Gridiron Power Index 10/18/2023 – Fighting Hawks Upend GPI This Week

BETHLEHEM, PA – Once again, a shift of power in the Missouri Valley Conference has rocked the GPI this week.

Partially thanks to North Dakota’s dismantling of North Dakota State 49-24, the Fighting Hawks leaped up to No. 7 in the GPI, and the Bison fell to No. 10, with the impacts of that shift shuffling a lot of teams in the Gridiron Power Index this week.

Six Missouri Valley Football Conference teams dot the Top 25: South Dakota State (1), South Dakota (3), Southern Illinois (6), North Dakota (7), North Dakota (10) and Youngstown State (19). The next best conference represented is the Big Sky with 5 teams.

The 2023 version of the GPI is comprised of five different human polls (FCS Stats Perform Top 25, FCS Coaches, Reddit FCS, Any Given Saturday, and the FCS Fans Nation Media) and five different historic and respected computer polls (Laz Index, Massey Ratings, Sagarin Ratings, Keeper Ratings, and Dwiggins Ratings). All five computer rankings were at one time a part of the original GPI.

The highest and lowest rankings are dropped, and the remaining polls are averaged. Whenever possible “Others Receiving Votes” have been included in the index.

Full Data Set Here 10/18/2023

GPI Top 25,Week of 10/11/2023

1South Dakota StateMFVC6-011
2Montana StateBig Sky5-122
3South DakotaMVFC5-166.25
4Sacramento StateBig Sky5-156.625
5IdahoBig Sky5-237.875
6Southern IllinoisMVFC5-178.625
7North DakotaMVFC4-2138.875
8MontanaBig Sky6-1T169.125
10North Dakota StateMVFC4-249.75
11Western CarolinaSoCon5-1810.625
14Incarnate WordSouthland5-1T1614.375
T15Holy CrossPatriot4-21114.75
T15UT MartinBSC-OVC5-11214.75
17Austin PeayUAC4-21816
18Central ArkansasUAC5-22018.5
19Youngstown StateMVFC3-31520.875
20William and MaryCAA4-21921.75
23North Carolina CentralMEAC5-12222.375
24UC DavisBig Sky4-3NR24
25Florida A&MSWAC5-12415.5
Dropping Out: Albany (21), Eastern Washington (23), Northern Iowa (25).