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Studying equals winning: NCAA releases APR scores

Grades are in, and now it's time for college football programs across America to toast their success or figure out what went wrong. The NCAA released the 2012 Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores on Tuesday, and each FBS program earned a passing grade of 900 or greater. However, the standard will move to 930 in 2014, and several programs fell below that threshold this year.

Coaches constantly preach that players - and, consequently, teams - that take care of business in the classroom fare well on the field, and vice versa. The 2012 APR scores absolutely reflect that, with the top 12 APR scores belonging to teams that collectively posted a 102-55 (.650) record. Conversely, the bottom 10 APR scores were attached to teams with a combined 55-70 (.440) mark.

FBS Top 10
1. Northwestern (10-3) - 996
2. Duke (6-7) - 989
3. Wisconsin (8-6) - 985
    Clemson (11-2) - 985
5. Georgia Tech (7-7) - 983
6. Missouri (5-7) - 982
    Ohio State (12-0) - 982
    Boston College (2-10) - 982
9. Rice (7-6) - 978
10. Alabama (13-1) - 978
      Stanford (12-2) - 978
      Rutgers (9-4) - 978

Among the conferences not listed, the top performers by conference were Air Force from the Mountain West and Northern Illinois from the MAC with 974 scores, Middle Tennessee of the Sun Belt with a 972 and TCU of the Big 12 with a 962. Each of those four programs posted at least six wins last fall. 

FBS Bottom 10
1. New Mexico State (1-11) - 916
2. UTEP (3-9) - 917
3. Idaho (1-11) - 919
4. Troy (5-7) - 921
5. Louisville (11-2) - 924
    Tennessee (5-7) - 924
7. Buffalo (4-8) - 925
8. Oklahoma State (8-5) - 926
9. Iowa State (6-7) - 928
10. Tulsa (11-3) - 929

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