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Texas A&M Is Most Valuable College Football Program

September 12, 2018 - 12:11 pm

Step aside, Longhorns.  College football has a new top dog when it comes to the bottom line.

According to the new "Forbes" analysis of college football's most valuable programs, Texas A&M has replaced the University of Texas in the #1 spot.

When "Forbes" last published its list in 2015, UT was No. 1.  But the new report says A&M averaged annual revenues of $148 million from 2014-16, nudging the Aggies ahead of the Longhorns, who averaged $133 million over the period.  UT remains a solid No. 2 in the survey. 

Not only did Texas A&M average $148 million a year in revenue over the survey period, the Aggies raked in a yearly profit of $107 million.  A&M's rise is attributed to an increase in athletic department contributions, higher ticket revenue and more revenue from the Southeastern Conference.

Texas A&M's Kyle Field was recently expanded, making the home of the Aggies the third-largest college football venue in America.  More seats equates to more revenue.

Michigan ranked third in the "Forbes" report.  Alabama was fourth, Ohio State fifth and Oklahoma was sixth.  LSU ranked ninth, with Texas Tech at No. 25.