Here are my final projections before the playoff committee announces the field tomorrow morning at 10:00am Eastern. Remember the seven D-I win total is what is strongly recommended for the field.
We know the following ten schools are in as automatic qualifiers from the ten automatic qualifying conferences:
Georgia Southern--Southern Conference
Montana--Big Sky Conference
Updated 11-19-2011 at 11:15 PM by rwallace
Obviously a crucial week with all big games in the GPI top 25. I'm not expecting the FBS games to have a large impact on playoff selection since the GPI doesn't indicate seeding, bracket placement or game locations, it is all about the at-large. I would think all the at-larges will come from the current GPI top 25.
This week has four games between top 25 teams, two top 25 teams have already finished their season and three top 25 teams play FBS teams. Rankings based on the Gridiron
Updated 11-19-2011 at 06:19 PM by rwallace
We have the 10 conferences and 10 Autobids but what about the other four conferences that don't have an AQ?
Yes, they all don't have an AQ for various reasons... the Great West only has five teams and doesn't qualify, the Ivy League doesn't apply for one or even let their teams participate in the playoffs, the SWAC has a champ game and other scheduling conflicts, and the PFL has applied but didn't get approved yet... so here are their conference champion races detailed for the record.
Here are my latest projections based on the GPI. I am surprised NDSU stayed at #1 but with just one loss, the index doesn't lie. Sam Houston State looks like they will have home field even with the #2 seed throughout the playoffs but there is a lot to contend with in the last week of the regular season. I will make my last projections just before the official playoff announcement on Sunday.
11/14/2011 GPI Top 25
Rank, School, Rating, Change
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