2011 Gridiron Power Index (GPI) Debuts With Georgia Southern as No. 1
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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 2011-12 season with unbeaten Georgia Southern in the top spot.

The Southern Conference and Colonial Athletic Association have six teams each in the top 25; the Missouri Valley Football Conference has five; the Big Sky, Great West and Southland Conferences have two each; and the Big South and Ohio Valley Conferences plus the Patriot League have one each. (Games through 10/2/11)

As conference average rankings the Southern Conference has a sizable lead at #1 while the Great West and Missouri Valley Football Conferences plus the Colonial Athletic Association are bunched at #2-3-4 respectively.

Changes of note this year are including only the Coaches and Sports Network polls plus the replacement of the retired Sauceda ranking with the return of the Born ranking. The Final 2011 GPI will be released once all the college football games have been played, in January 2012.

Rank Team Conf W/L Total ARC LAZ SAG MAS ASH KEE SEL BRN FCP SNW
1 Ga Southern SOCON 4-0 1.29 7 1 1 2 1 1 2 4 1 1
2 Northern Iowa MVFC 3-1 2.57 14 2 3 1 4 4 4 1 2 2
3 Wofford SOCON 3-1 3.00 12 3 2 3 2 2 1 6 4 5
4 N Dakota St MVFC 4-0 5.00 26 4 5 4 5 8 8 2 5 4
5 Montana St BIG SKY 4-1 5.43 32 5 7 5 16 3 10 5 3 3
6 James Madison CAA 4-1 9.00 50 10 4 12 10 10 12 8 6 7
7 New Hampshire CAA 3-1 10.00 57 13 6 10 7 25 11 16 7 6
8 Sam Houston St SLC 4-0 10.71 49 8 12 9 9 11 6 15 15 11
9 Maine CAA 3-1 11.57 36 7 8 6 6 5 9 9 26 19
10T Furman SOCON 3-1 12.00 32 6 10 7 3 7 5 7 26 26
10T Appalachian St SOCON 3-2 12.00 68 16 9 13 11 29 7 19 8 8
12 Indiana St MVFC 4-1 15.14 70 12 22 11 8 9 16 26 19 17
13 Lehigh PL 4-1 15.86 91 9 15 25 21 19 15 21 10 10
14 South Dakota GWC 3-2 16.14 77 11 27 8 29 13 14 12 18 18
15 McNeese St SLC 3-1 18.14 99 18 19 29 17 14 17 28 13 15
16 Southern Utah GWC 3-2 20.71 101 15 23 14 32 17 35 3 22 22
17 Delaware CAA 3-2 21.29 125 21 11 23 24 41 37 20 11 13
18 Chattanooga SOCON 2-3 21.43 103 26 30 19 13 21 24 13 23 24
19 Montana BIG SKY 3-2 21.57 121 19 14 20 34 23 32 27 14 16
20 Coastal Carolina BSO 3-1 26.43 135 28 34 17 28 28 3 63 24 26
21 Samford SOCON 2-2 27.29 139 24 36 32 14 33 13 50 26 26
22 Youngstown St MVFC 2-2 27.43 140 30 26 27 27 15 42 30 26 26
23 Towson CAA 3-1 28.00 145 14 42 36 15 35 30 29 26 25
24 Tennessee Tech OVC 4-1 28.43 155 27 44 22 33 27 28 40 21 23
25T Richmond CAA 3-2 28.57 170 40 13 38 26 64 25 41 16 14
25T S Illinois MVFC 2-2 28.57 163 45 21 24 35 38 52 18 17 20
26T Portland St BIG SKY 3-1 28.71 149 20 40 30 36 6 23 46 26 26
26T E Washington BIG SKY 1-4 28.71 149 42 17 21 62 30 39 14 26 26
29T Elon SOCON 3-2 28.86 150 33 28 44 18 26 19 59 26 26
29T Weber St BIG SKY 2-3 28.86 150 41 25 18 43 18 45 23 26 26
31 Norfolk St MEAC 4-1 29.14 152 22 41 46 23 16 20 51 26 26
32 Jacksonville St OVC 4-1 29.86 185 25 43 34 30 36 48 42 12 12
33T Harvard IVY 2-1 30.00 158 23 16 31 37 43 49 24 26 26
