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1982 School Ratings

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Herschel Walker (Georgia)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Pittsburgh ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

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.

113 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Penn State Ind 14.43 8.67 23.10 40.52 10.04
2 Nebraska Big 8 12.76 9.18 21.94 43.73 10.12
3 UCLA Pac-10 16.27 5.40 21.66 39.13 13.17
4 Southern California Pac-10 8.67 12.39 21.05 34.57 6.26
5 Georgia SEC 8.84 9.84 18.68 32.82 8.87
6 Arizona State Pac-10 6.83 11.26 18.09 29.35 7.61
7 Pittsburgh Ind 4.19 13.11 17.30 29.69 5.30
8 Washington Pac-10 8.58 7.90 16.48 33.43 11.85
9 Maryland ACC 12.43 3.79 16.22 35.53 14.49
10 Michigan Big Ten 7.70 8.19 15.89 33.68 10.13
11 Florida State Ind 13.33 2.23 15.57 39.95 17.27
12 North Carolina ACC 5.49 9.95 15.44 31.17 8.74
13 Louisiana State SEC 8.73 6.52 15.26 35.24 10.80
14 Alabama SEC 8.81 6.18 14.99 32.47 11.89
15 Ohio State Big Ten 7.39 7.59 14.99 31.60 10.03
16 Texas SWC 7.10 7.83 14.94 33.18 11.66
17 Oklahoma Big 8 9.35 5.48 14.83 32.76 12.82
18 Auburn SEC 5.82 8.48 14.30 26.95 10.68
19 Arizona Pac-10 10.12 3.65 13.78 34.61 15.35
20 Clemson ACC 4.21 9.43 13.63 27.60 10.63
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Southern Methodist SWC 6.70 6.65 13.36 30.37 13.04
22 West Virginia Ind 5.58 7.68 13.25 27.83 11.38
23 Arkansas SWC 2.38 10.51 12.89 27.06 9.15
24 Notre Dame Ind 3.49 9.09 12.58 26.33 8.87
25 Florida SEC 5.58 6.97 12.55 30.55 13.03
26 Miami (FL) Ind 3.61 8.22 11.83 25.57 8.96
27 Stanford Pac-10 13.07 -2.07 10.99 36.39 19.93
28 Illinois Big Ten 7.50 3.40 10.90 33.45 14.10
29 California Pac-10 3.15 7.00 10.14 25.08 15.77
30 Brigham Young WAC 4.86 4.06 8.92 30.83 15.95
31 Boston College Ind 5.21 3.35 8.56 26.27 17.75
32 New Mexico WAC 7.71 -0.09 7.61 30.62 21.72
33 Southern Mississippi Ind 3.11 4.30 7.41 27.16 15.64
34 Mississippi State SEC 6.44 0.95 7.39 28.71 18.25
35 Tennessee SEC 5.18 1.81 6.99 27.48 17.04
36 Wisconsin Big Ten 5.14 1.66 6.80 28.10 16.30
37 Iowa Big Ten 0.18 6.44 6.62 22.85 12.17
38 Vanderbilt SEC 4.82 1.43 6.25 27.94 17.72
39 Duke ACC 9.61 -3.75 5.86 30.99 23.91
40 Tulsa MVC 3.95 1.58 5.53 25.45 21.91
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Kansas State Big 8 -1.78 7.06 5.28 21.69 12.93
42 North Carolina State ACC -1.29 5.82 4.53 21.17 18.93
43 San Jose State PCAA 4.39 -0.12 4.27 26.81 21.29
44 Missouri Big 8 0.30 3.57 3.87 21.54 15.49
45 Air Force WAC 10.84 -7.52 3.32 31.49 27.39
46 San Diego State WAC 4.13 -1.02 3.11 25.96 23.75
47 Fresno State PCAA 6.67 -3.74 2.93 25.82 25.92
48 Indiana Big Ten 0.16 2.38 2.54 23.51 16.94
49 Utah WAC 0.15 2.25 2.40 21.70 17.03
50 Mississippi SEC 0.83 1.38 2.22 24.50 18.77
51 Navy Ind -1.74 3.35 1.60 19.68 17.32
52 Oregon Pac-10 -5.71 6.89 1.18 15.77 13.55
53 Cincinnati Ind -1.06 2.14 1.09 25.15 19.55
54 Michigan State Big Ten 0.57 0.35 0.92 23.93 16.45
55 Temple Ind -1.76 2.66 0.90 20.89 17.11
