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Great West Finishes 2006 Season Ranked As Top FCS Conference





Jan. 22, 2007

Chicago, Ill. - The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for I-AA/FCS and top indicator of at-large playoff selection finished the 2006 season with the he Great West Football Conference as the top ranked conference of the year. NCAA Division I national champion Appalachian State in the top spot. The Great West, Atlantic 10, the Big Sky and the Gateway Football Conferences all had four teams in the top 25; the Southern Conference placed three; the Ivy League placed two, the Big South and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conferences plus the Independents and the Pioneer Football League placed one each.

Great West champion North Dakota State was ranked third overall, behind the national champions and Massachusetts. The Bison, which finished the season 10-1 and unbeaten in league play, lost their only game of the season by a single point, 10-9, to I-A opponent Minnesota.

2006 GPI TOP 25 Rank, Team (Rating) 1. Appalachian St (1.00) 2. Massachusetts (2.44) 3. N Dakota St (3.11) 4. Montana (3.78) 5. Youngstown St (4.67) 6. James Madison (6.89) 7. New Hampshire (7.33) 8. Illinois St (8.67) 9. S Illinois (12.22) 10. Portland St (12.44) 11. Northern Iowa (14.56) 12. Cal Poly (14.89) 13. Montana St (15.44) 14. UC Davis (16.33) 15. Princeton (18.11) 16T. S Dakota St (18.22) 16T. San Diego (18.22) 18T. Maine (18.44) 18T. Wofford (18.44) 20. Furman (18.89) 21T. Yale (21.78) 21T. Coastal Carolina (21.78) 23. Hampton (22.67) 24. Cent Arkansas (23.22) 25. N Arizona (24.00)

Conference Rank Rank, Conference (Average Rating) 1. Great West Football Conference (21.64) 2. Atlantic 10 Conference (25.62) 3. Gateway Football Conference (29.64) 4. Big Sky Conference (33.90) 5. Southern Conference (35.24) 6. Ivy League (42.19) 7. Big South Conference (46.87) 8. Southland Conference (50.25) 9. Ohio Valley Conference (50.98) 10. Patriot League (57.52) 11. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (58.16) 12. Southwestern Athletic Conference (64.12) 13. Northeast Conference (65.49) 14. Independents (66.75) 15. Pioneer Football League (69.46) 16. Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (83.84)

Conference Detail Rank, Team (Average Rating) 1. Great West Football Conference (21.64) 3. N Dakota St (3.11) 12. Cal Poly (14.89) 14. UC Davis (16.33) 16T. S Dakota St (18.22) 71. Southern Utah (55.67)

2. Atlantic 10 Conference (25.62) 2. Massachusetts (2.44) 6. James Madison (6.89) 7. New Hampshire (7.33) 18T. Maine (18.44) 26T. Towson (24.33) 28. Northeastern (25.67) 29T. Villanova (25.89) 31. Richmond (27.89) 35. Delaware (33.22) 49. Rhode Island (41.78) 51T. William & Mary (44.11) 62. Hofstra (49.44)

3. Gateway Football Conference (29.64) 5. Youngstown St (4.67) 8. Illinois St (8.67) 9. S Illinois (12.22) 11. Northern Iowa (14.56) 33. W Kentucky (29.22) 40. W Illinois (36.78) 78. Missouri St (60.67) 94. Indiana St (70.33)

4. Big Sky Conference (33.90) 4. Montana (3.78) 10. Portland St (12.44) 13. Montana St (15.44) 25. N Arizona (24.00) 37. Sacramento St (35.67) 47. E Washington (40.22) 50. Weber St (41.89) 75. Idaho St (59.11) 98. N Colorado (72.56)

5. Southern Conference (35.24) 1. Appalachian St (1.00) 18T. Wofford (18.44) 20. Furman (18.89) 36. The Citadel (33.67) 51T. Elon (44.11) 54. Ga Southern (45.00) 69. Chattanooga (53.33) 90. W Carolina (67.44)

6. Ivy League (42.19) 15. Princeton (18.11) 21T. Yale (21.78) 32. Harvard (28.44) 39. Penn (36.33) 59. Cornell (48.11) 72. Columbia (58.33) 77. Brown (60.44) 87T. Dartmouth (66.00)

7. Big South Conference (46.87) 21T. Coastal Carolina (21.78) 42T. Charleston So (38.44) 57. Liberty (46.00) 63. Gardner Webb (49.89) 104. VMI (78.22)

8. Southland Conference (50.25) 34. McNeese St (31.22) 44T. SF Austin (39.22) 48. Sam Houston St (40.78) 67. Northwestern St (52.78) 70. Texas St (54.11) 79. Nicholls St (61.89) 97. SE Louisiana (71.78)

9. Ohio Valley Conference (50.98) 26T. TN Martin (24.33) 29T. E Illinois (25.89) 38. Jacksonville St (36.00) 46. E Kentucky (39.89) 60. Tennessee St (48.22) 80. Tennessee Tech (62.67) 92T. SE Missouri St (68.89) 99. Samford (73.56) 107. Murray St (79.33)

10. Patriot League (57.52) 41. Lehigh (37.78) 53. Lafayette (44.33) 55. Holy Cross (45.11) 73T. Bucknell (58.67) 73T. Colgate (58.67) 102. Fordham (77.33) 108. Georgetown (80.78)

11. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (58.16) 23. Hampton (22.67) 44T. S Carolina St (39.22) 58. Delaware St (47.22) 65. Florida A&M (50.67) 84T. Morgan St (65.00) 89. Howard (66.11) 92T. Bethune-Cookman (68.89) 101. Norfolk St (76.22) 119. NC A&T (87.44)

12. Southwestern Athletic Conference (64.12) 56. Alabama A&M (45.33) 76. Alcorn St (60.11) 81. Jackson St (63.44) 82. MS Valley St (63.89) 84T. Alabama St (65.00) 64. Ark Pine Bluff (50.11) 87T. Southern Univ (66.00) 95. Grambling (70.67) 103. TX Southern (77.44) 105T. Prairie View (79.22)

13. Northeast Conference (65.49) 42T. Monmouth (38.44) 66. Albany NY (51.56) 68. Central Conn (53.22) 83. Stony Brook (64.56) 84T. Robert Morris (65.00) 110. Wagner (82.22) 113. St Francis (84.00) 115. Sacred Ht (84.89)

14. Independents (66.75) 24. Cent Arkansas (23.22) 100. W Salem St (74.22) 111. Austin Peay (82.56) 118. Savannah St (87.00)

15. Pioneer Football League (69.46) 16T. San Diego (18.22) 61. Drake (48.33) 91. Davidson (68.67) 105T. Jacksonville (79.22) 109. Dayton (80.89) 114. Morehead St (84.67) 117. Butler (86.67) 121T. Valparaiso (89.00)

16. Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (83.84) 96. Duquesne (71.67) 112. Marist (83.44) 116. Iona (86.33) 120. St Peter's (88.78) 121T. La Salle (89.00)