Best in College Sports: Ohio State, L'ville, UCLA lead 2014-15 rankings

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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

Rank School Football Men's BB Women's BB Baseball WC Total
1 Ohio State 300 100 50 0 100 550
2 Louisville 150 146 64 64 64 488
3 UCLA 202.5 128 10 50 90 480.5
4 Oregon 270 100 0 25 73 468
5 Florida State 225 0 73 64 100 462
6 Michigan State 220.5 166 0 0 73 459.5
7 Wisconsin 189 180 0 0 73 442
8 Maryland 75 100 83 64 100 422
8 Duke 75 200 64 0 83 422
10 Notre Dame 75 146 90 25 83 419
11 Utah 159 128 0 0 90 377
12 Arizona 165 146 0 0 52.5 363.5
13 North Carolina 75 128 64 0 90 357
14 Oklahoma 75 128 50 0 100 353
15 Arizona State 193.5 20 64 25 50 352.5
16 Arkansas 75 100 50 73 52.5 350.5
17 TCU 255 0 10 83 0 348
18 Alabama 240 20 0 0 80 340
19 Baylor 216 50 73 0 0 339
20 Iowa 75 100 64 50 46.5 335.5
21 Georgia 207 50 0 0 68.25 325.25
22 NC State 75 128 10 50 58.5 321.5
23 LSU 75 50 25 78 83 311
24 Virginia 0 100 10 100 100 310
25 Boise State 175.5 50 25 0 52.5 303
26 Texas 75 50 64 25 83 297
27 Kentucky 0 166 50 0 64 280
28 Missouri 184.5 0 10 0 80 274.5
29 Mississippi State 198 0 50 0 25 273
29 Miami (Fla.) 75 20 50 78 50 273
31 Clemson 180 0 0 25 64 269
32 West Virginia 75 128 10 0 54 267
33 USC 162 0 0 50 53 265
34 Auburn 156 0 0 25 83 264
35 Florida 75 0 0 83 100 258
36 Ole Miss 171 50 10 25 0 256
37 Stanford 75 20 64 0 90 249
38 Georgia Tech 238.5 0 10 0 0 248.5
39 Oklahoma State 75 50 25 25 72 247
40 BYU 75 50 25 0 90 240
41 Texas A&M 75 20 25 64 50 234
42 San Diego State 75 100 0 25 25 225
43 Illinois 75 20 0 64 64.5 223.5
44 UL-Lafayette 75 20 0 64 64 223
45 Tennessee 75 0 73 0 73 221
46 Kansas State 168 0 10 0 25 203
47 Minnesota 75 0 25 0 100 200
48 Pittsburgh 75 20 50 0 53 198
49 South Carolina 75 0 83 0 25 183
50 Rutgers 75 0 50 0 50 175
50 Penn State 75 0 0 0 100 175
50 Cincinnati 75 100 0 0 0 175
53 Nebraska 75 0 25 0 73 173
54 Connecticut 0 20 100 0 50 170
55 Colorado State 75 20 10 0 64 169
56 California 0 0 50 50 64 164
56 Washington 75 0 25 0 64 164
58 UAB 30 100 0 0 25 155
59 Central Michigan 75 20 0 0 59.25 154.25
60 Marshall 153 0 0 0 0 153
61 Michigan 0 0 10 50 90 150
61 Western Kentucky 75 0 25 0 50 150
61 Rice 75 0 0 50 25 150
64 Memphis 147 0 0 0 0 147
65 Oregon State 0 0 50 25 68.25 143.25
66 Virginia Tech 75 0 0 0 67.5 142.5
67 UCF 75 0 0 0 64 139
68 Iowa State 0 50 25 0 61.5 136.5
69 Syracuse 0 0 50 0 83 133
70 Western Michigan 75 20 10 0 25 130
70 Boston College 75 0 0 0 55 130
72 South Alabama 75 0 0 0 50 125
72 Kansas 0 100 0 0 25 125
72 Indiana 0 50 0 25 50 125
75 Ohio 30 0 25 25 42 122
76 Utah State 75 0 0 0 46.5 121.5
77 Vanderbilt 0 20 0 90 0 110
77 East Carolina 75 0 10 25 0 110
79 Georgia State 0 100 0 0 0 100
79 South Florida 0 0 50 25 25 100
79 Houston 75 0 0 25 0 100
82 Air Force 75 0 0 0 22 97
83 Bowling Green 75 20 0 0 0 95
83 Northwestern 0 0 25 0 70 95
83 UTEP 75 20 0 0 0 95
83 Louisiana Tech 75 20 0 0 0 95
87 Navy 75 0 0 0 19 94
88 Arkansas State 75 0 10 0 0 85
88 Toledo 75 0 10 0 0 85
88 Buffalo 0 50 10 0 25 85
88 Fresno State 75 0 10 0 0 85
92 Wyoming 0 50 0 0 34.5 84.5
93 Purdue 0 50 0 0 32 82
93 Old Dominion 0 20 10 0 52 82
95 Northern Illinois 75 0 0 0 0 75
95 Nevada 75 0 0 0 0 75
95 New Mexico State 0 50 25 0 0 75
98 Colorado 0 20 0 0 50 70
99 Kent State 0 20 0 0 48 68
100 Texas Tech 0 0 0 0 64 64
101 Appalachian State 30 0 0 0 30.5 60.5
102 Hawaii 0 0 10 0 50 60
102 MTSU 30 20 10 0 0 60
102 Temple 30 20 10 0 0 60
105 Tulane 0 0 25 25 0 50
105 FAU 0 0 0 50 0 50
105 SMU 0 50 0 0 0 50
108 Eastern Michigan 0 20 10 0 19 49
109 Ball State 0 0 10 0 25 35
109 Akron 0 0 10 0 25 35
111 Army 0 0 10 0 23.5 33.5
112 Georgia Southern 30 0 0 0 0 30
112 Texas State 30 0 0 0 0 30
112 Tulsa 0 20 10 0 0 30
115 Miami (Ohio) 0 0 0 0 25 25
115 UNLV 0 0 0 0 25 25
115 FIU 0 0 0 25 0 25
115 Wake Forest 0 0 0 0 25 25
119 La.-Monore 0 20 0 0 0 20
120 Washington State 0 0 10 0 0 10
120 Southern Miss 0 0 10 0 0 10
122 Idaho 0 0 0 0 0 0
122 Troy 0 0 0 0 0 0
122 Massachusetts 0 0 0 0 0 0
122 San Jose State 0 0 0 0 0 0
122 New Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0
122 Texas-Antonio 0 0 0 0 0 0
122 North Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ohio State was the best athletic program in 2014-15. (CBS Sports)
Ohio State was the best athletic program in 2014-15. (CBS Sports)
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