Texas Tops 'Forbes' List of Most Valuable College Football Teams

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Texas Tops 'Forbes' List of Most Valuable College Football Teams
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Although the Texas Longhorns went through a lot this season, they continue to be the most valuable college football team, according to Forbes' Chris Smith.

The Longhorns are worth $139 million. They were the only team to bring in more than $100 million in revenue, and it was the second consecutive season in which they surpassed that mark.

Texas went 8-4 and lost its final game versus Baylor, which meant that it would not be going to a BCS bowl. However, ticket sales and a lucrative television deal have the Longhorns bringing in a lot of cash.

Alabama made its way up to No. 3 as it chased a three-peat this season. The Crimson Tide were the only school in the top six to make it to a BCS game. Oklahoma and Ohio State, both of which made BCS bowls, made it into the top 10.

Where did the top schools in the country fall? Auburn ($77 million) came in at No. 11, and Florida State didn't even finish in the top 20.

Let's take a look at the list of the most valuable college football teams of 2013:

Most Valuable College Football Teams of 2013
Rank Team 2013 Record Team Value Conference
1 Texas Longhorns 8-4 $139 million Big 12
2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-4 $117 million Independent
3 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-1 $110 million SEC
4 LSU Tigers 9-3 $105 million SEC
5 Michigan Wolverines 7-5 $104 million Big Ten
6 Florida Gators 4-8 $94 million SEC
7 Oklahoma Sooners 10-2 $92 million Big 12
8 Georgia Bulldogs 8-4 $91million SEC
9 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-1 $83 million Big Ten
10 Nebraska Cornhuskers 8-4 $80 million Big Ten
11 Auburn Tigers 12-1 $77 million SEC
12 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-9 $74 million SEC
13 USC Trojans 9-4 $73 million Pac-12
14 Texas A&M Aggies 8-4 $72 million SEC
15 Penn State Nittany Lions 7-5 $71 million Big Ten
16 Wisconsin Badgers 9-3 $70 million Big Ten
17 Washington Huskies 8-4 $66 million Pac-12
18 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-2 $65 million SEC
19 Oregon Ducks 10-2 $64 million Pac-12
20 Tennessee Volunteers 5-7 $63 million SEC

Forbes

The SEC was well represented, with nine teams on the list. There were a few teams with losing records that made the list as well (Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee). 

Winning doesn't make a team the most valuable, as this list shows. Texas has been the most valuable team since 2009, so keep an eye on the Longhorns next year to see if they keep the top spot.

 

Hat tip to Sam Cooper of Yahoo! Sports for the find.

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