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Alabama Tops First NCAA RPI of 2012 Season

Courtesy of Alabama Athletic Media RelationsINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has released its first Division I Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2012 season and you can find it by clicking here. The NCAA develops an RPI to give its selection committee an additional tool for selecting the NCAA championship field.  The RPI Will be released weekly for the rest of the season.

Topping the first 2012 edition of the index was Alabama. Following the Crimson Tide in second was SEC foe Florida, while California from the Pac-12 came in at third.  Tennessee finished the first ratings in fourth, while Arizona State was fifth, to round out the first top five of the season. 

The Pac-12 led all conferences in RPI Top 25 teams with six, while the SEC and Big XII followed closely behind with five each.  Next in line was the Big East with four, while the ACC, the Big 10, the Sun Belt and WAC had one team each.

When determining the RPI for each team, the following basic formula is used for the RPI:  

25% -- Winning percentage.  

50% -- Opponents’ winning percentage.  

25% -- Opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage.  

Although the NCAA publishes this basic formula, it does not release the mathematical bonus and penalty calculations (such as a bonus for a win against a team in the top 25).