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No One Did Football/Basketball Better Than Louisville In 2012-13

Streeter Lecka

Each March, College Football News produces a "Hoops & Helmets Top 16," which ranks the programs in the country that had the best combination of football and men's basketball prowess for that year.

In 2013, there was no question who would be CFN's No. 1, and that was before Louisville had even returned home from the Big East Tournament.

1. Louisville
These are heady times for Cardinals football under head coach Charlie Strong. In one memorable fall that'll pay dividends for years, Louisville learned it was escaping the Big East for the ACC, won a conference championship and validated its Sugar Bowl berth by shocking heavily-favored Florida. The Cards went 11-2, paving the way for even grander expectations for the team and QB Teddy Bridgewater in 2013. Louisville is poised for yet another March run under legendary head coach Rick Pitino. Fueled by G Russ Smith, C Gorgui Deng and one of the country's tightest defenses, the No. 1 overall seeded Cardinals have already won 29 games, capped by an epic second half against Syracuse in the Big East Tournament title game Saturday night.

U of L's gridiron/hardwood dominance became only more apparent over the course of the next month, as the Cards went on to claim their third national title in hoops.

A look at the nation's top 10 in combined win totals between football and men's basketball tells the whole tale:

1. Louisville - 46
2. Ohio State - 41
3. Florida - 40
3. Oregon - 40
5. Michigan - 39
6. Kansas State - 38
6. Syracuse - 38
8. Notre Dame - 37
9. Miami - 36
9. Duke - 36
9. Louisiana Tech - 36
9. Middle Tennessee - 36

Heady times indeed.