July 19, 2010

Best of all: Texas tops combined standings

MORE: Combined standings | Baseball only | Football only | Basketball only | Top 25 with no minimums

The school that dominated headlines this offseason also usually does pretty well for itself in the postseason.

Texas has won two College World Series and one national football title in the past decade; the Longhorns also reached the Final Four in 2003. Thus, it should come as no surprise that when we measured which schools had the most combined success in football, men's basketball and baseball since the start of the BCS era, Texas was the clear-cut winner.

Last month, we measured the top combined football-basketball programs since the start of the 1998-99 school year. Florida led those rankings and was followed in order by Ohio State and Texas. But once we added baseball to the mix, Texas moved to the top by a commanding margin.

Texas accumulated 48 baseball points, more than any other school in the nation. Texas finished with a total of 112 points in all three sports, giving the Longhorns a 16.5-point edge over every other school.

No wonder the eyes of every conference commissioner were upon Texas this summer. Texas shook up the college sports landscape this summer by considering a switch to the Pac-10 along with five other Big 12 schools in a move that likely would have killed the Big 12. Texas instead chose to remain in the Big 12, which soon will drop to 10 schools following Nebraska's move to the Big Ten and Colorado's defection to the Pac-10.

Florida was second in our rankings at 95.5 points, while LSU was third with 81. Ohio State (71.5) and Oklahoma (71) rounded out the top five.

How did we come up with our formula?

The scoring system
FOOTBALL
Share of national title: 10 points
BCS championship game loser: 7 points
Top-4 ranking: 5 points
Nos. 5-8: 3 points
Nos. 9-16: 2 points
Nos. 17-25: 1 point
Unranked team with bowl bid: 0.5 points
BASKETBALL
National title: 10 points
Runner-up: 7 points
Final Four: 5 points
Elite Eight: 3 points
Sweet 16: 2 points
Round of 32: 1 point
First-round loss: 0.5 points
BASEBALL
National title: 10 points
Runner-up: 7 points
Third or fourth in CWS: 5 points
5th through 8th in CWS: 3 points
Super Regional loss: 2 points
Second place in regional: 1 point
Regional appearance: 0.5 points
We awarded football teams 10 points for a national title, seven points for a loss in the BCS championship game, five points for a top-four finish in the coaches' poll that didn't include an appearance in the title game, three points for finishing fifth through eighth in the coaches' poll, two points for finishing ninth through 16th and one point for finishing 17th through 25th. Teams that played in a bowl but didn't appear in the final rankings received half a point.

We did have a couple of exceptions to the scoring system. USC and LSU each received 10 points for their football national titles in 2003, and Alabama received two points for finishing 11th in the AP rankings in 2002, when probation prevented the Crimson Tide from appearing in the coaches' poll.

In basketball, schools received 10 points for a national title, seven points for a loss in the NCAA tournament final, five points for an NCAA semifinal loss, three points for a regional final loss, two points for a Sweet 16 loss, one point for a second-round loss and a half-point for a first-round loss.

Our baseball formula awarded 10 points for a College World Series title, seven points for a loss in the CWS final, five points for finishing third or fourth in the CWS, three points each for the other four teams in the CWS, two points for a Super Regional loss, one point for a second-place regional finish and a half-point each for every other team in a regional.

Here's one critical point: We wanted to reward balance, so our final rankings included only schools that amassed at least five points in each sport. That's why you won't find basketball powers Duke and Kansas or football heavyweights Florida State and Miami in our rankings.

Twenty-seven schools had enough football and men's basketball points to qualify for the rankings we put out last month. Once we included baseball, only 17 schools had enough points in each of the three sports to merit consideration. We also have attached a chart that shows what the rankings would have looked like if we hadn't included this requirement.

The latest list naturally has much more of a southern flavor. The combined rankings include five schools from the SEC, four from the Big 12 and three from the Pac-10. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland, West Virginia, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Boston College, Washington and Cincinnati fell from the rankings once baseball was included.

Wisconsin dropped its baseball program after the 1991 season. Oregon didn't have varsity baseball from 1982-2008.

