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Empirical Undergraduate


College football has remained at the top of the college sports world for quite some time, as it has continuously generated more revenue than other collegiate sports. Therefore, many universities dump large amounts of funding into their football program hoping it will translate into on-field success, and in turn, increased revenues. This study was conducted to analyze the relationship between a university’s football expenditures and the team’s number of wins within that year. Ultimately, we wished to determine if increased funding for a university’s football program would lead to an increase in that team’s season win total. We believed that if a statistically insignificant relationship was determined between the two variables, it could be in the best interest of some universities to explore other avenues when seeking better performance out of the football program. For the sake of this study, college football expenditures will be defined as operating expenses in the regression model. The model built in this study was estimated using ordinary least squares methodology. After running a series of regressions, we concluded that there was a statistically insignificant relationship between college football expenditures and the team’s win total for a given year. However, we did determine that a university’s ability to recruit and the wins from the previous year were better overall predictors of wins for a given season. Multicollinearity was present within the estimated regression model, so any conclusions drawn from this study should be done with caution.

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Dr. Sam Schreyer


Economics, Finance, & Accounting

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