Measuring classroom, on-field effort

Originally Published: August 19, 2014
By Gregg Easterbrook | ESPN.com

ESPN Grade is a new way to think about college football polls -- uniting on-field outcome with educational results.

A top 25 football program's ESPN Grade is calculated by combining its ranking in The Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls, then adding its position in a top 25 sorted by football graduation rates.

So if a university is fifth in one poll, sixth in the other and 10th in graduation rates, its ESPN Grade would be 5 + 6 + 10 = 21.

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