Florida State had a wide array of athletic success in the past calendar year. For it, the Seminoles were named the “best in college sports” in 2016-17 by CBS Sports, edging out Florida for the honor.
“The Seminoles put together an outstanding overall season with football finishing 10-3, beating Michigan in the Orange Bowl and ranking No. 8 in the nation,” the story explained. “Men’s (26-9, No. 16) and women’s basketball (28-7, No. 10) both made the NCAA Tournament. Baseball (46-23) made its first College World Series appearance in five seasons, while softball ended its season in the Super Regional.”
Florida State’s previous best finish was fourth. Florida State (491.25) narrowly beat rival Florida (489.75) and came in ahead of a third-place USC (482.5).
CBS Sports uses a modified formula from the one used by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to rank programs based on athletic success. The way CBS Sports scores success leans toward the major sports at a university, giving points to football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, then adding in two “wild cards” among the school’s most successful other sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.
Their formula allots football 2.5 times as much as other sports, while men’s basketball is worth twice as many points.
CBS Sports explains it as such: “Teams that did not finish in the final AP Top 25 in football but played in a bowl were awarded 62.5 points (25 x 2.5). Teams that made the NIT, CBI or CIT were given 20 points (10 x 2), while WNIT teams received 10 points. For all titles settled via bracket, point totals were based upon how many teams participated. All champions in the other sports received 100 points for a national title. For example: Florida baseball received 100 points, while its second-place finish in softball received 90 points.”
Previous winners of the honor include Louisville in 2013, Stanford in 2014, Ohio State in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2016.