Alabama, you may have won the battle this last football season but Ohio State University has won the war: The Best College Sports program in the overall 2017-18 season.
Each year, CBS Sports crunches the numbers from each collegiate sport season to determine which school has the strongest athletic program as a whole.
And just like in 2015, Ohio State reigns king/queen (510.50 points).
“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,” wrote CBS Sports.
They also attribute the win to strong men’s basketball (25-7, No. 17 AP) and women’s basketball (28-7, No. 10 AP) seasons, the wrestling team finishing national runner-up, men’s volleyball getting to the national semifinal, both hockey teams making it to the Frozen Four. and both softball and baseball making the NCAA Tournament.
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Riding in on Ohio State University’s coattails is Alabama (477.50 points). Though their football season outshone ours, their basketball teams fell short.
Oklahoma came in third (477.50).
Here is a breakdown of CBS Sport’s algorithm:
- Three sports are analyzed: Football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball
- An additional two “wild card” sports that are among the schools’ most successful spectator sports are also considered: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.
- Football is given 2.5x more emphasis than women’s basketball and “wild card” sports
- Men’s basketball is given 2x more emphasis than women’s basketball and “wild card” sports
- Teams that did not finish in the final AP Top 25 in football but played in a bowl were awarded 62.5 points
- Teams that made the NIT were given 20 points, while WNIT teams received 10 points
- All champions in the other sports received 100 points for a national title