College Football Team Valuations

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Annual WSJ print of the top 50 College Football teams by value.

WSJ article on CFB valuation.

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The only ones that really surprise me are Kansas and KState. I know they have devout following but for some reason I just picture VT as a MUCH bigger program.

Number of graduates.

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you mean number of graduates from the football team? or boosters? KState at least is a football school but Kansas?

The AZ Alumni association out here in Phoenix used to meet at a local bar in Scottsdale for all of the games. I remember that Orange Bowl against Kansas, we showed up at our usual spot and basically could not get in the door as the entire joint was full of Kansas fans.

Frontrunners or otherwise, there are a LOT of them around that you probably wouldn't expect.

Total graduates.
Don't forget, a donation to the school athletics doesn't just go to the specific team. So, in this case, a donation to the AF from a basketball fan also goes to football program.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

I think the one that surprises me the most is Iowa being #11, which puts them third out of Big Ten programs.

The only other thing that jumps out at me is the actual dollar difference between #1 and #30. Seems amazing that they project a $664 million difference in these two valuations.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

I'm no surprised at Iowa. I went to an Iowa football game once and it was crazy. The whole freaking state was there. Iowa is about wrestling, corn and Iowa football. Almost everywhere you go is black and gold, except Iowa State campus, but Iowa State is not even in contention.

That one actually doesn't surprise me at all. The state of Iowa itself is all about Iowa football. Beyond that, there are pockets of Iowa fans EVERYWHERE.

Living out in AZ, I think there are 4-5 Iowa fans in my neighborhood alone.

My wife concurrs with your assessment of Iowa games. She's been to both Iowa and VT games...said ours was louder, but Iowa was close.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

9 Teams from the $EC in the Top 25...

And people wonder why it draws the best athletes...

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

and to think the valuation likely doesn't include what they pay their players ...

Not to be a Debbie Downer but none of the programs below us on that list are any to envy. Hopefully we have an upward trajectory.

Let's Go...

Here is a summary of that Top 50 by conference (in Billions) along with how many schools from each

SEC $4.6858 (12)
Big 10 $3.8434 (11)
Big 12 $2.7144 (8)
Pac 12 $2.2491 (10)
ACC $1.4467 (8)
IND(ND) $ .8115 (1)

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

By Conference:

SEC - 12 of 14, Missing - Vanderbilt, Missouri
BIG 10 - 11 of 12, Missing - Illinois
BIG 12- 8 of 10, Missing - Baylor, TCU
PAC 12 - 10 of 12, Missing - Washington State, Arizona
ACC - 8 of 14, Missing - UVA, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Wake Forest, Boston College, Duke
Independent - 1, Missing - N/A

Wow - Had no clue the ACC was 5th and that far behind the others. Really puts things into perspective! Would be interesting to see how the size of the university, as far as enrollment, matches up to this ranking. I know the ACC has several small schools - namely Wake, Duke, Miami - but we had 6 schools not even make the top 50.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Also, would be interesting to see how many National Championships have been won by each school in the top 20 in the last years.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Since 1973 (40 Years)

The schools in the top 10 have won the National Champioship 23 times. No team in the top 10 has not won at least 1 National Championship,

Schools ranked 11-20 have won 11 times

Schools ranked 21 and below have the remainder.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Now that's a telling stat, I believe it but what a tilt. Guess its good Iowa was just outside the top 10.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

Schools ranked 21 and below and not named Florida State (22) have won three.

Or Miami. I did count shared championships as one per team in the past 40 years.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Ah. I was just looking at the list and the numbers didn't start adding up. I was treating the AP as gospel though, and I'm not sure that's right in every year. Let's just go with what you said, because it's that much more motivation to crack the top 20.

Pretty simple valuation model I suspect. They basically took bottom line earnings from a program and gave it a multiple. That means that its basically tied to stadium ticket sales, tv revenue and alumni donations. Obviously huge alumini associations, big stadiums and the big SEC ESPN contracts are going to crowd the top.

What it doesn't seem to take into account are the intangible values - i.e., brand value of a program. I believe if you look at brand recognition that schools like Oregon, FSU and Miami (to name a few), they would be much higher on the list given the exposure, brand recognition, recruiting results and following those teams generate from the average fan.

Just a thought based upon how corporate valuations are approached. I suspect if this was done for basketball the ACC would be much better represented, especially if they looked at the brand of those schools.

I don't know when the big SEC ESPN contract start(s, ed) but the positions and disparity has been there for a long time.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit