Best in College Sports: Which school had the best year in sports?

Louisville's national championship in men's basketball was part of its amazing sports year. (USATSI)
Louisville's national championship in men's basketball was part of its amazing sports year. (USATSI)

The world of college athletics is coming off of a thrilling 2012-13 season.

Alabama won another national title in football, while Louisville earned a national championship in men's basketball. But what about the other programs those universities fielded? Sure, the Crimson Tide dominated the gridiron, but how did they do in their other high-profile sports?

Through the combined efforts of the college writers, bloggers, editors and producers here at, we decided to find out.

Best in College Sports 2012-13
School Football Men's BB Women's BB Baseball Wild Card Total
1. Louisville 189 200 90 73 73 625
2. Oregon 270 128 0 50 64 512
3. Florida 207 146 10 25 100 488
4. Ohio State 255 146 10 0 73.5 484.5
5t. Michigan 150 180 50 0 78 458
5t. Oklahoma 180 50 64 64 100 458
7. Notre Dame 240 50 83 0 73 446
8. Alabama 300 10 0 25 85 420
9. Florida State 202.5 10 50 64 83 409.5
10. North Carolina 75 100 50 83 100 408
Wild cards: Softball -- Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon; Women's gymnastics -- Alabama; Wrestling -- Ohio State; Women's soccer -- North Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame; Women's gymnastics -- Florida; Men's soccer -- Louisville

The National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has been ranking athletic programs for years with Stanford winning the last 19 trophies. The NACDA ranking 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 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.

The wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school's following spectator sports in 2012-13: 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.

Alabama's national title in football was worth 300 points. Notre Dame finished 4th in the final AP poll and was awarded 240 points. Football teams that finished with a winning record or went to a bowl game, but not in the final AP Top 25, received 75 points.

Louisville's national title in men's basketball was worth 200 points. Syracuse's Final Four appearance was worth 166, Ohio State in the Elite Eight was good for 146, and so on. Teams that finished with a winning record, but did not make the NCAA tournament, were given 10 points.

All champions in the other sports we surveyed received 100 points for a national title. The rest of the point totals were filled out based on how many teams were in each bracket.

With the points tabulated, over the next two weeks we will count down the top athletic departments based on our formula, with the No. 1 school announced on Friday, July 19.

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