Some schools excel on the hardwood. Others, on the gridiron. But to achieve dominance — or even respectability — in both basketball and football is hard. Really hard.

We crunched the numbers and tried to come up with the best combined football and basketball schools of the past decade. That’s the 2007 football season through now, and the 2007-08 basketball season through now.

Here’s the criteria we used to formulate (and order) this list:

  • Combined overall winning percentage. This isn’t a catch-all stat. If it was, basketball records would be far more important than football because of the number of games. We took that into account.
  • Postseason winning percentage
  • National championships
  • Combined Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances
  • Total All-Americans. This tilts the overall winning percentage scales a bit, because schools that are more successful in football have the advantage.

Let’s get to the rankings:

10. Cincinnati Bearcats

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .660
  • Postseason winning percentage: .400
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 2
  • Consensus All-Americans: 3

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The Bearcats have bounced around conferences, but they’re been solid, if not spectacular, in both sports.

Cincinnati has struggled lately in football, but Brian Kelly had the machine rolling once upon a time. The Bearcats won at least 10 games three years in a row between 2007 and 2009. In 2011 and 2012, they won 10 games back-to-back years under Butch Jones.

On the court, Cincinnati is a consistent winner. Since taking over in 2006, Mick Cronin has won 22 games or more seven times, all in the last seven years. Cronin’s Bearcats are consistently one of the best defensive teams in the country. In the old Big East days, perhaps no program represented the conference better.

The Bearcats don’t have the postseason success some of these other schools do. In fact, they’re the only one that has a sub-.500 record in playoff games. But there’s something to be said for a school that, year after year, produces a quality product. That’s a lot more difficult than it seems.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .656
  • Postseason winning percentage: .536
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 3
  • Consensus All-Americans: 1

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In the first half of the past decade, West Virginia won nine or more football games every season, mostly after the Rich Rodriguez era. The Mountaineers play an entertaining, high-octane brand of football. They were ahead of the curve with their version of the spread offense. The ‘Eers went 2-0 in major bowl games (2008 Fiesta Bowl, 2012 Orange Bowl) and set a record for points in the latter by dropping 70 on Clemson.

In hoops, Bob Huggins has established a culture in Morgantown, summarized in two simple words: Press Virginia. The Mountaineers have won 25 or more games in the past three seasons and reached the Final Four in 2010. Like Cincinnati, West Virginia doesn’t boast the national championship hardware of some of these other schools. But the Mountaineers have been mighty impressive in the past 10 years.

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .662
  • Postseason winning percentage: .542
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 2
  • Consensus All-Americans: 9

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Kelly finds his way onto this list twice but, surprisingly, Notre Dame basketball had more to do with the Fighting Irish cracking the Top 10 than Notre Dame football.

That says a lot about what Mike Brey has done in South Bend.

The Irish have reached the NCAA tournament in eight of the past 10 seasons. For a while, they struggled in the Big Dance; Notre Dame failed to win a game three out of four years between 2010-13.

But lately, the Fighting Irish have squashed their postseason demons. They’ve made two of the last three Elite Eights. On the football field, Notre Dame has been up and down. Before last year, Kelly seemed to be turning things around. The Irish made it to the national championship game in 2013 against Alabama. That didn’t turn out so well for them, but it’s a noteworthy accomplishment regardless. Also impressive: Notre Dame's deep army of All-Americans, ranging from Luke Harangody to Jaylon Smith.

7. Oregon Ducks

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .684
  • Postseason winning percentage: .630
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 6
  • Consensus All-Americans: 6

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This won’t show up in the statistics — which are gaudy enough — but Oregon played a part in revolutionizing college football offense.

And perhaps that’s why the Ducks have fallen off a bit on the gridiron. Schools around the country have bridged the gap, knowing that speed kills in spread attacks. Regardless, Oregon steamrolled through this decade. The Ducks won nine games or more in every season other than 2016. Marcus Mariota will go down as one of the best college quarterbacks ever. His supporting cast wasn’t too shabby, either.

For a long time, Oregon’s football program overshadowed its basketball program, until Dana Altman’s crew reached the Final Four in 2017. The Ducks also made it to the Elite Eight in 2016. And we must not forget: Oregon leads the country in different uniform combinations in the past decade. That didn’t earn any bonus points here, but the entertainment value is certainly appreciated.  

6. Oklahoma Sooners

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .657
  • Postseason winning percentage: .557
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 7
  • Consensus All-Americans: 13

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Oklahoma is known as a football school, but the Sooners have also produced two of the most electrifying college ballers in the past decade in Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield. Oklahoma reached the Final Four in 2016 behind Hield’s brilliance.

And the Sooners have absolutely dominated the Big 12 on the gridiron. Combined, OU has played host to 13 consensus All-Americans — the most of any school on this list — and the majority of them come from the football side. Oklahoma has reached two Sugar Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls, an Orange Bowl and a BCS Championship game in the past 10 years.

Some programs are consistent. Others are consistently elite. Oklahoma falls into the latter category, which is the goal of every team in America.

