North Dakota State Near Perfect at No. 1 in the 10/22/12 Gridiron Power Index (GPI)
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North Dakota State is alone on top of the Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection. Georgia Southern is ranked second and the media and coach's poll leader Eastern Washington follows in third. According to the unbiased computer rankings NDSU is the unanimous best and GPI #4 Cal Poly is second. The polls have the CP Mustangs in eleventh.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference has seven teams in the top 25; the Big Sky Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association have four teams each; the Southern Conference has three; the Ohio Valley and Southland Conference have two each; the Northeast and Big South Conferences plus the Ivy League each have one. (Games through 10/20/12)

For conference average rankings, the Missouri Valley Football Conference stays ahead with the Southern and Big Sky Conferences at two and three. The Southland Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association are in a virtual tie at fourth and fifth and the Ohio Valley Conference is close behind in sixth.

The Final 2012 GPI will be released once all the college football games have been played, in January 2013.

Rank Team Conf W/L Total ARC LAZ SAG MAS ASH KEE SEL BRN FCP SNW
1 N Dakota St (7) MVFC 6-1 1.57 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3
2 Ga Southern SOCON 6-1 3.71 22 3 2 7 4 4 10 4 2 2
3 E Washington (2) BIG SKY 6-1 4.00 26 5 5 6 3 6 5 5 1 1
4 Cal Poly BIG SKY 7-0 4.86 12 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 11 11
5 Sam Houston St SLC 5-2 6.71 37 14 4 5 14 7 7 2 5 5
6 Montana St BIG SKY 6-1 7.71 46 4 14 11 8 5 11 11 4 4
7 Northern Arizona BIG SKY 6-1 8.14 31 8 10 4 6 3 2 12 13 13
8 Indiana St MVFC 6-2 9.29 31 6 7 3 5 9 4 14 19 15
9 Wofford SOCON 6-1 9.57 52 15 8 10 9 10 17 8 8 7
10 Old Dominion CAA 6-1 12.14 72 12 12 17 19 12 22 10 7 6
11 Cent Arkansas SLC 6-2 13.71 68 9 24 9 15 11 9 29 14 14
12 Stony Brook BSO 7-1 14.86 85 17 11 15 23 21 16 16 9 10
13 S Dakota St MVFC 5-2 15.57 57 13 17 8 11 8 6 27 26 26
14 Appalachian St SOCON 5-3 17.14 89 20 20 19 17 13 23 13 15 16
15T New Hampshire CAA 6-2 18.29 104 22 15 23 27 17 28 15 12 12
15T Illinois St MVFC 6-2 18.29 94 11 26 16 16 18 18 34 17 17
17 Northern Iowa MVFC 2-5 19.29 83 35 6 13 25 25 14 6 26 26
18 E Kentucky OVC 6-2 19.43 100 16 28 18 12 28 13 25 18 18
19 S Illinois MVFC 5-3 20.14 89 25 23 12 13 19 12 22 26 26
20 Villanova CAA 6-2 20.57 102 23 13 22 24 16 26 17 23 19
21 Youngstown St MVFC 4-3 21.14 104 27 21 14 21 20 15 31 22 22
22T Albany NEC 6-1 22.43 113 21 19 20 36 15 33 20 20 24
22T James Madison CAA 5-2 22.43 138 24 18 32 31 32 34 19 10 9
24 Harvard IVY 5-1 22.71 109 10 9 29 39 22 40 7 24 26
25 Tennessee St OVC 7-1 22.86 118 7 32 33 7 26 20 37 21 21
26 TN Martin OVC 6-2 23.43 112 18 34 21 10 31 8 32 26 26
27 Chattanooga SOCON 4-3 24.00 116 32 22 24 22 23 25 9 26 26
