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Oklahoma among top-10 valuable teams in college football

16 September 2018

That year and this six prior, the Longhorns ranked first.

However, while Alabama and Ohio State earned more in revenue on average over the last three seasons, Oklahoma was more profitable than both, with the Crimson Tide posting a profit of $59 million and the Buckeyes recording $69 million on average in the last three years. Texas A&M, Texas and MI haven't appeared in the College Football Playoff since it debuted in 2015.

See the rest of Forbes' top 25 rankings here.

Texas A&M brought in $148 million in revenue and made $107 million in profit, according to Forbes' estimates.

MI was third on the list at $127 million in revenue and $75 million in profit, followed by Alabama ($127M/$59M) and Ohio State ($120M/$69M). From 2014 through the 2016-17 season, the A&M athletic department brought in $260 million in contributions, which was nearly twice as much as any other school made in the same time.

Texas had held the top spot, drawing $100 million in revenue in 2011 and $92 million in profit alone in 2014.

In the area of donations, Florida's athletic department received $138 million, followed by Texas at $123 million.

The jump for the Aggies is due to being third in ticket revenue, and sixth in money from royalties and licensing.

Their 2012 move to the Southeastern Conference didn't hurt either, as the league shelled out another $41 million to each member school. However, Forbes suggested A&M's tenure at the top may be short, attributing the bump in contributions to fundraising efforts for the now-completed renovations at Kyle Field. They also have just one national championship between them in the last thirty years.

Oklahoma among top-10 valuable teams in college football