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The good folks at USA Today released the latest financials for each (public) school at the Division I level, covering the 2018-19 academic year. Much like the conference version, this will stand as something of a historic document.

COVID-19 and its fallout will affect at least two yearly balance sheets. The 2019-20 report will capture the loss of March Madness, and 2020-21 will show... God knows what.

If this is as good as it gets for college athletics, at least for the foreseeable future, these numbers show it got pretty darn good.

1. Texas -- $223.9 million
2. Texas A&M -- $212.7 million
3. Ohio State -- $210.5 million
4. Michigan -- $197.8 million
5. Georgia -- $174 million
6. Penn State -- $164.5 million
7. Alabama -- $164.1 million
8. Oklahoma -- $163.1 million
9. Florida -- $159.7 million
10. LSU -- $157.8 million

Compared to the 2015-16 numbers, everyone across the board grew their revenue, but some grew faster than others. Florida State, for instance, grew by 34.2 percent; Clemson by 28 percent; Ohio State by 23 percent; Texas by 19 percent.

Arkansas State, meanwhile, saw its revenue drop by 17.4 percent.

American
1. Houston -- $75 million
2. UCF -- $69.1 million
3. Cincinnati -- $68.8 million
4. East Carolina -- $60 million
5. Memphis -- $55.8 million

ACC
1. Florida State -- $152.8 million
2. Louisville -- $140 million
3. Clemson -- $133.9 million
4. Virginia -- $110.2 million
5. North Carolina -- $107.8 million

Big 12
1. Texas -- $223.9 million
2. Oklahoma -- $163.1 million
3. Kansas -- $121.5 million
4. West Virginia -- $102.7 million
5. Texas Tech -- $96.6 million

Big Ten
1. Ohio State -- $210.5 million
2. Michigan -- $197.8 million
3. Penn State -- $164.5 million
4. Wisconsin -- $157.7 million
5. Iowa -- $152 million

Conference USA 
1. Old Dominion -- $47 million
2. Charlotte -- $40.9 million
3. North Texas -- $40.8 million
4. FIU -- $37 million
5. UAB -- $36.5 million

MAC
1. Buffalo -- $46 million
2. Miami (Ohio) -- $39.6 million
3. Western Michigan -- $38.5 million
4. Akron -- $37.2 million
5. Toledo -- $35.6 million

Mountain West
1. Air Force -- $60 million
2. Colorado State -- $56 million
3. San Diego State -- $54.7 million
4. UNLV -- $50.8 million
5. Boise State -- $50.6 million

Pac-12
1. Washington -- $133.8 million
2. Oregon -- $127.5 million
3. Arizona State -- $121.7 million
4. UCLA -- $108.4 million
5. Arizona -- $105.1 million

SEC
1. Texas A&M -- $212.7 million
2. Georgia -- $174 million
3. Alabama -- $164.1 million
4. Florida -- $159.7 million
5. LSU -- $157.8 million

Sun Belt
1. Appalachian State -- $38 million
2. Coastal Carolina -- $37.9 million
3. Texas State -- $37.8 million
4. Arkansas State -- $35.6 million
5. Georgia State -- $35.5 million

Here are the top 10 FCS schools:

FCS
1. James Madison -- $52.7 million
2. Delaware -- $47.9 million
3. UC Davis -- $41 million
4. Stony Brook -- $35.6 million
5. Cal Poly -- $34.5 million
6. Towson -- $33.3 million
7. New Hampshire -- $32.1 million
8. Sacramento State -- $31 million
9. North Dakota -- $30.5 million
10. William & Mary -- $29.5 million

View the full spreadsheet here.

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