Which Universities Had the Best Football/Basketball Tandem from 2012-13
With both college football and now college basketball in the books, it’s time to rank the nations best college football and basketball combo.
Sports fans and Alumni want to have pride in knowing that their school is top notch in both sports. Not only can they brag about being talented in football, but when basketball season gets on its way, they are just as high on their school as they were in the fall.
Here are the seven best dual-threat schools in the country from 2012-13. Will your school make the list?
7. Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin Badger Football
With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible to play in the conference title game, the Badgers were given a second chance against Nebraska.
Bret Bielema's squad dismantled Nebraska 70-31 to win their third consecutive Big Ten title and advance to their third consecutive Rose Bowl, where they were defeated by Stanford 20-14.
Wisconsin Badger Basketball
The Badgers, once again, were a physical basketball team that relied heavily on their defense. Bo Ryan’s squad swept Michigan this season and finished tied for third in the Big Ten conference regular-season standings.
The Badgers advanced to their 15th straight NCAA tournament, but were defeated in the second round by Ole Miss 57-46.
6. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Wolverines Football
The Michigan Wolverines had a tough start to the season by losing to Alabama and Notre Dame, but were able to bounce back. They were in contention to win the Big Ten Legends Division until they were defeated at Nebraska.
Brady Hoke is doing wonders with this program as he led the Wolverines to the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day against South Carolina.
Michigan Wolverines Basketball
Like Brady Hoke, John Beilein is doing great things for the Michigan basketball program.
The Wolverines, led by Player of the Year Trey Burke, were one of the best teams in the country this year. They began to falter at the end of the regular season by finishing third in the Big Ten regular-season standings and being ousted by Wisconsin in their first game of the Big Ten conference tournament.
The Wolverines came out hot in the NCAA tournament and eventually made their first first Final Four since 1993. The Wolverines fell in the National title game to Louisville 82-76.
5. Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State Wildcats Football
A young Bill Snyder of 73 years of age and a player by the name of Collin “Optimus” Klein, put Kansas State football back on the map by contending for a national championship.
The Wildcats were 10-0 before being upset at Baylor on Nov. 17. Kansas State, though, won a share of the Big 12 title and advanced to their first BCS Bowl game since 2004. The Wildcats played in the Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to Oregon 35-17.
Kansas State Wildcats Basketball
In Bruce Weber’s first year in Manhattan, he led the Wildcats to their first regular-season title since 1977. Kansas State, of course, shared the title with in-state rival Kansas.
The Wildcats were the runner-up in the Big 12 conference tournament to Kansas and made their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Kansas State was upset in their first game of the tournament by La Salle. Even with an early tournament departure, the Wildcats have a lot to be proud of.
4. Florida Gators
Florida Gators Football
In head coach Will Muschamp’s second season, he took the Gators back to being a national contender and almost made it to the BCS National Championship.
Unfortunately, Florida slipped up against rival Georgia on Oct. 27 and failed to get back to the No. 2 BCS ranking. The Gators advanced to the Sugar Bowl, their first BCS bowl game since 2010, and were upset by Louisville.
Florida Gators Basketball
Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators were expected to do big things this season. The Gators, led by Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton, took home the SEC regular-season title and were the runner-up in the SEC tournament.
Florida advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to eventual NCAA tournament runner-up Michigan 79-59.
3. Oregon Ducks
Oregon Ducks Football
Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had his Ducks in the national title hunt until they stumbled against Stanford in overtime, causing them to miss out on a shot at a national title and another Pac-12 Championship.
Oregon Ducks Basketball
Dana Altman’s squad became one of this year’s biggest surprises. A team not expected to do much in the Pac-12, the Ducks finished tied for second in the Pac-12 regular-season standings and won their first Pac-12 conference tournament title since 2007.
The Ducks went into the NCAA tournament as a No. 12 seed and knocked off No. 5 seed Oklahoma State and No. 4 seed Saint Louis, before losing to eventual NCAA tournament champion Louisville in the Sweet 16.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State Buckeyes Football
Not much needs to be said. Urban Meyer is going to do wonders with this school and eventually lead them to a national championship.
Unfortunately, they achieved perfection during the wrong season. They were ineligible to win the Big Ten conference and could not be selected to play in the national title game.
Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball
The Buckeyes had another successful season under head coach Thad Matta. Matta’s squad, led by forward Deshaun Thomas and scrappy guard Aaron Craft, finished tied for second in the Big Ten conference regular-season standings and won the Big Ten conference tournament.
Ohio State eventually made their way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, but fell to Cinderella Wichita State to go to the Final Four for a second consecutive year.
1. Louisville Cardinals
Number one on the list has to go to the Louisville Cardinals. They were almost perfect in both sports.
Louisville Cardinals Football
The Cardinals were huge underdogs against SEC foe Florida in the Sugar Bowl, but came out and upset the Gators 33-23.
Louisville Cardinals Basketball
The Cardinals basketball team, under hall of fame head coach Rick Pitino, were expected to do great things this season. With standout players like Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, the team achieved greatness.