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Capital One Cupdate – Unofficial Final Standings – UPDATED

Update: Capital One Cup has confirmed that UCLA is the Men’s Winner. See below for the revised final standings.

The College World Series of Baseball is over, and as every good Big Ten fan knows that can only mean one thing: time to hand out the Capital One Cup honors, which is the most important way of measuring a Conference’s success, behind of course how much revenue that conference distributes to its teams.

The official results have not yet come out, however based on the final rankings of College Baseball, we can extrapolate who the winner will be.

So unless there are some other Division 1 National Championships yet to be determined, or unless Professor Dumbledore can hand out special points at the final Capital One Cup banquet, it’s time to crown the winner.

It’s important to note that going into the CWS, the hands on-favorite to win the Capital One Cup was a team that was currently in the top-10 and still in the College World of Series final brackets; namely the Indiana Hoosiers who were tied for 5th place with 76 points and only needed a top-5 final ranking to finish on top of the COC final standings (seriously, the acronym for Capital One Cup is “COC”). So, without further adieu…

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Congratulations to College Baseball World Series Champions and Unofficial Capital One Cup Champions – UCLA!

Using my admittedly sketchy math skills, and some back-of-the-napkin numbers, it looks like UCLA will finish at the top of the Capital One Cup Standings

UCLA entered the CWS  at #26 overall in the Capital One Cup standings with  a total of 32 points. Finishing first resulted in 60 points for a total of 92 points.

Indiana finished 7th in the final rankings…good enough for 12 points in the Capital One standings on top of the 76 they had for a grand total of 88 points…tied for #2 with Texas A&M.

North Carolina finished 3rd in the Baseball postseason rankings, so they will add 30 points for a final showing of 66 points; tied with Syracuse.

Louisville finished #8 in baseball, so tack-on another 9 points for a total of 75 points.

So unless my math is wrong (very possible) or there are other sports to include (not as possible), then your final Capital One Cup Standings should look something like this: Update: It appears that I left out Florida and Alabama in my original posting. Apologies to Gator fans, Crimson Tide fans, SEC fans, and pretty much the South in general.
1. UCLA (92)
2. Indiana (88) – tie
2. Texas A&M (88) – tie
4. Florida (86)
5. Duke (82)
6. Alabama (80)
7. Michigan (76)
8. Louisville (75)
9. Syracuse (66) – tie
9. North Carolina (66) – tie
11. Oregon (65)
12. Notre Dame (62)

Congratulations to all teams that finished in the top-10, and special congratulations to the Conferences of these teams since this is clearly indicative of the conferences that are the most superior, right?

So…just how many teams in the Top-10 did the top conferences place? Based on the revised standings above to account for my anti-SEC bias, the results are:

Big East – 2
ACC – 2
Pac12 – 1
B1G – 2
SEC – 3
Big XII – 0
There you have it…the most dominant conference in the country per the Capital One Cup is: the Big East SEC..and keep in mind that those 3 2 BE teams will soon be taking their talents to the ACC. So, a strong argument can be made that almost 1/2 of the top-10 teams in the Capital One Standings are affiliated with the ACC.
Maybe this Capital One Cup isn’t so bad after all…correction: yes, it is.
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4 thoughts on “Capital One Cupdate – Unofficial Final Standings – UPDATED

  1. The Big 10 response–The Capital One Cup is stupid.

    Tears of unfathomable sadness, coupled with sour grapes.

    • M. Caffrey on said:

      Sour grapes & general B1G butt-hurt notwithstanding, they do have a valid point.

      UCLA’s winning the Men’s Capital One Cup (and therefore staking claim to being a top Athletic Department) came largely from finishing 1st in Baseball, 2nd in Water Polo, and 2nd in Tennis.

      Indiana’ claims are not much better: 1st in soccer, 7th in baseball, 7th in basketball.

      By contrast, Louisville finished 1st in basketball (an achievement greater than soccer or baseball in my opinion), 8th in baseball (meh, who cares), but more egregiously received ZERO points for football despite dominating Florida in the Sugar Bowl (although Florida somehow finished ahead of L’Ville in the final rankings???).

      You can make a strong argument that as a winner of a BCS bowl, that L’Ville should have automatically finished no lower than 6th (1st for the NC, 2nd for NC runner-up, 3-6 for the winners of the Orange, Fiesta, Rose, and Sugar in no particular order). Under that scenario, L’Ville would have finished with no fewer than 90 points and arguably should have finished ahead of Florida St because their win was much more impressive.

      it’s a terribly flawed system, and if it weren’t for the braggarts among the Frank the Tank commentariat who use past COC results as an important metric for conference superiority, then I certainly wouldn’t give much thought into the end results.

      • M. Caffrey on said:

        Also, to further question Florida’s belonging in the top-10, besides their questionable 10th place finish in football, the rest of their points came from finishing #2 in Indoor Track & Field, #6 in Swimming, #9 in Basketball, and #1 in Outdoor Track & Field.

        For some reason, Outdoor Track & Field is put in Group B, which is the same level as FBS Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, and Lacrosse yet Indoor Track & Field is in Group A which has fewer points. Go figure.

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