North Dakota State Stays on Top of the 2011 Gridiron Power Index (GPI)
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North Dakota State stays in the top spot of the Gridiron Power Index (GPI) even after a close loss to fellow top 25 and league mate Youngstown State. Sam Houston State moved up to a near virtual tie with the Bison and the entire top five are separated by less than a point in this last week before playoff field selection. The GPI is the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection.

The Colonial Athletic Association and the Southern Conference have six teams each in the top 25; the Missouri Valley Football Conference has five teams; the Big Sky Conference has three; the Southland Conference has two; and the Great West Conference plus the Ivy and Patriot Leagues each have one. (Games through 11/13/11)

As conference average rankings the Southern Conference stays at #1 nearly tied by the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The greatest movement this week saw Youngstown State moving up seven places and Furman falling nine. Two new schools re-entered the top 25, Samford and South Dakota while Brown and Southern Utah departed. 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 N Dakota St MVFC 9-1 2.57 8 1 1 1 2 4 1 3 5 5
2 Sam Houston St SLC 10-0 2.86 15 2 5 5 1 5 2 1 3 2
3T Ga Southern SOCON 9-1 3.14 17 3 4 3 3 2 4 4 2 3
3T Northern Iowa MVFC 8-2 3.14 14 4 2 2 4 3 3 2 4 4
5 Montana St BIG SKY 9-1 3.43 22 5 3 4 5 1 5 5 1 1
6T Appalachian St SOCON 7-3 9.14 47 10 12 8 6 10 7 12 8 9
6T Wofford SOCON 7-3 9.14 39 7 8 10 7 7 6 28 12 13
8 Montana BIG SKY 8-2 9.43 52 16 6 11 19 6 13 6 7 7
9 Lehigh PL 9-1 10.00 58 6 14 14 11 8 11 15 6 6
10 Maine CAA 8-2 10.29 50 9 10 12 8 11 8 20 11 11
11 Towson CAA 8-2 10.71 57 8 13 15 9 14 10 11 10 8
12 Illinois St MVFC 7-3 13.43 66 15 11 9 18 16 14 10 14 14
13 Indiana St MVFC 6-4 15.00 56 14 9 7 10 15 9 14 23 26
14 New Hampshire CAA 7-3 15.14 81 18 18 23 13 12 15 17 13 12
15T Old Dominion CAA 9-2 15.86 92 11 22 22 15 17 20 18 9 10
15T Youngstown St MVFC 6-4 15.86 59 17 7 6 14 18 12 9 26 26
17 Harvard IVY 8-1 17.86 93 13 20 20 17 19 17 23 14 18
18 Cent Arkansas SLC 8-3 18.71 95 12 26 25 12 13 19 31 19 17
19 Chattanooga SOCON 5-5 19.14 82 19 16 13 16 21 18 8 26 26
20 Furman SOCON 6-4 21.29 99 20 23 18 20 20 16 21 26 24
21 Portland St BIG SKY 7-3 22.71 108 26 15 16 27 9 25 26 26 25
22 James Madison CAA 6-4 23.00 122 24 27 28 22 26 23 13 20 19
23 Delaware CAA 6-4 24.29 138 32 25 33 24 45 24 19 17 15
24 Samford SOCON 6-4 24.57 120 22 29 24 21 23 22 38 26 26
25 South Dakota GWC 6-4 25.14 130 27 24 26 29 25 27 25 24 22
26 Southern Utah GWC 5-5 25.29 125 29 17 21 30 31 28 7 26 26
27 Cal Poly GWC 5-5 26.43 133 38 19 27 31 27 21 27 26 26
28 E Washington BIG SKY 5-5 26.57 134 40 21 19 33 22 34 24 26 26
29 S Dakota St MVFC 5-6 27.86 143 31 30 17 28 28 26 32 26 26
30 Brown IVY 7-2 28.29 146 21 31 36 26 24 29 49 26 26
31 Stony Brook BSO 7-3 30.00 158 28 32 32 38 35 31 16 26 26
