The Revenue Disparity Is Bigger Then You Think

JeremySenior Writer IJuly 28, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 27:  A Texas Longhorn fan cheers on his team against the Texas A&M Aggies with a painted-on reminder of Texas score against Oklahoma earlier in the season at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium November 27, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Orlando Sentinel is running a series on the "Tough times: College sports and the economy." It is a very good read so far, and in their college football blog  there is post today -- a must read for any college fan -- about the revenue each football school took in from 2008.

The total for the Mountain West Conference  (MWC) was $276,800,202 a quarter of a billion dollars is not bad, but the top three schools alone are over $340 million.  The MWC teams are listed in bold, and a few things surprised me.

First is that TCU was highest MWC and non-BCS school on the list and by a good margin.  The biggest surprise was that Utah ranked seventh in revenue for the time frame.

There is no surprise that the BCS schools make more money but the amount is staggering, just look at the bottom of the list with Louisiana-Monroe who pulled in less then seven million!

This makes what any non-BCS school accomplishes seem to be even greater then we thought.  Just look at Utah they defeated Alabama who took in $88 million which is more then three times what Utah brought in last year who was just under $27 million.

The list is after the jump.

RankSchoolTotal RevenueConference
1stTexas$120,288,370Big 12
2ndOhio State$117,953,712Big Ten
3rdFlorida$106,030,895Southeastern Conference
4thMichigan$99,027,105Big Ten
5thWisconsin$93,452,334Big Ten
6thPenn State$91,570,233Big Ten
7thAuburn$89,305,326Southeastern Conference
8thAlabama$88,869,810Southeastern Conference
9thTennessee$88,719,798Southeastern Conference
10thOklahoma State$88,554,438Big 12
11thKansas$86,009,257Big 12
12thLouisiana State$84,183,362Southeastern Conference
13thGeorgia$84,020,180Southeastern Conference
14thNotre Dame$83,352,439Independent
15thIowa$81,148,310Big Ten
16thMichigan State$77,738,746Big Ten
17thOklahoma$77,098,009Big 12
18thStanford$76,661,466Pac-10
19thUniversity of Southern California$76,409,919Pac-10
20thNebraska$75,492,884Big 12
21stTexas A&M$74,781,640Big 12
22ndKentucky$71,186,184Southeastern Conference
23rdDuke$67,820,335ACC
24thSouth Carolina$66,545,953Southeastern Conference
25thUCLA$66,088,264Pac-10
26thVirginia$65,400,485ACC
27thArkansas$64,197,470Southeastern Conference
28thCalifornia$63,884,710Pac-10
29thMinnesota$63,782,454Big Ten
30thPurdue$62,093,614Big Ten
31stNorth Carolina--Chapel Hill$61,263,269ACC
32ndBoston College$61,203,340ACC
33rdWashington$60,729,016Pac-10
34thClemson$59,126,212ACC
35thIllinois$57,167,843Big Ten
36thOregon$56,623,902Pac-10
37thVirginia Tech$56,029,172ACC
38thIndiana$54,839,398Big Ten
39thConnecticut$54,721,742Big East
40thWest Virginia$54,262,716Big East
41stMaryland$54,171,741ACC
42ndArizona State$53,479,441Pac-10
43rdColorado$52,631,896Big 12
44thLouisville$52,203,604Big East
45thRutgers$50,181,300Big East
46thMissouri$49,113,786Big 12
47thKansas State$48,160,113Big 12
48thOregon State$47,185,827Pac-10
49thGeorgia Tech$47,126,247ACC
50thArizona$46,988,400Pac-10
51stMiami (Fla.)$46,849,990ACC
52ndVanderbilt$45,521,855Southeastern Conference
53rdFlorida State$45,414,953ACC
54thSyracuse$44,702,831Big East
55thNorth Carolina State$44,553,795ACC
56thBaylor$44,151,763Big 12
57thTexas Christian University$43,439,777Mountain West
58thTexas Tech$42,844,855Big 12
59thNorthwestern$41,835,733Big Ten
60thWake Forest$39,961,624ACC
61stPittsburgh$39,741,621Big East
62ndWashington State$39,621,059Pac-10
63rdIowa State$38,642,013Big 12
64thBYU$36,695,623Mountain West
65thMississippi$34,769,709Southeastern Conference
66thUSF$34,727,263Big East
67thCincinnati$33,886,561Big East
68thMemphis$33,393,717Conference USA
69thSMU$33,031,503Conference USA
70thHawaii$33,012,865Western Athletic Conference
71stUNLV$32,796,515Mountain West
72ndSan Diego State$31,697,560Mountain West
73rdHouston$30,856,264Conference USA
74thAir Force Academy$30,604,249Mountain West
75thMississippi State$30,440,090Southeastern Conference
76thEast Carolina$29,268,128Conference USA
77thNew Mexico$28,806,308Mountain West
78thUCF$28,775,770Conference USA
79thTemple$27,478,056Mid-American Conference
80thUtah$26,949,005Mountain West
81stRice$26,767,228Conference USA
82ndFresno State$26,273,405Western Athletic Conference
83rdTulsa$25,797,664Conference USA
84thNew Mexico State$25,065,502Western Athletic Conference
85thWyoming$23,717,482Mountain West
86thMiami (Ohio)$23,263,940Mid-American Conference
87thUTEP$23,182,621Conference USA
88thColorado State$22,093,683Mountain West
89thBoise State$21,777,002Western Athletic Conference
90thUAB$21,566,166Conference USA
91stCentral Michigan$21,493,640Mid-American Conference
92ndMarshall$21,340,076Conference USA
93rdNevada$21,057,972Western Athletic Conference
94thOhio$20,448,176Mid-American Conference
95thFlorida International$20,230,655Sun Belt Conference
96thTulane$20,029,935Conference USA
97thWestern Kentucky$19,957,909Independent
98thEastern Michigan$19,341,287Mid-American Conference
99thNorthern Illinois$19,199,427Mid-American Conference
100thWestern Michigan$19,190,254Mid-American Conference
101stBuffalo$19,080,151Mid-American Conference
102ndKent State$18,891,133Mid-American Conference
103rdSan Jose State$18,318,325Western Athletic Conference
104thToledo$18,127,253Mid-American Conference
105thBowling Green$18,087,524Mid-American Conference
106thAkron$17,942,424Mid-American Conference
107thBall State$17,427,728Mid-American Conference
108thMiddle Tennessee State$17,254,577Sun Belt Conference
109thNorth Texas$15,762,952Sun Belt Conference
110thFlorida Atlantic$14,751,549Sun Belt Conference
111thSouthern Miss$14,472,618Conference USA
112thUtah State$13,205,337Western Athletic Conference
113thTroy$13,134,964Sun Belt Conference
114thIdaho$12,896,488Western Athletic Conference
115thLouisiana Tech$12,465,865Western Athletic Conference
116thLouisiana-Lafayette$11,134,598Sun Belt Conference
117thArkansas State$10,456,754Sun Belt Conference
118thLouisiana-Monroe$7,733,035Sun Belt Conference