College Football & Basketball Combination Rankings: No. 1 to 130

College Football & Basketball Combination Rankings: No. 1 to 130

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College Football & Basketball Combination Rankings: No. 1 to 130

2016-2017’s College Football & Basketball Combination Rankings: No. 1 to 130


Which schools had the best years in the two major sports? Ranking the top college football and basketball combinations of 2016-2017 from 1 to 130


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Who had the best years in the two major sports?

While the world might have been interested in women’s basketball for a brief moment as Mississippi State stunned UConn, and schools love to pump up successes in the non-revenue sports, athletic departments, budgets and jobs are determined by what happens in football and men’s basketball.

How did the colleges that play FBS football rank – welcoming newbies UAB and Coastal Carolina into the mix a year before they should be considered – when combining the success in the two big sports?

Welcome to the ranking of all 130 of them and where they stand after the 2016 football and 2016–2017 basketball seasons.

After doing the top 25 combinations and the bottom 25 before the NCAA Tournament, there was a reboot with new criteria and a new outlook after the college hoops season really began.

The football/basketball combination ranking ground rules …

1. Football is bigger than basketball. Sorry, but in terms of budgets and prestige, it just is. Success on the football field trumps almost anything that happens in basketball.

2. With the exception of a few teams that rocked this football season, the top tier is made up of schools that got teams into both a bowl game and the NCAA Tournament.

3. The second-tier is mostly made up of schools that got into the NCAA Tournament but didn’t get into a bowl game. And several that went bowling and finished with a winning basketball record, but didn’t go to the NCAAs.

4. The next tier is primarily full of schools that went to a bowl game, but finished with a losing basketball season.

5. Winning a football conference title means more than winning a regular season conference or league tournament championship in basketball. Since regular season basketball accomplishments mean jack squat, the Final Four – and deep NCAA runs – receive more love in the rankings.

Like Oregon, South Carolina and North Carolina fans care that their teams didn’t win their respective conference tournaments.

6. And then there are the dregs. The bottom of the rankings are made up mostly of teams that finished with losing records in both major sports.

7. Finally, yeah, accomplishments and disasters in the Power 5 leagues mean more – to a point. Of course it’s harder to have success in the big conferences, but part of these rankings are based on fun for the fan bases. These rankings are more about the seasons, rather than the talent on the teams.

Winning seasons are fun no matter what league the school plays in.

130. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 2-10 overall, 0-9 in conference, 7th in Big Ten East

Basketball: 15-18 overall, 3-15 in conference, 14th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Easily the worst of the football/basketball combination schools, the Scarlet Knight football team got embarrassed by the big boys in a ugly two-win season, while the hoops team finished dead last in the 14-team league.

129. Tulane Green Wave

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference, 6th in West

Basketball: 6-25 overall, 3-15 in conference, 10th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The new era in football struggled to get going, but as bad a year as it was, it was only two games worse than the miserable basketball campaign.

128. ULM Warhawks

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference, 7th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 9-24 overall, 2-16 in conference, 14th in Sun Belt (Last)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Warhawks had one of the worst overall sports seasons, finishing dead last in the Sun Belt in basketball and seventh in football. Overall, the two teams won a combined 13 games.

127. UNLV Rebels

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference, T3rd in MW West

Basketball: 11-21 overall, 4-14 in conference, T10th in MW (Last in MW)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? YUCK. The basketball team tied Air Force for last in the Mountain West, and finished with just 11 wins overall. The football team is improving under Tony Sanchez, but it’s not there yet.

126. Oregon State Beavers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 3-6 in conference, T4th in Pac-12 North

Basketball: 5-27 overall, 1-17 in conference, 12th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Beaver fans didn’t get to enjoy anything about the 2016-2017 run – except the football win over Oregon. The football season still stunk, and the basketball team was 12th in a 12-team league. Yippee.

125. Missouri Tigers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference, 7th in SEC East

Basketball: 8-24 overall, 2-16 in conference, T13th in SEC (Last)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Awful in both sports, the Tigers won a grand total of 12 football and basketball games combined. Last in the SEC East in football, and last in the SEC in basketball – there wasn’t much fun in Columbia.

124. Massachusetts Minutemen

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 2-10 overall

Basketball: 15-18 overall, 4-14 in conference, T12th in Atlantic 10

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? UMass was competitive early on, but winning two football games still made it an awful year. The basketball team was supposed to be better, but it came up with a miserable season in the A-10.

123. FIU Golden Panthers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 4-4 in conference, 4th in C-USA East

Basketball: 7-24 overall, 3-15 in conference,13th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Will Butch Davis come in to save the day? If so, the problems in a four-win football season were worth it. The basketball team only won three more games overall and won one fewer game in conference play.

122. Florida Atlantic Owls

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference, T6th in C-USA East

Basketball: 10-20 overall, 6-12 in conference, T11th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? At least the misery on the football field landed Lane Kiffin – insert your own joke here. The basketball side wasn’t a whole lot better.

121. Charlotte 49ers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference, 5th in C-USA East

Basketball: 14-19 overall, 7-11 in conference, 10th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? There wasn’t quite the rise up expected in either sport, with a rocky run to a four-win football season and a 13-victory basketball campaign.

120. San Jose State Spartans

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference, T3rd in MW West

Basketball: 14-16 overall, 7-11 in conference, T8th in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It was a losing season in both sports. The Spartans couldn’t get into the conference title race in basketball, and clunked in football, leading to the firing of Ron Caragher.

