Schools to Finish 2019-20 Seasons Ranked in College Football and Basketball

Seven schools were ranked in the final polls of the 2019 college football season and 2019-20 shortened men’s college basketball season. Three schools were ranked in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

San Diego State won the most combined games between their football and men’s basketball teams during the 2019-20 seasons. However, despite a 10-3 finish in football, they did not finish in the final top 25.

Gonzaga won the most combined games between men and women”s basketball. But they miss out because their lack of an FBS football program.

So who did make it?

Note – men and women’s basketball poll used is AP and football poll is playoff.

Baylor Bears

#7 Football – 10-3
After starting 9-0 and hosting College Gameday, they lost 3 of their final 5 games, including twice to Oklahoma. Sooners came to Waco on 11/16 and overcame a 28-3 deficit. Oklahoma beat them again in the Big 12 Championship. Baylor lost to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

#5 Men’s Basketball – 26-4
They lost just one game out of conference (Washington) and started 13-0 in Big 12 play. They played 10 games as the #1 ranked team. Like football though, Baylor lost 3 of their final 5 and were overtaken by Kansas in the final standings.

#3 Women’s Basketball – 28-2
On Sunday, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey was named to the legendary 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class. Baylor’s only regular season loss came against South Carolina (ranked #5 at the time, but finished #1). They were upset in the Big 12 title game, losing to Iowa State 57-56.

Oregon Ducks

#6 Football – 12-2
After a week 1 neutral site loss to Auburn, Oregon won 9 in a row before a primetime loss to Arizona State. Still, they won the PAC-12 North, “upset” Utah in the PAC-12 Championship Game and went on to beat Wisconsin for their first Rose Bowl win since 2014.

#13 Men’s Basketball – 24-7
Oregon is the only team to win their FBS football championship game and finish first place in basketball. Led by PAC-12 Player of the Year, Payton Prichard, who averaged 20.5 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.5 rpg.

#2 Women’s Basketball – 31-2
Ducks were led by National Player of the Year, Sabrina Ionescu. One of the big highlights of the season was beating UConn 74-56, which snapped the Huskies 66 game home winning streak, first double digit home loss since 1999 and was their worst home loss since 1990. It was Oregon’s first win over a top 5 team ever. Ducks finished first place in PAC-12 during regular season and won the conference tournament.

Iowa Hawkeyes

#16 Football – 10-3
Iowa lost their first three games against ranked opponents (Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin), but the 4th time was the charm, as they handed Minnesota their first loss of the season. They picked up a second ranked win by beating USC in the Holiday Bowl to end the season.

#25 Men’s Basketball – 20-11
Iowa was led by Luke Garza, the Big 10 Player of the Year, who averaged 23.9 ppg and 9.8 rpg.

#21 Women’s Basketball – 23-7
Iowa finished 14-4 in Big Ten play, 2 games back of first place Maryland. they lost their first game in the Big Ten tournament, which was their second straight loss to end the season.

Virginia Cavaliers

#24 Football – 9-5
Virginia won the ACC Coastal for the first time ever, becoming the 7th team in 7 years to do so. They lost 62-17 to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game and then lost 36-28 to Florida in the Orange Bowl. But, they accomplished their biggest goal by snapping a 15 year losing streak against Virginia Tech, winning 39-30.

#16 Basketball – 23-7
How would the Cavs follow up their championship? Well, they started slow and were on the tournament bubble in early January. After losing 3 in a row and then 4 of 5, Virginia was 12-6 and 4-4 in a mediocre ACC. But they ended the season winning 11 of their last 12.

Wisconsin Badgers

#8 Football – 10-4
Wisconsin started 6-0 before a weird loss to Illinois, and followed that up getting blown out by Ohio State. A regular season finale win over Minnesota (15th win in last 16 games), gave them the Big Ten West title. They lost to Ohio State a second time in the Big Ten Championship Game and then lost the Rose Bowl to Oregon. RB Jonathan Taylor exceeded 2,000 yards rushing and was rewarded with the Doak Walker Award (best RB).

#17 Basketball – 21-10
Wisconsin entered 2020 at 8-5 (1-1 B1G). And in early February, after an 18 point loss to a bad Minnesota team, Badgers were 13-10 and 6-6 in Big Ten play. But they ended the season with 8 straight wins to finish in a three-way tie (Michigan State, Maryland) for first place.

Ohio State Buckeyes

#2 Football – Finished 13-1
Ohio State started 13-0, including an 8th straight win over Michigan and a second straight Big Ten Championship Game win, before losing to Clemson in their first CFB Playoff appearance since 2017. Buckeyes beat 4 (out of 10 teams) that won or appeared in their conference’s championship game (Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Miami Ohio).

#19 Basketball – 21-10
After a 9-0 start, Ohio State was ranked as high as #2. But they lost 6 of 7 between 12/29 and 1/23. They went 9-3 after that, to end the season in tournament contention and in the middle of a crowded Big Ten standings.

Auburn Tigers

#12 Football – 9-4
Auburn had wins over Oregon (PAC-12 and Rose Bowl Champs) and beat rival Alabama for the second time in three years. But they lost to Florida, Georgia, and eventual National champ LSU. They ended the season losing in the Outback Bowl against Minnesota.

#20 Basketball – 25-6
Auburn followed up the school’s first ever Final Four appearance by finishing near the top of the SEC standings (second place, but 3 games back of Kentucky). They started the season 15-0, but ended the year losing 4 of their final 7.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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