32 SF Austin SLC 5-5 30.29 160 30 50 45 23 30 32 22 26 26
33 Liberty BSO 7-3 31.43 190 36 36 37 42 50 30 39 14 16
34 Tennessee Tech OVC 6-3 33.57 191 41 41 29 43 33 42 34 21 23
35T E Kentucky OVC 6-4 33.86 185 25 38 31 36 39 41 42 26 26
35T North Dakota GWC 7-3 33.86 189 50 28 30 44 37 35 43 22 26
37 Norfolk St MEAC 9-2 34.00 193 23 39 46 32 36 40 50 25 20
38 Weber St BIG SKY 4-6 36.14 201 58 33 34 56 29 43 35 26 26
39 Massachusetts CAA 5-5 36.57 204 46 35 44 34 52 33 45 26 26
40T Northwestern St SLC 5-5 36.71 205 34 44 49 25 40 38 55 26 26
40T The Citadel SOCON 4-6 36.71 205 49 40 38 39 47 37 41 26 26
42 Sacramento St BIG SKY 4-6 37.43 210 68 34 35 58 32 46 37 26 26
43 Elon SOCON 5-5 37.71 212 53 47 41 35 34 36 53 26 26
44 Murray St OVC 6-4 38.00 214 37 45 40 51 41 52 33 26 26
45 Georgetown PL 8-3 38.43 217 33 46 47 37 43 44 66 26 26
46 Holy Cross PL 5-5 39.29 223 39 43 48 40 53 39 63 26 26
47 Bethune-Cookman MEAC 7-3 41.00 235 35 48 57 46 48 58 36 26 26
48 Jacksonville St OVC 6-4 41.29 237 45 53 43 48 42 48 59 26 26
49 South Alabama INDEP 6-3 41.57 239 48 58 55 47 44 45 44 26 26
50 Northern Arizona BIG SKY 4-6 41.71 240 71 37 39 72 38 55 29 26 26
51 Bucknell PL 6-4 45.29 265 51 55 51 49 58 50 67 26 26
52 S Illinois MVFC 3-7 46.00 270 63 51 42 60 67 54 30 26 26
53T S Carolina St MEAC 6-4 46.43 273 54 49 58 53 64 59 46 26 26
53T Texas St INDEP 6-5 46.43 273 43 63 60 41 57 51 62 26 26
55 William & Mary CAA 4-6 46.86 276 64 54 59 52 65 47 40 26 26
56 Albany NEC 7-3 47.29 279 52 61 53 57 51 66 56 26 26
57 Duquesne NEC 8-2 47.43 280 47 62 54 54 49 61 71 26 26
58 TN Martin OVC 5-5 48.43 287 57 57 52 63 59 62 47 26 26
59 McNeese St SLC 5-5 48.71 289 55 66 62 45 55 53 64 26 26
60 Rhode Island CAA 3-7 49.00 291 72 52 63 55 72 49 48 26 26
61 Jackson St SWAC 8-2 49.86 310 44 70 68 66 46 71 60 18 21
62 Drake PFL 9-2 50.00 298 42 60 70 50 54 64 80 26 26
63 UC Davis GWC 3-7 50.86 304 74 42 61 68 66 57 52 26 26
64 Tennessee St OVC 5-5 51.00 305 67 59 56 65 56 68 58 26 26
65 Richmond CAA 3-7 52.43 315 75 56 64 64 82 56 54 26 26
66 Missouri St MVFC 1-9 54.29 328 76 64 50 71 75 67 51 26 26
67 Coastal Carolina BSO 6-4 54.57 330 66 69 66 69 60 60 84 26 26
68 Yale IVY 5-4 54.86 332 65 65 71 61 68 63 79 26 26
69T Bryant NEC 7-3 56.14 341 61 73 69 73 61 75 65 26 26
69T Jacksonville PFL 7-3 56.14 341 56 71 77 59 63 72 76 26 26
71 Lafayette PL 4-6 57.29 349 70 68 67 67 77 65 78 26 26
72 Florida A&M MEAC 7-3 57.86 353 62 67 72 70 74 76 70 26 26
73 San Diego PFL 8-2 59.14 362 59 80 81 62 62 77 102 26 26
74 W Illinois MVFC 2-8 59.57 365 81 72 65 74 69 69 82 26 26
75 Penn IVY 5-4 60.71 373 73 79 76 77 73 74 61 26 26
76 Presbyterian BSO 3-7 60.86 374 80 75 73 78 71 70 77 26 26
77 Villanova CAA 2-8 62.43 385 88 74 74 76 90 73 57 26 26
78 Dartmouth IVY 4-5 62.71 387 77 76 75 81 81 78 68 26 26
79 Alabama St SWAC 7-3 63.14 390 60 83 78 79 70 82 81 26 26
80 Hampton MEAC 6-4 64.43 399 69 78 83 75 88 80 83 26 26
81 Cornell IVY 4-5 64.71 401 78 77 82 83 87 81 74 26 26
