Gators Receive AFCA Academic Recognition

Florida has been recognized by the AFCA for graduating at least 75 percent of its student-athletes. WACO, Texas – Florida is one of a multitude of institutions that will be recognized for graduating 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes.

The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFA?and AFCA. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees.

Under GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution’s GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent.

For a complete list of all 75 schools recognized by the AFCA, click here .

Florida (8-4) accepted an invitation on Sunday from the Outback Bowl to play Iowa (8-4) on Jan. 2 in Tampa. The schools have met three times previously, the last two meetings in the Outback Bowl. The Gators are ranked No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 released Sunday, and Iowa is No. 21. Florida checked in at 17th and Iowa was unranked in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Florida and Iowa first played 33 years ago when the Gators beat the Hawkeyes 14-6 in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Twenty years passed before they met again, a 37-17 Iowa victory after the 2003 season. Two years later, the Gators avenged that loss in Urban Meyer’s first season at UF with a 31-24 victory.

The Gator Ticket Office will begin taking ticket orders for the 2017 Outback Bowl on Monday, December 5 All season ticket holders can order online at , by visiting the Gator Ticket Office or by calling their order in.