The final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings are out, and Ohio State and Michigan were naturally competing at the very top.
Unfortunately, both programs fell short of No. 1. The Buckeyes finished second with 1,306 points and Michigan was right behind them with 1,196.75 points. Stanford won the challenge with 1,526.5 points.
The Directors’ Cup is a system that rewards schools for having well-rounded athletic programs and is determined by a point system based on a program’s success in 20 men’s and women’s Division I sports.
Ohio State and Michigan were two of four Big Ten programs to finish within the top 20. Minnesota came in at No. 18 with 891.75 points and Penn State ranked 20th with 878 points. The two other Big Ten programs to finish within the top 40 were Nebraska and Wisconsin, which were tied for 27th with 707.5 points. Indiana just missed the top 40 with 512 points.
Here is where each Big Ten team finished in the final 2015-16 Directors’ Cup standings:
No. 2 Ohio State: 1,306 points
No. 3 Michigan: 1,196.75 points
No. 18 Minnesota: 891.75 points
No. 20 Penn State: 878 points
No. 27 Nebraska: 707.5 points
No. 27 Wisconsin: 707.5 points
No. 41 Indiana: 512 points
No. 45 Purdue: 491.75 points
No. 50 Northwestern: 467.75 points
No. 53 Michigan State: 430.5 points
No. 54 Illinois: 429.25 points
No. 59 Maryland: 402 points
No. 62 Iowa: 383.5 points
No. 83 Rutgers: 249.5 points