28 Lehigh PL 8-0 26.57 172 19 33 40 30 30 39 53 6 8
29 Richmond CAA 5-3 26.86 137 29 16 28 33 29 30 21 26 25
30 Samford SOCON 5-3 28.29 146 26 31 34 26 27 35 28 26 26
31T North Dakota BIG SKY 4-4 29.29 153 36 29 26 29 34 24 35 26 26
31T SF Austin SLC 3-4 29.29 153 39 39 25 40 14 27 23 26 26
33 E Illinois OVC 4-3 29.43 154 31 37 31 18 36 19 39 26 26
34 Towson CAA 3-4 30.86 168 38 27 38 41 24 42 18 25 23
35 McNeese St SLC 4-3 32.00 172 30 40 27 35 38 29 45 26 26
36 Jacksonville St OVC 4-3 32.29 174 40 42 36 20 35 21 43 26 26
37 The Citadel SOCON 4-3 32.43 175 37 44 30 28 33 31 51 26 26
38 Murray St OVC 3-4 35.00 193 42 49 43 34 42 32 30 26 26
39T Bethune-Cookman MEAC 5-2 35.14 194 28 43 56 32 41 45 33 26 26
39T Sacramento St BIG SKY 5-3 35.14 195 43 48 37 37 39 38 38 26 25
41 Southern Utah BIG SKY 3-5 36.00 200 41 38 39 42 40 44 36 26 26
42 Montana BIG SKY 3-5 36.57 204 47 30 41 47 43 43 26 26 26
43 Missouri St MVFC 2-6 37.00 207 54 50 35 38 37 36 46 26 26
44 Delaware CAA 5-2 37.14 224 33 36 45 44 49 53 50 16 20
45 Princeton IVY 4-2 37.43 210 34 25 44 45 48 47 40 26 26
46 UC Davis BIG SKY 3-5 38.57 218 49 45 42 43 46 37 42 26 26
47 Portland St BIG SKY 2-5 41.71 240 59 46 50 50 45 49 24 26 26
48 W Illinois MVFC 3-4 42.57 246 46 70 46 46 50 50 54 26 26
49 Elon SOCON 3-4 42.86 248 58 51 48 48 44 46 55 26 26
50 Colgate PL 4-3 44.57 260 56 47 51 62 47 59 47 26 26
51 Maine CAA 2-5 44.71 261 71 35 49 65 51 55 41 26 26
52 Coastal Car BSO 3-4 45.86 269 55 53 53 52 56 48 58 26 26
53 Weber St BIG SKY 1-7 46.14 271 81 55 52 60 52 52 48 26 26
54 Northwestern St SLC 3-4 46.71 275 52 54 55 55 55 56 60 26 26
55 SE Louisiana SLC 3-4 47.29 279 60 79 47 49 54 41 69 26 26
56 Fordham PL 4-3 48.29 286 48 57 61 56 58 54 65 26 26
57 Furman SOCON 2-6 48.43 287 74 56 57 63 53 58 44 26 26
58 Brown IVY 4-2 49.00 291 51 52 59 64 59 60 61 26 26
59 William & Mary CAA 2-5 51.57 309 67 41 58 72 67 68 49 26 26
60 South Dakota MVFC 1-6 52.14 313 78 64 54 68 68 57 56 26 26
61 NC Central MEAC 5-2 52.43 315 64 71 65 51 61 62 63 26 26
62 Drake PFL 6-2 52.57 316 45 62 60 73 60 61 79 26 26
63 Alabama A&M SWAC 6-1 53.00 319 44 65 85 53 63 67 71 26 26
64 Delaware St MEAC 4-3 53.71 324 53 68 77 57 74 66 59 26 26
65 Ark Pine Bluff SWAC 5-2 54.00 326 50 69 82 54 66 65 72 26 26
66 Lafayette PL 5-2 55.14 334 62 59 62 69 71 70 77 26 26
67 N Colorado BIG SKY 2-5 55.71 338 79 76 63 67 69 63 57 26 26
68 Cornell IVY 3-3 56.00 340 65 60 67 75 75 71 62 26 26
69 Liberty BSO 3-4 57.00 347 75 58 73 77 64 77 52 26 26
70 SE Missouri St OVC 2-5 57.29 349 83 78 64 58 88 51 66 26 26
71 Duquesne NEC 5-2 58.14 355 73 66 68 78 65 73 75 26 26
72 San Diego PFL 4-3 59.29 363 61 61 76 83 70 75 81 26 26
73 S Carolina St MEAC 3-5 60.43 371 70 74 81 61 72 74 82 26 26
74T Howard MEAC 5-2 60.86 374 57 87 95 59 73 79 76 26 26
74T Alabama St SWAC 4-3 60.86 374 63 67 101 71 89 83 64 26 26
76 Tennessee Tech OVC 2-5 61.00 375 90 77 74 70 87 64 67 26 26