Combined baseball-basketball-football standings (minimum 5 points per sport)
1. Texas
Points: 44 football, 20 basketball, 48 baseball, 112 points
The buzz: Texas has two national titles in baseball (2002 and 2005) and one in football (2005) to go along with a Final Four appearance in basketball (2003). The Longhorns also were runners-up twice in baseball (2004 and 2009) and lost one BCS championship game (2009).
2. Florida
Points: 44 football, 33.5 basketball, 18 baseball, 95.5 points
The buzz: Florida topped these rankings when we only included football and basketball. The Gators have two national football titles (2006 and 2008) and two basketball crowns (2006 and 2007), and they also finished second in the 2007 College World Series.
3. LSU
Points: 35.5 football, 9 basketball, 36.5 baseball, 81 points
The buzz: Ranked seventh in these standings when we only factored in football and basketball, LSU soared to third once we added baseball. LSU's BCS-era honors include two football titles (2003 and 2007), two College World Series crowns (2000 and 2009) and a Final Four appearance (2006).
4. Ohio State
Points: 46 football, 18 basketball, 7.5 baseball, 71.5 points
The buzz: Most northern schools didn't have enough baseball points to qualify for this list, but Ohio State was an exception to the rule. The lone Big Ten program in the rankings won a 2002 football national title, reached the BCS championship game in 2006 and 2007, advanced to the NCAA tournament final in 2007 and has earned seven NCAA bids in baseball during the BCS era.
5. Oklahoma
Points: 44 football, 17 basketball, 10 baseball, 71 points
The buzz: Oklahoma won the 2000 national football title and lost the BCS championship game in 2003, 2004 and 2008. The Sooners also advanced to the Final Four in 2002 and reached regional basketball finals in 2003 and 2009. Oklahoma's baseball team advanced to the College World Series this year.
6. USC
Points: 49 football, 7 basketball, 12 baseball, 68 points
The buzz: USC accumulated more football points than any other school (we gave them the full 10 points for finishing atop the AP poll in 2003). The Trojans have two College World Series appearances (2000, 2001) to go along with the 2003 AP football title and the 2004 BCS crown.
7. UCLA
Points: 8.5 football, 25 basketball, 14 baseball, 47.5 points
The buzz: There's a big gap once we get past the top six teams on the list, but UCLA's runner-up finish in the 2010 College World Series helped the Bruins emerge as the best of the rest. UCLA reached the NCAA tournament final in 2006 and got back to the Final Four in 2007 and 2008.
8. Tennessee
Points: 26 football, 12 basketball, 8.5 baseball, 46.5 points
The buzz: Tennessee won the first BCS national title in 1998 and also earned a top-four football ranking in 2001. In basketball, the Vols advanced to a regional final in 2010 and reached the Sweet 16 in 2000, 2007 and 2008. Tennessee's baseball program has lacked consistency, but the Vols got to Omaha in 2001 and 2005.
9. Alabama
Points: 23.5 football, 6 basketball, 13.5 baseball, 43 points
The buzz: The reigning BCS national champions reached the College World Series in 1999 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in basketball in 2004. We gave Alabama two points for its No. 11 ranking in the final AP football poll in 2002, even though probation prevented the Tide from being included in the final coaches' poll. Even without those two points, Alabama would hold the same position on this chart.
10. Georgia Tech
Points: 10.5 football, 10 basketball, 16 baseball, 36.5 points
The buzz: Georgia Tech reached the NCAA tournament final in 2004 and advanced to the College World Series in 2002 and 2006. Georgia Tech never has finished higher than ninth in the football rankings during the BCS era, but the Yellow Jackets have reached a bowl game every season.
11. Arizona
Points: 6 football, 21 basketball, 8.5 baseball, 35.5 points
The buzz: Arizona's fourth-place finish in the 1998 coaches' poll helped give this traditional basketball power enough football points to qualify for the rankings. Arizona reached the NCAA tournament final in 2001 and advanced to the College World Series in 2004.
12. Louisville
Points: 11.5 football, 15 basketball, 7 baseball, 33.5 points
The buzz: Louisville reached the 2005 Final Four and lost in a regional final in 2008 and 2009. Louisville's football team finished seventh in the coaches' poll in 2004 and 2006. The baseball team advanced to the College World Series in 2007.
13. Auburn
Points: 16.5 football, 5 basketball, 7 baseball, 28.5 points
The buzz: Auburn's two Sweet 16 appearances (1999 and 2003) and one second-round loss (2000) gave the Tigers the bare minimum of basketball points necessary to qualify for this list. The football team finished second in the coaches' poll in 2004. Auburn's baseball team has earned seven NCAA tournament bids in the BCS era, though the Tigers haven't advanced to Omaha.
14t. Missouri
Points: 8 football, 10 basketball, 5.5 baseball, 23.5 points
The buzz: Missouri reached regional basketball finals in 2002 and 2009. The football team finished fifth in the coaches' poll in 2007 and 16th in 2008. Missouri's baseball team earned seven consecutive NCAA bids from 2003-09, including a Super Regional appearance in 2006.
14t. Texas A&M
Points: 6 football, 6 basketball, 11.5 baseball, 23.5 points
The buzz: The Aggies reached the Sweet 16 in 2007 and have made four other second-round appearances in the past five NCAA tournaments. Texas A&M reached the College World Series in 1999 and has earned eight bowl bids during the BCS era.
16. Notre Dame
Points: 8 football, 6 basketball, 9 baseball, 23 points
The buzz: This traditional football power actually has accumulated more points in baseball despite failing to reach the NCAAs in each of the past four seasons. The Irish earned eight consecutive NCAA baseball bids from 1999-2006 and reached the College World Series in 2002.
17. N.C. State
Points: 5 football, 5.5 basketball, 7.5 baseball, 18 points
The buzz: North Carolina State's baseball team reached Super Regionals in 2003 and 2008. The football team has earned seven bowl bids during the BCS era, while the basketball team reached the Sweet 16 in 2005 and advanced to the second round of the tournament three other times (2002, 2004, 2006).
Baseball-only standings
1. Texas 48
2t. Cal State Fullerton 41.5
2t. Miami 41.5
4. Stanford 40.5
5. Rice 38
6. LSU 36.5
7. South Carolina 36
8. Florida State 32
9. North Carolina 29
10. Clemson 27.5
11. Oregon State 24.5
12. Arizona State 23
13. Georgia 19.5
14. Florida 18
15. Georgia Tech 16
16. Arkansas 15.5
17t. Baylor 14.5
17t. Nebraska 14.5
19t. Fresno State 14
19t. UCLA 14
21. Alabama 13.5
22. Tulane 12.5
23. USC 12
24t. East Carolina 11.5
24t. Ole Miss 11.5
24t. Mississippi State 11.5
24t. Texas A&M 11.5
Football-only standings
1. USC 49
2. Ohio State 46
3t. Florida 44
3t. Oklahoma 44
3t. Texas 44
6. LSU 35.5
7. Florida State 34.5
8. Miami 33
9. Georgia 27
10. Virginia Tech 26.5
11. Tennessee 26
12. Alabama 23.5
13. Nebraska 21.5
14. Wisconsin 19.5
15. Penn State 19
16. Michigan 18.5
17. Boise State 18
18. Oregon 17
19. Auburn 16.5
20. Iowa 14.5
21t. Kansas State 14
21t. TCU 14
23t. Utah 12.5
23t. West Virginia 12.5
25. Louisville 11.5
Basketball-only standings
1. Duke 45.5
2. Michigan State 44.5
3. North Carolina 36.5
4. Kansas 36
5. Connecticut 35.5
6. Florida 33.5
7. UCLA 25
8. Maryland 24
9. Arizona 21
10t. Kentucky 20.5
10t. Syracuse 20.5
12. Texas 20
13. Wisconsin 18.5
14t. Illinois 18
14t. Ohio State 18
16. Oklahoma 17
17t. Gonzaga 16.5
17t. Memphis 16.5
19. Louisville 15
20t. Oklahoma State 14.5
20t. Pittsburgh 14.5
22t. Butler 14
22t. Villanova 14
22t. Xavier 14
25t. Indiana 12.5
25t. West Virginia 12.5