119. UAB Blazers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: DIDN’T PLAY FOOTBALL IN 2016

Basketball: 17-16 overall, 9-9 in conference, T7th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? There wasn’t a football season at UAB, but that’s coming with the return of the program this year. The winning season in basketball and seventh place finish was something, but the school needs football back.

118. East Carolina Pirates

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference, T4th in East

Basketball: 15-18 overall, 6-12 in conference, 9th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? With a losing season in basketball, and a disastrous back half of the year in football, it was a rough time for Pirate fans used to a whole lot more.

117. Utah State Aggies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference, 6th in MW Mountain

Basketball: 14-17 overall, 7-11 in conference, T8th in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team was a massive disappointment, but there wasn’t a coaching change. It’s hot seat time for Matt Wells, though, going into 2017. The basketball team was a dud, but it wasn’t a totally miserable disaster in a losing season.

116. Bowling Green Falcons

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference, T3rd in MAC East

Basketball: 13-19 overall, 7-11 in conference, 5th in MAC East

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Four football wins isn’t going to cut it after winning the MAC title the year before, while the basketball team didn’t help the cause.

115. UTEP Miners

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference, T5th in C-USA West

Basketball: 15-17 overall, 12-6 in conference, T3rd in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football program was horribly disappointing, while the basketball team stunk it up in non-conference play – going 15-17 overall – but still finished tied for third in the league.

114. Texas Longhorns

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 3-6 in conference,

Basketball: 11-22 overall, 4-14 in conference, 10th in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Totally, utterly disastrous. 11-22 and last in the Big 12 isn’t what the basketball program is supposed to be under Shaka Smart. The football program is never supposed to lose to Kansas. Ever.

113. Northern Illinois Huskies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 5-3 in conference, 3rd in MAC West

Basketball: 15-17 overall, 7-11 in conference, T4th in MAC West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The MAC superpower couldn’t even come up with a winning season. It was a painful fall, putting the pressure on the 2017 season. The hoops side wasn’t any better.

112. Arizona State Sun Devils

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 2-7 in conference, T4th in Pac-12 South

Basketball: 15-18 overall, 7-11 in conference, 8th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Booooooo. ASU fans got the rug pulled from under them, with the football team collapsing – and closing out with a loss to rival Arizona – while the basketball team finished with a losing record.

111. Connecticut Huskies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference,T4th in East

Basketball: 16-17 overall, 9-9 in conference, T5th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The basketball team is supposed to be a player. It wasn’t. The football team was supposed to start hitting its stride. It didn’t. Getting Randy Edsall back, though, is a major plus.

110. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-2 overall as an FCS Independent

Basketball: 19-17 overall, 10-8 in conference, T6th in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Okay, okay, winning ten games in the lower level of the football world doesn’t matter compared to the FBSer world, but it was still a double-digit-win season. The Chanticleers might not have been great in basketball, but they came up with a winning campaign.

109. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 3-6 in conference, T6th in Big 12

Basketball: 18-14 overall, 6-12 in conference, T7th in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? While the Red Raider football team might have been fun, it still fizzled out in a losing season. The winning basketball record doesn’t matter with no tournament at the end.

108. Buffalo Bulls

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 2-10 overall, 1-7 in conference, 6th in MAC East

Basketball: 17-15 overall, 11-7 in conference, T2nd in MAC East

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Extremely disappointing in football, this was supposed to be a bit of a breakthrough year. Coming up with a winning season in the MAC was good, but the non-conference losses were a problem.

107. Illinois Fighting Illini

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-7 in conference, 6th in Big Ten West

Basketball: 20-15 overall, 8-10 in conference, 9th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Lovie Smith era didn’t get off to a rousing start, but he gets a free pass in his first year. The Illini hoops got to the NIT, and lost its coach in another dud of a season.

106. Marshall Thundering Herd

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference, T6th in C-USA East

Basketball: 20-15 overall, 10-8 in conference, 6th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? A decent basketball season doesn’t offset the baffling disaster of a football campaign. The Thundering Herd were just plain awful, even though they were supposed to content for the C-USA football crown.

105. Rice Owls

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference, T5th in C-USA West

Basketball: 23-12 overall, 11-7 in conference, 5th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? An awful football season wasn’t wiped away by a 23-12 basketball campaign, but it helped a bit. The Owls came on strong late in football – way too late.

104. Georgia State Panthers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference, T8th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 20-13 overall, 12-6 in conference, 2nd in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Finishing second in the Sun Belt in basketball didn’t count for much of anything, but winning 20 games wasn’t bad. The football team stunk, leading to a regime change after winning just three games.

103. Texas State Bobcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 2-10 overall, 0-8 in conference, 11th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 22-13 overall, 11-7 in conference, T3rd in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The 22 wins in basketball helped offset an awful season in football. It might be a rebuilding year for the Bobcats on the gridiron, but it still wasn’t pretty.

102. Georgia Southern Eagles

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 4-4 in conference, 6th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 18-15 overall, 11-7 in conference, T3rd in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Going 5-7 in football wasn’t great, but it was supposed to be a year of turnover, and it wasn’t miserable. The basketball Eagles finished tied for third in the conference with a winning season.

101. Fresno State Bulldogs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 1-11 overall, 0-8 in conference, 6th in MW West

Basketball: 20-13 overall, 11-7 in conference, 4th in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Getting to the NIT wasn’t too bad after a mediocre season, but getting knocked out in the first round wasn’t a positive. The football team was a total disaster, but Jeff Tedford is on the way to help the cause.