33T The Citadel SOCON 2-2 30.00 158 32 45 35 12 24 22 53 26 26
35 Northern Arizona BIG SKY 2-2 31.57 169 37 31 33 53 12 46 22 26 26
36 Old Dominion CAA 4-1 32.71 182 17 47 42 22 37 53 34 26 21
37 South Alabama INDEP 2-2 32.86 178 39 20 43 45 20 31 49 26 26
38 Northwestern St SLC 2-3 33.29 181 29 55 47 19 31 29 45 26 26
39 Sacramento St BIG SKY 2-3 33.57 183 55 38 16 48 22 50 25 26 26
40 North Dakota GWC 3-2 34.00 192 43 32 15 50 46 34 37 20 26
41T Texas St INDEP 3-2 34.14 187 36 51 39 20 34 27 58 26 26
41T Cal Poly GWC 1-3 35.14 194 52 29 28 46 44 47 11 26 26
43 William & Mary CAA 3-2 37.00 241 57 18 48 42 55 59 39 9 9
44 Holy Cross PL 2-2 37.43 210 34 35 49 41 54 51 32 26 26
45T Liberty BSO 2-3 37.71 212 49 33 45 68 42 43 31 26 26
45T W Illinois MVFC 2-3 37.71 212 59 39 26 38 48 33 54 26 26
47 Cent Arkansas SLC 2-3 38.29 216 48 54 40 40 50 38 33 26 26
48 Massachusetts CAA 2-2 39.00 221 58 24 41 31 53 58 38 26 26
49 UC Davis GWC 1-3 40.29 230 54 46 37 44 45 41 64 26 26
50 TN Martin OVC 2-2 40.71 233 31 57 51 56 39 56 17 26 26
51 S Carolina St MEAC 2-3 40.86 234 53 37 55 49 40 57 10 26 26
52 Bethune-Cookman MEAC 2-2 44.14 257 38 58 62 64 32 71 35 26 26
53 Brown IVY 2-1 45.57 267 56 48 54 47 57 60 52 26 26
54 Illinois St MVFC 2-3 46.00 270 62 52 53 54 49 66 44 26 26
55 Bucknell PL 4-1 47.71 282 35 67 73 39 59 44 81 26 26
56 SF Austin SLC 1-4 47.86 283 63 80 57 51 58 54 43 26 26
57 W Carolina SOCON 1-3 48.29 286 61 78 60 25 62 18 83 26 26
58 Duquesne NEC 4-1 49.14 292 47 60 68 58 51 55 77 26 26
59 Yale IVY 2-1 50.14 299 50 50 64 57 78 26 78 26 26
60T E Kentucky OVC 1-3 52.14 313 66 63 56 61 74 67 56 26 26
60T S Dakota St MVFC 1-4 52.14 313 81 53 52 65 65 62 68 26 26
62 Stony Brook BSO 1-3 55.86 339 76 61 58 81 71 73 48 26 26
63T Murray St OVC 2-3 56.14 341 68 68 61 76 68 79 47 26 26
63T Lamar SLC 3-1 56.14 341 77 59 76 59 61 68 91 26 26
65 Idaho St BIG SKY 2-3 56.43 343 70 84 70 69 47 72 62 26 26
66 Hampton MEAC 2-2 57.43 350 64 73 74 73 60 85 66 26 26
67T Rhode Island CAA 1-3 57.57 351 82 62 67 52 83 92 57 26 26
67T Missouri St MVFC 0-5 57.57 351 83 82 50 67 69 87 36 26 26
69 Cornell IVY 2-1 57.71 352 60 74 78 60 87 36 80 26 26
70T Presbyterian BSO 1-3 57.86 353 72 92 59 55 75 21 96 26 26
70T Albany NEC 2-2 57.86 353 73 65 71 77 63 102 67 26 26
72 Bryant NEC 3-2 58.00 354 67 64 75 71 67 74 76 26 26
73T Alabama St SWAC 4-1 58.14 355 46 56 81 80 66 84 72 26 26
73T San Diego PFL 4-1 58.14 355 51 85 79 63 52 76 93 26 26
75 Jackson St SWAC 4-1 58.57 359 44 66 88 89 56 91 60 25 26
76 Jacksonville PFL 3-2 59.71 366 74 72 77 70 73 78 70 26 26
77 Drake PFL 4-1 60.86 374 65 75 83 79 72 65 100 26 26
78 Monmouth NEC 2-2 61.29 377 75 71 69 86 77 83 71 26 26
79T Georgetown PL 3-2 62.43 385 69 86 85 66 79 61 92 26 26
79T E Illinois OVC 1-4 62.43 385 85 69 66 83 88 75 73 26 26
81 Villanova CAA 1-4 62.86 388 90 49 65 84 94 97 55 26 26
82T Austin Peay OVC 2-2 64.00 396 80 91 72 74 82 63 88 26 26
82T SE Missouri St OVC 1-3 64.00 396 96 83 63 93 81 70 69 26 26
84 Colgate PL 2-3 66.29 412 91 76 80 85 80 103 75 26 26
