2013 Gridiron Power Index (GPI) Opens With NDSU at #1
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North Dakota State enters the 2013 Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection in the top spot after leading the entire 2012 regular season and winning its second straight title. Conference mate Northern Iowa is solid in second.

The Big Sky Conference has five teams in the top 25; the Colonial Athletic Association, Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Southland Conference have four each; the Ohio Valley Conference has three; the Southern Conference has two; and the Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Patriot League and Independents have one each. (Games through 9/29/13)

For conference average rankings, the Missouri Valley Football Conference is in first with the Southland Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association at two and three. The Ohio Valley and Big Sky Conferences round out the top five.

Rank Team Conf W/L Total ARC LAZ SAG MAS ASH ABC SEL BRN FCP SNW
1 N Dakota St MVFC 4-0 1.00 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
2 Northern Iowa MVFC 4-0 2.57 10 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 4 4
3 Towson CAA 5-0 3.29 18 4 3 3 3 4 4 5 2 3
4 E Illinois OVC 4-1 4.00 18 3 4 4 4 3 6 3 5 5
5 Sam Houston St SLC 4-1 5.57 34 7 7 5 10 15 5 4 3 2
6 Coastal Carolina BSO 5-0 9.71 53 5 24 10 5 5 16 17 6 9
7 E Washington BIG SKY 2-2 10.71 61 29 5 6 14 23 9 9 8 6
8 Maine CAA 4-1 12.57 42 6 11 7 7 7 10 11 23 23
9T Bethune-Cookman MEAC 3-1 13.86 60 9 28 8 12 17 3 14 16 21
9T Fordham PL 5-0 13.86 72 8 30 17 9 12 11 23 13 12
9T McNeese St SLC 4-1 13.86 72 11 9 12 16 14 19 21 14 11
12 Villanova CAA 2-2 14.00 58 12 8 9 15 27 14 7 20 20
13 S Dakota St MVFC 3-2 16.00 96 15 22 18 23 21 20 15 9 7
14 Northern Arizona BIG SKY 3-1 16.71 85 20 16 19 19 11 18 13 17 15
15 Southern Utah BIG SKY 4-1 17.71 72 13 31 15 6 6 7 41 26 26
16 TN Martin OVC 3-1 18.14 79 16 27 11 8 8 17 29 26 22
17 Cent Arkansas SLC 2-2 18.71 106 21 17 14 18 26 27 24 11 14
18 William & Mary CAA 3-1 19.29 83 25 6 13 13 20 12 34 26 26
19 Ga Southern SOCON 3-1 20.14 99 10 14 28 22 31 25 8 26 16
20 Youngstown St MVFC 4-1 20.29 94 35 13 16 21 13 31 10 22 26
21 Tennessee St OVC 4-1 22.29 104 17 36 21 17 16 13 33 26 26
22 Old Dominion INDEP 3-2 23.57 113 22 21 23 25 32 22 6 26 26
23 SE Louisiana SLC 2-2 24.14 117 14 23 22 20 28 24 31 26 26
24 Montana St BIG SKY 3-2 24.57 157 30 12 31 37 47 56 12 7 8
25T Cal Poly BIG SKY 2-2 25.43 141 36 19 27 27 34 34 19 19 18
25T Wofford SOCON 2-2 25.43 146 23 34 29 34 37 15 26 15 17
27 Harvard IVY 2-0 26.14 131 28 18 20 24 44 41 18 26 26
28 Murray St OVC 3-2 27.00 137 19 50 32 11 9 29 46 26 26
29 Gardner-Webb BSO 4-1 27.43 143 31 44 24 26 18 8 56 24 25
30T Montana BIG SKY 3-1 29.29 183 39 10 35 46 35 44 30 12 10
30T S Illinois MVFC 2-3 29.29 153 27 15 26 40 51 32 28 26 26
32 Richmond CAA 2-3 29.57 155 34 26 25 45 52 23 25 26 26
33 Delaware CAA 4-1 29.71 159 32 38 33 29 19 33 32 25 24
