Best in College Sports

Once again, the world of college athletics provided a wealth of excitement during the 2014-15 season.

Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff, capturing its first national title in the sport since 2002. Duke returned to the top of men's basketball, ending a short four-year drought and winning the championship. Virginia catapulted itself to the top of the college baseball world, winning the national title one year after finishing as a runner-up to Vanderbilt.

So how did all FBS schools compare when it came to the major college sports? Once again, we sought to find out with our own custom formula.

The National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has been ranking athletic programs for years but weighs every sport equally, meaning a football national title is worth the same number of points (100) as a women's water polo title. The CBS Sports Best in College Sports award is weighed more heavily toward sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. We rated five sports -- football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and a "wild card" sport.

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The wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school's following spectator sports: softball, men's lacrosse, men's ice hockey, men's soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women's soccer or women's gymnastics.

For our formula (which takes into account only schools that field FBS football programs): we weighed football with a triple value, while men's basketball is worth twice as many points as the other sports that are part of the formula.

OSU received 300 points for winning the football national title (100 points times three). Oregon finished second in the AP Top 25 for football and was awarded 270 points. Football teams that finished with a winning record or went to a bowl game, but didn't rank in the final AP poll, received 75 points (25 points times three). Teams that were bowl-eligible, but didn't play in the postseason were awarded 30 points.

For all titles that were settled via a bracket, point totals were based on via how many teams filled out the bracket. Duke's national title in men's basketball was worth 200 points. Teams that made the NIT, CBI or CIT were given 20 points (10 points times two).

All champions in the other sports we surveyed received 100 points for a national title. -- J. Darin Darst

RankSchoolFootballMen's BBWomen's BBBaseballWCTotal
82Air Force750002297
109Akron001002535
18Alabama240200080340
101Appalachian State3000030.560.5
12Arizona1651460052.5363.5
15Arizona State193.520642550352.5
16Arkansas75100507352.5350.5
88Arkansas State750100085
111Army0010023.533.5
34Auburn156002583264
109Ball State001002535
19Baylor216507300339
25Boise State175.55025052.5303
70Boston College7500055130
83Bowling Green752000095
88Buffalo0501002585
40BYU755025090240
56California00505064164
59Central Michigan75200059.25154.25
50Cincinnati75100000175
31Clemson180002564269
98Colorado020005070
55Colorado State752010064169
54Connecticut020100050170
8Duke7520064083422
77East Carolina75010250110
108Eastern Michigan0201001949
105FAU00050050
115FIU00025025
35Florida750083100258
5Florida State22507364100462
88Fresno State750100085
21Georgia207500068.25325.25
112Georgia Southern30000030
79Georgia State0100000100
38Georgia Tech238.501000248.5
102Hawaii001005060
79Houston7500250100
122Idaho000000
43Illinois752006464.5223.5
72Indiana05002550125
20Iowa75100645046.5335.5
68Iowa State05025061.5136.5
72Kansas01000025125
46Kansas State168010025203
99Kent State020004868
27Kentucky016650064280
119La.-Monore02000020
83Louisiana Tech752000095
2Louisville150146646464488
23LSU7550257883311
60Marshall1530000153
8Maryland751008364100422
122Massachusetts000000
64Memphis1470000147
29Miami (Fla.)7520507850273
115Miami (Ohio)00002525
61Michigan00105090150
6Michigan State220.51660073459.5
47Minnesota750250100200
29Mississippi State198050025273
28Missouri184.5010080274.5
102MTSU3020100060
87Navy750001994
22NC State75128105058.5321.5
53Nebraska75025073173
95Nevada75000075
122New Mexico000000
95New Mexico State050250075
13North Carolina7512864090357
122North Texas000000
95Northern Illinois75000075
83Northwestern002507095
10Notre Dame75146902583419
75Ohio300252542122
1Ohio State300100500100550
14Oklahoma75128500100353
39Oklahoma State7550252572247
93Old Dominion0201005282
36Ole Miss1715010250256
4Oregon27010002573468
65Oregon State00502568.25143.25
50Penn State75000100175
48Pittsburgh752050053198
93Purdue050003282
61Rice75005025150
50Rutgers75050050175
42San Diego State7510002525225
122San Jose State000000
105SMU05000050
72South Alabama7500050125
49South Carolina75083025183
79South Florida00502525100
120Southern Miss00100010
37Stanford752064090249
69Syracuse0050083133
17TCU255010830348
102Temple3020100060
45Tennessee75073073221
26Texas7550642583297
41Texas A&M7520256450234
112Texas State30000030
100Texas Tech00006464
122Texas-Antonio000000
88Toledo750100085
122Troy000000
105Tulane002525050
112Tulsa020100030
58UAB301000025155
67UCF7500064139
3UCLA202.5128105090480.5
44UL-Lafayette752006464223
115UNLV00002525
33USC162005053265
11Utah1591280090377
76Utah State7500046.5121.5
83UTEP752000095
77Vanderbilt0200900110
24Virginia010010100100310
66Virginia Tech7500067.5142.5
115Wake Forest00002525
56Washington75025064164
120Washington State00100010
32West Virginia7512810054267
61Western Kentucky75025050150
70Western Michigan752010025130
7Wisconsin1891800073442
92Wyoming0500034.584.5
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