With six of the ten automatic qualifying bids to the Division I football championships finalized (the Mid-Eastern, Patriot, Southern and Southland have been clinched and the Big Sky and Big South have winner take all games this weekend as detailed in part 1) there are still the remaining four to examine. In three of the cases it comes down to two teams, and then there is the OVC.
The AQ goes to Towson if they win this week or if they and Maine lose. If Towson loses
A few years ago I hosted an Internet radio show for CSN called "I-AA Waves." On it I created a feature called "8 Conferences, 8 Autobids" in which a guest and I would talk about the chances of teams getting a league's AQ each week. The guest would make the prediction since I don't really go for that kind of stuff.
Now it is "10 Conferences, 10 Autobids" but I'll switch it around and give what the conferences say with a little gleaned from the CSN staff
Six games are between top 25 teams this week, one top 25 team faces a non-Division I opponent, and one top 25 team is idle. Rankings based on the Gridiron Power Index (GPI).
10/31/2011 GPI Top 25
1. North Dakota State won 27-16 @ #11 Indiana State
2. Northern Iowa won 21-17 vs #23 Youngstown State
3T. Sam Houston State won 38-9 @ #88 Southeast Louisiana
3T. Georgia Southern won 14-12 vs. #35 The Citadel
5T. Appalachian State lost
Five games between top 25 teams this week and one top 25 team is idle. Notable is #1 vs. #6 and #2 vs. #3. Rankings based on the Gridiron Power Index (GPI).
1. Ga Southern (1.00) lost 24-17 @ #6 Appalachian St (6.57)
2. N Dakota St (2.43) won 27-19 vs. #3 Northern Iowa (3.00)
3. Northern Iowa (3.00) lost 27-19 @ #2 N Dakota St (2.43)
4. Sam Houston St (5.29) won 66-0 vs. #96 Lamar (75.29)
5. Wofford (5.86) won 48-28 vs. #46 Elon (41.00)
6. Appalachian St
Updated 10-29-2011 at 05:19 PM by rwallace
A quick look at the GPI and the two major polls, the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Poll displays some notable differences.
In fact, the two polls contain the exact same teams save one different one in each.
20% of the same teams in both polls are not in the GPI top 25 (Alabama State, Delaware, Indiana State, Jackson State, Tennessee Tech and William & Mary) and the FCS Coaches Poll has an additional one (North Dakota) which is not in the GPI top 25. Illinois