May 5, 2011

Best of both: BCS era combined standings

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COMBINED STANDINGS (minimum 5 points per sport)
1. Florida
Points: 44.5 football, 36.5 basketball, 81 total
The buzz: Florida has two national football titles (2006 and '08) and two basketball crowns (2006 and '07) during the BCS era. No other school has won championships in both sports during that span. Even after a down year in football, Florida maintains a commanding lead in this race.
2. Ohio State
Points: 49 football, 20 basketball, 69 total
The buzz: Ohio State won a national football title in 2002 and reached the BCS championship game in 2006 and '07. The Buckeyes also advanced to the NCAA tournament final in 2007. The Buckeyes would be closer to Florida if they hadn't suffered earlier-than-expected losses as a No. 1 seed in each of the past two NCAA tournaments.
3. Texas
Points: 44 football, 21 basketball, 65 total
The buzz: Texas won a 2005 national title in football and reached the BCS championship game in 2009. The Longhorns also made the Final Four in 2003 and got to a regional final in 2006 and '08. Texas was tied with Ohio State for second place in these standings last year, but a disappointing football season caused the Longhorns to fall behind.
4. Oklahoma
Points: 47 football, 17 basketball, 64 total
The buzz: Oklahoma won the 2000 national title and reached the BCS championship game in 2003, '04 and '08. The Sooners also got to the Final Four in 2002 and reached a regional final in '09.
5. USC
Points: 49 football, 7.5 basketball, 56.5 total
The buzz: Advancing to a regional final in 2001 helped give this football heavyweight enough basketball points to qualify for the list. We gave USC the full 10 points for its 2004 BCS championship and for finishing atop the AP poll in 2003.
6. Michigan State
Points: 8 football, 45 basketball, 53 total
The buzz: Michigan State won a national basketball title in 2000, reached the championship game in 2009 and also got to the Final Four in 1999, '01, '05 and '10. Finishing seventh in the coaches' poll in 1999 and 14th last season helped give the Spartans enough football points to qualify.
7. LSU
Points: 38.5 football, 9 basketball, 47.5 total
The buzz: LSU won BCS football titles in 2003 and '07 and also earned a top-four ranking in 2006. The Tigers haven't been nearly as consistent in basketball, but they did reach the Final Four in 2006.
8. Wisconsin
Points: 22.5 football, 20.5 basketball, 43 total
The buzz: Wisconsin's football team finished fourth in the coaches' poll in 1999 and placed fifth in 2006. The Badgers also have reached the NCAA tournament each season in the BCS era and advanced to the Final Four in 2000. Wisconsin was tied with Tennessee for eighth last year, but making the Rose Bowl and reaching the Sweet 16 gave the Badgers an edge this time.
9. Tennessee
Points: 26.5 football, 12.5 basketball, 39 total
The buzz: Tennessee won the first BCS national title in 1998 and also earned a top-four football ranking in 2001. The Vols also advanced to a regional final in 2010 and reached the Sweet 16 in 2000, '07 and '08. They had to settle for a half-point in each sport this year.
10. UCLA
Points: 8.5 football, 26 basketball, 34.5 total
The buzz: UCLA reached the championship game of the 2006 NCAA tournament and advanced to the Final Four in 2007 and '08. The Bruins haven't been nearly as successful in football, but they finished eighth in the coaches' poll in 1998 and 13th in 2005.
11t. Alabama
Points: 25.5 football, 6 basketball, 31.5 total
The buzz: This football power reached the Sweet 16 in 2004 and reached the NCAA tournament four other times in the BCS era. We gave Alabama two points in 2002 for its No. 11 ranking in the final AP football poll, even though probation prevented the Tide from being included in the final coaches' poll.
11t. Maryland
Points: 7.5 football, 24 basketball, 31.5 total
The buzz: Maryland's No. 10 finish in the 2001 coaches' poll and No. 13 ranking in 2002 helped give the 2002 national basketball champions enough football points to qualify for this list. Maryland added one more football point with its No. 24 ranking last season. The Terps also made the Final Four in 2001.
11t. Oregon
Points: 24 football, 7.5 basketball, 31.5 total
The buzz: Playing in the BCS championship game helped Oregon leap all the way from 16th place last year. Oregon finished second in the coaches' poll in football in 2001 and reached regional basketball finals in 2002 and '07.
