(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 . . .
- Notre Dame, like other non-AQ conference teams, can earn additional money by qualifying for the BCS. Since 2009-2010, a qualifying spot in the BCS would earn Notre Dame an additional $6 million.
- For the 2005-2006 bowl season, Notre Dame qualified for the BCS. They earned $4.5 million for qualifying.
- For the 2006-2007 bowl season, Notre Dame qualified for the BCS. They earned $4.5 million for qualifying.
Navy and Notre Dame have been two of the constants in the ranks of independents, over time. Navy will join the Big East in 2015. Army made the transition from Conference USA to Independent, starting with the 2003 season, while BYU left the Mountain West at the end of the 2010 season – but rumors are that the Cougars would entertain a move to the Big 12.
Notre Dame’s sweet deal with the BCS has helped push up the amount of money they have garnered. The BCS rules afford the Irish an automatic bid as long as they are in the top eight in the country. Other independents are not given the same sort of treatment.
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