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According to TIME, Oklahoma State Football Ranks No. 22 In Academics

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Ed. note (UPDATE): We whiffed on this. This ranking is only of teams that were ranked in the top 25 of the final CFB Playoff rankings. OSU is No. 22 out of those teams (like, out of 25 of them) so that’s not exactly great. Apologies for mis-reading the original content and incorrectly posting. 

As we look ahead to the 12th-ranked Cowboys’ Alamo Bowl contest with Colorado, we can also celebrate the team’s accomplishments in the classroom. According to TIME (and a study by Washington think tank New America), OSU’s football program is No. 22 in the annual academic rankings of college football teams.

Last year, the Cowboys were ranked 20th. The only other Big 12 schools in the top 25 were Oklahoma (No. 8) and West Virginia (No. 13). The rankings are based on GSR (graduation success rates) and how they compare to the overall graduation rates of male students outside of the football program at each school.

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“It’s not only wins and losses, and you guys know me, but it’s what we’re doing off the field — last year we were 1,000 on our APR — our graduation rates, the success that our players have when they leave our program, all those things are important to us,” said head coach Mike Gundy recently. “I think the biggest challenge [at Oklahoma State] was to convince people that we could win here without cheating and sustain that for a long period of time – that was first.” he added later on.

So it’s clear this is important to Gundy and the program.

By the way, Stanford was named the national academic champion so at least Barry J. will have a share in one championship.

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