34 Chattanooga SOCON 2-2 31.00 165 26 25 39 32 43 47 16 26 26
35 Samford SOCON 3-2 31.43 168 24 32 37 33 39 40 27 26 26
36 S Carolina St MEAC 3-2 32.71 177 18 45 40 30 42 28 37 26 26
37 Portland BIG SKY 3-2 34.29 188 38 20 34 55 55 39 22 26 26
38 Northwestern St SLC 3-2 35.14 194 40 42 36 35 41 35 70 26 26
39 Stony Brook CAA 1-3 35.57 197 45 29 30 50 65 30 42 26 26
40 Jacksonville St OVC 4-1 35.86 199 33 46 45 28 24 55 47 26 26
41 Lehigh PL 4-0 36.00 229 52 48 43 41 25 61 45 10 13
42 W Illinois MVFC 3-2 36.86 206 41 43 50 36 29 36 62 26 26
43 Sacramento St BIG SKY 2-3 37.29 209 42 39 44 48 46 38 36 26 26
44 James Madison CAA 3-2 38.57 223 47 40 41 47 48 53 38 21 26
45 Yale IVY 2-0 39.86 227 44 51 56 38 38 21 65 26 26
46T Liberty BSO 3-2 40.14 229 46 35 38 56 57 54 35 26 26
46T Missouri St MVFC 1-4 40.14 229 37 37 42 52 63 48 50 26 26
48 E Kentucky OVC 2-3 42.14 243 49 53 47 49 45 59 44 26 26
49 Furman SOCON 2-2 42.71 247 55 54 48 44 36 46 64 26 26
50 Charleston So BSO 5-0 42.86 248 53 52 54 31 10 58 73 26 26
51 Sacred Heart NEC 5-0 43.29 251 43 62 62 39 30 45 80 26 26
52 NC Central MEAC 2-2 44.29 258 48 72 53 51 49 37 57 26 26
53 NC A&T MEAC 3-0 45.57 267 58 47 52 58 40 57 53 26 26
54 Tennessee Tech OVC 3-2 45.71 268 56 74 60 42 33 52 58 26 26
55 Indiana St MVFC 1-3 45.86 269 57 41 51 57 66 63 40 26 26
56 Illinois St MVFC 1-3 46.71 275 62 66 46 54 53 60 20 26 26
57T Bryant NEC 3-1 47.14 278 50 65 59 53 50 51 72 26 26
57T Nicholls St SLC 3-2 47.14 278 54 61 55 43 22 65 92 26 26
59 New Hampshire CAA 1-2 48.43 302 80 33 49 65 69 90 39 18 19
60 SF Austin SLC 2-3 50.29 300 64 56 58 62 60 69 43 26 26
61 Brown IVY 1-1 51.71 310 66 49 57 61 77 83 49 26 26
62 South Dakota MVFC 1-3 52.86 318 74 60 67 60 54 64 67 26 26
63 N Colorado BIG SKY 1-4 53.71 324 60 58 65 80 90 49 61 26 26
64 Penn IVY 1-1 54.43 329 69 63 63 67 67 62 74 26 26
65 Jackson St SWAC 3-2 55.71 338 51 71 66 72 78 50 78 26 26
66 The Citadel SOCON 1-4 56.86 346 72 59 70 79 87 66 54 26 26
67 Princeton IVY 1-1 57.00 347 78 57 61 75 76 94 52 26 26
68T Lamar SLC 3-2 57.29 349 76 76 79 59 58 95 59 26 26
68T Abilene Chr INDEP 3-2 57.29 349 63 105 74 64 72 76 55 26 26
70 Cornell IVY 1-1 58.29 356 59 78 80 66 74 42 79 26 26
71 Monmouth INDEP 2-3 58.57 358 83 64 68 71 73 82 63 26 26
72 Appalachian St SOCON 1-3 59.57 365 93 55 72 82 70 86 51 26 26
73 Dartmouth IVY 1-1 59.86 367 77 68 64 74 80 85 68 26 26
74 Holy Cross PL 2-3 60.29 370 71 70 69 77 79 77 75 26 26
75T Charlotte INDEP 3-2 60.57 372 70 107 82 63 56 73 84 26 26
75T SE Missouri OVC 0-4 60.57 372 73 81 71 73 81 74 71 26 26
77 Rhode Island CAA 2-3 60.71 373 86 75 75 68 68 72 83 26 26
78 Prairie View SWAC 3-2 61.86 381 61 82 77 76 75 71 89 26 26
79 Weber St BIG SKY 1-4 63.29 391 90 77 73 81 59 70 98 26 26
80 Alabama St SWAC 3-2 63.57 393 65 80 81 87 92 80 60 26 26
81 UC Davis BIG SKY 1-4 64.86 402 82 73 78 86 85 84 48 26 26
82 Delaware St MEAC 1-3 66.71 415 84 104 84 78 64 67 102 26 26
83 Florida A&M MEAC 1-3 66.86 416 75 90 76 88 89 75 88 26 26