77 Monmouth NEC 3-4 62.14 383 77 63 72 87 82 82 70 26 26
78 Florida A&M MEAC 3-5 62.71 387 68 73 96 66 80 86 80 26 26
79 Wagner NEC 4-3 63.00 389 84 75 66 84 76 80 74 26 26
80T Dartmouth IVY 4-2 63.14 390 72 72 78 85 77 88 78 26 26
80T Lamar SLC 3-5 63.14 390 80 90 69 79 86 72 73 26 26
82 W Carolina SOCON 1-7 63.57 393 93 83 70 76 81 69 83 26 26
83 Jacksonville PFL 6-2 63.86 395 69 81 75 86 57 84 98 26 26
84 Nicholls St SLC 1-5 65.43 406 85 103 71 80 62 76 94 26 26
85 Jackson St SWAC 4-4 67.57 421 76 86 103 74 79 87 93 26 26
86 Georgetown PL 3-5 68.86 430 91 82 79 90 93 78 88 26 26
87 Butler PFL 6-2 69.29 433 66 89 83 91 78 92 99 26 26
88 St Francis NEC 3-5 69.86 437 92 85 80 95 83 91 86 26 26
89 Penn IVY 2-4 70.57 442 87 80 84 92 90 93 89 26 26
90 NC A&T MEAC 3-4 71.14 446 82 101 100 81 94 89 68 26 26
91 Morgan St MEAC 3-4 71.29 447 86 94 90 82 95 85 92 26 26
92 Dayton PFL 4-4 71.43 448 88 84 88 101 85 100 87 26 26
93 Gardner Webb BSO 1-6 76.00 480 100 98 93 99 84 95 95 26 26
94 Georgia St CAA 1-7 76.14 481 109 93 97 97 92 102 91 26 26
95 Holy Cross PL 1-6 76.43 483 98 88 89 107 107 99 90 26 26
96 Hampton MEAC 1-5 77.86 493 102 102 106 94 98 97 84 26 26
97T Southern Univ SWAC 3-4 78.00 494 89 99 110 88 105 94 107 26 26
97T Norfolk St MEAC 2-6 78.00 494 94 105 108 93 97 101 97 26 26
99 Robert Morris NEC 2-5 78.00 494 97 97 92 105 91 105 103 26 26
100 Yale IVY 2-4 78.14 495 101 95 86 102 102 96 101 26 26
101 Charleston So BSO 3-4 78.43 497 95 109 98 100 96 98 105 26 26
102 Sacred Heart NEC 2-5 79.29 503 103 96 87 104 101 103 100 26 26
103 Idaho St BIG SKY 1-6 79.71 506 108 110 91 98 99 90 110 26 26
104T Austin Peay OVC 0-7 80.00 508 106 108 105 89 100 81 111 26 26
104T Bucknell PL 1-6 80.00 508 99 92 99 111 109 109 85 26 26
106 Columbia IVY 1-5 81.57 519 96 100 102 109 110 106 102 26 26
107 Bryant NEC 2-6 82.43 525 114 106 94 113 103 107 96 26 26
108 Central Conn NEC 1-6 83.71 534 112 104 104 110 104 108 108 26 26
109 Marist PFL 2-5 84.29 538 105 91 107 116 111 111 104 26 26
110 Alcorn St SWAC 3-5 85.14 544 104 114 114 96 108 104 116 26 26
111 Prairie View SWAC 2-5 85.43 546 111 111 115 103 106 112 106 26 26
112 VMI BSO 2-5 86.29 552 107 115 109 106 113 110 113 26 26
113 MS Valley St SWAC 2-5 87.57 561 110 112 116 108 112 113 114 26 26
114 Morehead St PFL 1-6 88.43 567 113 107 111 119 114 114 115 26 26
115 Rhode Island CAA 0-7 88.86 570 115 113 112 114 116 117 109 26 26
116 Presbyterian BSO 2-6 89.86 577 116 117 113 117 115 116 112 26 26
117 TX Southern SWAC 1-6 91.14 586 117 118 118 112 118 115 118 26 26
118 Grambling SWAC 1-6 91.71 590 118 116 119 118 119 118 117 26 26
119 Savannah St MEAC 1-6 92.43 595 119 120 120 115 117 119 120 26 26
120 Davidson PFL 1-6 92.86 598 121 119 117 120 120 120 119 26 26
121 Campbell PFL 1-6 94.14 607 120 122 121 122 121 122 121 26 26
122 Valparaiso PFL 0-7 94.29 608 122 121 122 121 122 121 122 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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