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Big spenders: Alabama, Ohio St. top list

Updated: December 30, 2010, 3:56 PM ET
Associated Press

The numbers grow every year: 35 bowl games, 70 teams -- the morphing of what was once a New Year's Day tradition into one that kicks off in mid-December and finishes closer to Martin Luther King Day than Jan. 1.

And if those bowl-season stats seem bloated, try this: Ohio State and Alabama each spend more than $31 million a year to run their football programs, while nine other teams closing out the season at one of those 35 bowl games spend $20 million plus.

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