56 Iowa State Big 8 -2.09 2.80 0.71 21.05 18.72
57 Houston SWC -0.60 1.19 0.59 22.80 21.90
58 Georgia Tech Ind 0.79 -0.22 0.58 23.98 23.27
59 Virginia Tech Ind -7.04 7.57 0.53 16.01 15.26
60 Oklahoma State Big 8 1.23 -1.15 0.08 23.18 22.18
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Tulane Ind -0.68 0.30 -0.39 21.21 20.73
62 Baylor SWC 2.53 -3.18 -0.65 23.41 22.08
63 Hawaii WAC -1.17 0.21 -0.95 20.59 19.42
64 South Carolina Ind -0.20 -0.89 -1.09 21.61 21.25
65 Syracuse Ind -3.58 2.42 -1.16 19.55 17.69
66 Texas Tech SWC -4.28 2.78 -1.49 15.82 16.05
67 East Carolina Ind -0.31 -1.38 -1.69 19.75 24.45
68 Washington State Pac-10 -3.33 1.13 -2.20 18.18 18.76
69 Texas A&M SWC 2.84 -5.16 -2.32 26.89 28.58
70 Purdue Big Ten 1.19 -3.76 -2.57 24.34 22.96
71 Wyoming WAC 0.08 -3.23 -3.15 20.24 23.38
72 Oregon State Pac-10 -4.18 0.41 -3.77 18.06 22.06
73 Minnesota Big Ten -0.13 -3.67 -3.80 25.55 23.89
74 Wichita State MVC 1.18 -5.30 -4.12 20.92 27.33
75 Rutgers Ind -2.38 -2.24 -4.62 18.19 25.36
76 Long Beach State PCAA -0.24 -4.53 -4.77 19.20 27.19
77 Texas Christian SWC -1.37 -3.69 -5.06 19.93 23.12
78 Colorado State WAC -2.95 -2.12 -5.07 17.84 22.89
79 Western Michigan MAC -9.68 4.58 -5.10 10.38 17.94
80 Bowling Green State MAC -2.35 -2.84 -5.19 18.55 24.54
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Colorado Big 8 -2.87 -2.41 -5.28 19.23 23.23
82 Miami (OH) MAC -8.02 2.49 -5.53 11.56 19.23
83 Wake Forest ACC -0.24 -5.93 -6.16 19.95 27.57
84 Kansas Big 8 -5.60 -0.67 -6.27 16.25 22.49
85 Virginia ACC -0.99 -5.82 -6.81 20.21 28.98
86 Louisville Ind -0.58 -6.26 -6.84 21.71 33.11
87 Louisiana-Lafayette Ind -4.27 -3.39 -7.66 14.38 26.27
88 Northwestern Big Ten 0.44 -8.11 -7.67 23.47 31.80
89 Kentucky SEC -6.11 -1.62 -7.73 16.47 20.83
90 Army Ind -6.64 -2.24 -8.88 14.36 25.94
91 Toledo MAC -6.37 -2.78 -9.15 12.15 24.21
92 Central Michigan MAC -2.49 -6.68 -9.17 16.27 29.09
93 Southern Illinois MVC -8.99 -0.29 -9.27 9.90 25.07
94 Nevada-Las Vegas PCAA -0.24 -9.47 -9.71 19.73 30.65
95 Texas-El Paso WAC -5.46 -5.45 -10.92 15.84 31.31
96 Memphis Ind -8.17 -2.85 -11.02 12.90 22.68
97 Utah State PCAA -6.34 -4.95 -11.29 13.19 27.60
98 Northern Illinois MAC -12.05 -1.11 -13.16 8.00 23.05
99 New Mexico State MVC -4.60 -8.70 -13.29 14.10 35.03
100 Indiana State MVC -10.74 -2.61 -13.34 7.09 26.96
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Rice SWC -6.25 -7.34 -13.59 15.64 29.83
102 Drake MVC -1.18 -13.45 -14.63 17.33 36.23
103 Ohio MAC -8.47 -6.56 -15.03 10.51 33.65
104 North Texas Ind -8.33 -7.68 -16.01 10.99 28.81
105 Pacific PCAA -6.79 -9.36 -16.15 13.44 33.49
106 Ball State MAC -10.21 -6.19 -16.40 9.80 29.51
107 West Texas A&M MVC -3.95 -12.55 -16.50 14.11 38.82
108 Cal State Fullerton PCAA -14.71 -3.38 -18.08 4.25 25.83
109 William & Mary Ind -5.29 -12.79 -18.08 13.71 38.50
110 Richmond Ind -13.54 -7.97 -21.51 5.35 31.42
111 Eastern Michigan MAC -16.52 -5.16 -21.68 2.18 28.74
112 Illinois State MVC -10.78 -12.04 -22.81 7.25 36.95
113 Kent State MAC -12.90 -10.76 -23.66 6.47 34.15