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Vilardo: Ranking the 2020-21 Pac-12 Athletic Departments

Posted on June 28, 2021

  By Stephen Vilardo, SportsPac12

Have you ever puzzled “Which Pac-12 athletic department had the best year?” I’ll try to reply that for you with a composite statistical mannequin.

SERCstats logoMy firm, SERC, has quantified the numbers for a number of conferences for a while now, and I’ll take a better have a look at the numbers for the Pac-12 in the course of the 2020-21 athletic seasons.

This previous 12 months was a singular one, for positive, and we needed to get a bit inventive with how issues had been performed.  We noticed unbalanced schedules, video games cancelled and, in some situations, whole seasons worn out. Some colleges determined to close down some sports activities all collectively this 12 months.

But in the long run, it was a really profitable 12 months for the Pac-12 as a complete.

Nine Pac-12 groups earned nationwide championships in 2021:

  • Stanford in Women’s Basketball and Men’s Gymnastics
  • USC in Beach Volleyball, Women’s Water Polo and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
  • Oregon in Men’s Indoor Track & Field
  • UCLA in Men’s Water Polo
  • Utah in Skiing
  • Washington in Men’s Rowing

Individually the convention produced a number of nationwide champions.

To get into how this works, we took the typical regular-season Pac-12 end within the Pac-12 sports activities every faculty competes in and ranked them 1-12 in that order. For the 24 Pac-12, sports activities standings had been used for baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, seaside volleyball, softball and volleyball.

The postseason Pac-12 championships had been used for cross nation, golf, rowing, swimming, observe, wrestling and gymnastics.

In soccer the winner of the championship sport (Oregon) was ranked first adopted by the Win/Loss information, no matter division (USC 2, Washington & Colorado tied at 3 and so forth).

We didn’t contemplate the standings of sports activities that aren’t Pac-12 sponsored—for instance, water polo, and indoor observe, amongst others. Those are included within the highlights for the 12 months, nonetheless.

Below you’ll discover tables for the Full Multi-sports Standings and the Program’s Rank for Each Sport, adopted by a bit on every faculty with a Total Sports depend, the Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports, the variety of 2020-21 Pac-12 Championships, the college’s Average Finish, and the variety of Pac-12 Titles Won.

I’m positive I’ve unnoticed a lot of accomplishments within the “Selected Highlights” part, having chosen (for the sake of conciseness) solely these I perceived as being probably the most related and excellent.

Full Multi-Sport Conference Standings

Rank School Pac-12 Sports Avg. Finish
1 Stanford 24 3.58
2 USC 18 3.72
3 Oregon 17 3.94
4 UCLA 20 4.75
5 Washington 20 4.95
6 ASU 19* 5.42
7 Arizona 19 5.42
8 Colorado 13 5.46
9 OSU 16 6.19
10 Cal 23 6.87
11 Utah 16 7.44
12 WSU 15 7.53

Program Rank in Each Sport
(Sport Code Legend beneath)

Stanford 5 6 1 3 6 11
USC 2 2 8 8 DNP 7
Oregon 1 1 4 2 3 2
UCLA 7 4 3 4 1 5
Washington 3 11 11 11 2 1
ASU 7 9 9 5 4 9
Arizona 12 5 2 1 5 6
Colorado 3 3 6 DNP DNP 8
OSU 9 6 5 5 7 10
Cal 10 12 12 7 8 12
Utah 6 8 10 10 9 3
WSU 11 10 7 8 DNP 4

Stanford 1 1 7 7 3 2
USC DNP DNP 5 2 8 1
Oregon 4 4 1 2 5 5
UCLA 5 10 8 6 12 5
Washington 3 3 3 3 4 9
ASU 9 9 4 3 2 3
Arizona 8 8 5 8 1 4
Colorado 2 2 9 5 9 7
OSU DNP 4 DNP 10 6 8
Cal 7 7 10 9 7 10
Utah DNP 6 DNP 12 9 DNP
WSU 6 5 6 11 11 DNP

Stanford 4 2 1 4 2 2
Oregon 6 DNP DNP 7 DNP DNP
UCLA DNP 6 5 1 DNP 3
Washington 1 1 2 3 DNP DNP
Arizona DNP DNP DNP 8 3 6
OSU 3 4 3 12 DNP DNP
Cal 2 3 4 11 1 1
Utah DNP DNP DNP 10 4 5
WSU 5 5 DNP 9 DNP 7

Program MT WT W WGym WL WBV
Stanford 1 2 3 7 1 4
USC 2 5 DNP DNP 2 1
Oregon 6 5 DNP DNP 5 8
UCLA 4 1 DNP 3 DNP 7
Washington 8 5 DNP 8 DNP 7
ASU 5 4 1 4 4 6
Arizona 2 10 DNP 6 DNP 3
Colorado DNP 9 DNP DNP 3 DNP
Cal 9 3 DNP 2 6 5
Utah 6 11 DNP 1 DNP 9

*Arizona State would usually have 21 however cancelled each Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving seasons.

