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1981 School Ratings

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Marcus Allen (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Danny Ford (Clemson)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan ▪ AP Final #1: Clemson

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 Penn State Ind 14.05 10.97 25.02 39.03 6.53
2 Pittsburgh Ind 11.39 10.63 22.02 36.48 8.82
3 Nebraska Big 8 9.39 12.40 21.79 36.92 5.25
4 Georgia SEC 9.46 11.98 21.43 36.12 5.64
5 Clemson ACC 7.93 13.41 21.34 33.30 3.98
6 Southern Methodist SWC 10.75 8.70 19.45 34.66 10.01
7 Miami (FL) Ind 8.47 10.33 18.80 29.28 7.26
8 Texas SWC 5.61 11.83 17.44 26.77 7.11
9 Michigan Big Ten 8.83 8.45 17.29 31.56 10.23
10 Alabama SEC 8.56 8.51 17.07 29.57 9.52
11 Arizona State Pac-10 12.65 4.05 16.71 37.16 14.01
12 North Carolina ACC 6.63 9.33 15.97 33.83 8.88
13 Southern California Pac-10 6.30 8.87 15.17 28.31 8.69
14 West Virginia Ind 5.03 9.51 14.54 26.41 8.13
15 UCLA Pac-10 8.70 5.64 14.35 30.78 11.36
16 Oklahoma Big 8 8.26 5.54 13.81 33.01 12.41
17 Florida SEC 5.16 7.75 12.90 29.11 9.92
18 Southern Mississippi Ind 4.13 8.73 12.86 28.42 10.15
19 Brigham Young WAC 13.28 -0.90 12.38 36.39 20.52
20 Arkansas SWC 8.42 3.83 12.25 29.08 13.18
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Washington Pac-10 3.63 8.29 11.92 25.32 10.36
22 Ohio State Big Ten 10.48 1.03 11.51 32.61 17.80
23 Iowa Big Ten 1.23 10.18 11.41 24.26 8.67
24 Missouri Big 8 4.50 6.89 11.39 26.94 11.21
25 Mississippi State SEC 2.09 9.18 11.27 21.91 8.48
26 Houston SWC 2.02 9.03 11.05 24.33 9.19
27 Notre Dame Ind 2.20 8.44 10.64 25.69 9.47
28 Hawaii WAC 1.89 8.37 10.25 24.72 11.46
29 Texas A&M SWC 5.09 4.94 10.03 26.08 12.34
30 Washington State Pac-10 5.00 4.86 9.87 25.52 13.09
31 Maryland ACC 3.59 5.33 8.93 26.46 11.94
32 Wyoming WAC 6.37 1.81 8.17 28.07 16.99
33 Illinois Big Ten 8.06 -0.31 7.75 28.04 21.56
34 Auburn SEC 0.68 6.98 7.66 21.21 9.91
35 Virginia Tech Ind 0.19 7.28 7.47 22.42 12.30
36 South Carolina Ind 3.28 3.94 7.22 24.24 12.93
37 Florida State Ind 6.87 -0.16 6.71 27.67 20.66
38 Kansas Big 8 0.78 5.80 6.58 20.67 13.51
39 Temple Ind -0.44 6.68 6.24 21.80 15.41
40 Wisconsin Big Ten 2.00 4.18 6.18 23.21 14.80
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Tulane Ind 0.14 5.92 6.06 21.78 11.51
42 San Jose State PCAA 8.00 -2.28 5.72 28.94 21.19
43 Syracuse Ind 7.50 -1.84 5.66 27.25 19.84
44 Navy Ind -0.09 5.49 5.40 19.48 14.59
45 Oklahoma State Big 8 0.15 5.05 5.20 20.40 14.59
46 Tulsa MVC 5.25 -0.45 4.81 29.05 18.65
47 Utah WAC 1.17 3.61 4.78 23.05 17.84
48 North Carolina State ACC 0.71 3.98 4.69 21.69 13.76
49 Purdue Big Ten 4.11 0.51 4.63 23.49 17.49
50 Stanford Pac-10 6.76 -2.19 4.57 31.29 20.19
51 Tennessee SEC 2.42 1.64 4.06 23.17 19.64
52 Duke ACC 2.08 1.92 3.99 22.94 15.61
53 Michigan State Big Ten 4.94 -1.26 3.68 26.03 20.29
54 Arizona Pac-10 1.08 1.98 3.07 21.73 15.96
55 Cincinnati Ind -2.68 5.60 2.91 17.62 16.46
56 Minnesota Big Ten 5.89 -3.04 2.85 23.28 21.54
57 Boston College Ind 5.26 -2.51 2.75 26.19 23.65
58 Baylor SWC 4.92 -2.28 2.64 26.55 19.62
59 San Diego State WAC 2.82 -0.31 2.51 22.95 19.26
60 Iowa State Big 8 1.65 0.82 2.47 21.97 17.19
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Vanderbilt SEC 4.96 -3.10 1.86 26.06 22.79
62 Mississippi SEC 1.16 -0.14 1.02 21.64 21.49
63 McNeese State Southland 3.91 -2.90 1.01 25.70 21.90
64 Texas Christian SWC 4.66 -3.95 0.71 25.60 23.07
65 Miami (OH) MAC -2.20 2.79 0.59 16.14 18.26
66 Drake MVC -0.92 1.45 0.52 19.48 20.86
67 West Texas A&M MVC 0.25 0.07 0.32 20.17 18.85
68 Kentucky SEC -2.51 2.65 0.14 18.73 15.30
69 Furman Southern 3.64 -3.71 -0.06 22.33 24.13
