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Forbes Releases Their Top 20 Most Valuable Teams of 2015


On Tuesday, Forbes released their list of the most valuable college football teams in 2015, and in no surprise, the SEC led the way with nine teams in the top 20.

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I mean, we all know how dominant the SEC is, but wins and losses are one thing. To actually put a value on that dominance is different.

I guess Forbes has joined the long list of people who are completely biased towards the SEC. Hell, Forbes probably helped the SEC make money just so they could dominate their list.

Texas, Notre Dame, Tennessee, LSU and Michigan rounded out the top five. There really wasn’t anything surprising with Texas and Notre Dame coming in at No. 1 and No. 2. But how about Tennessee at No. 3? The Vols haven’t had a lot of success under Butch Jones, winning only 20 games in his first three years in Knoxville. However, Tennessee continues to get better and could be the SEC East title favorite in 2016. And people - especially Vols fans - are paying attention. The Vols jumped four spots from seventh last season to the No. 3 spot this year.

Georgia (6), Alabama (8), Auburn (10), Arkansas (12), Florida (15), Texas A&M (16) and South Carolina (18) rounded out the top 20. No other conference managed more than four teams in the top 20.

Of the top-10 teams, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan are the only teams ranked in this year's top 10 who haven’t played for or won a national championship in the past 10 years. Of those three, Georgia has experienced the most success in recent years. However, after firing Mark Richt - who helped build a lot of the value at Georgia - and hiring Kirby Smart with no head coaching experience whatsoever, it will be interesting to see if the Bulldogs can stay ranked in the top 10 annually as a valuable team.

The SEC once again dominates another aspect of college football. I guess it’s true what they say - the rich really do get richer.

— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails.