B1G school tops TIME's list of ranked CFB programs by academics
Just in case there was any doubt, Northwestern isn’t lacking book smarts.
TIME magazine released its annual list of top academic schools in the top 25 of the College Football Playoff poll. To the surprise of no one, Northwestern topped the list.
The Wildcats had a whopping 97% graduation success rate, which was the primary metric for the rankings, as compiled by New America. The rest of the B1G, outside of Michigan, didn’t fare so well.
Here’s where each top-25 team ranked in TIME’s revised rankings:
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
Here was the basis for the rankings:
“As it did last year, New America compiled the rankings by beginning with each school’s football graduation success rate (GSR). The GSR is an NCAA measure that, unlike the federal graduation rate, doesn’t penalize schools for having players who transfer or leave for the pros–as long as those players depart in good academic standing. The higher the school’s graduation success rate, the higher they start out in New America’s rankings.
“Schools lose points for graduating football players at different rates than their overall male student body. To compare players to students, New America relied on federal rates, since there’s no GSR for the general population. (Since Navy, ranked no. 21 in football, does not provide a federal rate, the Midshipmen were excluded from these rankings). The bigger the discrepancy, the harsher the penalty. It’s important to note that even if a school graduated football players at higher rates than the overall male student population — six schools in the top 25, Alabama, Baylor, Utah, Oklahoma, Houston, and Tennessee did so — the difference was counted as a penalty. Why? New America does not want to reward schools with low overall graduation rates. In fact, schools got an added bonus for having high overall rates.”