Big Ten Bowl Participant Payouts: Since 1999

(Sorted by average amount brought in by a school, per season)

(Individual bowl game amounts were compiled using figures provided by collegefootballpoll.com).

First, a couple notes . . .

  • For the 2005-2006 bowl season, Ohio State’s bowl payout was listed at $14-17 million. They defeated Notre Dame, so we will use the $17 million figure.
  • For the 2005-2006 bowl season, Penn State’s bowl payout was listed at $14-17 million. They defeated Florida State, so we will use the $17 million figure.
  • For the 2006-2007 bowl season, Ohio State’s bowl payout was listed at $14-17 million. They lost to Florida, so we will use the $14 million figure.
  • For the 2009-2010 bowl season, Ohio State was the automatic bid; Iowa was an at large. As such, Iowa is listed as having $6 million, the proper amount for a second team from the same conference.
  • For the 2010-2011 bowl season, Wisconsin was the automatic bid; Ohio State was an at large. As such, Ohio State is listed as having $6 million, the proper amount for a second team from the same conference.
  • For the 2011-2012 bowl season, Wisconsin was the automatic bid; Michigan was an at large. As such, Michigan is listed as having $6 million, the proper amount for a second team from the same conference.

Note that Big Ten teams brought in the most money this season in recent memory (probably wouldn’t be the case if Nebraska wasn’t included). With that said, this year’s bowl season actually brought in, on average, less money per school, the lowest since the 2006-2007 year, excluding the 2009-2010 season.

Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, not surprisingly, have brought in the most bowl money to the Big Ten, since the 1999-2000 season. Even if Michigan makes a BCS bowl game next year, they cannot surpass Ohio for the highest dollar amount brought in for a bowl game.

Another thread somewhat addresses this point, but boy are Minnesota and Indiana dead wood. Combined, they have been to only ten bowl games in 13 seasons. Ohio, alone, has been to 12 and Michigan has been to 11.

Michigan State could have just as easily been grouped in with Minnesota and Indiana, if not for the hire of Dantonio. Say what you want about the guy, but he’s taken the Spartans to five straight bowl games.

Something to think about, next season Ohio is ineligible for a bowl game, due to NCAA sanctions. Penn State will likely take a step back, so may Wisconsin. Will teams like Iowa and Michigan State make up for the top teams not being in major bowls?

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