Best in College Sports: Florida State edges rival Florida for tight win in 2016-17

Which college athletic program had the best season in 2016-17? We here at CBS Sports decided to find out, and an odd season in which no one program truly dominated the collegiate landscape (as has happened in the past) left us with our closest results ever.

Florida State (491.25) edged rival Florida (489.75) thanks in large part to its success in women's basketball. The two Sunshine State programs were followed closely by USC (482.5), which like UF was unable to make up for a void of points for that sport.

The Seminoles put together an outstanding overall season with football finishing 10-3, beating Michigan in the Orange Bowl and ranking No. 8 in the nation. Men's (26-9, No. 16) and women's basketball (28-7, No. 10) both made the NCAA Tournament. Baseball (46-23) made its first College World Series appearance in five seasons, while softball ended its season in the Super Regional.

While the Gators put up a fight with a bowl victory, Elite Eight appearance for men's basketball, College World Series win for baseball and Women's College World Series loss for softball, women's basketball (15-16) received 0 points. The Trojans suffered a similar fate with a bowl win, NCAA Tournament appearance and national title in women's soccer only to see women's hoops (14-16) let them down.

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Graphic illustration by Michael Meredith

The National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has been ranking athletic programs for years by weighing every sport equally, meaning a football national title is worth the same number of points (100) as a women's water polo title. We tweaked the formula back in 2013 to weigh it more heavily toward sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. We rate every FBS school in three sports -- football, men's basketball and women's basketball -- along with two "wild cards" among the school's most successful spectator sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.

The weighted formula: Football is 2.5 times as much as the other sports, while men's basketball is worth twice as many points. Teams that did not finish in the final AP Top 25 in football but played in a bowl were awarded 62.5 points (25 x 2.5). Teams that made the NIT, CBI or CIT were given 20 points (10 x 2), while WNIT teams received 10 points. For all titles settled via bracket, point totals were based upon how many teams participated. All champions in the other sports received 100 points for a national title. For example: Florida baseball received 100 points, while its second-place finish in softball received 90 points.

Previous winners of the CBS Sports Best in College Sports honor include Louisville in 2013, Stanford in 2014, Ohio State in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2016. Florida State's previous best finish was fourth.

