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1986 School Ratings

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Vinny Testaverde (Miami (FL))
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ 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.

105 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Oklahoma Big 8 7.19 16.19 23.38 45.91 3.87
2 Penn State Ind 7.72 14.44 22.16 31.89 6.02
3 Miami (FL) Ind 11.00 10.63 21.64 39.09 8.31
4 UCLA Pac-10 11.90 7.26 19.16 39.29 12.45
5 Arizona State Pac-10 5.76 12.47 18.23 34.34 7.36
6 Nebraska Big 8 10.06 7.99 18.05 39.92 10.93
7 Washington Pac-10 10.45 7.38 17.83 38.43 12.50
8 Michigan Big Ten 10.05 7.67 17.71 34.29 11.62
9 Alabama SEC 6.17 11.07 17.24 31.98 8.65
10 Arizona Pac-10 10.64 6.57 17.21 34.88 13.57
11 Auburn SEC 4.42 11.28 15.70 32.91 9.31
12 Ohio State Big Ten 3.90 11.15 15.04 29.89 8.96
13 Louisiana State SEC 4.86 9.38 14.24 29.53 10.72
14 Stanford Pac-10 3.99 10.15 14.14 28.22 10.15
15 Southern California Pac-10 5.71 6.74 12.45 28.85 11.80
16 Notre Dame Ind 9.03 2.41 11.44 33.67 15.74
17 Florida State Ind 6.48 4.63 11.10 34.96 15.48
18 Clemson ACC 2.43 7.71 10.14 25.88 13.63
19 Georgia SEC 7.17 2.45 9.62 29.41 17.47
20 Arkansas SWC 2.44 7.04 9.48 26.26 14.22
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Florida SEC 1.61 7.76 9.37 25.05 12.04
22 Iowa Big Ten 5.61 3.70 9.31 33.78 16.54
23 Texas A&M SWC 5.67 3.16 8.84 31.81 18.28
24 Boston College Ind 6.44 2.19 8.63 29.07 18.34
25 San Jose State PCAA 7.75 0.84 8.60 30.72 21.24
26 Baylor SWC 5.15 3.39 8.54 27.60 17.22
27 Michigan State Big Ten 3.88 3.79 7.67 29.18 14.95
28 Pittsburgh Ind 1.67 5.42 7.09 26.34 14.59
29 Colorado Big 8 -0.27 6.40 6.13 23.86 12.11
30 Temple Ind 8.69 -2.79 5.90 31.57 24.13
31 North Carolina State ACC 6.22 -0.42 5.80 27.92 22.09
32 Maryland ACC 2.26 3.53 5.79 25.41 16.58
33 Mississippi SEC -1.40 6.64 5.23 19.32 14.92
34 Brigham Young WAC -0.05 5.10 5.05 23.77 16.16
35 Rutgers Ind -1.87 6.85 4.98 21.87 14.45
36 North Carolina ACC 5.18 -0.48 4.70 26.94 21.30
37 South Carolina Ind 6.82 -2.36 4.46 30.90 21.45
38 Virginia Tech Ind -0.46 4.90 4.44 21.15 16.57
39 Oregon Pac-10 5.92 -1.81 4.11 29.20 23.84
40 Indiana Big Ten 2.45 1.36 3.81 24.30 17.06
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 San Diego State WAC 3.21 0.58 3.79 24.93 20.43
42 Texas Tech SWC 0.22 3.35 3.57 23.18 21.59
43 Minnesota Big Ten 3.24 0.28 3.52 26.33 23.10
44 Fresno State PCAA -0.63 3.93 3.30 22.47 18.60
45 Washington State Pac-10 3.01 0.08 3.09 26.33 21.50
46 Texas SWC 2.16 0.68 2.84 22.90 19.30
47 Georgia Tech ACC 0.30 2.41 2.70 25.52 18.08
48 Tennessee SEC 2.03 0.45 2.48 24.63 20.08
49 Kentucky SEC -0.68 2.72 2.04 22.77 18.91
50 Southern Methodist SWC 1.32 0.41 1.73 24.73 22.69
51 Colorado State WAC 1.20 0.29 1.49 23.38 20.63
