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College Football Analysis: North Dakota No. 1 in Final 2011 Gridiron Power Index

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The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection finishes the 2011-12 season with NCAA Division I Football Champion North Dakota State University in the top spot.

The Missouri Valley Football and Southern Conferences plus the Colonial Athletic Association each have five teams in the top 25; the Big Sky Conference has three; the Great West and Southland Conferences have two each; and the Big South Conference is joined with the Ivy and Patriot Leagues with one each. (Games through 1/10/12)

As conference average rankings the Missouri Valley Football Conference ended far in front at #1 while the Great West and Southern Conferences plus the Colonial Athletic Association are bunched at #2-3-4 respectively.

The 2012-13 GPI will debut for the 14th year in the first week of October for the upcoming season.

1/16/2012 GPI Top 25
Rank, School, Rating, Change
1. N Dakota St (1.00)
2. Sam Houston St (2.00)
3T. Ga Southern (4.00)
3T. Montana (4.00)
5. Northern Iowa (4.14)
6. Lehigh (6.86)
7. Montana St (7.00)
8. Maine (8.43)
9. Towson (11.00)
10. Wofford (11.14)
11. New Hampshire (13.14)
12. Old Dominion (14.00)
13T. Harvard (14.14)
13T. Illinois St (14.14)
15. Cent Arkansas (16.29)
16T. Appalachian St (16.71)
16T. James Madison (16.71)
18. Indiana St (18.71)
19. Youngstown St (19.00)
20. Cal Poly (20.86)

Get the rest of the rankings over at College Sporting News.