Sooners made men's and women's Final Fours and just missed BCS berth (football team finished No. 6). Gymnastics won NCAA title, wrestling was No. 3 and softball No. 8. School is on the rise, with rec facilities being upgraded (OU already has a top 10 golf course) and hot coaches in Bob Stoops (football) and Kelvin Sampson (basketball).
Loss of Steve Spurrier to NFL one of few setbacks in year that saw 11 Gators teams (including No. 3 football) finish in top 25. Excellent women's programs and rabid student fans, who make the Swamp a loud, nasty place to devour gridiron foes. Campus is a rec-sports dreamland: 85% of students play intramurals.
5. SOUTH CAROLINA
Gamecocks finished No. 1 in women's track, No. 2 in baseball, No. 6 in women's basketball and No. 13 in football. A $48 million recreation center will open in February. Insiders say: "It's an exciting time to be a Carolina student. Thanks to Lou Holtz our football game has finally caught up to our tailgating game."
6. LOUISIANA STATE
Tigers won men's and women's track titles, finished No. 7 in football and led nation in baseball attendance for seventh straight season. Alum Shaquille O'Neal had a decent year too. Few college arenas rock harder than Tiger Stadium and the Deaf Dome. Insiders say: "The worst part is recovering from all the football parties."
No surprise that hockey team won its fourth NCAA title, but wrestling squad won its second straight and unheralded Gophers golfers were national champs too. Nine other teams made top 25, including men's and women's cross-country and gymnastics. "The U" has glorious football history, invented cheerleading and has alums ranging from Bronko Nagurski to Yanni.