1994 College Football Performance Ratings

These are the final ratings for the 1994 season. Unbeaten teams are rated 100 points above their best opponent. Nebraska's best opponent was Colorado; Penn State's best opponent was Michigan. And Colorado beat Michigan with a "hail Mary" pass to the end zone in the closing seconds of their game.

Up until the very last day of games, it was still just barely possible for Penn St. to overtake Nebraska:

  Wisconsin  had to beat Duke        in the Hall of Fame Bowl (YES)
  Ohio State had to beat Alabama     in the Citrus       Bowl (NO)
  Notre Dame had to beat Colorado    in the Fiesta       Bowl (NO)
  Penn St.   had to beat Oregon      in the Rose         Bowl (YES)
  Florida    had to beat Florida St. in the Sugar        Bowl (NO)

In this scenario, the best team beaten by Penn St. would have been Ohio State and the best team beaten by Nebraska would have been Miami. The win by Wisconsin was necessary to bring up Ohio State's rating; the loss by Florida St. was necessary to bring down Miami's rating.

A team's rating is the average of its opponents' ratings plus 100 for a win or minus 100 for a loss excluding wins that would lower the rating and losses that would raise the rating. Bowl games count double. These ratings are in the public domain and may be freely published.

                      W  L  T
                      -  -  -
  1 Nebraska         13  0  0  828
  2 Penn St.         12  0  0  728
    Colorado         11  1  0  728
  4 Alabama          12  1  0  670
  5 Florida St.      10  1  1  669
  6 Miami            10  2  0  641
  7 Florida          10  2  1  636
  8 Michigan          8  4  0  628
    Auburn            9  1  1  628
 10 Ohio St.          9  4  0  601
 11 Utah             10  2  0  598
 12 Texas A&M        10  0  1  593
 13 Southern Cal      8  3  1  591
 14 Colorado St.     10  2  0  590
 15 Tennessee         8  4  0  587
 16 N. Carolina St.   9  3  0  582
 17 Wisconsin         7  4  1  580
 18 Oregon            9  4  0  579
 19 Virginia          9  3  0  578
 20 Washington St.    8  4  0  575
    Notre Dame        6  5  1  575
 22 Illinois          7  5  0  571
    Brigham Young    10  3  0  571
    Washington        7  4  0  571
 25 Boston College    7  4  1  567
 26 Arizona           8  4  0  559
 27 Virginia Tech     8  4  0  556
 28 Texas             8  4  0  555
 29 Georgia           6  4  1  553
    Mississippi St.   8  4  0  553
 31 Kansas St.        9  3  0  552
 32 Duke              8  4  0  546
 33 Michigan St.      5  6  0  543
    Air Force         8  4  0  543
 35 Syracuse          7  4  0  541
 36 South Carolina    7  5  0  540
 37 North Carolina    8  4  0  539
 38 Iowa              5  5  1  538
 39 UCLA              5  6  0  530
 40 Indiana           6  5  0  529
    Purdue            4  5  2  529
 42 East Carolina     7  5  0  524
 43 Oklahoma          6  6  0  522
 44 Southern Miss.    6  5  0  517
 45 Northwestern      3  7  1  516
 46 Texas Christian   7  5  0  509
 47 Clemson           5  6  0  506
    Nevada            9  2  0  506
    Louisville        6  5  0  506
 50 Texas Tech        6  6  0  505
    Rutgers           5  5  1  505
    West Virginia     7  6  0  505
 53 Oregon St.        4  7  0  502
 54 Wyoming           6  6  0  501
    Louisiana St.     4  7  0  501
    Baylor            7  5  0  501
 57 Arizona St.       3  8  0  498
 58 Fresno St.        5  7  1  496
 59 California        4  7  0  495
 60 Stanford          3  7  1  494
 61 Vanderbilt        5  6  0  492
 62 Kansas            6  5  0  491
    Minnesota         3  8  0  491
 64 Memphis           6  5  0  490
 65 Bowling Green     9  2  0  485
 66 San Diego St.     4  7  0  484
 67 Arkansas          4  7  0  483
    Mississippi       4  7  0  483
 69 Maryland          4  7  0  482
 70 New Mexico        5  7  0  478
 71 Pittsburgh        3  8  0  470
 72 Nevada LV         7  5  0  468
 73 Rice              5  6  0  460
 74 Cent. Michigan    9  3  0  459
 75 Hawaii            3  8  0  452
 76 Army              4  7  0  440
 77 Texas-El Paso     3  7  1  436
    SW Louisiana      6  5  0  436
 79 Kentucky          1 10  0  431
 80 Navy              3  8  0  430
    Cincinnati        2  8  1  430
    Wake Forest       3  8  0  430
 83 Temple            2  9  0  429
    NE Louisiana      3  8  0  429
 85 Southern Meth.    1  9  1  424
 86 Pacific           6  5  0  423
 87 Missouri          3  8  0  417
 88 San Jose St.      3  8  0  414
 89 Tulane            1 10  0  408
    Miami, Ohio       5  5  1  408
 91 Tulsa             3  8  0  407
 92 Oklahoma St.      3  7  1  405
 93 Ball St.          5  5  1  401
 94 Utah St.          3  8  0  389
 95 W. Michigan       7  4  0  387
 96 E. Michigan       5  6  0  384
 97 New Mexico St.    3  8  0  383
    Toledo            6  4  1  383
 99 N. Illinois       4  7  0  376
100 Houston           1 10  0  358
101 Iowa St.          0 10  1  336
102 Louisiana Tech    3  8  0  334
103 Georgia Tech      1 10  0  330
104 Kent              2  9  0  283
105 Arkansas St.      1 10  0  234
106 Akron             1 10  0  183
107 Ohio U.           0 11  0   83
--- low game count teams ---
    Boise St.         1  0  0  606
    Idaho             1  0  0  568
    Boston U.         1  0  0  540
    Jacksonville St.  1  0  0  529
    E. Washington     1  0  0  500
    N. Iowa           1  0  0  500
    E. Tennessee St.  0  1  0  500
    Georgia Southern  0  1  0  500
    Tn.-Chattanooga   0  1  0  500
    Youngstown St.    2  0  0  500
    Idaho St.         0  1  0  498
    Portland St.      0  1  0  479
    William & Mary    0  1  0  478
    Cent. Florida     1  1  0  477
    Troy St.          1  1  0  433
    Samford           0  1  0  417
    Furman            0  1  0  406
    N. Arizona        0  1  0  406
    Ala.-Birmingham   0  1  0  391
    SE Missouri       0  1  0  352
    Citadel           0  1  0  340
    Holy Cross        0  1  0  340
    Lafayette         0  1  0  330
    Appalachian St.   0  1  0  330
    Weber St.         0  1  0  329
    SW Texas St.      0  1  0  323
    UC Davis          0  1  0  323
    SW Missouri St.   0  1  0  307
    North Texas       0  2  0  305
    W. Illinois       0  1  0  287
    Indiana St.       0  1  0  283
    Liberty           0  1  0  283
    E. Illinois       0  2  0  276
    NW Louisiana      0  1  0  234
    W. Carolina       0  2  0  230
    S. Illinois       0  2  0  134

David Wilson / dwilson@cae.wisc.edu