(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 2006-2007 bowl season, Oklahoma’s bowl payout was listed at $14-17 million. They lost to Boise State, so we will use the $14 million figure.
Since for the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, the conference has been a pretty stable one, that is, until this past season. The Big 12 was formed out of the remnants of the Southwest Conference (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech) and the Big Eight (Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Nebraska). Other members of the Southwest Conference went their own routes, including Arkansas (SEC), Houston (Conference USA – soon to be Big East), Rice (Conference USA), SMU (Conference USA – soon to be Big East), and TCU (Conference USA/Mountain West – Big 12 in 2012).
With Colorado and Nebraska departing for the PAC-12 and Big Ten, respectively, the conference was reduced to 10 members. Texas A&M and Missouri’s departure for the SEC reduced the conference to eight members, necessitating expansion. West Virginia and TCU, members of the Big East and Mountain West, respectively, filled that void, bringing the total back to 10.
By far, Oklahoma has brought the most money into the conference, appearing in bowl games in every season since the 1999-2000 season. Not surprisingly, Texas has brought in the second most, with three BCS bowl appearances in five years. The ‘Horns have struggled a bit as of late though, missing a bowl following their BCS Championship loss to Alabama in 2010.
The Big 12 wants to expand again, likely to get back to having a championship game. Its anyone’s guess what the split would be, as it would depend on who fills spots 11 and 12. With that said, some candidates for membership include: Arkansas, BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and Louisville.
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