All Sports Rankings: Year-End Edition
Posted: Friday May 18, 2007 11:05AM; Updated: Tuesday May 22, 2007 2:14PM
By Theodore B. Bressman -- The 2006-07 college season will be known as the year Florida owned Ohio State. But I'll remember it either as the year Roy Hibbert turned 50 or the year John Calipari finally earned my trust.
With that in mind, it's time to take stock in the year with the final edition of the All-Sports Rankings. The rankings are calculated by taking the Top 25 in men's and women's tennis, lacrosse, cross country, soccer, basketball, water polo, volleyball, and hockey, as well as women's softball, men's baseball and football. A No. 1 ranking receives 25 points, a No. 25 ranking receives one point. To avoid being castigated on college sports blogs, we decided to give a little more weight to football and basketball; a No. 1 gets 50 points, No. 25 gets 25 points. We aggregate the scores to come up with our final tally for the year.
1) UNC (223 points) -- UNC dominated college sports across the board. The Tar Heels have Top 10 teams in men's tennis, women's tennis, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, women's basketball, men's basketball and baseball. Plus, the women's soccer team won a national championship. And with the tennis, lax and baseball teams still alive, UNC's dominance could grow?
2) Ohio State (210) -- Though Ohio State rewrote history by losing to Florida in the national title game in football and basketball, the Buckeyes might be able to find some solace in finishing ahead of the Gators in All-Sports Rankings. Even though Ohio State had Top 25 finishes in men's tennis, women's basketball, women's lacrosse, women's hockey, women's softball, men's volleyball and women's volleyball, this year will always be remembered as the year the Bucks were chopped by the Gators.
3) UCLA (206) -- As usual, the Bruins, were fantastic across the board. UCLA finished in the Top 25 in seven major sports, but most impressive is a record they just set: the school's 100th national title (won by the women's water polo team this week).
4) USC (194) -- Another Pac-10 powerhouse, the Trojans finished in the Top 25 in both men's and women's tennis, water polo and volleyball. The men's basketball team also had a good run in the tournament, almost knocking off North Carolina in the Sweet 16.
5) Stanford (193) -- It was the year of women's athletics for Stanford. Women's tennis, volleyball and water polo were ranked in the top five and the cross-country took home a national championship. The men's water polo finished fourth in the nation. Stanford rounds out a top five that illustrates why FSN insists on having so much Pac-10 coverage.
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