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Ohio State Is the Richest College Football Team — Just How Valuable Is It?

J.T. Barrett
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The Buckeyes are winning all the way to the bank.

Ohio State is the most valuable college football team in the country, reports The Wall Street Journal┬áthat looks at an analysis of what “each team would be worth on the open market if sold like a professional sports franchise.”

OSU, which has won eight national championships and had seven Heisman Trophy winners, is valued at $1.5 billion — that’s billion, with a B. And you thought getting tickets to their games was a lot of money.

The program headlines a list of bluebloods, with the top three each raking in more than a billion bucks. Five of the top 10 teams are also in the SEC, far and away the most of any conference.

10 Most Valuable College Football Teams

  1. Ohio State, $1.51 billion
  2. Texas, $1.24 billion
  3. Oklahoma, $1 billion
  4. Alabama, $930,000
  5. LSU, $911,927
  6. Michigan, $892,951
  7. Notre Dame, $856,938
  8. Georgia, $822,310
  9. Tennessee, $745,640
  10. Auburn, $724,191

Interestingly, as wealthy as Ohio State is, it would be the least valuable franchise in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills clock in as the lowest valued team, at $1.6 billion, reports Forbes.

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