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1976 School Ratings

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Pittsburgh

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.

137 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Michigan Big Ten 9.79 14.87 24.67 40.99 2.24
2 Pittsburgh Ind 12.50 10.56 23.06 35.44 7.65
3 Texas A&M SWC 9.32 12.25 21.57 31.97 6.66
4 Southern California Pac-8 9.26 11.75 21.01 38.02 4.78
5 Georgia SEC 9.68 11.10 20.78 34.25 6.58
6 Ohio State Big Ten 8.80 11.85 20.66 32.60 4.31
7 Oklahoma Big 8 10.25 8.90 19.16 32.68 8.64
8 Maryland ACC 7.85 10.99 18.84 28.43 7.89
9 Alabama SEC 8.40 10.01 18.41 32.91 6.47
10 Houston SWC 9.18 8.90 18.08 31.14 11.00
11 Texas Tech SWC 11.79 6.09 17.89 30.85 11.64
12 Nebraska Big 8 8.15 9.48 17.63 36.27 7.80
13 UCLA Pac-8 8.91 8.45 17.36 36.56 9.07
14 Oklahoma State Big 8 11.31 5.58 16.90 32.39 11.26
15 Colorado Big 8 9.58 7.26 16.83 31.43 9.57
16 Notre Dame Ind 7.15 9.47 16.62 30.98 7.24
17 Kentucky SEC 2.99 11.48 14.47 23.92 6.22
18 Missouri Big 8 9.81 4.66 14.47 30.98 10.90
19 Iowa State Big 8 9.64 4.25 13.89 35.40 13.68
20 Florida SEC 12.98 -0.37 12.61 34.15 17.63
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Penn State Ind 4.80 7.36 12.16 25.59 9.95
22 Mississippi State SEC 7.51 4.06 11.57 29.38 13.82
23 Louisiana State SEC 2.26 9.18 11.43 26.06 8.11
24 Kansas Big 8 7.78 3.45 11.24 29.57 13.65
25 Tennessee SEC 3.53 7.24 10.77 24.90 10.16
26 South Carolina Ind 1.73 8.18 9.92 22.60 8.98
27 East Carolina Southern 3.14 6.76 9.90 25.41 12.12
28 Baylor SWC 2.82 6.89 9.71 22.01 11.39
29 Illinois Big Ten 5.94 3.26 9.19 28.77 15.16
30 Texas SWC 2.48 5.97 8.45 21.57 12.16
31 Cincinnati Ind -0.53 8.57 8.04 20.68 10.09
32 Minnesota Big Ten 1.17 6.34 7.51 22.12 13.10
33 Washington Pac-8 4.67 2.77 7.44 26.01 14.13
34 North Carolina ACC 4.41 3.03 7.43 23.07 15.88
35 California Pac-8 4.82 2.42 7.24 25.39 12.95
36 Wisconsin Big Ten 10.60 -3.57 7.03 31.86 19.61
37 Miami (FL) Ind 0.06 6.70 6.76 24.94 10.89
38 Arkansas SWC 1.82 4.82 6.64 22.01 14.06
39 Brigham Young WAC 7.16 -0.57 6.58 29.58 20.03
40 Boston College Ind -1.10 7.66 6.56 20.90 11.94
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Mississippi SEC -0.93 7.44 6.52 20.35 11.69
42 Duke ACC 6.63 -0.12 6.51 27.27 18.26
43 Rutgers Ind -0.82 6.74 5.93 21.11 14.37
44 Memphis Ind 3.42 2.29 5.71 23.32 15.96
45 Purdue Big Ten 3.30 2.33 5.63 23.66 14.04
46 Stanford Pac-8 6.52 -0.97 5.55 26.62 18.47
47 Virginia Tech Ind 2.40 2.83 5.24 22.72 16.28
48 Yale Ivy -1.26 5.78 4.52 17.41 16.27
49 Georgia Tech Ind 5.17 -0.76 4.41 26.12 19.60
50 West Virginia Ind 0.82 3.47 4.29 22.17 15.91
51 William & Mary Southern 1.38 2.89 4.27 19.96 15.05
52 Michigan State Big Ten 6.26 -2.20 4.07 27.95 19.87
53 Wake Forest ACC 0.99 2.62 3.61 20.61 14.60
54 Clemson ACC 0.82 2.47 3.29 21.19 17.05
55 Dartmouth Ivy 1.37 1.82 3.18 21.36 20.12
56 Navy Ind 0.73 2.45 3.18 21.11 19.78
57 Florida State Ind 3.50 -0.33 3.17 23.09 19.93
58 Iowa Big Ten -1.52 4.62 3.10 20.21 15.55
59 Tulsa MVC 1.87 1.02 2.89 20.72 18.60
60 Richmond Southern -2.84 5.47 2.63 18.42 13.70
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Auburn SEC 2.31 0.11 2.42 23.55 17.42
62 Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 0.16 2.12 2.29 19.45 16.93
63 Appalachian State Southern 1.03 1.11 2.14 24.59 18.73
64 San Jose State PCAA 5.85 -3.76 2.09 28.85 23.89
65 North Carolina State ACC 3.80 -1.77 2.03 24.46 19.92
66 Furman Southern -0.38 2.14 1.75 20.46 16.60
67 North Texas Ind -4.66 6.33 1.67 17.52 12.57
68 Brown Ivy -1.86 2.84 0.98 13.94 18.29
69 Indiana Big Ten -2.82 3.68 0.86 18.05 15.55
