2008 Gridiron Power Index (GPI) Debuts with James Madison as No. 1

The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection debuts for the 2008 season with James Madison in the top spot.

The Colonial Athletic Association, the largest league in the FCS has seven teams in the top 25, the Missouri Valley Football and the Southern Conferences have five each, the Big Sky and the Southland Conferences have three each, and the Big South, Great West Football and the Ohio Valley Conferences placed one each. (Games through 10/4/08)
Rank Team Conf W/L Total ARC MAS LAZ SAU SAG SEL KEE ASH AGS SNW FCP
1 James Madison CAA 5-1 1.00 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 New Hampshire CAA 4-0 4.13 19 2 5 3 4 5 13 2 6 4 4
3 Appalachian St SOCON 3-2 4.50 30 4 7 6 7 4 6 7 2 2 2
4 McNeese St SLC 3-1 4.88 30 3 9 2 2 2 18 14 3 3 3
5 Richmond CAA 4-2 5.25 28 8 4 4 5 9 7 3 4 5 5
6 Cal Poly GWFC 3-1 6.75 35 6 2 9 11 12 3 6 5 7 7
7 Villanova CAA 4-1 7.13 26 5 6 14 3 7 4 4 9 9 13
8 Montana BSC 4-1 9.13 39 9 3 7 10 8 5 11 12 12 10
9T Massachusetts CAA 3-2 10.50 47 7 17 8 9 11 2 12 13 13 11
9T Wofford SOCON 3-1 10.50 60 12 16 12 14 10 12 9 7 8 9
11 Elon SOCON 5-1 10.88 59 16 10 11 17 13 9 5 10 6 12
12 Northern Iowa MVFC 3-2 12.75 76 13 11 18 12 17 16 18 8 10 8
13 Jacksonville St OVC 4-1 13.63 51 15 12 10 8 6 11 10 21 19 18
14 Weber St BSC 4-2 14.25 42 10 13 5 6 3 8 13 24 22 26
15 Furman SOCON 4-2 15.75 67 18 8 16 13 16 14 8 18 20 21
16 N Arizona BSC 4-1 16.13 74 11 15 15 15 14 17 15 20 18 17
17 Cent Arkansas SLC 4-1 17.75 99 20 18 25 23 15 15 23 15 14 14
18 W Illinois MVFC 3-2 20.00 107 17 19 19 19 28 35 22 17 17 19
19 S Illinois MVFC 2-2 20.38 118 23 22 29 18 26 19 28 14 16 15
20 Delaware CAA 2-3 20.50 98 19 21 13 16 22 22 20 22 24 20
21 N Dakota St MVFC 3-2 20.88 139 27 20 33 22 32 26 32 11 11 6
22 Liberty BSO 5-0 21.63 126 29 23 20 20 29 30 25 16 15 16
23 S Dakota St MVFC 3-3 23.38 116 21 26 24 21 19 24 26 23 25 23
24T Northeastern CAA 2-3 24.88 121 22 35 22 25 21 31 16 26 26 26
24T Sam Houston St SLC 2-1 24.88 121 26 30 21 24 36 20 17 26 26 26
24T Ga Southern SOCON 3-3 24.88 121 28 25 23 26 18 29 19 26 26 26
27 Montana St BSC 3-2 25.38 125 14 24 27 27 23 27 24 26 26 26
28 E Washington BSC 2-3 27.25 154 24 29 48 30 44 23 27 19 23 22
29T The Citadel SOCON 3-2 28.50 157 32 36 32 28 24 39 29 25 21 25
29T William & Mary CAA 2-2 28.50 150 33 28 39 32 25 32 21 26 26 26
31 Cornell IVY 3-0 29.13 155 39 39 36 29 20 21 30 26 26 26
32 Harvard IVY 2-1 30.38 165 30 31 34 31 39 10 41 26 26 26
33T UC Davis GWFC 2-4 32.13 179 31 46 28 37 38 33 40 26 26 26
33T E Illinois OVC 2-3 32.13 179 42 48 30 33 27 43 31 26 26 26
35 Yale IVY 2-1 32.38 181 36 32 35 36 40 34 43 26 26 26
36 Tennessee St OVC 5-1 34.25 198 47 27 45 43 57 25 36 26 26 24
37T S Carolina St MEAC 4-2 34.75 200 34 33 42 41 43 40 47 26 26 26
37T Albany NEC 2-3 34.75 200 37 67 26 34 35 45 49 26 26 26
37T Maine CAA 2-3 34.75 200 44 52 40 42 34 36 38 26 26 26