100. Syracuse Orange

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference, T6th in Atlantic

Basketball: 19-15 overall, 10-8 in conference, T7th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It’s a time of transition. The basketball side will be changing soon, but not getting into the NCAA Tournament was bad. Dino Babers is at least making the football team fun.

99. Cal Golden Bears

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 3-6 in conference, T4th in Pac-12 North

Basketball: 21-13 overall, 10-8 in conference, T5th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team might have had its moments, but it finished with a losing record. Enter Justin Wilcox to try changing things up in 2017. The basketball team losing in the first round of the NIT to California-Baker was embarrassing.

98. Ole Miss Rebels

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 2-6 in conference, 6th in SEC West

Basketball: 22-14 overall, 10-8 in conference, T5th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Forgetting for a moment that the football program had a disastrous offseason, on the field, missing out on a bowl game thanks to a loss to Mississippi State was a brutal finish. The basketball team couldn’t get into the NCAAs, but it made a deep run in the NIT.

97. Ball State Cardinals

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference, 6th in MAC West

Basketball: 21-13 overall, 11-7 in conference, T1st in MAC West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Unable to even get into the NIT, finishing with 21 wins and tied for the MAC West title was a bit hollow. The football team couldn’t get anything going, but it was at least competitive.

96. Akron Zips

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, T3rd in MAC East

Basketball: 27-9 overall, 14-4 in conference, 1st in MAC East

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Extremely disappointing, the football team just barely missed out on a bowl season, and the basketball team that dominated the East couldn’t get to the NCAAs and only won one game in the NIT.

95. North Texas Mean Green

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-8 overall, 4-4 in conference, 4th in C-USA West

Basketball: 8-22 overall, 2-16 in conference, 14th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team might have gone 5-8, but at least it went to a bowl game. Finishing dead last in a bad year for Conference USA basketball, though, wasn’t okay.

94. Miami University RedHawks

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 6-2 in conference, T1st in MAC East

Basketball: 11-21 overall, 4-14 in conference, 6th in MAC East

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Yeah, MU had the MAC’s worst basketball team. Whatever. QB Gus Ragland helped turn the football program around, getting to a bowl game in a six-win season.

93. South Alabama Jaguars

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 2-6 in conference, T8th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 14-18 overall, 7-11 in conference, 9th in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Jaguars had a losing season in basketball with a rough 14-win campaign, but at least the football team beat San Diego State and Mississippi State on the way to a bowl game.

92. UTSA Roadrunners

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 5-3 in conference, 2nd in C-USA West

Basketball: 14-19 overall, 8-10 in conference, 9th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? A surprisingly great football season finished up with a bowl bid. It was still a losing season, though, while the basketball team was well under .500.

91. Kent State Golden Flashes

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference, 5th in MAC East

Basketball: 22-14 overall, 10-8 in conference, 4th in MAC East (Won MAC Tournament Championship)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Winning the MAC championship in basketball made up for a rough year finishing fourth in the division. At least the Golden Flashes to to the NCAAs, while the football team didn’t show up offensively – again.

90. New Mexico State Aggies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference, T8th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 28-6 overall, 11-3 in conference, T2nd in WAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Aggie basketball team got rolled by Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but it least it got into the show. The football program continues to limp along, with one more year before getting kicked out of the Sun Belt.

89. Central Michigan Chippewas

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, 5th in MAC West

Basketball: 16-16 overall, 6-12 in conference, 6th in MAC West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? At least the football team got to a bowl game and came up with one of the most amazing plays of the year in the win over Oklahoma State. The basketball team was the second-worst in the MAC.

88. Boston College Eagles

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 2-6 in conference, T6th in Atlantic

Basketball: 9-23 overall, 2-16 in conference, 15th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Yippee! After a horrific 2015, the football team won an ACC game again – and even got to a bowl and won it. Boston College basketball is still a disaster, though.

87. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in conference, 3rd in C-USA West

Basketball: 9-22 overall, 6-12 in conference, T11th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The winning season in football was nice, but this was supposed to be a Conference USA title-caliber team. The basketball team only won two more games than the football side.

86. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-7 overall, 4-4 in conference, 2nd in MW West

Basketball: 14-16 overall, 8-8 in conference, 5th in Big West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Rainbow Warrior basketball team didn’t do much of anything in the Big West, but new head football coach Nick Rolovich got the team to a bowl game – and won it. There’s hope now.

85. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 as an Independent

Basketball: 26-10 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? As much fun as the basketball team had winning 26 games, Notre Dame is still a football school. 4-8 drags down everything else.

84. Michigan State Spartans

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-8 in conference, 6th in Big Ten East

Basketball: 20-15 overall, 10-8 in conference, T6th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? This … is … a … gift. It was a disappointing season for the basketball side, but at least it won a game in the NCAAs. The football team was one of the biggest shockers in college sports, going from the CFP to 3-9.

83. Virginia Cavaliers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 2-10 overall, 1-7 in conference, T6th in Coastal

Basketball: 23-11 overall, 11-7 in conference, T5th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team might need a little while under Bronco Mendenhall, but he’s just getting started. The basketball side fizzled out, and worst of all, was boring along the way.

82. Cincinnati Bearcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference, T4th in East

Basketball: 30-6 overall, 16-2 in conference, 2nd in AAC, Lost Conference Tournament

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? More was expected in the NCAA Tournament from a strong 30-win team. The football team will be better fast under new head man Luke Fickell.

