1st in the playoff ranking and 3rd in the academic ranking? I’ll take that. Especially standing above a few of those schools, the least of which not being Clempsun. Go Cocks, Roll Tide!
Correction appended: Dec. 19, 2014.
Forgive fans of Texas Christian University’s football team for feeling blue over the holidays. After all, the Horned Frogs entered the last weekend of the regular season ranked third in the college football playoff rankings, good enough for a coveted spot in the four-team national semifinals. But by the weekend’s end, they painfully fell out of contention.
Horned Frogs boosters, take some solace. Because according to an annual academic ranking of the top 25 college football teams, your school is number one. “Overall, TCU is really the standout,” says Alexander Holt, policy analyst at New America, the Washington, D.C. think-tank which publishes the rankings, viewed first here at TIME. “It’s a real academic football power, which is very rare.”
For the final results, check out the chart below. Click the left tab for the football rankings, the right one for the academic top-25:
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