The undisputed two-sport champ

The Mag ranks 10 college football and hoops teams to find the ultimate No. 1

Originally Published: September 24, 2013
By Jeff Phillips | ESPN The Magazine

Notre DameUSA TODAY Sports, Getty ImagesFootball, not basketball, makes the money for Notre Dame.

FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL rule college sports. Mind-blowing? No. But determining which programs reign on both the gridiron and the hardwood required The Mag to enlist someone supremely smarter than we are. Using our Ultimate Standings as a model, Jeff Phillips, principal at the Parthenon Group and alumnus of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, identified three major categories of success and split them into nine factors: on-field performance (title track, head coach and schedule strength); off-field success (academics, recruiting and NCAA violations); and traditions of success (player success, stadium edge and revenue). For each factor, he analyzed data from the past 15 years (unless noted) to rank each FBS/D1 program against its 119 competitors and then weighted those results with an emphasis on title track, the category that most reflects an established winning program. [Ed.'s note: Georgetown is the lone basketball-only school that would've cracked that sport's top 25; 2,500 SportsNation voters helped shape stadium edge; and NCAA violations received a subjective grade.] Finally, Phillips combined the scores for each sport to get an overall ranking.

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