Sport Code Legend

Code Sport
FB Football
MBB Men’s Basketball
WBB Women’s Basketball
BB Baseball
SB Softball
VB Volleyball
MCC Men’s Cross Country
WCC Women’s Cross Country
MT&F Men’s Track & Field
WT&F Women’s Track & Field
MG Men’s Golf
WG Women’s Golf
MR Men’s Rowing
WR Women’s Rowing
MS Men’s Soccer
WS Women’s Soccer
MS&D Men’s Swimming & Diving
WS&D Women’s Swimming. & Diving
MT Men’s Tennis
WT Women’s Tennis
W Wrestling
WGym Women’s Gymnastics
WL Women’s Lacrosse
WBV Women’s Beach Volleyball

1. Stanford Cardinal
2021 Pac-12 Champion Stanford Women’s Basketball group | Bryan Steffy/Pac-12 Conference

Total Sports: 37
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 24
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships:
Average Finish: 3.58

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse

—Selected Highlights—

• Perhaps one of the best spotlight of the 12 months got here away from the sphere of play when the division introduced a reversal on their prior determination to chop 11 packages from the division.

• On the sphere the Cardinal loved an incredible little bit of success. Stanford gained the NCAA title in girls’s basketball this season posting a 21-2 report on the season topping convention rival Arizona by some extent. The Cardinal had been led by All-American Kiana Williams.

• Stanford additionally repeated as National Champions in males’s gymnastics, the Cardinal had been in a position to reverse the outcomes of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship meet through which they had been edged by Oklahoma by 1.2 factors, within the NCAA finals Stanford completed nearly three factors higher than the Sooners.

• Those championships give Stanford 52 NCAA group titles since 2000 and the 128 for the athletic division all-time.

Shane Griffith picked up a person NCAA title on the wrestling mat. Entering because the eighth seed he defeated three top-5 opponents on his march to the title at 165 kilos. Griffith joined Jaden Abas as All-Americans serving to the Cardinal to a seventeenth place end on the NCAA Championships. Abas turned the eighth freshmen in Stanford historical past to win a Pac-12 title, doing so at 149.

Stanford was the one program on the NCAA Cross Country Championships to earn top-five males’s and ladies’s group finishes, with the ladies coming residence in third and the boys taking fifth.

On the baseball diamond this spring the Card have superior to the College World Series in Omaha.

Stanford’s girls’s rowing group completed second within the NCAA Championships. New US Olympian Brooke Forde was a person nationwide champion for the Cardinal within the pool.

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2. USC Trojans
USC girls’s observe group | John McGillen/USC Athletics

Total Sports: 21
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 18
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 2
Average Finish: 3.72

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Women’s Golf, Women’s Track & Field, Women’s Beach Volleyball

—Selected Highlights—

• USC girls claimed nationwide titles in out of doors observe and area, seaside volleyball and water polo this season.

Anna Cockrell turned simply the second girl athlete to win each the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles in the identical season on the NCAA Championships meet on her method to successful the 2021 Honda sport award for Track & Field.

• The group title on the observe was the third in program historical past.

• The Trojans claimed their fourth girls’s seaside volleyball nationwide championship this season with a 3-1 victory over UCLA, in a reversal of the Pac-12 Tournament title sport through which the Bruins earned the 3-2 win. The Trojans had been led on the season by All-Americans Tina Graudina and Sammy Slater.

• En path to the title within the pool, the Trojans water polo group made historical past successful their seventh nationwide title in spectacular style over UCLA 18-9.

• The 18 targets scored by USC and the nine-goal margin had been each probably the most ever in an NCAA girls’s water polo championship sport.  The championship avenged the Trojans lone loss in a 22-1 marketing campaign, with the lone loss an everyday season Bruins win.

• On the boys’s aspect the water polo group got here up a aim quick within the NCAA title sport, falling to UCLA 7-6.