52 Syracuse Ind 1.51 -0.23 1.28 23.47 22.28
53 Iowa State Big 8 0.20 0.68 0.88 24.49 21.12
54 Wyoming WAC 1.54 -0.82 0.71 23.90 22.17
55 Hawaii WAC -3.22 3.76 0.53 18.68 18.46
56 Illinois Big Ten -0.89 1.26 0.37 22.58 22.88
57 Tulsa Ind -1.74 1.87 0.13 23.28 19.67
58 Wake Forest ACC 5.16 -5.92 -0.76 28.43 26.69
59 Air Force WAC -3.90 3.01 -0.88 18.28 18.62
60 Oregon State Pac-10 -4.84 3.70 -1.14 17.78 18.80
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 West Virginia Ind 0.03 -1.38 -1.35 22.86 24.64
62 Oklahoma State Big 8 -3.04 1.63 -1.41 17.51 17.46
63 Miami (OH) MAC 0.18 -1.98 -1.80 22.86 25.53
64 Mississippi State SEC -1.54 -0.52 -2.06 20.55 25.07
65 California Pac-10 -3.33 0.90 -2.43 20.10 21.41
66 Wisconsin Big Ten -3.08 0.25 -2.83 19.65 20.05
67 Cincinnati Ind 4.91 -7.81 -2.90 26.77 30.63
68 Northwestern Big Ten -2.30 -1.59 -3.89 20.75 21.75
69 Army Ind 1.80 -5.81 -4.01 22.88 28.41
70 Nevada-Las Vegas PCAA -0.20 -3.93 -4.13 21.29 25.90
71 Southern Mississippi Ind -3.99 -1.14 -5.13 16.62 23.92
72 Long Beach State PCAA -1.39 -4.24 -5.63 19.21 26.04
73 New Mexico WAC 2.68 -8.39 -5.71 23.92 29.15
74 Missouri Big 8 -3.17 -2.76 -5.93 21.42 28.09
75 Louisiana-Lafayette Ind -2.87 -3.42 -6.29 17.30 24.65
76 Purdue Big Ten -3.10 -3.73 -6.83 19.40 26.51
77 Texas-El Paso WAC 1.32 -8.37 -7.05 23.65 32.53
78 Duke ACC -5.06 -2.03 -7.09 17.53 24.64
79 Pacific PCAA -0.64 -6.99 -7.63 19.77 27.93
80 Virginia ACC -3.45 -4.95 -8.39 18.30 27.28
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Utah WAC 5.45 -14.10 -8.65 27.94 40.01
82 East Carolina Ind -3.31 -5.48 -8.79 18.75 29.08
83 Texas Christian SWC 0.93 -9.86 -8.93 22.16 35.44
84 Toledo MAC -6.18 -2.93 -9.11 12.55 25.37
85 Houston SWC -9.17 -0.22 -9.39 12.93 22.20
86 Tulane Ind 1.32 -11.07 -9.75 22.21 32.93
87 Rice SWC -4.26 -5.98 -10.24 16.06 30.91
88 Kansas Big 8 -9.99 -0.66 -10.65 11.29 29.80
89 Vanderbilt SEC -1.71 -9.56 -11.26 21.10 30.91
90 Louisville Ind -8.47 -2.95 -11.41 14.96 28.02
91 Navy Ind -6.03 -5.75 -11.78 18.98 30.08
92 Ball State MAC -9.84 -2.40 -12.24 9.92 27.07
93 Utah State PCAA -13.69 1.31 -12.38 6.73 23.79
94 Central Michigan MAC -1.20 -11.56 -12.76 19.48 37.44
95 Bowling Green State MAC -12.39 -0.61 -13.00 7.37 25.88
96 Kansas State Big 8 -9.08 -4.05 -13.12 12.25 30.28
97 Wichita State Ind -8.15 -4.97 -13.12 15.56 30.68
98 Eastern Michigan MAC -6.30 -6.93 -13.23 11.69 30.18
99 Cal State Fullerton PCAA -3.48 -10.04 -13.53 17.42 33.98
100 Western Michigan MAC -10.25 -4.23 -14.48 11.05 28.97
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Kent State MAC -7.39 -8.28 -15.67 11.18 33.46
102 Northern Illinois Ind -10.80 -5.81 -16.62 10.53 31.92
103 Memphis Ind -14.03 -4.55 -18.58 7.28 28.47
104 New Mexico State PCAA -7.39 -13.55 -20.95 13.64 39.85
105 Ohio MAC -8.75 -15.68 -24.43 10.90 38.96