Time Magazine Ranked The Top 25 College Football Teams By Academics and Temple is #3!
The feud between brain vs. brawn has been going on since the beginning of time. When it comes to football, players have been typecast as school flunkies that get passed along due to their talents on the gridiron. However, many college programs put great emphasis on academia. Time magazine recently looked into the “brain” aspect of college football and developed a list of the top 25 college football programs in the country ranked by academics. Philly’s own Temple University made the list at #3.
The list which, “As it has done for the last two years, New America compiled the rankings by beginning with each school’s football graduation success rate (GSR). The GSR is a 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 passing along football players at different rates than that of the general student body. As a way to do a fair comparison, New America utilized federal rates, the bigger the gap the larger the penalty. “Even if a school graduated football players at a higher rate than the overall male student population—and five schools in the top 25, Stanford, Clemson, Louisville, Temple, and Western Michigan, did—the difference was counted as a penalty. New America does not want to reward schools with low overall graduation rates. Schools were awarded an added bonus for having high overall rates.”
See the full lists below!
Rankings Based On Academics