81. Navy Midshipmen

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-5 overall, 7-1 in conference, Won West, Lost AAC Championship

Basketball: 16-16 overall, 10-8 in conference, 4th in Patriot League

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Almost a great football season, losing the American Athletic Championship was bad, losing to Army was worse. It was a mediocre basketball season in the Patriot League.

80. Army Black Knights

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall

Basketball: 13-19 overall, 6-12 in conference, 8th in Patriot

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Black Knights won eight games, beat Navy and went to a bowl game – it was an amazing year. The hoops side stunk, though, finishing back in the Patriot pack.

79. Eastern Michigan Eagles

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in conference, 4th in MAC West

Basketball: 16-17 overall, 7-11 in conference, T4th in MAC West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Yeah, the basketball team might have finished with a losing record, but the football program came up with one the nation’s most shocking seasons. EMU got to a bowl game and won seven games – basketball schmasketball.

78. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 5-3 in conference, 5th in Sun Belt

Basketball: 21-12 overall, 10-8 in conference, T6th in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It wasn’t a bad year, but it wasn’t as strong as it should’ve been. The football team went bowling, but it finished way back in the Sun Belt pack and came up with a losing season. The Ragin’ Cajuns won 21 games on the hardwood.

77. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, T5th in SEC West

Basketball: 16-16 overall, 6-12 in conference, 12th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team beat Ole Miss and won a bowl game – who cares if it was a losing season? The basketball team was a dud, finishing .500 and ending up 12th in the conference. And now, beating the UConn women’s basketball team doesn’t matter in these rankings.

76. NC State Wolfpack

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 3-5 in conference, T4th in Atlantic

Basketball: 15-17 overall, 4-14 in conference, T13th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? NC State basketball stunk it up and now it’s in transition mode. Dave Doeren’s football program – and, likely, his job – was saved late in a winning season.

75. Appalachian State Mountaineers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in Sun Belt

Basketball: 9-21 overall, 4-14 in conference, 11th in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The tie for the top of the Sun Belt title and ten-win season in football showed the staying power now that the Mountaineers are a few years into the FBS world. However, 9-21 in basketball with an 11th place finish was a disaster.

74. LSU Tigers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference, T2nd in SEC West

Basketball: 10-21 overall, 2-16 in conference, T13th in SEC (Last)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Considering the football team had enough talent and experience to win the national title – or at least get to the College Football Playoff – going 8-4 was a big dud. Tying Mizzou for last in the SEC in hoops was even worse.

73. Air Force Falcons

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 5-3 in conference, 4th in MW Mountain

Basketball: 12-21 overall, 4-14 in conference, T10th in MW (Last in MW)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? An awful season in basketball – finishing dead last in the Mountain West – might have been bad, but the football team carried the athletic department with a strong ten-win season. The Falcons closed with five straight wins including a bowl victory.

72. Washington State Cougars

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 7-2 in conference, 2nd in Pac-12 North

Basketball: 13-18 overall, 6-12 in conference, T9th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The basketball season might have been ugly, but the football season was a blast – up until the puzzling finish in a bowl loss to Minnesota. However, the stage might have been set for a huge 2017 – at least on the football side.

71. Stanford Cardinal

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 6-3 in conference, 3rd in Pac-12 North

Basketball: 14-17 overall, 6-12 in conference, T9th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It wasn’t the football season the defending Pac-12 champ might have wanted, but winning ten games certainly wasn’t awful. It’s never okay on The Farm to have a losing season in basketball.

70. South Florida Bulls

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-2 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in East

Basketball: 7-23 overall, 1-17 in conference, 11th in AAC (Last)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? USF’s ranking is dragged down by a totally miserable basketball season. 11-2 in football was great, but there wasn’t a conference title.

69. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 6-2 in conference, 2nd in West

Basketball: 15-17 overall, 8-10 in conference, 7th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Golden Hurricane hoops side couldn’t get going, but the football team was a blast in a ten-win season.

68. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 6-3 in conference, T2nd in Big Ten West

Basketball: 12-19 overall, 6-12 in conference, T12th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? There were a few nice wins in basketball, but it was still an ugly 12-win season. The Huskers rebounded in football after a strange 2016, but being an also-ran still won’t cut it in Lincoln.

67. Pitt Panthers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, T2nd in Coastal

Basketball: 16-17 overall, 4-14 in conference, T13th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team beat Penn State and Clemson – and still went 8-5. 4-14 in the ACC is a long way away from the great NCAA runs of a few years ago.

66. Nevada Wolf Pack

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, T3rd in MW West

Basketball: 28-7 overall, 14-4 in conference, 1st in MW (Won Mountain West Championship)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? There might have been a quick exit from the NCAA Tournament, but at least the Wolf Pack won the Mountain West title. 5-7 wasn’t okay on the football field, but it might lead to a step forward with the hiring of Jay Norvell.

65. SMU Mustangs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 5-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, 5th in West

Basketball: 30-5 overall, 17-1 in conference, 1st in AAC, Won Tournament

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The flameout in the NCAAs ruined an otherwise great basketball season – at least there was a championship. The football team is getting there, but just missed out on a bowl.

64. Ohio Bobcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-6 overall, 6-2 in conference, T1st in MAC East (Lost MAC Championship)

Basketball: 20-11 overall, 11-7 in conference, T2nd in MAC East

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Even with 20 wins, the Bobcats couldn’t even get into the NIT. The football team, though, at least got to the MAC title game and gave Western Michigan a great run.

