Connor Cook and the Spartans beat Stanford, 24-20, in the Rose Bowl. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)
Michigan State, on the strength of its Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships in football, finished second, behind only Stanford, in CBS Sports’ Best in College Sports Award.
The ranking assigns points to each school for its performance in 2013-14 in four prominent sports – football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball. The formula also includes a “wild-card” sport – the school’s most successful team among all other sports.
MSU’s football team finished 13-1 and third in the final Associated Press poll. After MSU, Louisville, Florida State and Baylor rounded out the top five in the CBS ranking.
Michigan placed 27th, trailing other Big Ten schools Wisconsin (12th), Ohio State (24th) and Maryland (26th).