Tennessee Claims Top Spot in CBS Sports Best in College Sports Rankings
In a thrilling turn of events, the University of Tennessee has secured the top position in the annual CBS Sports Best in College Sports rankings for the 2022-23 season. With an impressive total of 536.75 points, the University of Tennessee surpasses renowned institutions such as UCLA and Alabama to claim the esteemed Best in College Sports award for the first time since 2013.
The University of Tennessee’s remarkable achievement can be credited to their outstanding performance across various sports. The football program, in particular, stood out this season, finishing with a remarkable 11-2 record. This feat secured the team a No. 6 ranking in the final AP Top 25 and culminated in a resounding victory over Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
It wasn’t just football that contributed to Tennessee’s glory, as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams exhibited exceptional performances by reaching the Sweet 16s in their respective NCAA Tournaments. The university’s softball team also achieved great success by advancing to the semifinals of the highly competitive Women’s College World Series.
Additionally, the baseball team displayed their prowess by earning a spot in the College World Series. Although they fell short against the eventual national champion, LSU, their remarkable run showcased the team’s remarkable talent and determination.
Tennessee’s impressive performance was not solely limited to these major sports. The university’s women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams also made their mark by securing a place in the highly coveted NCAA Tournament, further adding to Tennessee’s overall success.
In contrast, Georgia, the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship, finished ninth overall in the rankings. This speaks volumes about Tennessee’s exceptional performance across multiple sports, and the Best in College Sports award serves as a testament to the university’s all-round excellence.
It is worth mentioning that the Best in College Sports award is determined using a weighted formula that places significant emphasis on football and men’s basketball. The formula takes into account championship titles, final rankings, and participation in prominent tournaments. Notably, all champions in sports other than football and basketball receive 100 points for winning a national championship.
With this remarkable accomplishment, the University of Tennessee has once again solidified its status as a powerhouse in collegiate sports. As fans eagerly anticipate the upcoming seasons, the University of Tennessee has set a high benchmark for other institutions to strive for in the realm of college sports excellence.