Alabama athletics wins CBS Sports Best in College Sports award

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

In case you thought Alabama was done winning awards for an overall strong 2020-21 season across all sports, think again. 

The Crimson Tide has won the award for Best in College Sports from CBS Sports for the past year, CBS Sports announced Monday. Oklahoma and Iowa rounded out the top three. 

Alabama is the first SEC team to win the award, which started in 2013. Ohio State is the only two-time winner. 

"Wonderful news to close out the 2020-21 season," Alabama AD Greg Byrne tweeted Monday. "Incredibly proud of our entire department." 

The Crimson Tide won by 110 points this year, scoring 583.75 points. 

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CBS Sports has a weighted scoring system that "recognizes sports with more broad fan bases and media interest." It rates every school based on football and men's and women's basketball as well as two wild card spectator sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling. 

Football is weighted 2.5 times as much. Men's basketball is weighted 2.0 times as much. 

The CBS release noted that Michigan and UCLA could have finished higher if they had done better in football. CBS said Michigan would have won the Best in College Sports award if it had placed in the top five in college football. The Wolverines also would have finished runner up if they had made a bowl game.