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

By SI Wire
December 18, 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.

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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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