TU tops in the AAC for Learfield

The University of Tulsa finished the year as the top-rated American Athletic Conference school in the final 2016-17 Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings.

Tulsa completed the 2016-17 athletic year ranked 68th nationally, while the next best conference performance was Houston in 84th place.

Tulsa has the smallest enrollment of all American Athletic Conference schools and is also the smallest FBS school in the nation.  It’s the 10th consecutive season that Tulsa has earned a top-100 ranking and the 19th time in the 24 years since the Learfield Cup Standings has been in existence.

In three years as an American Athletic Conference member, Tulsa has been among the top-4 performers in the Learfield Cup Standings each season.

Tulsa accumulated 334.0 total points this year with seven sports earning points, including men’s cross-country, football, men’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field all amassing points.

The Stanford Cardinal of the Pac-12 finished the year as the No. 1-ranked team in the country.

The Golden Hurricane cross-country team led by All-American Luke Traynor placed 11th at the NCAA Championships in late November. It was Tulsa’s sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance after winning its seventh straight conference championship, including a third consecutive American Athletic Conference title.

Tulsa’s football team had the school’s 10th double-digit winning season in 2016 with a 10-3 mark, while finishing in second-place in the American Athletic Conference West Division. The Hurricane completed the season with a 55-10 victory in the Miami Beach Bowl over Central Michigan, while also making NCAA history in becoming the first school in a single season with a 3,000-yard passer (Dane Evans), two 1,000-yard rushers (James Flanders and D’Angelo Brewer) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Josh Atkinson and Keevan Lucas).