84 Idaho St BIG SKY 2-2 67.43 420 68 87 95 69 62 102 101 26 26
85 Drake PFL 1-3 68.71 429 67 115 90 94 109 43 69 26 26
86 W Carolina SOCON 1-4 69.14 432 94 83 89 84 83 89 87 26 26
87 North Dakota BIG SKY 1-3 69.57 435 96 67 83 105 96 93 66 26 26
88 Butler PFL 3-2 69.86 437 81 79 85 93 106 96 82 26 26
89T St Francis NEC 1-3 70.00 438 95 84 86 92 99 79 81 26 26
89T Austin Peay OVC 0-4 70.00 438 85 98 94 70 61 105 91 26 26
91 Incarnate Word INDEP 3-2 71.71 450 91 111 97 83 82 81 97 26 26
92 Norfolk St MEAC 1-3 71.86 451 89 96 88 85 71 98 93 26 26
93 Mercer PFL 4-0 72.57 456 79 110 93 90 84 26 121 26 26
94 San Diego PFL 2-2 73.14 460 88 69 103 91 101 103 77 26 26
95T Lafayette PL 0-3 74.43 469 98 86 87 101 111 88 95 26 26
95T Elon SOCON 1-4 74.43 469 97 88 92 98 94 104 76 26 26
97 Southern Univ SWAC 2-3 75.14 474 87 97 91 95 104 68 106 26 26
98 Marist PFL 2-2 76.57 484 99 95 102 96 102 92 85 26 26
99 Duquesne NEC 1-2 78.29 496 109 85 96 106 98 106 90 26 26
100T Dayton PFL 2-2 78.71 499 100 92 99 103 100 97 117 26 26
100T Robert Morris NEC 2-2 78.71 499 101 101 104 99 91 107 94 26 26
102 Presbyterian BSO 1-3 79.00 501 104 112 98 89 86 100 110 26 26
103 Howard MEAC 1-3 79.43 504 108 89 100 104 97 99 104 26 26
104 Alcorn St SWAC 3-2 79.71 506 92 103 101 102 108 101 99 26 26
105 Bucknell PL 1-2 80.43 511 102 108 106 100 95 78 108 26 26
106 Hampton MEAC 0-5 80.71 513 105 106 105 97 103 91 103 26 26
107 Savannah St MEAC 1-4 83.43 532 107 119 110 108 88 87 119 26 26
108 Alabama A&M SWAC 2-3 84.71 541 103 100 108 109 113 108 114 26 26
109 Jacksonville PFL 2-3 85.00 543 106 94 114 114 115 109 100 26 26
110 Albany NY CAA 1-4 85.57 547 120 93 107 111 112 112 105 26 26
111 Central Conn NEC 1-4 86.57 554 118 99 111 110 110 110 113 26 26
112 Colgate PL 0-4 87.00 557 119 91 109 116 117 119 96 26 26
113T Ark Pine Bluff SWAC 0-4 87.71 562 110 109 113 119 122 111 86 26 26
113T Columbia IVY 0-2 87.71 562 114 117 112 107 93 118 112 26 26
115T Wagner NEC 1-4 88.00 564 113 102 115 115 114 116 107 26 26
115T VMI BSO 1-4 88.00 564 111 116 117 112 105 114 111 26 26
117 Morgan St MEAC 0-5 88.86 570 112 114 116 113 116 115 109 26 26
118 MS Valley St SWAC 0-4 92.00 592 116 121 119 121 125 113 115 26 26
119 Houston Bap INDEP 2-1 92.43 595 117 124 118 117 107 120 123 26 26
120 TX Southern SWAC 0-4 92.57 596 115 118 121 118 123 117 122 26 26
121 Georgetown PL 1-4 92.71 597 122 113 120 120 119 122 116 26 26
122 Grambling SWAC 0-5 94.29 608 121 122 122 122 126 121 118 26 26
123 Morehead St PFL 1-4 94.57 610 123 120 123 123 121 123 120 26 26
124 Valparaiso PFL 1-3 96.14 621 125 123 124 125 120 124 126 26 26
125 Campbell PFL 1-3 96.29 622 124 125 125 124 118 126 124 26 26
126 Stetson PFL 1-3 97.43 630 126 126 127 126 124 125 127 26 26
127 Davidson PFL 0-4 98.00 634 127 127 126 127 127 127 125 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/ABC = Ashburn, SAG = Sagarin, LAZ = Laz Index, KEE = Keeper, SEL = Self, BRN = Born.
Polls:
FCP = FCS Coaches, SNW = Sports Network

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