Comparison of NCAA football teams (Texas, Florida, Texas A&M, and the most valuable teams)

With all the talk of the aTm Aggies coming to the SEC, I figured it would be a good time to compare aTm to their older sisters, the UTsw Shorthorns, and their potential brothers in SEC. First, here are the most valuable teams in NCAA football as reported by Business Pundit in February of 2010, along with the school’s total endowment and a few other statistics:

value profit endowment titles W/L % bowl % Stadium seating Undergrad population
1 Texas Longhorns $119M $59M $14.1B 4 71.7% 54.1% 100,119 38,168
2 Notre Dame Drunken Irish $108M $38M $6.8B 11 73.3% 50.0% 80,795 8,371
3 Penn State Joe Paterno Lions $99M $50M $1.5B 7 69.0% 67.5% 107,282 38,594
4 Nebraska Cornhuskers $93M $49M $1.14B 5 70.2% 51.1% 81,067 18,955
5 Alabama Crimson Tide $90M $45M $515M 13 70.7% 60.0% 101,821 24,884.00
6 Florida Gators $88M $41M $1.1B 3 63.1% 50.0% 88,548 32,064
7 LSU Tigas $68M $39M $554M 3 64.3% 54.8% 92,542 23,686
8 The Ohio State Suckeyes $85M $40M $1.87B 7 71.6% 45.2% 102,329 38,479
9 Georgia Leghumpers $84M $45M $572M 2 64.6% 61.9% 92,746 34,885
10 Oklahoma Sooners $83M $40M $968M 7 71.7% 60.5% 82,112 20,892
NR aTm Aggies $41M $25M $5B 1 59.9% 41.9% 83,002 36,952
NR FSU Criminoles ~$20M $2M $453M 2 67.1% 60.0% 82,300 31,005

Note that five of the twelve most valuable football teams are from the SEC, even though only one of them breaks the $1B barrier in the school endowment. Observation: even though the SEC is poor, they make sure to turn a profit in football.

Texas is in good shape as the most profitable and richest football program, and probably will not miss Texas A & M. Texas A & M seems to fit right into the SEC in terms of profit, value, and size and should be a welcome addition to the SEC.

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