Sam Houston State Tops the Final 2011 Regular Season Gridiron Power Index (GPI)
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Unbeaten Sam Houston State edged into the top spot of the Gridiron Power Index (GPI) with the entire top four separated by a single point in this final ranking of the 2011 regular season. 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 has six teams in the top 25; the Missouri Valley Football and Southern Conferences have five teams each; the Big Sky Conference has three; the Southland and the Great West Conferences have two each; and the Ivy and Patriot Leagues each have one. (Games through 11/20/11)

As conference average rankings the Missouri Valley Football Conference moved into the #1 slot, overtaking the Southern Conference.

The greatest movement this week saw Youngstown State moving down five places and Harvard rising five. Three new schools entered the top 25 in Cal Poly, Southern Utah and Eastern Washington while Portland State, Samford and South Dakota departed. The Final 2011 GPI will be released after the championships 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 Sam Houston St SLC 11-0 2.00 12 2 4 4 1 5 1 1 1 1
2 Northern Iowa MVFC 9-2 2.43 12 3 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 2
3 N Dakota St MVFC 10-1 2.86 12 1 2 1 3 4 2 5 4 4
4 Ga Southern SOCON 9-2 3.00 16 4 3 3 4 1 4 2 2 3
5 Montana BIG SKY 9-2 5.57 29 8 5 5 11 3 7 4 5 5
6 Wofford SOCON 8-3 7.71 31 6 7 6 5 7 5 28 11 12
7 Appalachian St SOCON 8-3 8.14 40 9 8 8 7 8 6 18 8 9
8 Montana St BIG SKY 9-2 8.29 44 12 6 7 15 6 10 9 7 7
9 Towson CAA 9-2 9.00 46 7 9 13 6 11 8 11 9 8
10 Lehigh PL 10-1 9.14 52 5 14 12 8 9 9 15 6 6
11 New Hampshire CAA 8-3 13.00 68 11 18 18 9 10 11 19 12 11
12 Maine CAA 8-3 13.71 70 14 13 17 10 14 12 24 13 13
13 Harvard IVY 9-1 13.86 67 10 19 14 13 12 15 13 14 16
14 Illinois St MVFC 7-4 14.14 64 16 10 9 17 15 14 7 17 18
15 Old Dominion CAA 9-2 16.29 94 13 22 23 14 17 19 22 10 10
16 Cent Arkansas SLC 8-3 18.14 97 15 26 25 12 13 18 33 15 15
17 Indiana St MVFC 6-5 19.43 84 17 15 11 16 19 17 25 26 26
18 Chattanooga SOCON 5-6 19.71 86 18 16 15 21 23 16 8 26 26
19 James Madison CAA 7-4 20.29 106 21 24 24 19 21 21 12 19 17
20T Furman SOCON 6-5 21.00 95 19 20 20 20 16 13 20 26 26
20T Youngstown St MVFC 6-5 21.00 95 20 17 10 22 27 20 16 26 26
22 Cal Poly GWC 6-5 22.00 102 27 11 22 24 20 22 14 26 26
23 Southern Utah GWC 6-5 22.57 106 25 12 19 26 24 26 6 26 26
24 Delaware CAA 7-4 23.86 137 28 27 33 25 40 24 23 16 14
25 E Washington BIG SKY 6-5 25.00 123 37 21 21 29 22 30 21 26 26
26 SF Austin SLC 6-5 25.86 129 22 36 37 18 26 27 10 26 26
27 Samford SOCON 6-5 26.00 130 26 30 26 23 25 23 34 26 26
28T S Dakota St MVFC 5-6 28.00 144 31 31 16 27 30 25 35 26 26
28T Stony Brook BSO 8-3 28.00 150 24 32 32 31 32 31 17 24 22
30 North Dakota GWC 8-3 28.14 153 34 23 29 30 31 29 39 21 23
31 South Dakota GWC 6-5 28.86 150 33 25 30 32 29 28 31 26 26
