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Broncos in Top 10 BCS Academic Rankings for Sixth Straight Year

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                The Broncos scored 118.7 to finish behind Northwestern with a (139) score and Northern Illinois with a (126.7) score.

                Out of 62 schools to make the list in the six years of the report, Boise State is one of only two schools to be ranked each season and the only one to finish in the top 10 each year. 

Boise State's average finish over the past six years has been 3.9.  The Broncos had back-to-back No. 2 rankings in 2010 and 2011, and finished fourth in 2007 and 2009.  Boise State placed eighth in 2008, the only time the Broncos were ranked outside the top five.

The University of Oregon is the only other school to make the rankings each year, with an average finish of 20.

The New American Foundation bases its rankings on several factors including how a football team's graduation rate compares to that of the school's overall male student body, graduation rates, the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate and how well a team is keeping its players on track to graduate. 

Four teams have been ranked in the top 25 in five of the past six seasons.  They include Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas.

Boston College (2007 and 2008) and Penn State (2009 and 2011) have the most first-place finishes with two.  Stanford (20010) has the only other first-place finish in the history of the rankings.

Boise State will conclude its 2012 season Dec. 22 (Saturday) in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas against the University of Washington.  Kickoff is set for 12:35 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

Here is this year's top-25 list.

School                                             Score

1.       Northwestern                                139

2.       Northern Illinois                          126.7

3.       Boise State                                    118.7

4.       Stanford                                           105

5.       Notre Dame                                  102.7

6.       San Jose State                                 86

7.       Alabama                                          83.7

8.       Nebraska                                         79.7

9.       Utah State                                        77

10.   Georgia                                              71

11.   LSU                                                      62

12.   Oregon State                                 60.3

13.   Clemson                                          54.3

14.   Texas A&M                                     53.7

15.   Florida                                                53

16.   Oregon                                              52

17.   Kansas State                                  51.3

18.   Oklahoma                                         51

19.   South Carolina                                44

20.   Kent State                                       35.7

21.   Michigan                                          35.3

22.   Texas                                                31.3

23.   UCLA                                                   29

24.   Louisville                                          19.7

25.   Florida State                                      5