Friday December 18th, 2015

Northwestern, Notre Dame and Stanford top the list of College Football Playoff top 25 teams ranked by academic performance. 

The rankings were calculated by think tank New America and first published by Time.

New America calculates the ranking by comparing the graduation success rates (GSR) of the top 25 football teams according to College Football Playoff rankings. The NCAA tabulates GSR, which only penalizes schools with players who transfer or sign with professional teams if those players were not in good academic standing when they left.

In New America’s calculations, schools earn points for having high graduation rates for the student body as a whole, but lose points if there is a discrepancy between graduation rates of football players and the male student body.

 
SchOOL ACADEMIC RANKING PLAYOFF RANKING
Northwestern 1 13
Notre Dame 2 8
Stanford 3 6
Clemson 4 1
TCU 5 11
Alabama 6 2
Temple 7 24
Florida State 8 9
Michigan 9 14
LSU 10 20
Baylor 11 17
Ole Miss 12 12
Utah 13 22
Florida 14 19
Oklahoma 15 4
Houston 16 18
Tennessee 17 23
Ohio State 18 7
Iowa 19 5
Oklahoma State 20 16
Oregon 21 15
Michigan State 22 3
USC 23 25
North Carolina 24 10
Navy DQ* 21

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