Alabama football may have won a national title, but per a CBS Sports measure, Ohio State athletics had the most impressive overall season.
The site put together a comprehensive measurement of every college that plays FBS-level football. It takes into account success in football, men and women’s basketball, and two “wild card” sports, whichever the two most successful non-revenue sports are for a given school.
More, on how CBS Sports put the list together:
The weighted formula puts 2.5 times as much emphasis on football compared to women’s basketball and the “wild cards;” 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). Three teams — Buffalo, Western Michigan and Texas-San Antonio — received 50 points for being bowl eligible but not playing in a bowl. Teams that made the NIT 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 State received 100 points in softball, while the second-place finisher received 90 points.
With at least 50 points in all five categories, Ohio State comes out in first place of CBS Sports’ rankings.
The Buckeyes had no shortage of successful seasons down the line this past academic year.
The Buckeyes accomplished this feat in large part due to a tremendous football season with the program finishing 12-2 and No. 5 in the final AP Top 25 with a Cotton Bowl victory and Big Ten title. Ohio State men’s basketball (25-7, No. 17 AP) and women’s basketball (28-7, No. 10 AP) each reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The wrestling team finished as a national runner-up, while the men’s volleyball team reached the national semifinal. The men’s and women’s ice hockey teams reached the Frozen Four, and both baseball and softball made the NCAA Tournament.
The total score of 510.50 was good enough to beat Alabama, which finished with 492.25. The Crimson Tide maxed out at 250 total points for football, and tied Ohio State with 100 for men’s hoops, but were outdone in the other three categories.
Oklahoma, Michigan, and Duke round out the top five overall college athletics programs. Click here for CBS Sports’ full list.