70 San Diego State Ind -5.16 5.80 0.64 12.91 13.58
71 Wyoming WAC 0.78 -1.01 -0.23 20.75 20.48
72 Southern Methodist SWC 3.53 -3.79 -0.26 23.28 25.80
73 Washington State Pac-8 4.26 -4.79 -0.53 25.90 24.45
74 Kansas State Big 8 0.04 -0.76 -0.73 21.73 21.26
75 Harvard Ivy -1.72 0.95 -0.78 15.41 20.27
76 Arizona WAC 2.98 -4.05 -1.07 25.66 22.46
77 McNeese State Southland 0.79 -2.25 -1.47 17.82 22.43
78 Villanova Ind 1.87 -3.50 -1.63 20.67 23.40
79 Louisiana Tech Southland 6.18 -7.88 -1.70 27.34 27.24
80 Oregon Pac-8 -5.33 3.40 -1.93 16.02 19.39
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Vanderbilt SEC -0.47 -1.49 -1.95 20.59 21.11
82 Citadel Southern -3.26 1.00 -2.27 15.49 17.93
83 Arizona State WAC 0.16 -2.97 -2.81 20.35 19.94
84 Army Ind 0.93 -3.89 -2.96 19.22 23.95
85 Louisville Ind -3.49 0.07 -3.42 16.48 19.76
86 Tulane Ind -2.33 -1.19 -3.52 17.79 19.16
87 Syracuse Ind -1.96 -1.75 -3.72 17.49 21.38
88 Colorado State WAC -3.39 -0.46 -3.85 15.26 19.20
89 Southern Mississippi Ind -3.29 -0.56 -3.86 16.90 22.19
90 Kent State MAC -2.76 -1.18 -3.93 16.03 22.35
91 New Mexico WAC -0.74 -3.20 -3.93 19.11 20.93
92 Northwestern Big Ten -3.67 -0.60 -4.27 17.64 21.68
93 Ball State MAC -5.06 0.44 -4.63 14.86 19.62
94 Ohio MAC -3.75 -1.08 -4.83 16.66 22.62
95 Temple Ind -2.15 -2.74 -4.89 16.39 23.31
96 Colgate Ind -5.63 0.66 -4.97 10.95 20.50
97 Oregon State Pac-8 -3.77 -1.73 -5.50 19.12 22.13
98 Fresno State PCAA -3.87 -1.66 -5.53 16.85 21.30
99 Virginia Military Institute Southern -4.69 -0.85 -5.54 14.70 22.72
100 Western Michigan MAC -0.69 -4.90 -5.59 17.72 25.88
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Chattanooga Ind -2.91 -2.87 -5.78 15.33 24.72
102 Long Beach State PCAA -6.11 0.29 -5.82 12.95 20.17
103 Rice SWC 5.41 -11.52 -6.11 25.01 32.35
104 Bowling Green State MAC 2.79 -8.92 -6.13 21.46 29.09
105 Arkansas State Southland -0.35 -6.44 -6.79 18.80 26.23
106 Air Force Ind -3.81 -3.34 -7.15 16.43 23.62
107 Texas-Arlington Southland -0.57 -7.26 -7.83 17.89 26.30
108 Virginia ACC -6.26 -2.25 -8.51 13.17 22.16
109 Texas Christian SWC -2.83 -6.07 -8.90 17.71 32.44
110 West Texas A&M MVC -2.84 -6.42 -9.26 14.99 27.24
111 Cornell Ivy -6.46 -3.48 -9.93 11.04 25.68
112 Miami (OH) MAC -7.24 -2.72 -9.96 12.25 22.52
113 Utah WAC 1.87 -12.22 -10.35 21.15 30.77
114 Northwestern State Ind -8.26 -2.18 -10.44 12.20 23.46
115 Southern Illinois Ind -6.44 -4.55 -10.99 13.91 27.95
116 Utah State Ind -6.00 -5.18 -11.18 13.46 25.41
117 Princeton Ivy -11.08 -0.85 -11.93 5.59 22.63
118 Pennsylvania Ivy -8.94 -3.14 -12.08 6.28 24.15
119 Holy Cross Ind -2.54 -9.59 -12.13 14.89 34.81
120 Central Michigan MAC -4.61 -7.66 -12.28 11.14 29.39
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 Columbia Ivy -2.90 -9.41 -12.31 14.49 33.77
122 Wichita State MVC -7.10 -6.34 -13.44 10.82 26.70
123 New Mexico State MVC -9.47 -5.17 -14.64 8.35 27.21
124 Cal State Fullerton PCAA -9.09 -5.62 -14.71 10.23 25.68
125 Dayton Ind -8.26 -7.36 -15.62 9.88 28.29
126 Texas-El Paso WAC -7.84 -8.67 -16.51 11.91 30.40
127 Toledo MAC -7.82 -8.71 -16.53 9.70 28.55
128 Pacific PCAA -5.11 -11.92 -17.03 13.21 32.62
129 Drake MVC -1.65 -15.64 -17.29 17.64 40.53
130 Illinois State Ind -13.86 -3.89 -17.75 1.75 24.83
131 Marshall Ind -10.65 -7.73 -18.39 7.40 29.62
132 Hawaii Ind -9.33 -9.20 -18.53 8.69 37.81
133 Louisiana-Monroe Ind -4.54 -14.28 -18.82 13.87 33.81
134 Indiana State Ind -9.13 -9.72 -18.85 7.72 30.65
135 Lamar Southland -15.10 -5.94 -21.04 3.53 27.84
136 Eastern Michigan MAC -10.87 -11.66 -22.53 6.66 37.86
137 Northern Illinois MAC -18.22 -11.57 -29.78 -0.17 41.23