CBS Sports has released its rankings and can now definitively tell us who had the best year in 2016-2017. The National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has been ranking athletic programs for years. The NACDA rankings weigh every sport equally, giving the same credence to Clemson’s recent national title as West Virginia’s upteenth national title in rifle.
CBS Sports recently updated the weightings in their own rankings, giving more precedent to sports that generate revenue and broad fan interest. In short, Football, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball are rated higher. Here is CBS’s description of how the rankings work.
We rate every FBS school in three sports -- football, men's basketball and women's basketball -- along with two "wild cards" among the school's most successful spectator sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling.
The weighted formula: Football is 2.5 times as much as the other sports, while men's basketball is worth twice as many points. 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.
Thanks to the football team winning ten games and finishing in the AP Top 25, along with the Men’s and Women’s teams making the NCAA tournaments, helped give the Mountaineers a solid base. CBS doesn’t reveal which two wildcard sports it used for each team but one can speculate the Mountaineers’ baseball team which earned an invitation to the NCAA tournament along with its rifle team winning its fifth consecutive national title were the likely candidates.