BlogPoll 2012 Preseason Ballot

What's all this then? Preseason Polls are a futile exercise, but I'm so beholden to a "football culture" that I simply cannot resist. Football before academics I always say and these schools best exemplify those qualities that the NCAA insists I hold so dear. Using the Graduation Success Rate established by the NCAA, a more lenient formula than that used by the federal government, to rank the bottom 25 FBS schools and thus most successful at putting football first and class second, or not at all. Unfortunately, the most recent numbers available through the NCAA's site are for the 2010-2011 academic year. I'll let the numbers speak for themselves after the jump.

The BlogPoll doesn't allow for multiples at any one ranking, so I went alphabetically to break the ties. Here's each school with it's correct ranking and rate in parenthesis:

1. FIU (43%)

2. San Jose St. (44%)

3. Arizona (48%)

3. Florida Atlantic (48%)

3. Oklahoma (48%)

6. South Florida (49%)

7. UL – Monroe (50%)

8. Eastern Michigan (51%)

8. Hawaii (51%)

10. Cal (54%)

10. Ole Miss (54%)

12. UAB (55%)

12. Georgia Tech (55%)

12. South Carolina (55%)

15. Arkansas (56%)

15. Central Michigan (56%)

15. Florida St. (56%)

15. NC State (56%)

15. San Diego St. (56%)

15. UL – Lafayette (56%)

21. BYU (57%)

21. Houston (57%)

21. New Mexico St. (57%)

21. New Mexico (57%)

21. Texas (57%)

More disturbing is looking at Federal Graduation Rate rankings, which does not account for transfers or eligible students that choose to leave early:

1. Eastern Michigan (36%)

1. Oklahoma (36%)

3. BYU (38%)

3. South Florida (38%)

5. FIU (39%)

6. New Mexico St. (40%)

7. Arizona (41%)

7. Arkansas (41%)

7. New Mexico (41%)

10. Florida Atlantic (42%)

10. Michigan St. (42%)

12. UCLA (43%)

12. UL – Monroe (43%)

14. Hawaii (44%)

14. Minnesota (44%)

16. UAB (45%)

16. Central Michigan (45%)

18. Colorado (46%)

18. Mississippi St. (46%)

18. San Jose St. (46%)

21. Georgia Tech (47%)

21. South Carolina (47%)

21. Wyoming (47%)

24. Arizona St. (48%)

24. Florida (48%)

24. LSU (48%)

24. Ole Miss (48%)

24. Southern Cal (48%)

24. UTEP (48%)

30. East Carolina (49%)

30. Florida St. (49%)

30. Western Michigan (49%)

33. Auburn (50%)

33. Ball St. (50%)

33. Kansas (50%)

33. Louisville (50%)

33. NC State (50%)

33. Purdue (50%)

That's 38 schools graduating one-half or less of their football playing students-athletes, nearly a third of all FBS schools! Good job, good effort, NCAA. Now, tell me about my school's culture again?


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