40 Hofstra CAA 2-3 34.88 201 40 49 37 44 37 41 39 26 26 26
41 North Dakota GWFC 4-1 35.13 203 25 14 71 55 47 42 34 26 26 26
42 Sacramento St BSC 3-3 35.63 207 43 47 31 40 33 44 50 26 26 26
43 Southern Utah GWFC 3-3 35.75 208 35 51 38 38 31 61 46 26 26 26
44 Coastal Carolina BSO 3-3 37.88 225 58 44 43 45 49 28 44 26 26 26
45 Northwestern St SLC 3-2 39.13 235 45 42 53 62 30 53 42 26 26 26
46 Illinois St MVFC 2-2 39.38 237 46 41 47 49 55 54 35 26 26 26
47T Holy Cross PL 1-3 40.25 244 48 56 41 39 60 37 65 26 26 26
47T Samford SOCON 3-2 40.25 244 67 69 17 35 41 64 37 26 26 26
49 Brown IVY 2-1 41.00 250 52 55 49 52 42 38 60 26 26 26
50 Colgate PL 3-2 41.75 256 54 50 50 51 56 48 51 26 26 26
51 SF Austin SLC 2-3 42.00 258 49 54 51 59 45 56 48 26 26 26
52 SE Louisiana SLC 3-3 42.25 260 41 57 54 58 46 62 45 26 26 26
53 Lafayette PL 3-1 43.25 268 53 45 58 53 59 46 58 26 26 26
54T Youngstown St MVFC 2-4 44.00 274 50 59 44 46 52 71 67 26 26 26
54T TN Martin OVC 4-2 44.00 274 63 34 55 70 76 52 33 26 26 26
56 Rhode Island CAA 2-4 44.25 276 59 68 46 61 51 51 54 26 26 26
57 Grambling SWAC 4-2 44.75 280 51 43 56 56 50 67 68 26 26 26
58T Princeton IVY 2-1 44.88 281 56 58 66 54 53 60 52 26 26 26
58T Hampton MEAC 4-1 44.88 281 57 37 69 50 65 47 62 26 26 26
60 Portland St BSC 2-3 46.00 290 38 61 59 60 54 66 56 26 26 26
61 Bethune-Cookman MEAC 4-1 46.63 295 60 40 64 65 61 49 61 26 26 26
62 Penn IVY 1-2 47.88 305 62 53 65 57 74 55 66 26 26 26
63 Missouri St MVFC 1-3 48.38 309 68 62 52 47 79 72 55 26 26 26
64 Fordham PL 2-2 50.13 323 69 70 57 64 63 50 73 26 26 26
65 Nicholls St SLC 0-2 51.63 335 65 74 60 48 73 63 125 26 26 26
66 Central Conn NEC 4-1 51.75 336 73 64 63 75 64 57 72 26 26 26
67 Charleston So BSO 2-3 51.88 337 71 79 61 63 48 78 64 26 26 26
68 South Dakota GWFC 2-4 52.13 339 55 71 68 69 62 69 83 26 26 26
69 E Kentucky OVC 3-3 52.88 345 74 65 80 68 68 70 53 26 26 26
70 Texas St SLC 3-2 53.13 347 61 63 75 76 72 86 57 26 26 26
71 Southern SWAC 3-2 53.88 353 66 72 70 67 82 58 78 26 26 26
72 Florida A&M MEAC 3-2 54.25 356 72 60 77 72 80 59 75 26 26 26
73 Bucknell PL 3-1 56.75 376 80 76 72 81 58 74 74 26 26 26
74 Lehigh PL 1-3 56.88 377 77 73 79 66 71 84 77 26 26 26
75T N Colorado BSC 0-4 57.63 383 70 83 62 73 81 83 76 26 26 26
75T Towson CAA 2-4 57.63 383 75 84 82 78 75 73 59 26 26 26
77 Chattanooga SOCON 1-5 57.75 384 87 87 83 71 78 65 63 26 26 26
78 Tennessee Tech OVC 3-3 58.00 386 84 78 86 77 77 68 70 26 26 26
79 Dayton PFL 4-1 58.13 387 79 66 76 80 67 85 91 26 26 26
80 San Diego PFL 5-0 58.50 390 64 38 78 85 91 79 84 26 26 26
81 W Carolina SOCON 2-4 58.75 392 86 85 67 82 70 92 69 26 26 26
82 Stony Brook BSO 1-4 59.25 396 81 95 73 79 69 75 88 26 26 26
83 Idaho St BSC 0-5 61.88 417 76 88 92 74 86 87 80 26 26 26
84 Monmouth NEC 3-3 62.25 420 78 82 74 90 84 90 86 26 26 26
85 Gardner Webb BSO 2-3 62.50 422 83 81 89 91 87 82 71 26 26 26
86 Morgan St MEAC 2-3 62.88 425 82 80 88 84 90 81 90 26 26 26
87 VMI BSO 2-3 64.25 436 88 93 87 83 85 96 82 26 26 26
