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FSU isn’t close to No. 1 in the money game

By Jeff Ostrowski - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Florida State enters college football’s national championship game as a favorite on the field — but as an underdog in the off-field financial wars.

Auburn, Florida State’s rival in Monday’s national championship game, has outspent every college-football program in the country except Alabama over the past three years, dropping $36.2 million a year to field a team, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of federal data. Florida State, by contrast, ranks No. 21 in football expenses, spending an average of $21.4 million over the past three years.

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