Top 25 with no mandatory minimums
1. Texas (44 football, 20 basketball, 48 baseball, 112 points)
2. Florida (44 football, 33.5 basketball, 18 baseball, 95.5 points)
3. LSU (35.5 football, 9 basketball, 36.5 baseball, 81 points)
4. Miami (33 football, 4.5 basketball, 41.5 baseball, 79 points)
5. Ohio State (46 football, 18 basketball, 7.5 baseball, 71.5 points)
6. Oklahoma (44 football, 17 basketball, 10 baseball, 71 points)
7t. USC (49 football, 7 basketball, 12 baseball, 68 points)
7t. North Carolina (2.5 football, 36.5 basketball, 29 baseball, 68 points)
9. Florida State (34.5 football, 1 basketball, 32 baseball, 67.5 points)
10. Stanford (2.5 football, 11 basketball, 40.5 baseball, 54 points)
11. Michigan State (6 football, 44.5 basketball, 0 baseball, 50.5 points)
12. Georgia (27 football, 2 basketball, 19.5 baseball, 48.5 points)
13. UCLA (8.5 football, 25 basketball, 14 baseball, 47.5 points)
14. Tennessee (26 football, 12 basketball, 8.5 baseball, 46.5 points)
15. Duke (0 football, 45.5 basketball, 0 baseball, 45.5 points)
16. Alabama (23.5 football, 6 basketball, 13.5 baseball, 43 points)
17t. Cal State Fullerton (0 football, 0.5 basketball, 41.5 baseball, 42 points)
17t. Kansas (4.5 football, 36 basketball, 1.5 baseball, 42 points)
17t. South Carolina (5.5 football, 0.5 basketball, 36 baseball, 42 points)
20. Rice (1 football, 0 basketball, 38 baseball, 39 points)
21t. Wisconsin (19.5 football, 18.5 basketball, 0 baseball, 38 points)
21t. Connecticut (2 football, 35.5 basketball, 0.5 baseball, 38 points)
23. Georgia Tech (10.5 football, 10 basketball, 16 baseball, 36.5 points)
24. Nebraska (21.5 football, 0 basketball, 14.5 baseball, 36 points)
25. Arizona (6 football, 21 basketball, 8.5 baseball, 35.5 points)

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.




 

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