26.39
89 Louisville MVC -6.84 0.50 -6.34 11.05 19.90
90 Virginia Tech Ind 0.74 -7.41 -6.67 20.93 31.44
91 William & Mary Southern 2.23 -8.97 -6.74 20.42 30.61
92 Colorado State WAC -1.24 -5.69 -6.93 19.03 28.98
93 Rutgers Ind -3.50 -3.51 -7.01 16.05 27.19
94 Virginia ACC -0.35 -6.71 -7.06 19.21 27.03
95 Western Michigan MAC -5.12 -2.38 -7.50 12.46 24.75
96 Villanova Ind -7.14 -0.69 -7.82 12.12 21.38
97 Holy Cross Ind -2.70 -5.26 -7.96 15.36 24.51
98 Washington Pac-8 0.35 -8.81 -8.46 22.03 31.29
99 Brown Ivy -0.81 -8.04 -8.85 17.08 28.89
100 Northern Illinois Ind 3.35 -12.37 -9.01 20.77 33.18
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Toledo MAC -0.09 -8.95 -9.03 17.32 31.38
102 Colgate Ind 2.72 -12.36 -9.64 24.03 34.60
103 Cornell Ivy -8.45 -2.48 -10.93 11.68 23.77
104 Marshall Ind -2.42 -8.90 -11.31 14.82 31.49
105 Army Ind -10.05 -1.38 -11.43 11.40 32.52
106 Southern Illinois Ind -2.14 -9.45 -11.60 19.44 33.14
107 Dayton Ind -8.56 -3.13 -11.69 7.94 26.07
108 Wake Forest ACC -12.97 0.26 -12.71 7.48 25.46
109 Florida State Ind -9.65 -3.60 -13.25 10.90 27.05
110 North Texas MVC -9.73 -3.61 -13.35 8.03 29.52
111 Idaho Ind -3.79 -10.48 -14.27 18.36 33.52
112 New Mexico State MVC -4.08 -10.48 -14.56 14.27 35.26
113 Texas-Arlington Ind -4.47 -10.47 -14.94 13.49 37.85
114 Virginia Military Institute Southern -10.63 -4.83 -15.46 7.79 30.30
115 Appalachian State Southern -9.13 -6.51 -15.64 9.59 30.12
116 Chattanooga Ind -9.20 -6.71 -15.92 8.64 30.74
117 Xavier Ind -6.03 -10.70 -16.73 11.10 40.34
118 Long Beach State PCAA -11.14 -5.60 -16.74 7.33 25.81
119 Fresno State PCAA -9.30 -8.56 -17.86 9.66 32.95
120 Citadel Southern -10.99 -6.92 -17.91 6.92 28.55
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 Wichita State MVC -8.54 -10.74 -19.28 9.17 34.21
122 Lamar Ind -14.59 -4.82 -19.42 0.74 27.36
123 Davidson Southern -9.43 -11.50 -20.93 8.37 37.22
124 Princeton Ivy -10.74 -11.07 -21.81 7.69 31.49
125 Texas-El Paso WAC -9.13 -13.00 -22.12 10.13 48.16
126 Drake MVC -12.67 -9.97 -22.64 4.33 33.11
127 West Texas A&M MVC -13.30 -10.03 -23.33 4.87 36.50
128 Columbia Ivy -17.05 -9.22 -26.27 1.51 36.86
129 Louisiana-Lafayette Ind -16.70 -11.82 -28.52 0.86 37.30