April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; A general view as fans await the start of their Florida Gators spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
The ongoing saga of college football realignment has gotten our buddies at SBNation.com thinking about how best to conceptualize the arms race to acquire the most valuable teams and array them in the most valuable constellations, and Jason Kirk's analysis of the values of college football teams to conferences from Monday is just about the best piece to come out of that effort.
And it's not just because Florida's second in the list of most valuable teams.
The Gators earn a composite 9.61 average, well behind No. 1 Texas' 6.53 but just enough to edge out No. 3 Ohio State's 9.67, and Florida's terrific marks in revenue and all-sports success pace the Gators. You can read Kirk's methodology, which I think does a really good job of combining all the disparate factors that go into ranking colleges' athletic programs, but it's far more important to do things like laugh at the rest of the SEC (Florida's the only top-five program), Florida State (No. 20 overall, and dragged down by a hilariously high academics rating that is the largest of any team in the top 33 of Kirk's rankings), I think.
Go take a look at Kirk's piece to see the full rankings, then come back here and tell me: Is Florida being overrated by this accounting, or are the Gators being assessed correctly?