ACC gets good grades for academics

With seven schools ranked among the top 50, the ACC was king of the BCS conferences in the annual U.S. News and World Report top schools list:

5. Stanford Cardinal

9. Duke Blue Devils

12. Northwestern Wildcats

T-17. Rice Owls

T-17. Vanderbilt Commodores

19. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

22. California Golden Bears

23. USC Trojans

T-25. UCLA Bruins

T-25. Virginia Cavaliers

T-25. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

29. Michigan Wolverines

30. North Carolina Tar Heels

31. Boston College Eagles

35. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

41. Washington Huskies

T-45. Texas Longhorns

T-45. Wisconsin Badgers

T-47. Illinois Fighting Illini

T-47. Miami Hurricanes

T-47. Penn State Nittany Lions

My colleague Bruce Feldman took a closer look at exactly how this relatesto each football program. Feldman writes that just because schools have strong academic reputations doesn't mean their coaches are selective.