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2015-16 College Football Playoff Payouts

Below is a summary of the College Football Playoff payouts made for 2015-16:

American Athletic Conference$25,093,728
Atlantic Coast Conference$70,884,454
Big Ten Conference$66,553,837
Big 12 Conference$64,986,942
Conference USA$14,645,709
Mid-American Conference$17,611,055
Mountain West Conference$16,128,382
Pac-12 Conference$57,506,942
Southeastern Conference$66,782,000
Sun Belt Conference$13,163,036
Big Sky Conference$260,000
Big South Conference $260,000
Colonial Conference $260,000
Mid-Eastern Conference $260,000
Missouri Valley Conference $260,000
Ohio Valley Conference $260,000
Southern Conference $260,000
Southland Conference $260,000
Southwestern Conference $260,000
Brigham Young University$309,396
Notre Dame University$8,728,980
U.S. Military Academy$309,396

Total College Football Playoff payouts: $425,043,857

These totals do not include payouts made by bowls directly to conferences under separate contracts. Additionally, each conferences handles distributions to member institutions differently.


  • Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more