Gridiron Power Index 10/23/2023 – Southern Illinois No. 7 In GPI, Absent from Initial FCS Committee Seeding Rankings

BETHLEHEM, PA – The FCS playoff committee released its Top 10 rankings on Thursday, and absent was Southern Illinois, which was ranked No. 7 in the 10/23 release of the GPI this week.

Comparing the two rankings, the top was very similar, with both South Dakota State and Montana State both occupying the top spots, with Furman and South Dakota fairly close behind.

But the GPI indicates that based on the index, Southern Illinois (No. 7) and North Dakota State (No. 9) should have been in the seeding conversation instead of Western Carolina and Incarnate Word, rated at 9 and 10 respectively by the committee.

Delaware was ranked 8 by the GPI (5 by the committee), and Sacramento State was ranked 10 (8 by the committee).

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 10/23/2023

GPI Top 25,Week of 10/23/2023

1South Dakota StateMFVC7-011
2Montana StateBig Sky6-122
3South DakotaMVFC6-135.125
T4IdahoBig Sky5-256.625
6MontanaBig Sky6-187.625
7Southern IllinoisMVFC5-268.125
9North Dakota StateMVFC5-2108.625
10Sacramento StateBig Sky5-249.125
11UT MartinBSC-OVC6-1T1512.625
12Incarnate WordSouthland6-11415
T13Austin PeayUAC5-21715.25
T13Western CarolinaSoCon5-21115.25
15North DakotaMVFC4-3715.625
16Central ArkansasUAC5-21817.25
17Youngstown StateMVFC4-31917.75
19Northern IowaMVFC4-3NR18.5
22North Carolina CentralMEAC6-12321.5
T24Holy CrossPatriot4-3T1523.375
Dropping Out: William and Mary (20), UC Davis (24), Florida A&M (25).