Best of all: Texas tops combined standings

We awarded football teams 10 points for a national title, seven points for a loss in the BCS championship game, five points for a top-four finish in the coaches’ poll that didn’t include an appearance in the title game, three points for finishing fifth through eighth in the coaches’ poll, two points for finishing ninth through 16th and one point for finishing 17th through 25th. Teams that played in a bowl but didn’t appear in the final rankings received half a point.
We did have a couple of exceptions to the scoring system. USC and LSU each received 10 points for their football national titles in 2003, and Alabama received two points for finishing 11th in the AP rankings in 2002, when probation prevented the Crimson Tide from appearing in the coaches’ poll.