USA Today: Play Division 1 football and get a great education at these 10 schools

Submitted by Don on July 10th, 2017 at 11:09 AM

The geniuses at USA Today have come up with a list of the best schools to play football at and get a "great education" at the same time. Their results are interesting.

http://college.usatoday.com/2017/07/07/best-colleges-football/

To see where Michigan is slotted:

http://www.collegefactual.com/rankings/sports/football-men/division1-al…

Comments

Heywood_Jablome

July 10th, 2017 at 1:20 PM ^

The UM degree is very good if you're a general student who got in on your own merits, but not necessairly for football players who get funneled into easy majors in order to stay eligible ...which makes it hard to get a job after football.

And for those that don't agree with that statement, Harbaugh basically said the same thing when he was at Stanford.

I'll give OSU credit for at least trying to give their football players an option if pro-football doesn't work out.  Their "real life Wednesdays" are something that should be modeled by more schools.

 

Augger

July 10th, 2017 at 11:36 PM ^

From 1998...

"Lots of people with nothing better to do are holding their collective breath in Columbus, Ohio, all because a certain All-American linebacker is taking three summer-school courses that will determine whether he can play college football this season.

Ohio State star Andy Katzenmoyer is tackling golf, music and AIDS awareness, separately of course."

M-Dog

July 10th, 2017 at 1:35 PM ^

They are just taking two simple lists that have nothing to do with each other, and combining them to get a nonsensical combo-list.

Um, OK.

"Here are the countries with the best quality of life and the best ICBM programs."

Oh look at that, North Korea is in the top five while Sweden is not even in the top 50 . . .

I know where I'm moving.

 

FauxMo

July 10th, 2017 at 11:15 AM ^

That list includes Ohio State at #1, and Baylor. FUCKING BAYLOR?!?! That makes that list the biggest fraud-joke since the "moon landing". HAHAHAHAHA...

MGlobules

July 10th, 2017 at 12:15 PM ^

the paper was greeted with hostility--all the punks in SF used to write, "Just like a TV!" in magic marker on their pedestal stands. The idea of the newspaper was to dumb the news down; the editorial stance was conservative; and of course it was in color, not b&w. We used to make fun of the Ann Arbor Snooze by calling it the best five-minute read in town, but you could/can still pretty much read USA Today without pausing as you turned the pages. Not sure they would survive if they weren't offered free at hotels and motels.

Kewaga.

July 10th, 2017 at 12:25 PM ^

Education

Ranking

1-50

AAU

 Academic Institutions

 

Top 50-Education and Top 25 Football

Football

Ranking

1-25

52

AAU

Ohio State University-Main Campus

6

52

AAU

The University of Texas at Austin

3

49

AAU

University of Florida

15

37

AAU

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

9

 

28

AAU

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

1

52

AAU

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

16

23

AAU

University of Southern California

7

 

36     

AAU

Georgia Institute of Technology

23

 

18

 

University of Notre Dame

2

 

LSAClassOf2000

July 10th, 2017 at 11:20 AM ^

Is it just me or is USA Today one of the few publications that can make it seem like a scholarship and a great education are the things you get right after the words, "Tell him what he stands to win, Rod....", followed by some appropriate earworm of a jingle? Their lists cause me to hear all that in my head anyway. 

Kewaga.

July 10th, 2017 at 1:47 PM ^

Education

Ranking

1-75

AAU

 Academic Institutions

 

Top 75-Education and Top 25 Football

Football

Ranking

1-25

52

AAU

Ohio State University-Main Campus

6

52

AAU

The University of Texas at Austin

3

69

AAU

Texas A & M University-College Station

19

49

AAU

University of Florida

15

73

AAU

Michigan State University

20

37

AAU

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

9

 

28

AAU

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

1

52

AAU

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

16

23

AAU

University of Southern California

7

 

60

 

University of Georgia

13

69     

 

Virginia Polytechnic                                                       

18

         

 

36     

AAU

Georgia Institute of Technology

23

62

 

Clemson University

22

 

18

 

University of Notre Dame

2

 

matty blue

July 10th, 2017 at 11:41 AM ^

we're below sparty.  and auburn.  and goddamned florida state.

literally nobody on earth (including the leadership of those three fine "insititutions") thinks they are anywhere near michigan academically.

Scout96

July 10th, 2017 at 12:56 PM ^

By looking at the article, it kind of explains that graduation rate and retention rate are factors in higher rating, and they mention reasonable price for education for OSU, which should not even be a factor in judging the quality for athletes who most of which get full scholarships. 

UNCWolverine

July 10th, 2017 at 12:02 PM ^

that's amazing. not having Michigan top 5 is laughable, but Stanford at #16 is absolutely absurd.

I just did a cursory search for David Klenda's education as I figured that might help explain these rankings. He's not on LinkedIn. This is ironic because if this article is any indication of his journalistic chops then he might need to create a LinkedIn account soon for his next job search.

If I'm his manager and he brings this article to me for approval I fire him on the spot.

SF Wolverine

July 10th, 2017 at 12:40 PM ^

When you have worked to get both that 4-star ranking and 4-point GPA, you are soooooooooooooooooooooo much better off at MSU than, say, Michigan, Stanford, or Notre Dame.  Trust USA Today for all of your 40-year decisions.

lhglrkwg

July 10th, 2017 at 12:04 PM ^

so they appear to be going off recent success (judging by Duke's inclusion) and yet they somehow don't have Stanford near the top, but they decided to make their list truly hilarious by including TCU, Baylor, and Georgia Tech

And if that wasn't enough, they didn't include us which makes this doubly hilarious

Perkis-Size Me

July 10th, 2017 at 12:44 PM ^

I can't speak for TCU and Baylor, but Georgia Tech is a GREAT school. It's not in the same class as MIT or Stanford, but that's the elite of the elite. 

GaTech is one of the best engineering schools in the country, and probably a top-3 overall school in the South to go along with Duke and UVa. And GaTech football isn't completely awful. Paul Johnson sprinkles in a few great seasons every now and then. 

Late Bluemer

July 10th, 2017 at 1:07 PM ^

Besides ND & Duke, I don't think any of these schools would make my top 10.

Hasn't anyone heard of Texas, BC, UC Berkely, UCLA, Wisconsin, Stanford, etc.  (I am sure I left some good ones out.)

OSU is a very very good school, but I don't even think it is even in the top 5 in the B1G.  (In no particular order, my personal list has NW, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois above them.)

I could see leaving UNC off the list however since they have demonstrated they really don't care about their athletes receiving educations.