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CBS Sports Ranks UConn Athletic Department 14th-Best Overall

CBS Sports did their annual power ranking of athletic success and UConn is the highest in the Group of Five by a wide margin.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

For the past few years, CBS Sports has modified the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors' methodology of ranking the country's athletic departments. Their methodology and rankings are here.

UConn was listed as one of the most successful programs in the country, earning 376.5 points and finishing in 14th out of the 128 FBS schools ranked. The Huskies would be ranked second in the Big 12, third in the Big Ten, third in the SEC, fourth in the Pac-12 and fifth in the ACC.

The Huskies earned 62.5 points for football's St. Petersburg Bowl appearance, 100 points each for men's and women's basketball tournament appearances, as well as 64 points for the Final Four finish in field hockey and the Sweet Sixteen finish in women's soccer, for a total of 376.5 points. That total was only one point behind Texas A&M and only 12 away from breaking into the top-10.

Navy, out of the American, is the only other Group of Five school in the top-50, finishing 45th. Houston follows close behind, at 54th. South Florida also stayed in the top-60, checking in at 58th.

The rest of the American fell into the bottom half of the ranking. Tulsa was 65th, followed by Cincinnati at 72nd and Temple at 75th. SMU finished at 91st. UCF and East Carolina both finished outside the top-100, finishing 101st and 107th, respectively. Tulane brought up the rear, finishing 112th. They got 10 points from women's basketball and 50 points from baseball.

As far as regional competition goes, Boston College finished 63rd, buoyed by successful baseball and women's hockey seasons, getting zero points elsewhere in the three main sports. UMass is the only other FBS program in New England and finished 105th with 70 points. Syracuse is the only Northeast school to best the Huskies, finishing 7th, while Rutgers sat at 67th.