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In a football game, players get hit every play.

But it turns out, UCF's football players are hitting the books as hard they hit opponents.

UCF's graduation rate is 90 percent — which makes it second among public universities whose football teams are in a bowl game and seventh among all bowl-eligible universities, according to a study done by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES).

TIDES is headed by UCF's Richard Lapchick.

Stanford University has the highest graduation rate at 99 percent, and only Northern Illinois has a higher graduation rate of the public bowl-eligible universities.

The average graduation rate of all bowl teams is 73 percent, which is up 1 percent from last season's total.