College Football is Almost Here – Top 10 Richest Programs in the Country

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For most schools, most of the money generated for their respective athletic departments come from their football program. Here is a list of the 10 richest college football programs in 2015. You won’t believe which team is #1 on this list? Why? Because the team hasn’t done so well in recent years.
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10. Georgia Bulldogs – $83 million

Since Mark Richt was hired as Georgia’s head coach in 2001, the Bulldogs have won two SEC championships – 2002 and 2005 – and 6 SEC East Division Championships – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2012.

In 2014, the Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 10-3 and defeated Louisville in the Belk Bowl, 37-14.

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9. Ohio State Buckeyes – $87 million

In the 2014-15 season, the Ohio State Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff defeating the Oregon Ducks 42-20.

As a member of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes don’t always get the respect they deserve. But head coach Urban Meyer has brought the program back to national championship status.

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8. Oklahoma Sooners – $93 million

It was a tough 2014 season for the Sooners led by head coach Bob Stoops who has been with the program for 16 seasons.

The Sooners finished the season with an 8-5 record but they still remain as one of the richest football programs in the nation.

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7. Tennessee Volunteers – $94 million

Even though the Vols have not been a “great” team in years, that doesn’t stop fans from filling the 102,455-seat Neyland Stadium for home games.

Head coach Butch Jones has brought optimism and excitement back to Rocky Top as the Vols continue to work their way back to national prominence in the SEC.

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6. Auburn Tigers – $97 million

To say that Auburn football has a long and storied history is an understatement. The school boasts a who’s who of football alumni including Bo Jackson and Cam Newton.

Under current head coach Gus Malzahn, the Tigers lost the 2013-14 national championship game against Florida State. Prior to that, the Tigers won the national championship over Oregon in 2010.

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5. LSU Tigers – $103 million

The last thing any team wants to do is travel to Death Valley in Baton Rouge for a Saturday night game against the Tigers.

Under head coach Les Miles, LSU has been one of the most consistent teams in the SEC and the entire country.

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4. Alabama Crimson Tide – $107 million

It’s certainly no surprise that Alabama is on this list due to their 15 national championships including three since 2009.

Coach Nick Saban is considered one of the best, if not the best coach in the country as the Tide has been dominant ever since he was hired in 2007.

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3. Michigan Wolverines – $117 million

Wolverines fans are excited that Jim Harbaugh has been hired to help restore the illustrious program to national dominance.

Despite the recent failures of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke, the school still sits proudly as the No. 3 richest college football program in the country.

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2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – $122 million

It should come as no surprise that rich alumni continue to pump money into this historic program.

Combine that with a rich TV deal from NBC, it’s easy to understand why the Golden Domers are near the top of this list.

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1. Texas Longhorns – $131 million

In the SEC, the teams share a conference network. But if you’re the Texas Longhorns, you own your own network.

Thanks to the Longhorn Network, the program has seen a serious boost in profits leading them to become the richest college football program.

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