63. Purdue Boilermakers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-8 in conference, 7th in Big Ten East

Basketball: 27-8 overall, 14-4 in conference, 1st in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? There might have been a disappointing exit from the NCAA Tournament, but the Boilermakers won the Big Ten basketball regular season. The football was a disaster, but it yielded Jeff Brohm as a new head coach.

62. Kansas Jayhawks

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 2-10 overall, 1-8 in conference, 10th in Big 12

Basketball: 31-5 overall, 16-2 in conference, 1st in Big 12.

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It’s hard to rip a season with another Big 12 basketball title, but the Jayhawks had a home game in the Elite Eight and got blown out by Oregon. Someday the football program won’t be so miserable.

61. Iowa State Cyclones

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-8 in conference 9th in Big 12

Basketball: 24-11 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in Big 12 (Won Big 12 Tournament)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Winning the Big 12 Tournament boosts up the sports year, but it would’ve been nice to come up with a few more football wins in the close battles.

60. UCLA Bruins

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 2-7 in conference, T4th in Pac-12 South

Basketball: 31-5 overall, 15-3 in conference, 3rd in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Bruin football team was hit with too many injuries, but it should’ve been better than 4-8. The basketball side had a great year, up until it got run out of the gym by Kentucky in the Sweet 16. At the very least, neither side was ever boring.

59. Arizona Wildcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 3-9 overall, 1-8 in conference, 6th in Pac-12 South

Basketball: 32-5 overall, 16-2 in conference, T1st in Pac-12 (Won Pac-12 Tournament)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Is it possible to have a disappointing basketball season after winning 32 games and taking the Pac-12 title? When the team should’ve won the national title, and got bounced in the Sweet 16, yup. The football team suffered a ridiculous array of injuries in an ugly year.

58. Duke Blue Devils

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference, T6th in Coastal

Basketball: 28-9 overall, 11-7 in conference, 5th in ACC (Won Tournament)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Blue Devils won the ACC Tournament. Whatever – they got bounced early out of the tournament that actually mattered. 4-8 in football isn’t okay anymore.

57. Idaho Vandals

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 6-2 in conference, T3rd in Sun Belt

Basketball: 19-14 overall, 12-6 in conference, T3rd in Big Sky

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Who cares that the football team is a year away from getting booted out? It came up with a great nine-win season with a shockingly good bowl performance. The Vandals came up with a winning basketball season in the Big Sky.

56. Indiana Hoosiers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 4-5 in conference, 4th in Big Ten East

Basketball: 18-16 overall, 7-11 in conference, T10th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Both the football and basketball head coaches were replaced. Welcome to Indiana sports this year, with no NCAA Tournament appearance, and the Kevin Wilson issues overshadowing a bowl appearance.

55. UCF Knights

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 4-4 in conference, 3rd in East

Basketball: 24-12 overall, 11-7 in conference, 4th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Solid in both sports, there’s hope now for football under Scott Frost after a six-win improvement. There wasn’t an NCAA berth, but a deep run in the NIT and 24 wins were a plus.

54. Toledo Rockets

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 6-2 in conference, 2nd in MAC West

Basketball: 17-17 overall, 9-9 in conference, 3rd in MAC West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It was a fun year in football, even if there wasn’t a MAC title at the end of the rainbow. The basketball team was dead-center average both in conference and overall.

53. Texas A&M Aggies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, T2nd in SEC West

Basketball: 16-15 overall, 8-10 in conference, T9th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Disappointing overall, the football team started strong and fizzled late. The basketball team came up with a winning season, but didn’t make much noise.

52. Memphis Tigers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, T3rd in West

Basketball: 19-13 overall, 9-9 in conference, T5th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Tigers didn’t get into the NCAAs, but it was an okay hoops campaign. The football program kept rolling in a year of transition.

51. Arkansas State Red Wolves

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in Sun Belt

Basketball: 20-12 overall, 11-7 in conference, T3rd in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team might have started slowly, but it closed strong, tied for the Sun Belt title, and got to a bowl game. 20 wins in basketball wasn’t bad, but they didn’t lead to a post-season tournament.

50. New Mexico Lobos

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 6-2 in conference, T1st in MW Mountain

Basketball: 17-14 overall, 10-8 in conference, 5th in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Tying for the West Division title, getting to nine wins and winning a bowl game was a terrific run for Bob Davie’s football program. The basketball team didn’t get to the post-season, but it finished with a winning season.

49. Wyoming Cowboys

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-6 overall, 6-2 in conference, T1st in MW Mountain (Lost Mountain West Championship)

Basketball: 21-14 overall, 8-10 in conference, 7th in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? In one of the biggest shockers of the college football season, the Cowboys got to the Mountain West title game and made a bowl appearance. The basketball team finished with 21 wins and a winning season, but didn’t have much to show for it.

48. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 4-4 in conference, 5th in Coastal

Basketball: 21-16 overall, 8-10 in conference, 11th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? There was a strong nine-win season in football, closing out with big wins late. 21 basketball wins and an NIT title game run were fine, but finishing 11th in the league wasn’t.

47. Colorado State Rams

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 5-3 in conference, T4th in MW Mountain

Basketball: 24-12 overall, 13-5 in conference, 2nd in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Rams might have been lit up by Idaho in the bowl game, but it was a winning season with lots of offense and plenty of interesting games. 24 wins and a second-round run in the NIT was okay for the hoops side, but not great for the second-best team in the Mountain West.

