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