B1G lands 5 programs in top 25 of CBS' 'Best in College Sports' rankings, including No. 1 overall
CBS Sports has produced its annual “Best in College Sports” rankings, and it was a banner year for one B1G program. The top spot for the 2021-22 athletic calendar belongs to Michigan, its 2nd time in the top spot over the last 3 rankings.
In total, the B1G landed 5 teams in the top 25 for the rankings with Michigan (1), Ohio State (3), Iowa (10), Michigan State (11) and Wisconsin (21).
CBS Sports began compiling the Best in College Sports award during the 2013-14 season. Every FBS formula is graded on a system that includes performances in 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.
Here is what CBS had to say about Michigan’s performance:
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.
Michigan also captured the award for the 2018-19 season. (No award was given for the 2019-20 season impacted by COVID-19.)