32 Tennessee Tech OVC 7-3 30.00 169 32 34 35 35 33 37 27 20 21
33 E Kentucky OVC 7-4 30.29 160 23 33 31 28 34 34 37 26 26
34 Portland St BIG SKY 7-4 30.43 161 38 28 27 38 18 32 36 26 26
35 Weber St BIG SKY 5-6 32.00 172 51 29 28 50 28 35 30 26 26
36 The Citadel SOCON 4-7 34.71 191 47 38 39 40 41 33 32 26 26
37 Norfolk St MEAC 9-2 34.86 203 29 42 50 33 37 41 52 22 19
38 Jacksonville St OVC 7-4 36.00 201 36 44 38 41 36 42 45 26 25
39 Liberty BSO 7-4 36.43 208 42 41 40 48 45 38 40 23 24
40 S Illinois MVFC 4-7 37.86 213 53 37 34 49 58 40 26 26 26
41 Murray St OVC 7-4 38.57 218 40 45 41 51 39 48 44 26 26
42 Brown IVY 7-3 39.14 222 35 46 53 44 35 44 63 26 26
43 Elon SOCON 5-6 39.29 223 56 48 44 43 38 36 50 26 26
44 Bethune-Cookman MEAC 8-3 39.86 227 30 47 54 45 43 56 38 26 26
45 Massachusetts CAA 5-6 40.00 228 54 43 45 39 60 39 47 26 26
46T Georgetown PL 8-3 40.57 232 39 52 47 36 48 46 69 26 26
46T Holy Cross PL 6-5 40.57 232 41 49 49 37 50 43 59 26 26
48 Sacramento St BIG SKY 4-7 42.71 247 73 39 43 64 44 53 43 26 26
49 William & Mary CAA 5-6 43.43 252 59 51 52 47 57 45 41 26 26
50 Northwestern St SLC 5-6 43.86 255 46 57 59 34 46 47 65 26 26
51 UC Davis GWC 4-7 44.00 256 66 35 46 58 53 51 48 26 26
52 Missouri St MVFC 2-9 44.29 258 64 50 36 54 62 50 42 26 26
53T Albany NEC 8-3 44.86 262 45 56 48 55 47 62 56 26 26
53T Northern Arizona BIG SKY 4-7 44.86 262 71 40 42 77 52 57 29 26 26
55 McNeese St SLC 6-5 45.29 265 48 59 56 42 54 49 58 26 26
56 Duquesne NEC 9-2 45.43 266 43 60 51 52 42 61 60 26 26
57 Texas St INDEP 6-6 47.43 280 50 64 60 46 61 52 57 26 26
58 Jackson St SWAC 9-2 47.86 297 44 68 71 63 49 74 46 18 20
59 South Alabama INDEP 6-4 49.14 292 57 65 66 56 59 54 55 26 26
60T Drake PFL 9-2 50.29 300 49 58 68 53 56 65 81 26 26
60T S Carolina St MEAC 7-4 50.29 300 55 54 64 57 66 63 61 26 26
62 TN Martin OVC 5-6 50.43 301 62 55 55 65 67 64 51 26 26
63 Rhode Island CAA 3-8 50.57 302 72 53 62 60 76 55 49 26 26
64 Coastal Car BSO 7-4 50.71 303 58 67 58 62 51 58 78 26 26
65 Bucknell PL 6-5 51.57 309 60 63 61 61 64 60 79 26 26
66 Richmond CAA 3-8 54.57 330 79 61 65 66 84 59 53 26 26
67 San Diego PFL 9-2 54.86 333 52 73 74 59 55 72 82 25 26
68 Tennessee St OVC 5-6 56.00 340 76 62 63 73 65 71 68 26 26
69 W Illinois MVFC 2-9 57.14 348 82 66 57 71 70 66 75 26 26
70 Yale IVY 5-5 57.43 350 68 70 73 68 71 67 86 26 26
71 Presbyterian BSO 4-7 57.71 352 77 76 67 74 63 69 66 26 26
72 Cornell IVY 5-5 59.14 362 69 72 72 76 78 73 67 26 26
73 Colgate PL 5-6 59.29 363 78 75 70 67 72 70 76 26 26
74 Lafayette PL 4-7 59.29 363 75 71 69 69 79 68 80 26 26
75 Florida A&M MEAC 7-4 60.14 369 67 69 79 75 75 79 71 26 26
76 Jacksonville PFL 7-4 61.43 378 63 77 83 70 68 80 99 26 26
77 Hampton MEAC 7-4 61.57 379 61 74 81 72 81 75 77 26 26
78 Dartmouth IVY 5-5 61.71 380 74 80 75 78 77 76 73 26 26
79 Alabama St SWAC 7-3 63.57 393 65 82 80 80 69 82 84 26 26
80 Villanova CAA 2-9 64.00 396 86 78 76 79 90 77 54 26 26
81 Bryant NEC 7-4 64.57 400 70 85 77 81 73 84 85 26 26
