SEC lands 6 programs among top 20 of CBS Sports' 'Best in College Sports' rankings
CBS Sports is out with its annual ranking of the best college sports programs across many sports, and Michigan is once again on top for the second time in 3 seasons.
The SEC landed 6 teams in the top 20. Arkansas (5th), Alabama (8th), Georgia (9th), Tennessee (13th), Kentucky (15th) and Ole Miss (16th).
In 2013, CBS Sports began presenting its Best in College Sports award utilizing a weighted formula that recognizes sports with more broad interest. Every FBS program is rated in 3 sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. There are also 2 “wild cards” among the school’s most successful spectator sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.
While Georgia won the College Football Playoff National Championship in football, it finished ninth overall after it received no points in men’s basketball.
The top 5 programs were Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, North Carolina and Arkansas.
Michigan had quite the year athletically. The football team bounced back under coach Jim Harbaugh to finish 12-2 and earn a trip to the College Football Playoff, completing its best season since 2011. Men’s basketball (19-15) reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, while women’s basketball (25-7) reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Wrestling (12-1) finished as the NCAA runner-up, and men’s gymnastics (24-3) finished third nationally.
Here are the past winners:
2019-20: Not awarded (COVID-19)
2017-18: Ohio State
2016-17: Florida State