88 Duquesne NEC 2-2 64.38 437 89 90 81 89 66 88 93 26 26 26
89 Sacred Heart NEC 5-0 65.38 445 94 77 84 98 88 94 85 26 26 26
90 Delaware St MEAC 1-3 66.00 450 90 89 90 92 89 76 96 26 26 26
91T Prairie View SWAC 4-1 66.13 451 85 75 103 86 92 93 95 26 26 26
91T Presbyterian BSO 2-4 66.13 451 91 92 85 94 83 98 89 26 26 26
93 SE Missouri St OVC 2-4 66.75 456 98 91 101 93 94 80 79 26 26 26
94 Norfolk St MEAC 2-3 67.00 458 95 86 99 95 95 77 87 26 26 26
95 Murray St OVC 2-4 68.38 469 93 99 95 100 93 89 81 26 26 26
96 Dartmouth IVY 0-3 69.38 477 92 98 93 88 103 102 92 26 26 26
97 Columbia IVY 0-3 71.13 491 99 102 98 96 97 101 94 26 26 26
98 Alabama St SWAC 1-3 71.38 493 97 94 104 99 104 95 98 26 26 26
99 Alabama A&M SWAC 2-4 71.63 495 100 101 96 87 102 97 101 26 26 26
100 Bryant INDEP 3-2 71.75 496 103 100 91 104 96 100 97 26 26 26
101 Jackson St SWAC 1-4 72.13 499 101 103 97 97 101 91 109 26 26 26
102 Robert Morris NEC 1-4 74.25 516 106 106 94 106 99 99 107 26 26 26
103T Alcorn St SWAC 1-5 74.38 517 96 112 100 101 98 112 106 26 26 26
103T Georgetown PL 1-3 74.38 517 102 107 105 102 105 103 100 26 26 26
103T Morehead St PFL 3-2 74.88 521 104 97 102 105 106 110 104 26 26 26
106 Butler PFL 3-1 75.25 524 105 96 108 108 100 113 103 26 26 26
107 Jacksonville PFL 2-3 76.50 534 111 105 106 103 109 114 102 26 26 26
108 NC Central INDEP 1-4 77.75 544 110 116 109 107 108 104 110 26 26 26
109 Austin Peay OVC 0-6 78.13 547 112 119 111 112 107 105 99 26 26 26
110 Davidson PFL 2-2 78.63 551 113 108 110 111 113 109 108 26 26 26
111 NC A&T MEAC 2-4 78.75 552 109 110 112 110 112 108 111 26 26 26
112 Indiana St MVFC 0-5 80.50 566 107 121 115 114 114 116 105 26 26 26
113 Wagner NEC 2-3 81.00 570 119 114 107 117 111 115 113 26 26 26
114 TX Southern SWAC 3-3 81.50 574 108 109 123 115 115 121 114 26 26 26
115 Drake PFL 2-3 81.63 575 114 104 116 120 116 111 118 26 26 26
116 Howard MEAC 1-4 82.00 578 117 113 117 116 118 107 115 26 26 26
117 W Salem St MEAC 1-4 82.25 580 115 111 119 118 119 106 117 26 26 26
118 Ark Pine Bluff SWAC 0-5 83.25 588 116 118 114 109 121 120 120 26 26 26
119 Iona INDEP 3-2 83.38 589 122 115 122 124 110 118 112 26 26 26
120 Marist INDEP 1-5 83.75 592 120 120 113 119 117 117 119 26 26 26
121 Savannah St INDEP 3-3 84.13 595 118 117 121 122 120 119 116 26 26 26
122 MS Valley St SWAC 1-3 86.00 610 121 122 125 121 123 122 122 26 26 26
123T St Francis NEC 0-5 86.25 612 123 124 120 123 122 123 121 26 26 26
123T Valparaiso PFL 1-3 86.25 612 124 123 118 113 124 124 123 26 26 26
125 Campbell PFL 1-5 87.75 624 125 125 124 125 125 125 124 26 26 26

Column Definitions
Total = (ARC + 3 polls used)/8
ARC (Adjusted Rankings of the Computers) = Sum of 5 computer ranking numbers (removing the max and min number from the 7 used)
Computer rankings:
MAS = Massey, SAU = Sauceda, SAG = Sagarin, LAZ = Laz Index, SEL = Self, ASH = Ashburn, KEE = Keeper.
Polls:
SNW = Sports Network, FCP = FCS Coaches, AGS = Any Given Saturday

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