46. BYU Cougars

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall

Basketball: 22-12 overall, 12-6 in conference, 3rd in West Coast

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Considering how the schedule looked before the season, the nine-win football campaign wasn’t bad. But as an independent, going 9-4 doesn’t really matter – there’s no carrot at the end of the stick. 22 wins with the lone regular season win over Gonzaga looks okay, but it all ended with a 105-89 first round thud to UT-Arlington in the NIT.

45. Old Dominion Monarchs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in C-USA East

Basketball: 19-12 overall, 12-6 in conference, T3rd in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? How’s that for the rise of a football program? The Monarchs won ten games on the gridiron, and then finished tied for third in the league in hoops. Not bad for one of the league’s relative new guys.

44. TCU Horned Frogs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 4-5 in conference, 5th in Big 12

Basketball: 24-15 overall, 6-12 in conference, T7th in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? An NIT championship overshadowed a mediocre year in conference play, but finishing eighth in the regular season wasn’t okay. It was a down season in football, but Gary Patterson’s team still went bowling.

43. Iowa Hawkeyes

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 6-3 in conference, T2nd in Big Ten West

Basketball: 19-15 overall, 10-8 in conference, T6th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Missing out on the NCAA Tournament is never okay for Iowa, especially considering it was in the Big Ten title hunt in the middle of the season. Football was fine, but another bowl blowout loss stunk.

42. Tennessee Volunteers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 4-4 in conference, T2nd in SEC East

Basketball: 16-16 overall, 8-10 in conference, T9th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? A disappointment in both sports, the basketball team finished a mediocre .500 overall, while the football team that was supposed to be in the national title chase couldn’t even take the down SEC South.

41. Auburn Tigers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, T2nd in SEC West

Basketball: 18-14 overall, 7-11 in conference, 11th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The 18 wins in basketball were fine, but the Tigers finished 11th in the SEC. The football team was deep in the hunt for the SEC West title before injuries hit. Getting to the Sugar Bowl was okay, but getting thumped by Oklahoma wasn’t.

40. Georgia Bulldogs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 4-4 in conference, T2nd in SEC East

Basketball: 19-15 overall, 9-9 in conference, 8th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It was a decent first step for Kirby Smart’s football program, with an eight-win season and a loaded recruiting class to get fired up about. The basketball team didn’t do much, but it finished with a winning campaign.

39. Temple Owls

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-4 overall, 7-1 in conference, Won American Athletic championship

Basketball: 16-16 overall, 7-11 in conference, 8th in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Winning the AAC football championship was amazing, but the hoops side was way too underwhelming. Losing head football coach Matt Rhule will hurt for next year, but he left with a great final run.

38. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-3 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in C-USA East

Basketball: 15-17 overall, 9-9 in conference, T7th in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The dominant 11-win football season on the way to a Conference USA championship was the big prize. Even without head coach Jeff Brohm now, this is still the league’s dominant program. The basketball team was okay, but it finished in the middle of the pack.

37. Boise State Broncos

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 6-2 in conference, T1st in MW Mountain

Basketball: 20-12 overall, 12-6 in conference, 3rd in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? More was expected out of the football team, but another ten-win season and a tie for the Mountain division wasn’t bad. The basketball team got to the second round of the NIT and finished a solid third in the league.

36. Houston Cougars

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in conference, T3rd in West

Basketball: 21-11 overall, 12-6 in conference, 3rd in AAC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It could’ve been a much, much better year in both sports. The Cougars missed out on the NCAA fun despite a nice third-place finish, while the football team could’ve and should’ve done a whole lot more.

35. San Diego State Aztecs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-3 overall, 6-2 in conference, 1st in MW West (Won Mountain West Championship)

Basketball: 19-14 overall, 9-9 in conference, 6th in MW

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Another Mountain West championship and a dominant win over Houston in the bowl game cemented SDSU as the league’s star. There wasn’t a post-season trip in basketball, but it was a winning season.

34. Colorado Buffaloes

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-4 overall, 8-1 in conference, 1st in Pac-12 North

Basketball: 19-15 overall, 8-10 in conference, 7th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It stunk that the basketball team got knocked out of the NIT before the thing could get going, but the football team made up for it with a shocker of a season. Forget how ugly the Pac-12 Championship and bowl losses were – it was a breakthrough season for Buff football.

33. Oregon Ducks

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 4-8 overall, 2-7 in conference, 6th in Pac-12 North

Basketball: 33-6 overall, 16-2 in conference, T1st in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The strangely disappointing football season at least led to a potential big step forward by hiring Willie Taggart. However, the football problems were blown off thanks to a brilliant hoops run to the NCAAs. Getting into the Final Four was enough to boost the ranking.

32. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-5 overall, 6-2 in conference, 1st in C-USA West

Basketball: 23-10 overall, 14-4 in conference, 2nd in C-USA

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Bulldogs came up with one of the most fun and exciting offenses in college football on the way to the C-USA title game. Finishing second in the regular season in basketball easily makes Tech the league’s No. 2 combo behind Middle Tennessee.

31. Oklahoma Sooners

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-2 overall, 9-0 in conference, 1st in Big 12

Basketball: 11-20 overall, 5-13 in conference, 9th in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Considering the puzzling fall off the basketball map after such an incredible 2015-2016 season, winning another Big 12 football title and wiping up the Sugar Bowl with Auburn made up for it.

