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Forbes says Cincinnati football is a real bargain

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Times can be tough for college football fans and programs, but no program is getting the most bang for their buck than Cincinnati.

According to a report published by Forbes, Cincinnati is college football’s most successfully economic college football program. How you define success is arbitrary of course, but the report makes note of Cincinnati’s spending being among the nation’s lowest when looking at just the ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC. Only 12 programs have won more games than Cincinnati this season, which helps lead Forbes to suggesting Cincinnati is spending wiser than most other programs around the country. Cincinnati actually spent more to run their program this season than in past years but still came out on top thanks to a 9-win season.

After doing some number crunching and taking in to account the buyout price tag that came with head coach Tommy Tuberville from Texas Tech, Cincinnati came out on top of this year’s list from Forbes, knocking off the always thrifty Kansas State from the top spot. this is the first time in the brief three-year study Kansas State has not been on top of the ranking. Kansas State was bumped down to second. The ranking is based on the calculated cost per win. Cincinnati is reported to have spent $1,463,280 per win. Pac 12 champion Stanford is ranked third in the list and is followed by Big 12 champion Baylor and Oregon.

The worst program in the country when it comes to spending money was Kansas. The Jayhawks, winners of three games this season, spent just over $8 million per win this season, according to the report. They were followed by Colorado, California, Kentucky and Auburn.

That’s right. The SEC champions were among the worst at spending wisely according to Forbes. Over the last three seasons only Alabama has spent more to run their football program, according to Forbes, but the Crimson Tide have a couple of BCS championships to show for it. Auburn will get their chance to add another BCS championship to the equation, and if the Tigers top Florida State in Pasadena the odds are pretty good every Auburn fan will say it was all worth every penny.

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7 Responses to “Forbes says Cincinnati football is a real bargain”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 19, 2013 5:03 PM

    Louisville is the Anti-Texas… Doing more with less.

    I said this when the Longhorns were looking for an AD they should have looked at Tom Jurich….

  2. drummerhoff says: Dec 19, 2013 5:26 PM

    Cincinnati is another perfect fit for the ACC.

  3. roanboon says: Dec 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    Something most of the top 5 seem to have in common is program branding and uniform design. Players have admitted to choosing a team outright because of the uniforms. Of the top 5 teams on the list, Cincinnati and K-State have been some of the sharpest dressed teams for over a decade. Baylor, and Oregon are obvious. Stanford would be the outlier. On the flip side, Auburn, Colorado, Kentucky, and Kansas have had plain uniforms. Not a mainstream observation but warrants considration.

  4. wvucolumbus says: Dec 19, 2013 7:40 PM

    drummerhoff-100% agree w/ you on Cincy to the ACC. Some schools (WVU) just aren’t a fit for that conference…whether it’s culture, athletics, academics, etc. Cincinnati is a small/metro university w/ decent (not spectacular) academics, solid athletic footing, etc. They certainly don’t belong in this new conference. I would also argue that UCONN would be a perfect fit for the ACC. Although academics are lesser than UVA, Duke and UNC, they are a basketball school w/ equal football emphasis to other ACC schools and would give BC another rival.

    Hopefully, Cincy will land in the ACC sooner rather than later.

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:07 PM

    I just got 3 cars for $500, so that makes me the smartest car shopper right? Btw they are all in the shop.

    I wonder if the have a study on dollar$ generated by sports.

  6. iftheresahellbelow says: Dec 19, 2013 10:22 PM

    Who cares? I can’t wait to use this pointless trivia while watching the BCS Championship game. Bama has 2 in 3 years and Auburn has 1 with the possibility of another. Thanks for all this enlightenment Buddha, I mean Forbes.

  7. ancientcougar says: Dec 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    If the PAC 12 wanted to take out the legs of Texas and T A&M, All they would have to do is invite UH into their conference. When UH was a part of the old Southwest Conference, they were more than competitive and had the best record against UT than anyone else.

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