UI football team enjoys success on and off the field

UI football team enjoys success on and off the field

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Hawkeyes have the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate among Big Ten teams invited to a bowl
Football players running on to the fieldThe University of Iowa football team is continuing its tradition of success on the field and in the classroom. Photo by Tim Schoon.

The University of Iowa football team is receiving votes in both of the national polls. However, the Iowa Hawkeyes are firmly entrenched in the Top 25 that ranks teams that will be bowling later this month by their most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score.

In October, the NCAA reported that the Iowa football team had scored an 81 on the GSR—11 points better than the national average of 70. The Hawkeyes will travel to Tampa for the 2014 Outback Bowl as one of just 16 bowl-bound teams with a GSR greater than 80 and as the highest ranked Big Ten Conference team participating in a bowl game, according to GSR.

Rice (96), Boston College and Notre Dame (94), Stanford (93), and Duke (92) rank first through fifth in the GSR Top 25. Boise State (91) is the only other bowl-bound team with a GSR of 90 or better.

Nebraska (76), and Minnesota and Ohio State (75) rank immediately behind Iowa among the seven Big Ten teams that will be participating in a post-season bowl game this bowl season.

The NCAA introduced the GSR in 2005 to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer student-athletes. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Institution Conference 2013 NCAA GSR Bowl Game
Rice Conference USA 96 AutoZone Liberty
Boston College ACC 94 AdvoCare V100
Notre Dame Independent 94 New Era Pinstripe
Stanford Pac-12 93 BCS/Rose
Duke ACC 92 Chick-fil-A
Boise State Mountain West 91 Sheraton Hawaii
Miami, Fla. ACC 86 Russell Athletic
Rutgers American 85 New Era Pinstripe
Northern Illinois Mid-American 85 S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah State Western Athletic 84 S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Central Florida Conference USA 83 BCS/Fiesta
Tulane Conference USA 82 R+L Carriers New Orleans
UCLA Pac-12 82 Hyundai Sun
Georgia Southeastern 82 Gator
Vanderbilt Southeastern 82 BBVA Compass
IOWA HAWKEYES Big Ten 81 Outback
Colorado State Mountain West 79 Gildan New Mexico
Virginia Tech ACC 78 Hyundai Sun
Clemson ACC 77 BCS/Orange
Syracuse ACC 77 Texas
Nebraska Big Ten 76 Gator
Minnesota Big Ten 75 Texas
Ohio State Big Ten 75 BCS/Orange
Washington Pac-12 74 Fight Hunger
Missouri Southeastern 74 AT&T Cotton
LSU Southeastern 74 Outback
Texas A&M Southeastern 74 Chick-fil-A
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt 73 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Alabama Southeastern 73 BCS/Sugar
Texas Tech Big 12 73 Holiday
Ohio Mid-American 72 Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg
Oregon Pac-12 72 Valero Alamo
Wisconsin Big Ten 72 Capital One
Bowling Green Mid-American 72 Little Caesars Pizza
Fresno State Mountain West 70 Royal Purple Las Vegas
Auburn Southeastern 70 BCS/National Championship
Michigan State Big Ten 70 BCS/Rose
Pittsburgh American 70 Little Caesars Pizza
Baylor Big 12 68 BCS/Fiesta
Louisville American 68 Russell Athletic
Arizona State Pac-12 68 Holiday
Marshall Conference USA 67 Military Bowl
East Carolina Conference USA 67 Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg
Oregon State Pac-12 67 Sheraton Hawaii
Michigan Big Ten 67 Buffalo Wild Wings
North Carolina ACC 66 Belk
Cincinnati American 66 Belk
North Texas Sun Belt 66 Heart of Dallas
South Carolina Southeastern 66 Capital One
Louisiana Lafayette Sun Belt 65 R+L Carriers New Orleans
Georgia Tech ACC 65 Music City
Arizona Pac-12 65 AdvoCare V100
Kansas State Big 12 65 Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Mid-American 65 Famous Idaho Potato
Mississippi State Southeastern 64 AutoZone Liberty
Florida State ACC 63 BCS/National Championship
Houston Conference USA 60 BBVA Compass
Brigham Young Independent 60 Fight Hunger
Washington State Pac-12 59 Gildan New Mexico
Oklahoma State Big 12 59 AT&T Cotton

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