Most valuable: Clemson football program leads ACC, 27th nationally in net worth

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Clemson's football program is the ACC's most valuable, according to an annual study conducted by a professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and published by the Wall Street Journal.

Ryan Brewer calculated the 'intrinsic valuations' for 115 FBS programs for which data was available. His study looked at each program's revenues and expenses and made cash-flow adjustments, risk assessments and growth projections. The resulting figures represent what the programs might be worth if they could be bought and sold like pro franchises.

As a point of reference, the Wall Street Journal pointed out that the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars sold in late 2011 for about $760 million.

Clemson's program value is listed at $201.8 million, which leads the ACC and ranks 27th nationally. Texas holds the top spot at $761.7 million, just ahead of Michigan at $731.9 million. Florida (599.7), Notre Dame (597.4) and Ohio State (586.6) round out the top five.

Georgia Tech ranked second among ACC schools, and 29th overall, with a valuation of $188.4 million.

College Football's Most Valuable

(Dollars in millions)

1. Texas, 761.7

2. Michigan, 731.9

3. Florida, 599.7

4. Notre Dame, 597.4

5. Ohio State, 586.6

6. Auburn, 508.1

7. Georgia, 481.8

8. Alabama, 476.0

9. LSU, 421.7

10. Oklahoma, 454.7

Atlantic Coast Conference

27. Clemson, 201.8

29. Georgia Tech, 188.4

30. Virginia Tech, 171.5

33. Florida State, 159.0

34. Miami, 157.7

37. Virginia, 146.3

39. NC State, 143.0

50. Boston College, 110.2

54. North Carolina, 99.8

56. Maryland, 96.0

58. Syracuse, 91.4

60. Louisville, 75.4

64. Duke, 62.0

65. Pittsburgh, 59.6

(Data unavailable for Wake Forest)

Southeastern Conference

3. Florida, 599.7

6. Auburn, 508.1

7. Georgia, 481.8

8. Alabama, 476.0

9. LSU, 471.7

12. Tennessee, 364.6

14. Arkansas, 332.0

15. South Carolina, 311.9

18. Texas A&M, 278.5

26. Kentucky, 202.7

49. Mississippi, 111.7

55. Mississippi State, 99.3

66. Vanderbilt, 57.3

67. Missouri, 56.4

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Comments » 2

omnipotent1 writes:

It would be nice to know the exact criteria used for this assessment. Is IPTAY counted?

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to omnipotent1:

It would be nice to know the exact criteria used for this assessment. Is IPTAY counted?

IPTAY is irrelevant. You need an IHPFM... as in I-Help-Pay-Fifty-Million... as in the exit fee to get out of the ACC. Then beg your way into the Big12 and watch your "value" go up.

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