85 Florida A&M MEAC 3-2 66.71 415 71 79 84 82 91 98 79 26 26
86 SE Louisiana SLC 1-4 67.71 422 100 87 93 75 70 81 86 26 26
87 Gardner Webb BSO 1-3 68.29 426 84 97 91 78 76 64 99 26 26
88 Lafayette PL 1-4 69.57 435 104 81 82 91 86 94 82 26 26
89 UT San Antonio INDEP 2-3 69.71 436 79 93 87 94 89 88 61 26 26
90 Butler PFL 3-2 71.43 448 78 96 99 90 85 77 115 26 26
91 Penn IVY 1-2 72.43 455 105 70 89 107 84 110 65 26 26
92 Nicholls St SLC 1-4 72.86 458 93 109 98 72 92 69 103 26 26
93 Georgia St INDEP 1-3 73.43 462 88 98 90 95 90 90 97 26 26
94 Dayton PFL 3-2 73.71 464 87 77 97 96 102 82 112 26 26
95 Dartmouth IVY 1-2 74.43 469 86 89 92 103 99 109 74 26 26
96 Tennessee St OVC 1-4 75.86 479 97 90 95 102 104 95 87 26 26
97 Central Conn NEC 2-3 76.29 482 92 94 96 100 101 100 89 26 26
98 NC A&T MEAC 2-2 76.43 483 98 104 86 87 108 40 113 26 26
99 Robert Morris NEC 1-3 77.43 490 109 88 94 106 109 93 85 26 26
100 Howard MEAC 2-3 78.71 499 94 117 104 88 96 89 116 26 26
101T Alabama A&M SWAC 3-2 80.43 511 89 102 105 110 93 113 101 26 26
101T Sacred Heart NEC 2-2 80.43 511 102 108 100 105 103 101 90 26 26
103 Fordham PL 1-3 80.86 514 111 100 101 92 110 117 84 26 26
104 Davidson PFL 2-2 81.57 519 95 121 107 101 95 86 121 26 26
105 Princeton IVY 1-2 81.86 521 103 107 106 98 106 99 111 26 26
106 Morgan St MEAC 2-3 82.86 528 110 105 102 97 114 80 117 26 26
107 Ark Pine Bluff SWAC 3-2 83.29 531 101 95 112 116 97 116 105 26 26
108 NC Central MEAC 1-3 83.71 534 99 122 113 99 107 105 110 26 26
109 N Colorado BIG SKY 0-5 84.00 536 117 106 103 109 111 107 95 26 26
110 Prairie View SWAC 3-2 84.29 538 107 99 110 121 98 118 104 26 26
111 Wagner NEC 1-4 85.43 546 113 111 108 108 119 104 106 26 26
112 Southern Univ SWAC 2-3 86.57 554 106 101 115 119 112 114 107 26 26
113 Morehead St PFL 2-3 87.71 562 108 118 121 104 105 111 120 26 26
114 Charleston So BSO 0-5 87.86 563 119 112 109 115 113 108 114 26 26
115 Marist PFL 1-4 88.57 568 115 110 114 111 118 96 119 26 26
116 TX Southern SWAC 2-2 89.14 572 112 113 118 123 100 120 109 26 26
117 Grambling SWAC 1-4 89.43 574 114 103 119 122 116 122 102 26 26
118 Columbia IVY 0-3 91.43 588 118 114 116 118 122 123 108 26 26
119 Delaware St MEAC 2-3 92.14 593 122 115 111 113 124 119 124 26 26
120 St Francis PA NEC 1-4 92.29 594 123 120 120 114 117 115 122 26 26
121 VMI BSO 0-4 92.43 595 121 119 117 117 123 121 94 26 26
122 Savannah St MEAC 1-4 92.57 596 124 124 122 112 115 106 123 26 26
123 Alcorn St SWAC 1-4 93.00 599 116 116 123 124 120 124 98 26 26
124 Campbell PFL 1-3 93.43 602 120 123 124 120 121 112 118 26 26
125 MS Valley St SWAC 0-5 96.86 626 125 125 125 126 125 126 125 26 26
126 Valparaiso PFL 0-4 97.29 629 126 126 126 125 126 125 126 26 26

Column Definitions
Total = (ARC + 2 polls used)/7
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, ASH = Ashburn, SAG = Sagarin, LAZ = Laz Index, KEE = Keeper, SEL = Self, BRN = Born.
Polls:
FCP = FCS Coaches, SNW = Sports Network

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