82 Penn IVY 5-5 65.29 405 80 84 82 82 83 78 64 26 26
83 UT San Antonio INDEP 4-6 65.86 409 83 81 84 84 80 81 62 26 26
84 E Illinois OVC 2-9 67.29 419 94 79 78 88 91 83 74 26 26
85 SE Louisiana SLC 3-8 68.71 429 85 88 91 83 88 85 72 26 26
86 NC A&T MEAC 5-6 69.00 431 84 83 87 85 93 86 89 26 26
87 Alabama A&M SWAC 8-3 70.43 441 81 94 88 86 74 92 98 26 26
88 Monmouth NJ NEC 5-6 71.14 446 88 95 86 89 85 88 97 26 26
89T Georgia St INDEP 3-8 72.43 455 92 86 96 93 89 90 91 26 26
89T SE Missouri St OVC 3-8 72.43 455 98 89 85 102 94 89 83 26 26
91 Grambling SWAC 6-4 74.14 467 87 100 94 96 86 103 90 26 26
92 Howard MEAC 5-6 74.29 468 89 90 98 87 100 91 111 26 26
93 Idaho St BIG SKY 2-9 74.43 469 106 87 89 104 82 96 93 26 26
94 Morgan St MEAC 5-6 75.43 476 93 91 100 90 99 93 106 26 26
95 W Carolina SOCON 1-10 76.00 480 99 96 101 92 92 87 102 26 26
96 Dayton PFL 6-5 76.71 485 90 93 102 94 98 98 110 26 26
97T Sacred Heart NEC 5-6 76.86 486 95 104 93 100 95 102 94 26 26
97T Wagner NEC 4-7 76.86 486 97 101 90 98 104 100 87 26 26
99 Gardner Webb BSO 4-7 77.14 488 96 99 97 97 87 99 109 26 26
100 Central Conn NEC 4-7 78.00 494 102 103 95 99 97 101 88 26 26
101 Campbell PFL 6-5 78.14 495 91 98 106 91 103 97 114 26 26
102 Austin Peay OVC 3-8 79.00 501 108 97 92 103 102 95 104 26 26
103 Lamar SLC 4-7 79.71 506 100 102 104 95 105 94 117 26 26
104 Prairie View SWAC 5-6 80.43 511 101 108 103 106 96 105 96 26 26
105 N Colorado BIG SKY 0-11 81.71 520 116 92 99 118 107 106 70 26 26
106 Ark Pine Bluff SWAC 6-5 82.71 527 103 106 108 109 101 111 92 26 26
107 Marist PFL 4-7 82.86 528 104 105 107 101 108 104 118 26 26
108 Southern Univ SWAC 4-6 83.29 531 105 107 105 108 106 108 100 26 26
109 Butler PFL 5-6 85.71 548 107 110 115 105 109 107 122 26 26
110 Fordham PL 1-10 86.29 552 113 109 114 110 111 109 105 26 26
111 Nicholls St SLC 1-10 86.57 554 109 114 116 107 110 113 108 26 26
112 Princeton IVY 1-9 87.00 557 111 111 113 112 115 110 101 26 26
113 VMI BSO 2-9 87.43 560 114 112 110 113 113 112 103 26 26
114 Columbia IVY 1-9 89.14 572 118 115 109 116 121 114 95 26 26
115 St Francis PA NEC 2-9 89.43 574 117 120 112 117 112 116 107 26 26
116 Morehead St PFL 3-8 89.86 577 110 113 118 111 118 117 119 26 26
117 Robert Morris NEC 2-9 90.00 578 119 116 111 115 119 115 113 26 26
118 Charleston So BSO 0-11 91.86 591 122 118 117 121 114 121 112 26 26
119 NC Central MEAC 2-9 92.00 592 112 119 120 119 122 119 115 26 26
120 Davidson PFL 4-7 92.29 594 115 123 122 114 116 118 124 26 26
121 TX Southern SWAC 4-7 93.14 600 120 122 119 122 117 122 116 26 26
122 Delaware St MEAC 3-8 93.43 602 121 117 121 120 120 120 123 26 26
123 Alcorn St SWAC 2-8 95.57 617 123 124 123 124 123 124 121 26 26
124 Savannah St MEAC 1-10 96.00 620 124 121 125 123 125 123 125 26 26
125 MS Valley St SWAC 1-10 96.43 623 125 125 124 125 124 125 120 26 26
126 Valparaiso PFL 1-10 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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