Gridiron Power Index 10/30/2023 – Big Sky, Missouri Valley Dominate Upper Reaches of GPI, Seem Poised To Dominate FCS Playoff Seeding

BETHLEHEM, PA – If the Gridiron Power Index were used to seed the teams in the FCS playoffs, this week’s rankings seem to indicate that the top seeds would be dominated by Big Sky and Missouri Valley Football conference teams.

The Top 12 of the GPI this week has six Missouri Valley Football Conference teams (South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, and Northern Iowa) and four Big Sky teams (Idaho, Montana, Montana State and Sacramento State), dominating the top of the index. Only Delaware (CAA) at No. 5 and Furman (SoCon) at No. 7 break up the party.

The Missouri Valley and Big Sky autobids are not wrapped up yet, but with South Dakota State on the brink of clinching the MVFC title and Big Sky contenders Idaho, Montana State and Montana – ranked 2, 3, and 4 respectively in the GPI – are the front-runners to win the Big Sky. Both champions seem likely to have an ironclad lock on a Top 4 seed, especially if they win out.

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 10/30/2023

GPI Top 25,Week of 10/30/2023

1South Dakota StateMVFC7-011
2IdahoBig Sky6-2T43.25
3Montana StateBig Sky6-224
4MontanaBig Sky7-166
6Southern IllinoisMVFC6-276.875
8Sacramento StateBig Sky6-2107.125
9North Dakota StateMVFC6-298.5
10South DakotaMVFC6-238.875
11Northern IowaMVFC5-31914
12North DakotaMVFC5-31514.625
13Austin PeayUAC6-2T1315
14Incarnate WordSouthland7-11215.375
15Youngstown StateMVFC5-31715.75
18North Carolina CentralMEAC7-12218.875
20UT MartinBSC-OVC6-21120
23Western CarolinaSoCon5-3T1322.75
24Holy CrossPatriot5-3T2423.25
25Florida A&MSWAC7-1NR23.375
Dropping Out: Central Arkansas (16).