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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 file photo, Auburn players Onterio McCalebb (23) Demond Washington (14) and Chris Davis (11) react after their 65-43 win over Arkansas in an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala. FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 file photo, Auburn players Onterio McCalebb (23) Demond Washington (14) and Chris Davis (11) react after their 65-43 win over Arkansas in an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala.

(AP) Seventy college football teams are playing in bowls this season, and a federal database says those schools are each spending millions of dollars on the sport.

A database from the Department of Education shows that Ohio State and Alabama each spend more than $31 million on football and nine other teams spend $20 million plus.

The cheapest bowl-bound program is at Troy, which spends a shade over $5 million.

Schools defend the spending, saying that the revenue football brings in makes it a money maker that funds other sports programs. Critics respond that the huge outlay on student-athletes is a sign that schools' educational priorities that are out of whack.

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