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October 2, 2013

Cal Poly Ranked No. 25 in Initial Gridiron Power Index for 2013 Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly is ranked tied for 25th place with Wofford in the initial 2013 Gridiron Power Index, the index rating for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision similar to the BCS rankings for the FBS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selections.

Five Big Sky Conference teams are in the top 25, led by Eastern Washington at No. 7. Others include No. 14 Northern Arizona, No. 15 Southern Utah and No. 24 Montana State.

The Big Sky Conference has the most teams in the top 25 with five, but the conference itself has a GPI of No. 5. The Missouri Valley Football Conference leads, followed by the Southland Conference and Colonial Athletic Conference. Each has four teams in the top 25.

North Dakota State is ranked No. 1 in the GPI, followed by Northern Iowa, Towson, Eastern Illinois and Sam Houston State.

Cal Poly (2-2) hosts Yale (2-0) on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

In other Mustang football news:

• Junior slotback Kristaan Ivory was honored by College Football Performance Awards as the top running back and all-purpose player in the Big Sky last week after rushing for 184 yards and a touchdown against Portland State.

Despite missing three series due to cramps in both legs, Ivory carried the ball a career-high 32 times and missed his career high for rushing yards in a game by a single yard. He netted 185 yards in the season opener against San Diego.

Ivory, who scored on a 13-yard run late in the second quarter, also caught a pair of passes for six yards and returned two kickoffs a total of 45 yards, giving him 235 all-purpose yards in the 38-34 Big Sky-opening victory.

Ivory leads the Big Sky and is ninth in the FCS in rushing, averaging 130.2 yards per game. He was honored by CFPA as the national all-purpose performer of the week after the San Diego contest.

Earlier this season, Mustang punter Paul Hundley was named CFPA national punter of the week when he averaged 53 yards on five punts at Colorado State. One of his punts was for 73 yards and rolled out of bounds at the Ram one-yard line.

Hundley currently is fifth in the Big Sky in punting with a 43.4 average.

• The Big Sky Conference has announced the suspension of Cal Poly senior safety Alex Hubbard for targeting, league commissioner Doug Fullerton announced on Tuesday.
 
Hubbard will be suspended for the first half of Cal Poly's non-conference game against Yale on Saturday.
 
Hubbard was penalized for targeting with 2:02 remaining in the fourth quarter of Cal Poly's victory over Portland State last Thursday. Hubbard was ejected for the remainder of the contest.
 
The hit violated Rule 9-1, Article 3 of the Rules of Football, which states, "No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet."

Photo of Cal Poly defenders Vante Smith Johnson (left) and Alex Hubbard courtesy Associated Press