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BCS rankings: Top 25 teams by the dollars

Among the BCS rankings' top 25, all teams are not economically equal. Which teams bring home huge profits for their schools?

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Wins and dollars

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In terms of consistency, No. 3 Texas, No. 13 Virginia Tech, and No. 17 Ohio State stand out as the only programs to have won at least 10 games per season since 2005 and earned big profits – $52 million, $12 million, and $32 million respectively. But how can you overlook the University of Florida, with two of the three most recent national championships sitting in its trophy case and perennial No. 1 in college football rankings, BCS or otherwise? It's hard to argue that anyone else gets more from their athletic dollar: second most revenue at over $47 million and middle-of-the-pack expenses at just under $19 million in 2007.

But counting wins per dollar, No. 7 Boise State comes out on top. Spending just under $7 million, the Broncos have put the hurt on much larger schools (famously beating Oklahoma and it's 2007 expenses of $40 million). Incidentally, No. 4 Iowa is considered by some a minor Cinderella story, but its expenses of $26 million-plus are higher than every Top 25 school except Ohio State ($33 million), making them the least efficient school for the money.

Lowest costs per player

Yes, nontraditional powers like Boise State ($7,368 per player) and No. 18 University of Houston ($9,341) have low costs. But the bigger surprise is venerable Joe Paterno and Penn State, who spend only $9,136 per player.

And the most thrifty? No. 25 'Ole Miss, at $5,814 per player.

When it comes to highest cost per player, though, the University of Oregon is far-and-away the king at $61,972 per player. The Oregon gravy train is engineered by alum Phil Knight, Nike co-founder and chairman, who keeps the Ducks in fresh duds every season. Behind the Ducks are Tim Tebow and Co. at Florida, where per player spending came in at $48,092.

But when you make a habit of raising the crystal national championship hardware in January, even a big per player expenditure doesn't dent your halo as college football's top squad by the dollar. It might even enhance it in the eyes of potential recruits.

Just win, baby.


David Grant is a Monitor contributor. For all the economic news that's sweet to tweet, find us on Twitter.

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