Big 12: Penn State
David Ablauf, associate director of media and public relations for Michigan, says there were a number of reasons for last year’s increase. Having one additional home game accounted for about $6 million in additional revenue. Also, ticket packs were sold for the first time, and Michigan had its first night game at Michigan Stadium. During that game, the team wore throwback uniforms, which, combined with the unique bowl uniforms they wore in the Sugar Bowl, resulted in higher licensing royalties when fans purchased the new looks.
Perhaps most glaringly absent from the top 10 most profitable programs is Penn State, which held the second spot just a year ago and third the previous year. After a tumultuous year off the field, Penn State fell to 11th place with $66.2 million in revenue, a $6.5 million reduction. However, it’s important to note that Penn State hosted an additional home game in 2010. Based on data provided to the NCAA, Penn State averaged $4.5 million in ticket revenue per home game in 2010, which could explain a large portion of the revenue decrease last year.
Even with the reduction, Penn State posted the eighth-highest revenue for football last year.
Revenue among FBS football programs ranged from a high of $103.8 million at Texas to a low of $3.6 million at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The average FBS football program brought in $25 million, with a median of $19.9 million.
It should come as no surprise that the top revenue producers also led the FBS in average attendance in 2011. The top 10 programs in attendance also fell within the top 25 in revenue.
The largest revenue producer in a non-automatic BCS-qualifying conference was TCU, which joined an automatic-qualifying conference this season. Independents Notre Dame and BYU both finished above the median, No. 7 and No. 52.
Texas didn’t top every list. The highest expenses for a football program went to the University of Alabama, which has the nation’s highest-paid head coach, Nick Saban. For the 2011-12 season, Saban took home a $4.8 million paycheck. Total expenses for the football program ran to $36.9 million.
Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Oklahoma State rounded out the top five in terms of expenditures on football. The FBS average was $14.6 million, with a median of $14 million. TCU was again the highest-ranked program from a non-automatic qualifying conference, coming in sixth.
Every football team that played in a BCS bowl for the 2011-12 season fell within the top half of all FBS programs for football expenditures. Six of the 10 fell within the top 20.
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Oklahoma and Texas played two players apiece on the Outland Trophy watch list released Tuesday by the Football Writers of America.
The Sooners and Longhorns were joined by Florida, Penn State, Alabama, Georgia and USC as the only teams to place two members on the 40-man watch list.
The Big 12 had nine players on the list, trailing only 10 players from the Southeastern Conference. No other conference had more than four.
Here's the list of Big 12 nominees
- Baylor C J.D. Walton
- Missouri G Kurtis Gregory
- Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
- Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
- Oklahoma T Trent Williams
- Oklahoma State T Russell Okung
- Texas T Adam Ulatoski
- Texas C Chris Hall
- Texas Tech G Brandon Carter
The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third-oldest award in major college football. The winner will be announced on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 14 in Omaha, Neb.
The Big 12 has had two previous winners in its history with Aaron Taylor of Nebraska in 1997 and Jammal Brown of Oklahoma in 2004.
Among the previous winners from Big 12 schools before the conference was created include Larry Jacobson, Rich Glover, two-time winner Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler, Zach Wiegert, and Will Shields, all of Nebraska; Jim Weatherall, J.D. Roberts, Lee Roy Selmon and Greg Roberts, all of Oklahoma; and Scott Appleton, Tommy Nobis and Brad Shearer, all of Texas.
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I know I've been accused by some of my loyal readers in Nebraska for overlooking the accomplishments of senior quarterback Joe Ganz throughout the season.
It's not that Ganz is lacking for superlatives. After all, he received the ultimate compliment from his coach, Bo Pelini, who described him with a concise two-word description: "a stud." That probably means more to Ganz than anything I could write about him.
But Ganz has been sometimes underrated because of all of the other quarterbacks in the Big 12 this season. It's been easy for the others to be forgotten when players like Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Texas' Colt McCoy and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell highlight the Big 12.
It made me think about how good Ganz's statistics would look if they were compared with some of the other top quarterbacks from major conferences from around the country. So I analyzed his statistics against those posted by the all-conference quarterbacks of the other five FBS conferences affiliated with the BCS.
Ganz's numbers hold up pretty well. I guess I could call him "a statistical stud."