5. Wisconsin—184 points
Wisconsin is to Michigan State what Kansas is to Duke. The Badgers, like the Spartans, are a two-sport school that has been consistently successful on both the gridiron and the hardwood, only slightly better. Wisconsin basketball has made the NCAA Tournament each season, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2005 and a Final Four appearance in 2014. In football, the Badgers have made a bowl game every year except 2001 and played in three Rose Bowl games.
4. Texas—193 points
If this ranking were based solely on the mid-2000s, the Longhorns would likely be ranked No. 1. From 2005-’10, Texas, in football, won a national championship and appeared in three BCS games, and in basketball, made two Elite Eights and six straight NCAA Tournaments. The Longhorns have fallen off a bit in both sports in recent years, however. Texas has failed to make it past the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and hasn’t appeared in a BCS game since it fell to Alabama in the title game in January 2010.
3. Oklahoma—203 points
Perhaps the most surprising team ranking on this list is the Sooners at No. 3. Oklahoma is helped greatly by its performance in football, winning a national title in 2001, making it to the national championship game in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and winning a BCS game in 2003, 2011 and 2014. The basketball team has been great in various seasons, as the Sooners made the Final Four in 2002, the Elite Eight in 2003 and 2009, and the NCAA Tournament six other times, including the past two seasons.
2. Ohio State—205 points
If you were starting your own athletic program, and you could hire a football coach and men’s basketball coach from one school, the choice would be to pick Ohio State’s, right? Can you do any better than a combination of Urban Meyer and Thad Matta? Not in today’s collegiate sports world. While the basketball squad has benefited solely from Matta—a national title game appearance in 2007, the Final Four in 2012, the Elite Eight in 2013—the Buckeyes’ football program has been helped by two coaches: Meyer and Jim Tressel. Ohio State won it all in 2003, lost back-to-back national title games in 2007 and 2008, and was victorious in BCS games in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
1. Florida—226 points
If you were a college student at some point from 2001 to 2014, and you wanted to witness a national championship in football or men’s basketball, hopefully you attended school in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators won two national championships in football in 2006 and 2008 and won back-to-back titles in hoops in 2006 and 2007. If you started school at Florida in 2005, you were a part of four separate title runs in college’s two premier sports.
Which school will rank No. 1 15 years from now?