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2016-17 College Football Playoff Payouts

Below is a summary of the College Football Playoff payouts made for 2016-17:

American Athletic Conference$20,301,176
Atlantic Coast Conference$69,210,146
Big Ten Conference$70,959,528
Big 12 Conference$61,146,233
Conference USA$13,929,315
Mid-American Conference$21,522,280
Mountain West Conference$18,708,211
Pac-12 Conference$69,909,433
Southeastern Conference$71,670,649
Sun Belt Conference$17,115,246
Big Sky Conference$270,400
Big South Conference$270,400
Colonial Conference $270,400
Mid-Eastern Conference$270,400
Missouri Valley Conference $270,400
Ohio Valley Conference $270,400
Southern Conference $270,400
Southland Conference $270,400
Southwestern Athletic Conference $270,400
Brigham Young University$310,469
University of Massachusetts $310,469
Notre Dame University$2,917,289
U.S. Military Academy $310,469

Total College Football Playoff payouts: $440,754,513

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


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