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Connecticut earned 200 points for winning the men's basketball tournament. (USATSI)
Connecticut earned 200 points for winning the men's basketball tournament. (USATSI)

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Once again, the world of college athletics provided a wealth of excitement during the 2013-14 season.

Florida State ended the SEC's run by winning the national title in college football, UConn won both the men's and women's basketball championships, and Vanderbilt won its first baseball national title, to name but a few major highlights.

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. But the CBSSports.com Best in College Sports Award is more reflective of those 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, women's soccer or women's gymnastics.

For our formula -- which takes into account only schools that field FBS football programs -- we weighed football three times as much, while men's basketball is worth twice as many points as the other sports that are part of the formula. General fan and media interest in those sports, relative to the others that were part of our survey, informed that part of the formula.

The Seminoles received 300 points for winning the football national title (100 points times three). Auburn finished 2nd in the AP poll 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 Top 25, 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. UConn's national title in men's basketball was worth 200 points. Florida's Final Four appearance was worth 166 points, Michigan State's Elite Eight appearance was worth 146, and so on. 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
14Connecticut0200100073373
15Kentucky0180645078372
12Wisconsin1561660058.5380.5
21Florida01665025100341
2Michigan State25514650073524
27Michigan7514610073304
29Arizona751460064285
1Stanford198128836468.25541.25
3Louisville180128737350504
5Baylor18912873083473
9UCLA175.512800100403.5
28Virginia012809083301
36Tennessee012864064256
39San Diego State7512802525253
44Iowa State012825064.5217.5
6Oregon207100105083450
16Texas75100508350358
20North Carolina75100732573346
41Syracuse7510050025250
43Pittsburgh751000052227
54Kansas010002525150
74Memphis0100000100
7Oklahoma State17150646485434
11Oklahoma220.55025095390.5
18Duke15350500100353
22Arizona State15950502552.5336.5
24Ohio State193.5500073.5317
33Nebraska7550502573.5273.5
34UL-Lafayette755006473262
37Iowa755050080255
42BYU755064050239
61New Mexico0500083133
63NC State05025055130
64Kansas State7550000125
64Cincinnati7550000125
74Western Michigan0500050100
74Tulsa0500050100
102Colorado050100060
105Massachusetts05000050
105New Mexico State05000050
4Florida State30020502590485
9LSU184.520645085403.5
13Texas A&M16820735064375
25Missouri2252010061.5316.5
30Clemson211.52002525281.5
35Penn State7520640100259
38Oregon State7520505059.25254.25
47Georgia752025075195
47Minnesota752010090195
55California02050073143
56Old Dominion3020102550.5135.5
59Arkansas02005064134
59Ohio75200039134
68Fresno State75202500120
68West Virginia02050050120
72Tulane75201000105
72East Carolina75201000105
82Toledo752000095
82Akron0202505095
84Utah0200068.2588.25
84Illinois0200068.2588.25
108Wyoming020002040
111UTEP020100030
111Southern Miss020100030
111SMU020100030
121Georgia State02000020
121Louisiana Tech02000020
8South Carolina2400645050404
17Alabama216005090356
19Notre Dame1620900100352
23Auburn270010050330
26Maryland750836490312
31Washington1470105073280
32Vanderbilt1500251000275
40UCF202.500050252.5
45Ole Miss75008350208
46Texas Tech75007350198
49USC16502500190
50Houston75006425164
51Mississippi State750105025160
52Virginia Tech7500083158
52Boston College7500083158
57Navy75010050135
57Miami (Fla.)75010500135
62Boise State75010046.25131.25
64Georgia Tech75025250125
64Rutgers75010040125
70Utah State7500039114
71Indiana00105050110
74Western Kentucky7502500100
74UNLV7500250100
74Rice7500250100
74MTSU7502500100
81Central Michigan30010059.2599.25
86TCU001078088
87Arkansas State750100085
87Ball State750100085
87Bowling Green750100085
87Colorado State750100085
87Purdue005003585
92South Alabama300005080
93Northwestern001006979
94Kent State0002552.577.5
95Northern Illinois75000075
95Buffalo75000075
95Texas-Antonio75000075
95North Texas75000075
95Marshall75000075
100Washington State3001002565
101Wake Forest00006464
102Hawaii001005060
102South Florida001005060
107Army002502449
108Texas State300100040
110Eastern Michigan0010026.536.5
111Troy30000030
111La.-Monroe30000030
111San Jose State30000030
111FAU30000030
118Air Force00002525
118Idaho00250025
118UAB00002525
123Miami (Ohio)000000
123Nevada000000
123FIU000000
123Temple000000
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