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It’s college football time again—and while the NFL may have won the title of America’s favorite sport for the past 30 years, many fans would argue that the college variety is far more exciting to watch.
After all, in college football the rivalries are intense, the games are less predictable, and a more enthusiastic group of fans would be difficult to find. Hall of Famer Marino Casem, a longtime coach and athletic administrator, famously summed up the experience like this: “On the East Coast, football is a cultural experience. In the Midwest, it’s a form of cannibalism. On the West Coast, it’s a tourist attraction. And in the South, football is a religion, and Saturday is the holy day.”
But while rivalries run deep and every win brings a team closer to the championship, here at Indeed we wanted to see how the teams stack up against each other using a slightly different measure. Never mind athletic ability—which colleges are scoring the most attention from employers?
To answer the question, we analyzed Indeed Resume data to find out which colleges receive the most contacts from employers, focusing on the Power Five college conferences. The strongest Division I conferences in college football, the Power Five includes the following powerhouses: the Big Ten, PAC-12, ACC, Big 12 and SEC.
It turns out that sporting prowess does not always translate into resume victory. For instance, PAC 12 was the winner of all the conferences in terms of overall average recruiter contacts per resume, placing higher than both the SEC and Big 10.
Meanwhile, last year’s SEC champion (and this year’s favorite) the University of Alabama places 8th for interest from employers, with the University of Missouri holding the number one spot. And last year’s Big 10 champion, Penn State, places 6th for attention from employers, with the University of Minnesota taking first place.
Nor does a higher academic ranking necessarily mean more contact from recruiters. In fact, we only saw that for the Big 12—with graduates from the University of Texas at Austin, receiving more callbacks from recruiters than any of the other colleges within the Big 12.
For the full picture of how college football teams rank in terms of employer interest in resumes, take a look at the infographic below, which is stacked by interest in conferences, from most to least interest. We acknowledge that for most people, this is probably the first time they will have seen SEC ranked towards the bottom for anything. Now, to get the full picture—read on!