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The First 2010 Gridiron Power Index — 10.13

Oct 13, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection, begins its inaugural rankings for the 2010 season with Delaware of the Colonial Athletic Association at the No. 1 spot.  The College Sporting News released the index Wednesday.

CAA Football, one the largest leagues in the FCS, has five teams in the top 25 (and all five happen to also be in the Top Ten); the Big Sky Conference and Southern Conferences also have five Top 25 teams; and the Missouri Valley Football has four teams. Two Ohio Valley Conference teams currently reside in the Top 25, as do the Southland Conference has two; and the Big South, Great West, Southland, and Mid-Eastern Athletic conferences have one each.

10/11/2010 GPI Top 25
1. Delaware (1.25)
2. Appalachian St (3.00)
3. James Madison (4.625)
4. Stephen F. Austin (4.75)
5. William and Mary (5.75)
T6. Montana St (6.625)
T6. Jacksonville St (6.625)
8. Massachusetts (7.125)
9. Eastern Washington (10.25)
10. Villanova (11.25)
T11. Wofford (13.625)
T11. Western Illinois (13.625)
13. Montana (13.75)
14. North Dakota State (14.500)
15. Cal Poly SLO (15.25)
16. Georgia Southern (19.625)
17. Northern Arizona (20.25)
18. Northern Iowa (20.375)
19. Southern Illinois (20.625)
20. Sacramento State (20.75)
T21. Southeast Missouri State (21.75)
T21. Chattanooga (21.75)
T23. Furman (23.625)
T23. South Carolina State (23.625)
25. Liberty (23.75)

Conference Ranking:
1. Colonial Athletic Association (23.200)
2. Missouri Valley Football Conference (25.139)
3. Big Sky Conference (27.653)
4. Southern Conference (29.083)
5. Great West Conference (31.575)
6. Southland Conference (40.944)
7. Ohio Valley Conference (43.917)
8. Northeast Conference (53.121)
9. Big South Conference (57.544)
10. Southwestern Athletic Conference (59.025)
11. Ivy League (61.328)
12. Independents (62.813)
13. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (64.375)
14. Patriot League (66.964)
15. Pioneer Football League (71.838)

Full GPI Detail:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?…en&output=html

Conference Ranking Detail:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?…=3&output=html

Column Definitions:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?…=1&output=html