School Total FB MBB WBB WC I WC II
1. 491.25 176.25 100 73 78 64
2. 489.75 153.75 146 0 100 90
3. 482.5 212.5 100 0 100 70
4. 463.5 172.5 128 0 90 73
5. 458 140 128 50 90 50
6. 451.5 62.5 166 100 73 50
7. 447.5 132.5 100 64 78 73
8. 444.25 161.25 0 83 100 100
9. 438.25 168.75 128 10 67.5 64
10. 437.75 183.75 0 64 100 90
11. 437.5 187.5 0 50 100 100
12. 428.5 62.5 200 0 83 83
13. 420 200 0 64 83 73
14. 407 250 20 0 73 64
15. 392.5 225 20 10 73.5 64
16. 386.5 62.5 128 73 73 50
17. 386.5 62.5 146 50 64 64
18. 376.5 62.5 50 64 100 100
19. 373 180 0 10 100 83
20. 372 0 166 73 83 50
21. 362.5 157.5 0 25 90 90
22. 360 165 50 10 85 50
23. 352.75 146.25 50 10 73.5 73
24. 352.5 62.5 100 73 64 53
25. 350 0 128 64 80 78
26. 296.5 127.5 20 10 75 64
27. 287 125 0 25 73 64
28. 283 0 100 50 73 60
29. 276.5 62.5 50 10 90 64
30. 268.5 62.5 50 0 83 73
31. 262.5 62.5 100 0 50 50
32. 258.5 62.5 0 50 73 73
33. 256 0 128 0 64 64
34. 252 0 128 50 50 24
35. 247.5 142.5 20 10 50 25
36. 247 0 100 0 83 64
37. 246.5 62.5 20 10 90 64
38. 246 0 146 0 50 50
39. 244 130 0 50 64 0
40. 241.5 62.5 0 90 64 25
41. 235 135 50 50 0 0
42. 234 0 100 10 64 60
43. 231.75 62.5 20 10 80 59.25
44. 226.5 62.5 0 50 64 50
45. 216.75 62.5 20 25 59.25 50
46t. 215.5 62.5 20 0 83 50
46t. 215.5 0 0 64 83 68.5
48. 214.5 62.5 0 0 83 69
49t. 212.5 62.5 50 50 50 0
49t. 212.5 137.5 0 25 25 25
51. 207.5 62.5 0 0 90 55
52. 207 0 100 25 50 32
53. 204 0 0 64 90 50
54. 201 62.5 20 0 68.5 50
55. 198.5 62.5 0 10 83 43
56. 196.25 0 100 25 46.25 25
57. 195 62.5 20 10 64 38.5
58. 194 0 20 50 64 60
59. 184.25 0 0 50 75 59.25
60. 179.25 0 20 50 59.25 50
61. 176.5 62.5 50 0 64 0
62. 175 150 0 0 25 0
63t. 172.5 62.5 100 10 0 0
63t. 172.5 122.5 0 0 25 25
65. 167.5 62.5 0 0 55 50
66t. 162.5 62.5 50 0 50 0
66t. 162.5 62.5 0 10 51 39
68. 157.5 0 20 0 85 52.5
69. 155 62.5 0 0 60 32.5
70. 153.5 62.5 0 0 50 41
71. 145 62.5 20 10 52.5 0
72t. 137.5 62.5 50 25 0 0
72t. 137.5 62.5 0 0 50 25
74. 136.5 0 0 50 61.5 25
75. 135 0 50 10 50 25
76. 133 0 0 83 50 0
77. 132.5 62.5 20 0 50 0
78. 131.25 62.5 0 0 46.25 22.5
79. 125 0 100 0 25 0
80t. 122.5 62.5 0 10 50 0
80t. 122.5 62.5 0 10 50 0
82. 120 62.5 0 10 25 22.5
83t. 117.5 62.5 20 10 25 0
83t. 117.5 62.5 20 10 25 0
85. 114 0 50 0 39 25
86t. 112.5 62.5 0 25 25 0
86t. 112.5 62.5 0 0 25 25
86t. 112.5 62.5 0 0 50 0
89t. 110 62.5 0 0 47.5 0
89t. 110 62.5 0 0 47.5 0
89t. 110 0 0 10 50 50
92. 105 0 0 0 55 50
93. 100 0 50 25 25 0
94. 97.5 62.5 0 10 25 0
95. 94 0 20 10 64 0
96. 92.5 62.5 20 10 0 0
97t. 87.5 62.5 0 25 0 0
97t. 87.5 62.5 0 0 25 0
97t. 87.5 62.5 0 25 0 0
97t. 87.5 62.5 0 0 25 0
101. 82.5 62.5 20 0 0 0
102. 82 62.5 0 0 19.5 0
103. 79 0 0 10 44 25
104t. 75 0 0 0 50 25
104t. 75 0 0 0 50 25
106t. 70 0 20 0 50 0
106t. 70 0 20 0 50 0
108t. 62.5 62.5 0 0 0 0
108t. 62.5 62.5 0 0 0 0
108t. 62.5 62.5 0 0 0 0
111. 53 0 0 0 53 0
112. 50 0 50 0 0 0
113t. 45 0 20 0 25 0
113t. 45 0 20 0 25 0
115. 39 0 0 0 39 0
116. 35 0 0 0 35 0
117. 30 0 20 10 0 0
118t. 25 0 0 0 25 0
118t. 25 0 0 0 25 0
118t. 25 0 0 0 25 0
121t. 20 0 20 0 0 0
121t. 20 0 20 0 0 0
123. 10 0 0 10 0 0
124t. 0 0 0 0 0 0
124t. 0 0 0 0 0 0
124t. 0 0 0 0 0 0
124t. 0 0 0 0 0 0
124t. 0 0 0 0 0 0
124t. 0 0 0 0 0 0
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