College Football likes to use the term "Student Athlete". And in some cases it is justified. And some are disgraceful. The interesting thing to note is that some schools with low grad rates are not powerhouses, & in the case of my alta mater San Jose State,there is no excuse. A terrible program with a graduation rate of 33%?
Anyway here's a listing that includes winning programs with high grad rates & others mediocre.
Notre Dame 96%
Stanford 89% (ranked 16 after losing to Oregon-wait till you see their rate)
Penn State 85% (Good job Joe Pa)
California 64% (Justify this when your rival is 89% & their team is better)
USC 58% (Maybe that's why the players do dumb things)
Oregon 49% (Just do it-no not study-maybe this explains Massolli)
Texas 49% (Yeehaw we beat Oklahoma in something!)
Oklahoma 45% (Both Stoops brothers coach at schools with awful grad rates-Arizona as low)
I know some of these rates aren't a surprise. Well, actually I'm surprised OK & Texas are THAT high. Basketball is even worse, but some of that has to do with the one-and-done players. But I still say, if Notre Dame, Penn State & Stanford (which has a hard time getting quality players because of the impossibly high requirements to get in) can have winning bowl team schools, why can't these other schools?