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