2) Notre Dame
When you’re an alum or a fan of a school steeped in so much tradition, it’s hard not to be a proud member of that group. Notre Dame fans are so loyal, passionate, and powerful, the team was able to secure their own television broadcast package, knowing they would draw an insane number of viewers each game. The school also used the same logic in their (unique) decision to remain independent from any football conference — knowing their fans would provide more than enough financial backing for the program to accomplish whatever it needed to, without ever having to take (or share) a penny from other conferences. That’s real power, and the Fighting Irish football program can thank their fans for their unique position in college football.