70 Citadel Southern -2.44 2.27 -0.17 17.54 18.33
71 Toledo MAC -2.44 2.17 -0.27 19.28 18.87
72 Arkansas State Southland -4.11 3.31 -0.80 15.26 15.56
73 Rutgers Ind -3.92 3.00 -0.93 14.66 18.05
74 California Pac-10 0.39 -1.54 -1.16 22.61 18.45
75 Texas-Arlington Southland -0.09 -1.15 -1.23 19.26 23.42
76 Southern Illinois MVC -2.76 1.04 -1.71 18.17 17.90
77 Colorado Big 8 -2.35 0.62 -1.73 18.15 22.82
78 Central Michigan MAC -3.28 1.35 -1.93 17.55 18.38
79 New Mexico WAC -2.73 0.58 -2.16 15.69 17.70
80 East Carolina Ind 1.43 -3.66 -2.23 23.76 26.03
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Wake Forest ACC 5.34 -7.79 -2.45 25.91 29.92
82 Louisiana State SEC -0.83 -1.65 -2.48 19.20 21.78
83 Texas Tech SWC 1.72 -4.23 -2.51 22.71 22.44
84 Utah State PCAA -3.99 1.24 -2.75 15.63 18.40
85 Chattanooga Southern -3.31 0.44 -2.87 14.26 20.06
86 Colgate Ind -3.39 0.53 -2.87 16.43 21.29
87 Indiana State MVC -3.47 0.52 -2.96 18.50 18.41
88 Rice SWC 1.16 -4.34 -3.18 22.26 26.06
89 Wichita State MVC 1.22 -4.46 -3.24 21.69 22.75
90 Yale Ivy 0.34 -3.62 -3.28 16.96 26.06
91 Kansas State Big 8 -0.93 -2.39 -3.32 19.01 23.09
92 Louisville Ind -3.75 -0.27 -4.02 16.64 20.80
93 Virginia Military Institute Southern -4.91 0.76 -4.15 13.44 19.75
94 Virginia ACC -3.15 -1.25 -4.40 17.73 19.91
95 Richmond Ind -0.16 -4.42 -4.58 18.52 23.70
96 Oregon Pac-10 -6.78 1.67 -5.12 15.18 19.01
97 Louisiana Tech Southland -3.72 -1.52 -5.24 17.32 23.33
98 Pacific PCAA -2.60 -2.74 -5.34 17.33 22.99
99 Louisiana-Monroe Ind 2.54 -7.89 -5.35 25.17 27.33
100 Indiana Big Ten -3.09 -2.48 -5.57 15.06 21.58
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Bowling Green State MAC -9.90 4.09 -5.81 11.03 16.06
102 Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 7.25 -13.20 -5.95 26.13 34.98
103 Air Force WAC -3.47 -2.55 -6.02 15.45 21.74
104 Georgia Tech Ind -1.67 -4.45 -6.12 19.62 23.52
105 Western Michigan MAC -3.43 -3.02 -6.45 15.77 22.18
106 Appalachian State Southern -4.74 -2.46 -7.19 16.90 22.39
107 Memphis Ind -9.46 2.02 -7.45 10.68 16.85
108 North Texas Ind -7.09 -0.81 -7.90 13.14 19.27
109 Lamar Southland -7.19 -0.98 -8.17 12.66 20.47
110 Fresno State PCAA 1.42 -9.83 -8.41 19.83 29.28
111 Ohio MAC 0.59 -9.20 -8.60 19.04 29.21
112 William & Mary Ind -3.25 -5.83 -9.08 15.49 29.91
113 Army Ind -10.89 1.79 -9.10 8.75 21.96
114 East Tennessee State Southern -6.64 -3.27 -9.91 11.37 25.27
115 Holy Cross Ind -2.70 -7.35 -10.05 14.77 27.71
116 Kent State MAC -9.40 -1.34 -10.74 9.70 21.04
117 Western Carolina Southern -1.31 -9.52 -10.82 17.08 30.85
118 Louisiana-Lafayette Southland -8.68 -2.15 -10.83 11.06 21.73
119 Cal State Fullerton PCAA -3.65 -7.50 -11.15 15.39 25.87
120 Dartmouth Ivy -9.76 -1.92 -11.69 7.57 24.52
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 Ball State MAC -7.50 -4.78 -12.28 11.45 25.35
122 Long Beach State PCAA -8.02 -4.39 -12.40 11.13 22.75
123 Colorado State WAC -3.94 -9.07 -13.01 16.11 38.34
124 Illinois State MVC -9.97 -3.81 -13.78 8.72 24.59
125 Northern Illinois MAC -8.54 -5.47 -14.02 11.79 26.83
126 Harvard Ivy -8.59 -5.53 -14.12 9.95 28.93
127 Northwestern Big Ten -9.97 -4.42 -14.39 10.94 40.79
128 New Mexico State MVC -7.85 -7.13 -14.98 11.72 29.08
129 Oregon State Pac-10 -4.94 -10.60 -15.54 16.14 38.82
130 Texas-El Paso WAC -8.36 -10.21 -18.57 10.53 38.48
131 Princeton Ivy -3.28 -16.16 -19.44 12.30 42.50
132 Marshall Southern -13.91 -5.62 -19.53 4.75 30.10
133 Brown Ivy -10.78 -13.19 -23.96 4.03 36.14
134 Cornell Ivy -11.54 -12.48 -24.02 4.55 36.03
135 Columbia Ivy -16.32 -9.98 -26.30 0.21 34.29
136 Eastern Michigan MAC -13.99 -12.52 -26.51 5.38 36.95
137 Pennsylvania Ivy -14.76 -14.54 -29.30 2.12 42.40