• The males’s basketball group adopted up a second place Pac-12 end with a run to the Elite 8

3. Oregon Ducks
2020 Oregon soccer group | John McGillen/USC Athletics

Total Sports: 20
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 17
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 3
Average Finish: 3.94

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Men’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Track & Field

—Selected Highlights—

• Oregon’s males claimed the indoor observe & area nationwide championship in March. The Ducks racked up 79 factors, the second-highest rating in meet historical past and highest complete since 1994. The title was the fourth indoor title for head coach Robert Johnson and his 14th total championship.

• While the ladies completed fifteenth within the meet, they did have a record-breaking efficiency from Kemba Nelson as she broke the collegiate report within the 60 meters with a time of seven.05.

• The Ducks gained 10 of their final 11 within the common season to assert the males’s basketball Conference title on their method to a Sweet 16 run.

• In acrobatics & tumbling the Ducks made it to the NCATA semifinals the place they suffered a defeat to eventual National Champion Baylor.

4. UCLA Bruins
2021 UCLA softball group | Pac-12 Conference

Total Sports: 26
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 20
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 3
Average Finish: 4.75

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, Softball

—Selected Highlights—

• UCLA gained their twelfth males’s water polo National Championship this season with a 7-6 win within the title sport over USC.  The Bruins had been led within the pool by National Player of the Year Nicolas Saveljic and National Coach of the Year Adam Wright.

• The UCLA males’s basketball group had a dynamic run to the Final Four arising a buzzer beater from a National Championship sport.

• On the softball diamond the Bruins had a tremendous 30-2 report at Eaton Stadium for the season which ended with a visit to the Women’s College World Series.

• On the tennis courtroom UCLA’s girls adopted up their Pac-12 common season title with a run to the NCAA quarterfinals.

5. Washington Huskies
Washington girls’s volleyball group | Mark Kuhlmann/NCAA Photos

Total Sports: 22
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 20
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 3
Average Finish: 4.95

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Women’s Rowing, Men’s Rowing, Volleyball

—Selected Highlights—

• Washington swept the Pac-12 rowing titles this season and on the nationwide stage the Huskies gained their first males’s rowing National Championship since 2015 sweeping all 4 boat lessons alongside the way in which.

• The girls’s rowing group claimed a pair of National Championships with their second varsity eight and varsity 4 boats, however the group settled for third total, their sixth consecutive top-5 end nationally.

• Washington adopted up their Pac-12 volleyball title with a run to the Final Four the place the fell to eventual National Champion Kentucky 3-1.

• Both Washington Cross Country groups certified for the NCAA meet with the women claiming thirteenth and the males ending twenty fifth.

6. Arizona State Sun Devils
2021 ASU Pac-12 championship wrestling group |

Total Sports: 25
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 19
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 1
Average Finish: 5.42

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Wrestling

—Selected Highlights—

• The Sun Devils took residence the Pac-12 wrestling title and adopted it up with a really sturdy displaying on the NCAA meet in St. Louis the place ASU ended up fourth within the nation, their greatest displaying since 1995.

Brandon Courtney had a second-place end at 125 kilos. Courtney was one among 5 Arizona State wrestlers to earn All-American honors becoming a member of Michal McGee, Jacori Teemer, Anthony Valencia and Cohlton Schultz.

• The Sun Devils males’s golf group carried the primary seed into match play championships and superior the semifinals.

7. Arizona Wildcats
2021 Arizona Pac-12 championship baseball group | Rebecca Sasnett/Arizona Daily Star

Total Sports: 15
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 13
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 2
Average Finish: 5.46

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Baseball, Men’s Golf

—Selected Highlights—

• The Wildcats girls’s basketball group had a fascinating run to the National Championship sport falling by one to Pac-12 Champion Stanford.

• Following the run to the title sport second group All-American Aari McDonald was chosen third within the WNBA draft by Atlanta, changing into the best participant ever chosen out of Arizona.

• Pac-12 Coach of the Year Jay Johnson led Arizona to their first outright Pac-12 championship on the baseball diamond since 1992. Daniel Susac was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and, together with Jacob Berry named a Freshman All-American.

• On the hyperlinks the males’s golf group claimed the Pac-12 title by 4 strokes over ASU.  Brad Reeves led the way in which for the Wildcats earing Medalist honors with a 16-under efficiency for the match. It was Arizona’s first convention title since 2004 and Reeves was the primary Wildcat to assert the person crown since 2008.

