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Kentucky finishes No. 2 in CBS Sports’ Best in College Sports Rankings


How dominant were University of Kentucky sports teams last season? The Cats finished second in CBS Sports’ 2018-19 Best in College Sports rankings, which were released yesterday.

But Tyler, I can hear you saying, UK finished No. 14 in the Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup standings last month, right? How is this different? I’m glad you asked. The Directors’ Cup ranks Division I athletics departments on performance across all sports, while CBS Sports gives more weight to sports with broader fan and media interest. CBS Sports rates every FBS school in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball and adds in two “wild cards” from among baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling. More emphasis is placed on football and men’s basketball due to their popularity.

Kentucky finished No. 2 with 494.25 points behind Michigan, which finished with 501.75 points. Here’s the point breakdown:

  • 161.25 – Football (12th in final AP Poll)
  • 146 – Men’s basketball (Elite Eight)
  • 50 – Women’s basketball (second round)
  • 73 – Men’s soccer (Elite Eight)
  • 64 – Softball/volleyball (both advanced to round of 16)

Oklahoma, LSU, and Ohio State rounded out the top five. The University of Louisville? All the way down at No. 42.

Go Cats.

[CBS Sports]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 responses to “Kentucky finishes No. 2 in CBS Sports’ Best in College Sports Rankings”

  1. 4everUKblue

    Michigan is number 1? What am I missing here?

    1. runningunnin.454

      I don’t understand how UL was as high as 42; especially if they consider football at all.

    2. Based God

      Finished top 15 in Basketball and Football, runner up in the college world series, and were either ranked or received votes in most of the other major sports. Not a Michigan fan but I can understand how they got the number 1 spot.

    3. runningunnin.454

      They definitely must have considered baseball; UL became the first power 5 football team ever to allow 50 or more points in five straight games.

    4. 4everUKblue

      Thanks God, I was unaware of all that where Michigan is concerned but RG raises a good point. I do love how dUKe being ranked 18th.

    5. 4everUKblue

      Maybe UL got points for surveillance circumventing tactics…

    6. runningunnin.454

      Hah, UL got points for firing Petrino.

  2. John Capilari

    Stupid run in baseball for MICH cost us