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July 6, 2013

Four BCS schools led the way in 2012-13

As is usually the case, Stanford won the Director's Cup among Division I schools for the 2012-13 academic year.

But, let's reduce the number of sports to the big three of football, men's basketball and baseball. Only one of those three teams at Stanford won at least two-thirds of its games this past school year. The Cardinal football team had a 12-2 record while winning the Pac-12 championship.

Everyone knows the national champions in those three sports - Alabama in football, Louisville in basketball and UCLA in baseball. Alabama had the best record among bowl-eligible football teams. Ohio State was 12-0. Louisville had the best record in the country in basketball.

However, UCLA had the tenth best record in the country in baseball (49-17). LSU's 57-11 record was the best among Division I baseball teams.

There were only four BCS conference schools who had at least a .667 winning percentage in each of the three most visible sports - Kansas State, Louisville, North Carolina and Oregon.

There is no doubt the shocker in that group is Kansas State. The Wildcats won outright or shared the Big XII title in each of the three sports. Kansas State was football co-champion with Oklahoma and basketball co-champion with Kansas.

Louisville also pulled a trifecta as it won or shared the Big East crown in each of the three sports. The Cardinals were tied with Cincinnati, Rutgers and Syracuse for the football title. Louisville was tri-champions in basketball with Georgetown and Marquette.

North Carolina won just one ACC championship - baseball. Meanwhile, Oregon shared the Pac-12 basketball title with UCLA.

In the Southeastern Conference, four schools won at least two-thirds of its games in two of the three main sports - Florida in football and basketball, LSU in football and baseball, South Carolina in football and baseball and Vanderbilt in football and baseball.

Four SEC schools failed to have a .667 winning percentage in any of the three sports - Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Volunteers have gone three consecutive years with none of their three most visible sports winning two-thirds of its games.

Here are the best and the worst in each BCS conference for the three main sports in 2012-13.

ACC

North Carolina: football (8-4), basketball (25-11), baseball (59-12)
Florida State: football (12-2), baseball (47-17)
North Carolina State: basketball (24-11), baseball (50-16)

ACC schools who had none of their three major sports teams win at least two-thirds of their games:
Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Big 10
Indiana: basketball (29-7), baseball (49-16)
Ohio State: football (12-0), basketball (29-8)

Big Ten schools who had none of their three major sports teams win at least two-thirds of their games:
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue

Big 12
Kansas State: football (11-2), basketball (27-8), baseball (45-19)
Oklahoma: football (10-3), baseball (43-21)
Oklahoma State: basketball (24-9), baseball (41-19)

Big 12 schools who had none of their three major sports teams win at least two-thirds of their games:
Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Big East
Louisville: football (11-2), basketball (35-5), baseball (51-14)
Notre Dame: football (12-1), basketball (25-10)
Pittsburgh: basketball (24-9), baseball (42-17)

Big East school which had none of its three major sports teams win at least two-thirds of its games:
South Florida

Pac-12
Oregon: football (12-1), basketball (28-9), baseball (48-16)
Oregon State: football (9-4), baseball (52-13)
UCLA: basketball (25-10), baseball (49-17)

Pac-12 schools who had none of their three major sports teams win at least two-thirds of their games:
Arizona State, California, Southern California, Utah, Washington, Washington State

SEC
Florida: football (11-2), basketball (29-9)
LSU: football (10-3), baseball (57-11)
South Carolina: football (11-2), baseball (43-20)
Vanderbilt: football (9-4), baseball (54-12)

SEC schools who had none of their three major sports teams win at least two-thirds of their games:
Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee


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