14. ARIZONA
Points: 6.5 football, 24 basketball, 30.5 total
The buzz: Arizona's fourth-place finish in the 1998 football coaches' poll helped give this traditional basketball power enough points to qualify for this list. Arizona reached the NCAA tournament championship game in 2001 and reached regional finals in 2003, '05 and '11.
15. Louisville
Points: 12 football, 15.5 basketball, 27.5 total
The buzz: Louisville reached the 2005 Final Four and lost in a regional final in 2008 and '09. In football, the Cardinals finished seventh in the coaches' poll in 2004 and '06.
16. West Virginia
Points: 13 football, 13.5 basketball, 26.5 total
The buzz: West Virginia's football team finished in the top 10 of the coaches' poll in 2005, '06 and '07. The Mountaineers also reached a Final Four in 2010 and advanced to a regional final in 2005.
17. Pittsburgh
Points: 6 football, 15.5 basketball, 21.5 total
The buzz: The Panthers have reached the NCAA tournament nine consecutive seasons and have played in three bowls in a row. They would rank at least a few spots higher on this list had their basketball team lived up to its tournament seeding more often.
18t. Georgia Tech
Points: 11 football, 10 basketball, 21 total
The buzz: Georgia Tech never has finished as high as eighth in the football rankings during the BCS era, but the Yellow Jackets have reached a bowl every season. They also were the NCAA basketball runners-up in 2004.
18t. Oklahoma State
Points: 6.5 football, 14.5 basketball, 21 total
The buzz: Oklahoma State didn't have enough football points to qualify for this list last year, but a No. 10 ranking in the final 2010 coaches' poll put the Cowboys in the mix this year. Oklahoma State reached the Final Four in 2004 and advanced to a regional final in 2000.
20t. Purdue
Points: 7 football, 13 basketball, 20 total
The buzz: Purdue advanced to a regional basketball final in 2000, reached the Sweet 16 three other times (1999, '09 and '10) and earned nine bowl bids in a 10-year span from 1998-2007.
20t. Utah
Points: 13.5 football, 6.5 basketball, 20 total
The buzz: Utah finished fourth in the football coaches' poll in 2008 and fifth in the coaches' poll in '04, and has made seven NCAA tournament appearances since 1999. It will be interesting to see if the Utes have the same kind of football success now that they've moved from the Mountain West Conference to the Pac-12.
22. Missouri
Points: 9 football, 10.5 basketball, 19.5 total
The buzz: Missouri reached regional basketball finals in 2002 and '09, and its football team finished fifth in the coaches' poll in 2007 and 16th in '08. Missouri also cracked the final coaches' poll in 1998 and 2010.
23. Stanford
Points: 7.5 football, 11 basketball, 18.5 total
The buzz: Stanford's a newcomer to this list, as the Cardinal's Orange Bowl championship and subsequent No. 4 ranking in the coaches' poll last season gave them enough football points to qualify. Stanford earned nine NCAA tournament bids in a 10-year stretch from 1999-2008.
24. Washington
Points: 8 football, 9 basketball, 17 total
The buzz: Washington finished the 2000 football season third in the coaches' poll and reached the Sweet 16 in 2005, '06 and '10.
25. Boston College
Points: 9.5 football, 7 basketball, 16.5 total
The buzz: Boston College never has finished a football season higher than 11th in the coaches' poll during the BCS era, but the Eagles have earned 12 consecutive bowl bids. They also advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006.
26. BYU
Points: 10 football, 6 basketball, 16 total
The buzz: BYU leaps into the rankings this year because its Sweet 16 appearance has given the Cougars enough basketball points to qualify. BYU has reached a bowl in each of the past six seasons.
27. Notre Dame
Points: 8.5 football, 7 basketball, 15.5 total
The buzz: Notre Dame finished 16th in the 2000 football coaches' poll and 11th in the 2005 coaches' poll, and reached the Sweet 16 in 2003. The Irish could have accumulated a few more points by avoiding a few early-round upsets in the NCAA tournament.
28. Cincinnati
Points: 6.5 football, 8.5 basketball, 15 total
The buzz: Cincinnati earned a ranking in the season-ending football coaches' poll every year from 2007-09 and made the NCAA tournament every year from 1999-2005. Cincinnati's football team suffered a disappointing 2010 season, but the Bearcats made up for it in basketball by winning an NCAA tournament game.
