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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011, 10:15 A.M.

BP: Idaho Bests BSU In Academics

re: Uidaho tops WAC in U.S. News & World Report rankings

In a WAC forum re: the disparity of U.S. News & World Report rankings of UIdaho (No. 160 nationally) and Boise State (No. 67 regionally), a poster asked: "Do you mean to say the Boise State Football Team fields a college?" A Berry Picker emails additional insight to Huckleberries: "The difference in academic programs between Idaho and Boise St. is somewhat in inverse proportion to the difference in their football teams.  I guess people need to decide which is most important but I think it's important to remember that leadership in football does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with academic prowess.  The other 'national university' in Idaho (in terms of the USNWR rankings) is Idaho State which was unranked.  While it would be nice to see Idaho higher than 160 I think the taxpayers and their children are getting a pretty good return on a declining investment."

Question: Which is more important -- a nationally ranked football team or superior academics?

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