Iowa 16th in Graduation Rate Among Bowl-Bound Teams

Dec. 7, 2008

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The 2008 University of Iowa football team will likely crack all of the nation’s Top 25 polls if it registers a victory over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl to be played on Jan. 1 in Tampa.

However, the Hawkeyes will enter their seventh bowl game in eight years – and their fifth New Year’s Day game in the same stretch – already among the nation’s leaders in academic success for this year’s bowl-bound college football teams.

Iowa ranks 16th in graduation rate for its football student-athletes according to data collected earlier this fall by the NCAA among the 68 college football teams that will participate in the 34 college football bowl games to be played in the coming weeks. The Hawkeyes rank third among the seven bowl-bound Big Ten Conference football teams.

According to that report – which includes data provided to the U.S. Department of Education – the UI’s graduation success rate for its student-athletes in football was 75 percent.

Navy and Notre Dame top the list of teams at 95 and 94 percent, respectively. Boston College (92), Northwestern (92), Vanderbilt (91) and Air Force (90) are the only other teams with graduation rates of 90 percent or better.

Penn State at 78 percent (11th best) is the only other Big Ten program which ranks ahead of the Hawkeyes. South Carolina, Iowa’s opponent on Jan. 1, ranks 33rd with a graduation success rate of 65 percent.

GRADUATION SUCCESS RATES OF BOWL-BOUND
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS, 2008-09

RANK INSTITUTION RATE
1 Navy 95
2 Notre Dame 94
3 Boston College 92
3 Northwestern 92
5 Vanderbilt 91
6 Air Force 90
7 Wake Forest 83
8 Rice 82
9 Southern Mississippi 80
10 Texas Tech 79
11 Nebraska 78
11 Penn State 78
11 Troy 78
11 North Carolina 78
15 Connecticut 77
16 IOWA 75
16 Virginia Tech 75
18 East Carolina 74
19 Cincinnati 73
19 Northern Illinois 73
21 Ball State 72
22 Central Michigan 70
22 Miami(Florida) 70
22 Rutgers 70
25 Florida State 69
26 Clemson 68
26 Florida 68
26 Maryland 68
29 Pittsburgh 67
29 Texas Christian 67
31 Colorado State 66
32 South Carolina 65
33 Louisiana Tech 64
33 Oregon State 64
33 Tulsa 64
36 Memphis 63
36 Mississippi 63
36 West Virginia 63
39 Wisconsin 63
40 Oklahoma State 62
41 Buffalo 61
42 Missouri 59
42 North Carolina State 59
44 Western Michigan 58
45 Nevada 57
45 Utah 57
47 Brigham Young 56
47 Kentucky 56
47 South Florida 56
50 Alabama 55
50 Boise State 55
52 Louisiana State 54
52 Southern California 54
54 Houston 53
54 Kansas 53
54 Oregon 53
54 California 53
58 Ohio State 52
59 Florida Atlantic 51
59 Michigan State 51
59 Minnesota 51
62 Texas 50
63 Fresno State 48
63 Georgia 48
63 Georgia Tech 48
66 Oklahoma 46
67 Hawaii 42
68 Arizona 41