While the odds makers have made Florida State more than a touchdown favorite over Auburn in the Jan. 6 BCS Championship game, US News and World Report refuses to give FSU a similar advantage when it comes to academic rankings.
In the most recent ranking of the nation’s top public universities, released earlier this year, FSU and Auburn were tied at No. 40. Among all institutions, both public and private, the two schools were again tied, this time at No. 91.
If Seminole fans are looking for momentum — and surely they are — this is where the timelines favor Florida State.
FSU President Eric Barron has laid out a plan to move his university into the top 25 within five years, a plan that relies on FSU’s new-found preeminence status and the $15 million a year in additional funding that comes with it. In the past two years, FSU has climbed from No. 46 to No. 40.