30. Utah Utes

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 5-4 in conference, 3rd in Pac-12 South

Basketball: 20-12 overall, 11-7 in conference, 4th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The basketball team had a beef that it didn’t get into the NCAA Tournament – up until it got bounced from the first round of the NIT. The football team was fine in a nine-win season, but it was the year to grab the Pac-12 South, and the Utes didn’t do it.

29. Western Michigan Broncos

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 13-1 overall, 8-0 in conference, 1st in MAC West (Won MAC Championship)

Basketball: 16-16 overall, 11-7 in conference, T1st in MAC West

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? A horrible basketball non-conference run was the only blip. The Broncos were great in conference play, but the football team that was the obvious story. Winning the MAC title and getting to the Cotton Bowl trumps everything else.

28. Vanderbilt Commodores

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, T4th in SEC East

Basketball: 19-16 overall, 10-8 in conference, T5th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Getting bounced out of the first round of the NCAAs ruined an otherwise okay basketball season. Forget that the football team finished with a losing record – it beat Tennessee and got to a bowl game.

27. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 3-5 in conference, T4th in Atlantic

Basketball: 19-14 overall, 9-9 in conference, 10th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Did you really get into the NCAA Tournament if you lost in the First Four? It was a fantastic year for a long-suffering football program – getting to a bowl game matters.

26. Maryland Terrapins

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 3-6 in conference, 5th in Big Ten East

Basketball: 24-9 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Say this about Maryland athletics – as disappointing as they might have been, there was a bowl appearance and a spot in the NCAAs. The hoops team should’ve done more, but it was a solid year for the relative Big Ten newbie.

25. Arkansas Razorbacks

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 3-5 in conference, T5th in SEC West

Basketball: 26-10 overall, 12-6 in conference, T3rd in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Hogs had a nice run at the end of the basketball season and got to the second round from an 8 seed. The football side was disappointing, finishing with a winning season, but lost three of the last four games including the Belk Bowl.

24. Troy Trojans

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 6-2 in conference, T2nd in Sun Belt

Basketball: 22-15 overall, 10-8 in conference, T6th in Sun Belt

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Who cares that it took a conference tournament championship for the Trojans to get into the NCAA Tournament? They got in – and got hammered by Duke. The football program was the story of the Sun Belt season, winning ten games and going bowling.

23. Miami Hurricanes

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in conference, T2nd in Coastal

Basketball: 21-12 overall, 10-8 in conference, T7th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? It’s more about hope on the football side, but winning nine games with a dominant bowl victory was a good start under Mark Richt. Getting into the NCAAs wasn’t bad for a hoops team that finished seventh in the ACC.

22. Kansas State Wildcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 6-3 in conference, 4th in Big 12

Basketball: 21-14 overall, 8-10 in conference, 6th in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Rock-solid in both sports, Bruce Weber’s basketball team slipped into the NCAAs and made a little noise. Without a lot of firepower, the football team did a nice job, going 9-4 in football with a bowl win.

21. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 5-4 in conference, T4th in Big Ten West

Basketball: 24-10 overall, 11-7 in conference, 4th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The first round exit from the NCAAs stunk, but it was a bounceback year for basketball. Football – despite the off-field controversy – came up with a strong season. And after all the problems, at least P.J. Fleck was a positive result.

20. Northwestern Wildcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 5-4 in conference, T4th in Big Ten West

Basketball: 24-12 overall, 10-8 in conference, T6th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? These are heady times in Evanston. Getting to a bowl game and winning it is still a big deal for the school, while nothing overshadowed the basketball team getting to the NCAAs for the first time.

19. Baylor Bears

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 3-6 in conference, T6th in Big 12
Basketball: 27-8, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The off-field scandal consumed anything positive with the football program. But on the field, at least the team got a bowl win, while the hoops side made a deep run in the NCAAs.

18. Washington Huskies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 12-2 overall, 8-1 in conference, 1st in Pac-12 North (Won Pac-12 Championship)

Basketball: 9-22 overall, 2-16 in conference, 11th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The basketball team imploded, head coach Lorenzo Romar was canned, and a few great-looking prospects bolted. Whatever. Chris Petersen and the football team won the Pac-12 title and got into the College Football Playoff.

17. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference, T2nd in Big 12

Basketball: 20-13 overall, 9-9 in conference, 5th in Big 12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Losing in an NCAA First Round heartbreaker is still a loss. Ten wins and finishing second in the Big 12 in football was terrific, except that Oklahoma won the league.

16. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, 3rd in C-USA East

Basketball: 31-5 overall, 17-1 in conference, 1st in C-USA (Won C-USA Tournament)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Winning the Conference USA regular season and tournament title in basketball was nice, but advancing to the second round was even better. The Blue Raider football team got to a bowl game, but got blown away by Hawaii. At least it was an interesting year and a fun team.

15. Ohio State Buckeyes

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-2 overall, 8-1 in conference, T1st in Big Ten East

Basketball: 17-15 overall, 7-11 in conference, T10th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The puzzlingly bad basketball season didn’t sour a great year in football, but getting shutout by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl did. Even so, beating Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma – and getting to the College Football Playoff – was a success.

14. Penn State Nittany Lions

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-3 overall, 8-1 in conference, T1st in Big Ten East (Won Big Ten Championship)

Basketball: 15-18 overall, 6-12 in conference, T12th in Big Ten

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The basketball team might have been among the worst in the conference, but who cares? The Nittany Lions shocked the college football world with a Big Ten title and an appearance in a special Rose Bowl classic.

