Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Valley Football
Valley Ranks No. 2; Five in Top 15 in 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. The MVFC ranks No. 2 as a league, and five teams from Valley Football rank in the Top 15.

Last year, no team in the Top 20 with seven Division I victories was denied a playoff spot. Indiana State, currently No. 13, and Youngstown State, currently No. 15, could pick up their seventh Division I wins this weekend. North Dakota State (1), UNI (3), and Illinois State (12) also represent the MVFC in the Top 15 of the GPI.

The 2011 regular season ends this weekend, and the NCAA Division I Football Championship bracket will be released Sunday, Nov. 20, at 9 a.m. CT on ESPNU.

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.

11/14/2011 GPI Top 25
Rank, School, Rating, Change
1. North Dakota State (2.57) -0
2. Sam Houston State (2.86) -0
3T. Georgia Southern (3.14) +1
3T. Northern Iowa (3.14) -1
5. Montana State (3.43) -1
6T. Appalachian State (9.14) +1
6T. Wofford (9.14) -0
8. Montana (9.43) -0
9. Lehigh (10.00) +1
10. Maine (10.29) +1
11. Towson (10.71) +3
12. Illinois State (13.43) +1
13. Indiana State (15.00) +2
14. New Hampshire (15.14) -5
15T. Old Dominion (15.86) +1
15T. Youngstown State (15.86) +7
17. Harvard (17.86) -0
18. Central Arkansas (18.71) +2
19. Chattanooga (19.14) -1
20. Furman (21.29) -9
21. Portland State (22.71) -2
22. James Madison (23.00) +1
23. Delaware (24.29) +2
24. Samford (24.57) NEW
25. South Dakota (25.14) NEW

Full GPI Detail:
http://www.collegesportingnews.com/s...0111114gpi.htm

Conference Ranking:
Rank, League, Total Average
1. Southern Conference (25.87)
2. Missouri Valley Football Conference (26.41)
3. Colonial Athletic Association (31.51)
4. Great West Conference (32.32)
5. Big Sky Conference (36.89)
6. Southland Conference (46.37)
7. Patriot League (48.82)
8. Ohio Valley Conference (52.02)
9. Independents (58.11)
10. Ivy League (58.80)
11. Big South Conference (61.82)
12. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (67.06)
13. Northeast Conference (71.54)
14. Pioneer Football League (76.29)
15. Southwestern Athletic Conference (78.20)

Conference Ranking Detail:

1. Southern Conference (25.87)
3T. Ga Southern (3.14)
6T. Appalachian St (9.14)
6T. Wofford (9.14)
19. Chattanooga (19.14)
20. Furman (21.29)
24. Samford (24.57)
40T. The Citadel (36.71)
43. Elon (37.71)
90. W Carolina (72.00)

2. Missouri Valley Football Conference (26.41)
1. N Dakota St (2.57)
3T. Northern Iowa (3.14)
12. Illinois St (13.43)
13. Indiana St (15.00)
15T. Youngstown St (15.86)
29. S Dakota St (27.86)
52. S Illinois (46.00)
66. Missouri St (54.29)
74. W Illinois (59.57)

3. Colonial Athletic Association (31.51)
10. Maine (10.29)
11. Towson (10.71)
14. New Hampshire (15.14)
15T. Old Dominion (15.86)
22. James Madison (23.00)
23. Delaware (24.29)
39. Massachusetts (36.57)
55. William & Mary (46.86)
60. Rhode Island (49.00)
65. Richmond (52.43)
77. Villanova (62.43)

4. Great West Conference (32.32)
25. South Dakota (25.14)
26. Southern Utah (25.29)
27. Cal Poly (26.43)
35T. North Dakota (33.86)
63. UC Davis (50.86)

5. Big Sky Conference (36.89)
5. Montana St (3.43)
8. Montana (9.43)
21. Portland St (22.71)
28. E Washington (26.57)
38. Weber St (36.14)
42. Sacramento St (37.43)
50. Northern Arizona (41.71)
91. Idaho St (72.71)
105. N Colorado (81.86)

6. Southland Conference (46.37)
2. Sam Houston St (2.86)
18. Cent Arkansas (18.71)
32. SF Austin (30.29)
40T. Northwestern St (36.71)
59. McNeese St (48.71)
89. SE Louisiana (71.86)
98. Lamar (77.14)
109. Nicholls St (84.71)

7. Patriot League (48.82)
9. Lehigh (10.00)
45. Georgetown (38.43)
46. Holy Cross (39.29)
51. Bucknell (45.29)
71. Lafayette (57.29)
82. Colgate (65.00)
111. Fordham (86.43)

8. Ohio Valley Conference (52.02)
34. Tennessee Tech (33.57)
35T. E Kentucky (33.86)
44. Murray St (38.00)
48. Jacksonville St (41.29)
58. TN Martin (48.43)
64. Tennessee St (51.00)
87. E Illinois (69.71)
95. SE Missouri St (74.71)
99T. Austin Peay (77.57)

9. Independents (58.11)
49. South Alabama (41.57)
53T. Texas St (46.43)
83. UT San Antonio (68.00)
97. Georgia St (76.43)

10. Ivy League (58.80)
17. Harvard (17.86)
30. Brown (28.29)
68. Yale (54.86)
75. Penn (60.71)
78. Dartmouth (62.71)
81. Cornell (64.71)
112. Princeton (87.00)
121. Columbia (94.29)

11. Big South Conference (61.82)
31. Stony Brook (30.00)
33. Liberty (31.43)
67. Coastal Carolina (54.57)
76. Presbyterian (60.86)
92. Gardner Webb (73.29)
116. Charleston So (90.57)
120. VMI (92.00)

12. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (67.06) 2
37. Norfolk St (34.00)
47. Bethune-Cookman (41.00)
53T. S Carolina St (46.43)
72. Florida A&M (57.86)
80. Hampton (64.43)
84. Howard (68.71)
86. NC A&T (69.43)
93. Morgan St (73.71)
117. NC Central (91.14)
123. Delaware St (94.86)
125. Savannah St (96.14)

13. Northeast Conference (71.54)
56. Albany (47.29)
57. Duquesne (47.43)
69T. Bryant (56.14)
85. Monmouth (69.14)
102. Sacred Heart (78.71)
107. Wagner (83.14)
108. Central Conn (84.43)
113. Robert Morris (88.00)
115. St Francis PA (89.57)

14. Pioneer Football League (76.29)
62. Drake (50.00)
69T. Jacksonville (56.14)
73. San Diego (59.14)
96. Campbell (76.29)
101. Dayton (77.71)
103. Butler (81.29)
106. Marist (82.00)
118. Davidson (91.29)
119. Morehead St (91.57)
126. Valparaiso (97.43)

15. Southwestern Athletic Conference (78.20)
61. Jackson St (49.86)
79. Alabama St (63.14)
88. Alabama A&M (71.57)
94. Grambling (73.86)
99T. Prairie View (77.57)
104. Southern Univ (81.71)
110. Ark Pine Bluff (84.86)
114. TX Southern (88.86)
122. Alcorn St (94.57)
124. MS Valley St (96.00)