5. Michigan State Spartans

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .716
  • Postseason winning percentage: .643
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 5
  • Consensus All-Americans: 6

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Some argue that Michigan State football is so often dubbed "underrated" that in reality, it's overrated. Whatever. It depends on your definition. But the numbers don’t lie. The Spartans simply win football games. A lot of them.

They’ve also produced some standout players, both in college and in the NFL: Le’Veon Bell and Kirk Cousins, for a couple. Mark Dantonio inherited a so-so program in 2007 and turned it into a perennial winner. The Spartans have won at least 10 games a year in half of Dantonio’s seasons. They won the Rose Bowl in 2014, and made it to the College Football Playoff in 2015.

And they’re even better on the hardwood. There might not be a better active football-basketball coaching combination than Dantonio and Tom Izzo. Sparty hasn’t won a national championship since 2000, but Izzo has reached the Final Four three times in the past decade. Michigan State doesn’t resonate with college hoops fans like Duke, North Carolina or Kansas, but it’s firmly in the next tier of programs.

4. Louisville Cardinals

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .721
  • Postseason winning percentage: .701
  • National championships: 1
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 3
  • Consensus All-Americans: 3

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Louisville has featured some of the best quarterbacks in the game in the past 10 years; Lamar Jackson now, Teddy Bridgewater a few years ago. The Cardinals have become a player among the college football big boys. Since 2010, Louisville hasn’t had a losing season, and won 10 games or more in both 2012 and 2013. Charlie Strong and Bobby Petrino have righted the ship after a rough patch between 2007 and 2009.

And, of course, the basketball team won a national title in 2013. Rick Pitino’s squads are a near lock to win 25-plus games year in and year out. Louisville doesn’t always attract the level of talent some of the bluebloods do, but the Cardinals are tenacious on defense and have enough offense to win games.

3. Wisconsin Badgers

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .735
  • Postseason winning percentage: .610
  • National championships: 0
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 5
  • Consensus All-Americans: 9

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Wisconsin has had some phenomenal players come and go in the past decade. Frank Kaminsky. Sam Dekker. J.J. Watt. T.J. Watt. Melvin Gordon. Montee Ball. Russell Wilson. As expected, the Badgers have excelled in basketball and football.

A national championship has eluded Wisconsin, but that’s its only demerit. They were inches away from upending Duke in the 2015 national championship game. A year prior, the Badgers reached the Final Four. Wisconsin hasn’t missed the Big Dance since 1998. In its worst season since 2007-08, it still won 20 games.

In football, it’s a similar story. The Badgers always have one of the top offensive lines and some of the best running backs in America. Ten-plus win seasons aren’t an accident. They’re an expectation. Wisconsin hasn’t always had the postseason success it’s wanted to on the gridiron; UW recently lost three Rose Bowls in a row. Regardless, reaching the Rose Bowl three straight years is something 95 percent of football programs would take in a heartbeat.   

2. Florida Gators

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .725
  • Postseason winning percentage: .719
  • National championships: 1
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 4
  • Consensus All-Americans: 6

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If this list included everything from 2005 on, Florida would be looking down at the rest. Without a debate. Due to the 10-year cutoff, we’re missing Florida’s first football national title under Urban Meyer and the back-to-back hoops crowns won by Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Billy Donovan and the crew.

So it’s awfully impressive that the Gators are still so high in these rankings. They’ve continued to win — consistently, in both sports — despite not reaching their previous level. Donovan made it to the 2014 Final Four and eventually left for the NBA, but Gator basketball is in great hands with Mike White, who just reached the Elite Eight in his second year.

Florida football isn’t what it was during the Tim Tebow-Meyer era, but it’s still a Top 15 program that’s trending upward. Meyer won a second national title in Gainesville in 2009. Jim McElwain has averaged 9.5 wins in his first two seasons at Florida. So who knows? Perhaps he can elevate UF's football team back into college football’s elite.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Combined overall winning percentage: .746
  • Postseason winning percentage: .571
  • National championships: 1
  • Final Four/BCS bowl game/College Football Playoff appearances: 8
  • Consensus All-Americans: 12

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The top of the mountain. Ohio State has the highest winning percentage of any school, the most BCS bowl game/CFP/Final Four appearances and 12 All-Americans, second only to Oklahoma.

This was a toss-up between Ohio State and Florida for the top spot. Yes, the Gators’ postseason winning percentage looks pristine next to Ohio State’s (though wins in lower-level bowl games inflates that percentage for Florida a bit.) But the Buckeyes consistently reach upper-echelon playoff games (as seen in their 8-4 edge in the fourth category).

Ohio State hoops has been down in the past two years, but Thad Matta had it rolling for the better part of the past decade. For a five-year period, the Buckeyes were always in the 30-win neighborhood. Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger were superstars during their college basketball careers. On the gridiron, the Bucks have too many studs to rattle off.

Congratulations to all of these programs on their prolonged success. Also, congratulations to fans of these schools. Don’t take it for granted. Plenty of folks would love to root for winning teams seven months out of the year.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.