82 Colgate PL 4-6 65.00 403 82 82 80 80 78 79 85 26 26
83 UT San Antonio INDEP 3-6 68.00 424 85 85 86 89 83 85 72 26 26
84 Howard MEAC 5-5 68.71 429 83 87 88 82 85 86 104 26 26
85 Monmouth NEC 5-5 69.14 432 84 91 85 87 80 89 87 26 26
86 NC A&T MEAC 4-6 69.43 434 90 81 90 84 98 84 86 26 26
87 E Illinois OVC 2-9 69.71 436 95 84 79 93 93 87 75 26 26
88 Alabama A&M SWAC 7-3 71.57 449 79 100 89 91 79 95 95 26 26
89 SE Louisiana SLC 2-8 71.86 451 92 90 96 85 96 88 73 26 26
90 W Carolina SOCON 1-9 72.00 452 94 89 94 86 89 83 96 26 26
91 Idaho St BIG SKY 2-8 72.71 457 104 86 84 101 76 97 89 26 26
92 Gardner Webb BSO 4-6 73.29 461 93 93 91 94 84 90 109 26 26
93 Morgan St MEAC 5-5 73.71 464 91 92 95 90 95 91 101 26 26
94 Grambling SWAC 6-4 73.86 465 87 101 92 95 86 100 91 26 26
95 SE Missouri St OVC 3-7 74.71 471 100 97 87 102 92 94 88 26 26
96 Campbell PFL 6-4 76.29 482 86 96 105 88 100 93 116 26 26
97 Georgia St INDEP 2-8 76.43 483 101 88 99 103 94 99 90 26 26
98 Lamar SLC 4-6 77.14 488 96 98 100 92 102 92 115 26 26
99T Austin Peay OVC 3-7 77.57 491 105 99 93 98 101 96 97 26 26
99T Prairie View SWAC 5-5 77.57 491 99 103 97 100 91 104 92 26 26
101 Dayton PFL 6-5 77.71 492 89 95 104 96 99 98 114 26 26
102 Sacred Heart NEC 5-5 78.71 499 97 106 98 104 97 103 94 26 26
103 Butler PFL 5-5 81.29 517 98 104 108 97 106 101 120 26 26
104 Southern Univ SWAC 4-6 81.71 520 103 105 103 106 103 107 98 26 26
105 N Colorado BIG SKY 0-11 81.86 521 118 94 101 114 104 108 69 26 26
106 Marist PFL 4-7 82.00 522 102 102 107 99 109 102 119 26 26
107 Wagner NEC 3-7 83.14 530 108 109 102 107 108 105 93 26 26
108 Central Conn NEC 3-7 84.43 539 109 111 106 108 107 109 100 26 26
109 Nicholls St SLC 1-9 84.71 541 107 107 112 105 110 106 111 26 26
110 Ark Pine Bluff SWAC 5-5 84.86 542 106 108 109 109 105 112 110 26 26
111 Fordham PL 1-9 86.43 553 113 110 110 110 112 111 108 26 26
112 Princeton IVY 1-8 87.00 557 110 112 114 111 115 110 107 26 26
113 Robert Morris NEC 2-8 88.00 564 114 114 111 112 117 113 105 26 26
114 TX Southern SWAC 4-6 88.86 570 112 120 113 118 111 116 99 26 26
115 St Francis PA NEC 2-9 89.57 575 116 117 115 116 113 115 113 26 26
116 Charleston So BSO 0-10 90.57 582 119 113 117 119 114 120 103 26 26
117 NC Central MEAC 2-8 91.14 586 111 116 118 117 120 118 117 26 26
118 Davidson PFL 3-7 91.29 587 115 123 119 113 116 114 123 26 26
119 Morehead St PFL 2-8 91.57 589 117 115 122 115 118 117 122 26 26
120 VMI BSO 1-9 92.00 592 120 118 116 120 119 119 112 26 26
121 Columbia IVY 0-9 94.29 608 122 121 120 124 124 121 106 26 26
122 Alcorn St SWAC 2-7 94.57 610 121 124 121 122 123 123 118 26 26
123 Delaware St MEAC 2-8 94.86 612 123 122 123 121 122 122 124 26 26
124 MS Valley St SWAC 1-10 96.00 620 125 125 124 125 121 125 121 26 26
125 Savannah St MEAC 1-9 96.14 621 124 119 125 123 125 124 125 26 26
126 Valparaiso PFL 1-9 97.43 630 126 126 126 126 126 126 126 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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