(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 . . .
- Beginning with the 2009-2010 season, Teams outside of the AQ conferences receive $6 million if they automatically qualify for the BCS. A second teams that qualifies from a non-AQ conference receives a reduced amount. Prior to that, teams received a smaller amount of money if they qualifed for the BCS from a non-AQ conference.
- For the 2006-2007 bowl season, Boise State qualified for the BCS and earned $5.2 million.
- For the 2010-2011 bowl season, Nevada’s bowl payout was listed at $750-825 thousand. They defeated Boston College, so we will use the $825 thousand figure.
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) radically changed between 1999 and 2001. During that time, they lost TCU, but added Boise State, Louisiana Tech, and Nevada.
Another change occurred between the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons, with Rice, SMU, Tulsa, and UTEP leaving the conference, being replaced by Idaho, New Mexico State, and Utah State.
Boise State departed the WAC for the Mountain West at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada will join the Mountain West in 2012, with Texas State and UTSA replacing them.
The WAC had done well for itself the past few years, with Boise State and Hawaii earning spots in a combined 3 BCS games. Starting in the 2012 football season, the two teams will be reunited in the Mountain West Conference.