29. Texas A&M
Points: 7 football, 6.5 basketball, 13.5 total
The buzz: Texas A&M placed 13th in the 1998 coaches' poll and has earned bowl bids during eight other seasons in the BCS era. The Aggies also have earned one Sweet 16 berth (2007) during this stretch.
30. N.C. State
Points: 6 football, 5.5 basketball, 11.5 total
The buzz: North Carolina State's football team finished 11th in the coaches' poll in 2002 and has earned eight bowl bids during the BCS era. The Wolfpack also reached the Sweet 16 in 2005 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament three other times (2002, '04, '06).
COMBINED STANDINGS (no minimums)
1. 1. Florida (44.5 football, 36.5 basketball, 81 total points)
2. Ohio State (49 football, 20 basketball, 69 total points)
3. Texas (44 football, 21 basketball, 65 total points)
4. Oklahoma (47 football, 17 basketball, 64 total points)
5. USC (49 football, 7.5 basketball, 56.5 total points)
6. Michigan State (8 football, 45 basketball, 53 total points)
7. Connecticut (2.5 football, 45.5 basketball, 48 total points)
8t. Duke (0 football, 47.5 basketball, 47.5 total points)
8t. LSU (38.5 football, 9 basketball, 47.5 total points)
10. Kansas (4.5 football, 39 basketball, 43.5 total points)
11. Wisconsin (22.5 football, 20.5 basketball, 43 total points)
12. North Carolina (3 football, 39.5 basketball, 42.5 total points)
13. Florida State (36.5 football, 3 basketball, 39.5 total points)
14. Tennessee (26.5 football, 12.5 basketball, 39 total points)
15. Miami (33.5 football, 4.5 basketball, 38 total points)
16. UCLA (8.5 football, 26 basketball, 34.5 total points)
17t. Alabama (25.5 football, 6 basketball, 31.5 total points)
17t. Auburn (26.5 football, 5 basketball 31.5 total points)
17t. Maryland (7.5 football, 24 basketball, 31.5 total points)
17t. Oregon (24 football, 7.5 basketball, 31.5 total points)
20. Arizona (6.5 football, 24 basketball, 30.5 total points)
21. Georgia (27.5 football, 2.5 basketball, 30 total points)
22. Virginia Tech (28.5 football, 1 basketball, 29.5 total points)
23. Kentucky (3.5 football, 25.5 basketball, 29 total points)
24. Louisville (12 football, 15.5 basketball, 27.5 total points)
25. West Virginia (13 football, 13.5 basketball, 26.5 total points)
STANDINGS BY SPORT
FOOTBALL ONLY BASKETBALL ONLY
1t. Ohio State: 49
1t. USC: 49
3. Oklahoma: 47
4. Florida: 44.5
5. Texas: 44
6. LSU: 38.5
7. Florida State: 36.5
8. Miami: 33.5
9. Virginia Tech: 28.5
10. Georgia: 27.5
11. (tie) Auburn: 26.5
11. (tie) Tennessee: 26.5
13. Alabama: 25.5
14. Oregon: 24
15t. Nebraska: 22.5
15t. Wisconsin: 22.5
17. Boise State: 21
18. Penn State: 19.5
19t. Michigan: 19
19t. TCU: 19
21. Iowa: 15
22. Kansas State: 14.5
23. Utah: 13.5
24. West Virginia: 13
25. Louisville: 12
1. Duke: 47.5
2. Connecticut: 45.5
3. Michigan State: 45
4. North Carolina: 39.5
5. Kansas: 39
6. Florida: 36.5
7. UCLA: 26
8. Kentucky: 25.5
9t. Arizona: 24
9t. Maryland: 24
11. Syracuse: 21.5
12t. Butler: 21
12t. Texas: 21
14. Wisconsin: 20.5
15. Ohio State: 20
16. Illinois: 19
17. Gonzaga: 17.5
18. Memphis: 17
18. Oklahoma: 17
20t. Louisville: 15.5
20t. Pittsburgh: 15.5
22t. Oklahoma State: 14.5
22t. Villanova: 14.5
22t. Xavier: 14.5
25. West Virginia: 13.5



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