FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas’ athletic department made the Forbest list of college football’s most valuable teams.
According to Forbes, teams were ranked on overall value, revenues from various sources and communities surrounding teams to create a top 20 list. The University of Texas ranked first, followed by Notre Dame.
Arkansas ranked ahead of Southwest Classic partner Texas A&M who was 18th. Wisconsin and Oklahoma State rounded out the top 20.
The Forbes ranking adds to the economic news for the Razorbacks during this holiday season.
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl announced its first sellout in two years of the 62,000-seat Liberty Bowl Stadium earlier this week. The Arkansas Athletic Department sold out its allotment of 25,500 tickets the week prior to the holiday break after accepting double the standard 12,000 ticket allotment from the bowl.
Among the notables ranked near the Razorbacks, Southern California and Michigan State was ranked just ahead of Arkansas at 15th and 16th, respectively.
As expected, the Southeastern Conference dominated the Forbes 20 most valuable college football teams. Alabama was the top ranked SEC team at fifth, followed by Florida at sixth. Most of the league made the list including LSU, Georgia, South Carolina , Tennessee and Auburn. Not on the Forbes list from the SEC were Ole Miss, Miss State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
Other nearby schools on the list were Oklahoma at 10th and Oklahoma State at 20th.
To read more on the rankings, jump to Forbes.com