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APR scores and the Top 25

Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 1:26 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: I incorrectly reported Florida State's APR score when originally publishing this post. You can see the correction info here.

As you've likely heard about in recent days, the NCAA has approved a plan to raise the required APR score of a school from 900-930 if that school wants to participate in postseason play. APR scores -- short for Academic Progress Rate --  are a way for the NCAA to measure how a school performs not on the field, but in the classroom. The 930 score the NCAA plans to use as the base requirement is calculated as an average of the last four years.

For the college football fan, though, the interest in this decision is a lot less about what an APR score is and how it's calculated, and more about how it affects the school they root for. CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy took a look at the 17 schools who didn't meet the 930 requirement in the 2009-10 school year, but I decided to take a look at the top 25 schools in the preseason coaches poll and list each school's average APR score over the last four years alongside them.

1. Oklahoma - 962
2. Alabama - 957
3. Oregon - 942
4. LSU - 965
5. Florida State - 932
6. Stanford - 976
7. Boise State - 974
8. Oklahoma State - 945
9. Texas A&M - 934
10. Wisconsin - 968
11. Nebraska - 950
12. South Carolina - 938
13. Virginia Tech - 940
14. Arkansas - 930
15. TCU - 968
16. Ohio State - 975
17. Michigan State - 941 
18. Notre Dame - 978
19. Auburn - 935
20. Mississippi State - 939
21. Missouri - 958
22. Georgia - 973
23. Florida - 971
24. Texas - 947
25. Penn State - 974

As you can see looking at the scores, only Florida State is currently under the new requirement of 930 with an APR score of 927. That means that if the new rule were to go into effect right now, no matter how well Florida State played this season, even if they qualified for the BCS National Championship, the Seminoles wouldn't be allowed to play in it.

So when one of the top five schools in the country isn't eligible, the rule change is a big deal.

Still, even though Florida State is the only school that would be ineligible, there are plenty of other schools hovering in the danger zone. Arkansas is right on the line at 930, and then there's Texas A&M at 934, Auburn at 935, South Carolina at 938 and Mississippi State at 939. That means that one bad year for any of those schools could see them ineligible for postseason play in the near future.
Comments

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:08 pm
 

APR scores and the Top 25

I'd just like to state that for everyone that says that it is so much harder to recruit to so and so school because we don't accept terrible students like Florida, please look at this list. ranks 7th in the top top-25 in APR at 971.



Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:46 pm
 

APR scores and the Top 25

Regarding FSU, here are the last 6 years APR scores:

Football Florida State University FL 2004 - 2005 959
Football Florida State University FL 2005 - 2006 952
Football Florida State University FL 2006 - 2007 954
Football Florida State University FL 2007 - 2008 932
Football Florida State University FL 2008 - 2009 927
Football Florida State University FL 2009 - 2010 932 

If you average the most current 4 seasons, you get 936 not 927. 


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