Who are truly the “richest” college football programs in the country?
A new study done by Penn Live, which combed through data from the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, has ranked every major program in college football based on its revenue.
The college football programs are ranked based on their revenue over the last full fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).
Most of the usual suspects are at the top of the list, though there are a couple of surprises inside the top five.
Here are the five “richest” college football programs:
1. Texas Longhorns ($156.1 million)
2. Georgia Bulldogs ($123.1 million)
3. Michigan Wolverines ($122.3 million)
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish ($115.5 million)
5. Ohio State Buckeyes ($115.1 million)
Georgia at No. 2 might be somewhat of a surprise for the average college football fan. Most probably would’ve predicted Ohio State or Notre Dame or Alabama to land behind Texas. The Bulldogs are a true force, though, and lists like this are why some would argue the UGA job is one of the two or three best in the country.
The list is also proof to Tom Herman likely being on somewhat of a hot seat. The richest college football program in the country needs to be better than what the Longhorns have under Herman. Maybe that will finally change in 2020.
You can read Penn Live’s full rankings here.