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Texas tops list of nation’s most valuable college football teams

Texas's value jumped to $152 million this year.
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The Texas Longhorns top the list of most valuable college football teams for the seventh year in a row, according to Chris Smith of Forbes Magazine.

University teams can not be bought or sold so Forbes has estimated each college football team's value by calculating the academic support in the form of football scholarships and university contributions.

The team's value has jumped 16% to $152 million this year, according to Forbes. The Longhorns have cracked the $100 million mark for revenue in four consecutive years and remain the only college to ever break the mark.

Texas also inked a 15-year contract to remain with Nike worth about $250 million, making it the biggest apparel and sponsorship contract in college sports.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are second with a current value of $127 million. The Tennessee Volunteers are the third most valuable team and the top school from the Southeastern Conference with a value of $122 million. LSU sits in fourth with a value of $111.

Schools like Michigan and Florida fell in the rankings after spending money on buy-outs for coaches.

The average SEC football team brought in about $63.5 million in revenue last year.

Texas has not had a winning season since 2013. The Longhorns finished the year 5–7 in head coach Charlie Strong's second season. Notre Dame posted a 10–2 record and will play last year's national champions in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Tennessee finished the year 8–4 for second place in the SEC East division.