Much has been made of the differences in TV contract money between the highest paid (Pac-12 & Big Ten) and the lowest paid (ACC & Big East). However, people often forget about the big discrepancies in bowl pay-out money.
While each conference has an automatic BCS bid and a shot at an at-large bid, it's the pay-outs for the rest of the bowl tie-ins that really start to add up, as shown here:
- S E C 9 bowls $38,795,000 $3,232,917
- BigTen 8 bowls $34,700,000 $2,891,667
- Big 12 7 bowls $32,800,000 $3,280,000
- A C C 9 bowls $31,680,000 $2,640,000
- Pac 12 8 bowls $27,012,500 $2,251,042
- Big East 6 bowls $23,925,000 (unknown)
Put another way,
- The SEC bowls pay a total of $4 million more than the Big Ten's (about $300,000 more per team).
- The Big Ten's bowls pay $2 million more than the Big 12's (but with 2 more teams, the B1G actually gets about $400,000 less per team).
- The Big-12 gets $1 million more than the ACC (but with 2 fewer teams, that's $600,000 more per team).
- The ACC totals $4.6 million more than the Pac-12 (about $400,000 more per team).
- The Pac-12 bowls pay $3 million more than the Big East's bowls (the Big East only has 8 football teams, but some of that money is also shared with the basketball teams).
(for details, see ACCfootballRx:what-acc-can-do-part-3-bowls)