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The Madness FCS Power Rankings - Final
 
The Madness FCS Power Rankings are a relatively basic power rating system when compared to the highly complex systems involving comparative scoring formulas. This system uses no comparative scoring, so any parallel between this and other ranking systems is purely coincidental. There is also no momentum involved in these rankings, so “What have you done for me lately?” does not apply. Everything is valued as a whole. The objective remains the same though; to create an unbiased mechanism to sort the general strength of the 126 teams within the Football Championship Subdivision.
 
Teams are awarded for Wins and Points Scored, then penalized for Losses and Points Allowed. Teams also receive a ‘Stature Constant’. Teams from the full-scholarship automatic qualifying FCS conferences get the highest value. Non- or less than full-scholarship FCS conference teams get a middle value. And those from non-automatic leagues get the lowest value. This is done to lessen the effects of a superior team in a weak conference from building huge point margins and manipulating the system. This constant has been tweaked since last season.
 
Teams will also gain bonuses for beating FBS teams. This has also been tweaked, giving a little more weight to those who beat Power Five teams as opposed to Group of Five teams. Also, a team will be penalized for losing to a school from a class below FCS (Division II, Division III, NAIA, NCCAA). The final piece of the puzzle is an RPI-style Strength of Schedule multiplier, where teams get bonuses and demerits just for playing teams listed previously in this paragraph.
 
The first rankings will appear after Week 5, September 29. These will be available on the Madness no later than Monday every week from now on. There will also be a final edition released after the FCS Championship game in January. Like most ranking systems, a very strong or weak schedule or huge upsets, one way or the other, can have a drastic impact early on. As the season progresses the numbers, and teams, will sort themselves out and be much truer towards the end. So if the rankings appear a little skewed early on, give it a little time.
 
RANKTEAMRATINGWonLostPrevRANKCONFERENCERATING
1North Dakota State55.5816011MISSOURI VALLEY32.71
2James Madison53.0614222COLONIAL31.52
3Montana44.1910433BIG SKY28.18
4Weber State42.8311454OHIO VALLEY26.79
5South Dakota State40.408545SOUTHERN26.03
6Montana State39.95114146BIG SOUTH25.96
7Austin Peay39.00114117SOUTHLAND25.39
8Northern Iowa38.00105178IVY LEAGUE24.65
9Monmouth37.8511369PATRIOT23.13
10Illinois State37.631052810NORTHEAST20.37
11Central Arkansas37.3894711MID-EASTERN16.31
12Sacramento State37.3094812SOUTHWESTERN15.36
13Wofford36.6384913PIONEER15.17
14Towson35.817510
15Kennesaw State35.3211322
16Dartmouth35.249112
17Albany34.989521
18Villanova34.089415
19Nicholls33.809526
20Southeastern Louisiana33.338516
21Furman33.178513
22Southern Illinois32.907523
23UC-Davis32.805720
24Yale32.429119
25New Hampshire32.236518
26Southeast Missouri State31.659424
27Youngstown State31.196631
28Tennessee-Martin31.117530
29McNeese30.867525
30North Dakota30.847527
31Princeton30.298232
32Sam Houston State30.057529
33North Carolina A&T29.659341
34San Diego29.159333
35Elon29.135636
36The Citadel29.136635
37Eastern Kentucky28.947537
38Maine28.866638
39Holy Cross28.697642
40Jacksonville State28.126639
41South Dakota28.005744
42William & Mary27.535740
43Richmond27.435743
44Central Connecticut State27.0311234
45Eastern Washington26.857545
46Delaware26.705746
47Chattanooga26.016647
48Stony Brook25.535749
49Harvard25.194648
50Campbell24.716550
51Indiana State24.505752
52Abilene Christian24.225751
53Alcorn State23.869453
54Florida A&M23.409264
55Samford23.325754
56Dayton23.318355
57South Carolina State23.278358
58Lafayette23.214856
59Charleston Southern23.056660
60Murray State23.014861
61Grambling State22.976559
62Cal Poly22.923857
63Idaho22.875766
64Southern22.738567
65Georgetown22.695662
66North Alabama22.664765
67Lehigh22.514763
68Colgate22.174868
69St. Francis21.836672
70Cornell21.824669
71East Tennessee State21.693974
72Davidson21.498470
73Fordham21.474871
74Sacred Heart21.317573
75Tennessee Tech21.166675
76Mercer21.094876
77Portland State20.705781
78Penn20.655579
79Incarnate Word20.495778
80Virginia Military20.355777
81Rhode Island20.3321082
82Northern Arizona20.274884
83Idaho State20.003980
84Duquesne19.786583
85Bucknell19.513885
86Gardner-Webb19.283986
87Columbia19.193787
88Houston Baptist19.185788
89Tennessee State18.963989
90Eastern Illinois18.8911190
91Southern Utah18.863992
92Lamar18.554891
93Bethune-Cookman18.337493
94Prairie View A&M18.206595
95Missouri State17.7411094
96Western Illinois17.4911196
97Robert Morris17.007597
98Northwestern State16.723999
99Alabama State16.355698
100Northern Colorado16.29210100
101Norfolk State16.2957102
102Stephen F. Austin16.0339101
103Drake15.4165103
104Presbyterian15.12210104
105Bryant14.9648105
106Alabama A&M14.8575106
107Arkansas-Pine Bluff14.7965107
108Brown14.1028108
109Stetson13.9974109
110Marist13.9347110
111Hampton13.9057112
112Morehead State13.5357111
113North Carolina Central13.2748113
114Merrimack12.5065115
115Jacksonville12.4339116
116Western Carolina12.3139114
117Morgan State11.9039117
118Long Island11.02010118
119Delaware State10.72210119
120Wagner10.26111120
121Jackson State9.4748122
122Mississippi Valley State9.3029121
123Butler7.6939123
124Howard5.63210124
125Valparaiso4.44111125
126Texas Southern3.42011126