Colorado Buffaloes
2021 Colorado Ski Team | Colorado Athletics

Total Sports: 17
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 13
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 0
Average Finish: 5.46

Won Pac-12 Titles in: None

—Selected Highlights—

• Colorado bought a pair of Conference runner up efficiency from their cross nation groups. The girls adopted up with a seventh-place end within the nationwide championship meet whereas the males had been 14th.  Abby Nichols had a fifteenth place particular person efficiency within the Championships.

• The Buffs took residence second place within the nation in snowboarding behind Utah. Magnus Boee gained two particular person titles for Colorado, these two gave Colorado 100 all-time particular person titles on the slopes.

Oregon State Beavers
2021 Pac-12 Tournament Championship group | Pac-12 Conference

Total Sports: 17
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 16
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 0
Average Finish: 6.19

Won Pac-12 Titles in: None

—Selected Highlights—

• In girls’s cross nation, Oregon State recorded their greatest ever end at NCAA’s taking sixteenth. The Beavs had been led by Kaylee Mitchell ending in twentieth individually. That efficiency by Mitchell was additionally the best particular person end in program historical past. Mitchell was joined as an All-American by teammate Betya Beard.

• The males’s basketball Cinderella run by way of March started with successful the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas and continued to the Elite Eight in In Indianapolis. The magical run for the Beavers ended one sport shy of their first Final Four look since 1963, however the Beavers did attain 20-wins for the season.

Wrestling gave the Beavers their greatest Pac-12 end of the 12 months with a second place displaying on the convention match. Devan Turner at 133 and Grant Willits at 141, turned the twenty seventh and twenty eighth Pac-12 particular person champions in this system. It was the second convention title for each the seventh and eighth athletes in class historical past with a number of Pac-12 titles.

California Golden Bears
2021 Cal Men’s Swimming & Diving Team |

Total Sports: 30
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 23
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 2
Average Finish: 6.87

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Men’s Swimming & Diving, Women’s Swimming & Diving

—Selected Highlights—

• California claimed each Pac-12 swimming & diving titles this season. The males adopted it up with a runner up end on the NCAA meet. It was the eleventh consecutive NCAA meet that the Cal males have completed within the top-two within the nation. Ryan Hoffer collected a pair of particular person championships for the Bears.

• The girls positioned fourth on the NCAA meet, persevering with a streak of top-five nationwide finishes that started in 2006. The Bears had been bolstered on the meet with a nationwide title from the 200-free relay group.

• Cal gained the common season Men’s Pacific Sports Federation championship in males’s water polo.

Caleb Rickard earned All-American honors in gymnastics as he set a college report with a 14.666 on the vault.

Utah Utes
2021 Utah Women’s “Red Rocks” Gymnastics Team | Utah Athletics

Total Sports: 20
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 16
Pac-12 Championships 2020-21: 1
Average Finish: 7.44

Won Pac-12 Titles in: Women’s Gymnastics

—Selected Highlights—

• The Utes claimed the National Championship in snowboarding, their 14th in historical past and a few redemption from the 12 months earlier than when the Utes held a lead on the mid-point of the championships solely to see them cancelled attributable to COVID.

• It was the twenty eighth group nationwide championship in class historical past, and third nationwide title for Utah snowboarding previously 4 NCAA Championships accomplished, courting again to 2017. Sydney Palmer-Leger gained two particular person crowns this 12 months to cleared the path for Utah.

• The Utes took residence the Pac-12 crown in girls’s gymnastics and ended up third within the nationwide championship meet incomes their greatest end since 2015. Maile O’Keefe turned a two-time National Champion with titles on the uneven bars and ground, she is simply the fifth Ute to win not less than two occasion victories in the identical evening on the nationwide championships

Washington State Cougars
2021 Washington State Women’s Volleyball Team | WSU Athletics

Total Sports: 17
Number of Pac-12 Sponsored Sports: 15
2020-21 Pac-12 Championships: 0
Average Finish: 7.53

Won Pac-12 Titles in: None

—Selected Highlights—

• The Cougar’s greatest efficiency within the Pac-12 this 12 months got here from their volleyball group.  Washington State completed fourth within the convention and earned a spot within the NCAA match.  The Cougars in the end fell of their second-round matchup with Western Kentucky in 5 units.

• WSU earned their 14th bid to the NCAA girls’s rowing championships putting fifteenth.

Erin Mullins was a person qualifier for the NCAA cross nation championships.

• On the observe, Stephanie Cho earned All-American honors within the 400-meter hurdles with the third quickest time in WSU historical past, 57.48, within the finals.

• In their all-sport rivalry with Washington the Cougars did earn their first Boeing Apple Cup, which started in 2018, by a rating of 190-185.

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