By Edward Cardenas
SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) – Michigan State University has the sixth best college sports program in the nation, according to CBS Sports survey, and the best program in the state.
MSU received 459.5 points in the CBS Sports Best in College Sports survey, which assigned points in five sports for winning a national title, AP Top 25 finish, bowl appearances and participating in post season tournaments.
Ohio State topped the survey with 550 points, helped by their football national title, and were followed Louisville and UCLA.
After the Spartans, the next Michigan school on the list was Central Michigan University which came in 59th place with 154.25 points. The University of Michigan was two spots behind CMU in 61st place with 150 points.
The survey considers sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest and include five sports – football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and a “wild card” sport.
The final spot, or the “wild card,” is the most successful among the school’s spectator sports including softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.
CBS used a formula where football received a triple value, while men’s basketball is worth twice as many points as the other sports that are part of the formula.
Football teams that finished with a winning record or went to a bowl game, but didn’t rank in the final AP poll, received 75 points (25 points times three). Teams that were bowl-eligible, but didn’t play in the postseason were awarded 30 points.
For all titles that were settled via a bracket, point totals were based on via how many teams filled out the bracket. Teams that made the NIT, CBI or CIT were given 20 points (10 points times two).
All champions in the other sports we surveyed received 100 points for a national title, the survey stated.
For the full list, visit CBS Sports.