13. Florida State Seminoles

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 5-3 in conference, 3rd in Atlantic

Basketball: 26-9 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The disastrous exit from the NCAAs shouldn’t overshadow a great year, finishing second in the ACC. Winning the Orange Bowl was special, even if Clemson owned the season and Louisville rolled the Noles.

12. Louisville Cardinals

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in Atlantic

Basketball: 25-9 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The bad end to the football season doesn’t ruin the fun first part of the year and the Lamar Jackson Heisman campaign. The NCAA Tournament run should’ve been better for the hoops team, but being tied for second in the loaded conference was okay.

11. Virginia Tech Hokies

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-4 overall, 6-2 in conference, 1st in Coastal

Basketball: 22-11 overall, 10-8 in conference, T7th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Getting to the ACC Championship in football and the NCAA Tournament in the same season was good no matter what. Getting out of the first round of the NCAAs would’ve been nice, though.

10. Alabama Crimson Tide

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 14-1 overall, 8-0 in conference, 1st in SEC West (Won SEC Championship)

Basketball: 19-15 overall, 10-8 in conference, T5th in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Winning the SEC title and coming within a defensive stop of taking a second straight national championship trumps the mediocre year in basketball. It was a winning hoops campaign, but getting dropped in the first round of the NIT hurt the rankings cause.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference, T2nd in Big 12

Basketball: 28-9 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in Big 12, (2nd in Big 12 Tournament Championship)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The football team was the third-best in the Big 12, and the basketball team tied for second. It made West Virginia the overall combination star of the conference. There’s little to complain about with ten wins in football and the second weekend NCAA run in basketball.

8. Kentucky Wildcats

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 7-6 overall, 5-5 in conference, T2nd in SEC East

Basketball: 32-6 overall, 16-2 in conference, 1st in SEC (Won SEC Tournament Championship)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Yeah, the football program finally got over the hump under Mike Stoops and went to a bowl game – but it lost. Yeah, the basketball team won the SEC regular season and tournament titles – but it lost to North Carolina and didn’t get to the Final Four. Even so, it wast a breakthrough year for football, while the basketball team – the one that matters – was terrific.

7. South Carolina Gamecocks

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference, T5th in SEC East

Basketball: 26-11 overall, 12-6 in conference, T3rd in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? AND a national title in women’s basketball? That doesn’t matter in these rankings, but it was a big year in the big two, too. Will Muschamp was able to turn the football ship around, taking the Gamecocks to a bowl game in his first season. Of course, though, the story was the improbable NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four and a strong performance in the loss to Gonzaga.

6. USC Trojans

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference, 2nd in Pac-12 South

Basketball: 26-10 overall, 10-8 in conference, T5th in Pac-12

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? With a fun run in the NCAA Tournament, and a brilliant post-September football season – highlighted by an all-timer Rose Bowl win – the combination of the big sports was the best in the Pac-12. Best of all, the year created hope for the future.

5. Clemson Tigers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 14-1 overall, 7-1 in conference, T1st in Atlantic (Won ACC)

Basketball: 17-16 overall, 6-12 in conference, 12th in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Tigers finished 12th in the ACC in hoops and couldn’t get anything going, but they got into the NIT and … whatever. A College Football Playoff national title beats almost everything and anything anyone else could do, but the basketball regular season was just too awful.

4. Wisconsin Badgers

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 11-3 overall, 7-2 in conference, 1st in Big Ten West (Lost Big Ten Championship)

Basketball: 27-10 overall, 12-6 in conference, T2nd in Big Ten (Lost Big Ten Tournament Championship)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? Almost amazing in both sports, winning the Cotton Bowl and coming within a miracle shot of the Elite Eight is still as impressive as it gets in terms of the big sport combination. But there wasn’t a Big Ten title in either sport.

3. Michigan Wolverines

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference, 3rd in Big Ten East

Basketball: 26-11 overall, 10-8 in conference, T5th in Big Ten (Won Big Ten Tournament)

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? With a Big Ten Tournament championship, and an appearance in the Orange BowI, it was a great year – but with really, really big near-misses. The Wolverines lost to Ohio State in football, and couldn’t get into the Elite Eight in hoops.

2. Florida Gators

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 9-4 overall, 6-2 in conference, 1st in SEC East

Basketball: 27-9 overall, 14-4 in conference, 2nd in SEC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Gators had an all-timer of an NCAA Tournament moment against Wisconsin, only to get pantsed by South Carolina in the Regional Final. The football team took the SEC East title and ripped apart Iowa in the bowl game, but got blown out by Florida State and in the SEC Championship to Alabama. Even so, playing for the football conference title and getting to the Elite Eight made it an amazing year – even if there wasn’t a league championship.

1. North Carolina Tar Heels

Football Spring Analysis & Ranking

Football: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, T2nd in Coastal

Basketball: 32-7 overall, 14-4 in conference, 1st in ACC

How Was The Football/Basketball Season? The Tar Heels didn’t win the ACC Tournament title, but they took the conference regular season crown and won the national championship in the sport that matters to a basketball-crazed state.

The football team might not have played for the ACC title like it did two years ago, but it was interesting, competitive, and it managed to win eight games and go bowling.

So why the No. 1 spot? None of the College Football Playoff schools – Clemson, Alabama, Washington and Ohio State – got a team into the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga isn’t a part of these rankings since it doesn’t play FBS football, South Carolina was worse in both sports, and Oregon was WAY worse in football.

The Tar Heels accomplished much, much more on the hoops side than anyone else up high in the rankings, while only being a few wins worse than Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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