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15 of the top 19 revenue-producing schools come from either the SEC or the Big Ten

Cash registers continue to sing at colleges across the nation.

Nowhere is that more true than in the SEC and Big Ten, as illuminated by USA Today on Tuesday. The folks behind the FBS coaching salary database and the FBS athletic director salary database, released their findings on the revenue streams of 228 Division I universities on Tuesday. Revenue ranged from more than $163 million (Texas) to slightly above $3 million (New Orleans) and with a spread like that, it's hard to fathom how anyone those schools are truly peers competing against each other for the same prize.

Of the 13 schools to top the $100 million mark in the 2012 fiscal year, ten came from either the SEC or the Big Ten and a 14th, Arkansas, came less than $250,000 shy from joining the club. Seven of the top eight and 15 of the top 19 revenue-generating programs came from those two conferences.

Here's a look at the top 20.

1. Texas - $163,295,115
2. Ohio State - $142,043,057
3. Michigan - $140,131,187
4. Alabama - $124,899,945
5. Florida - $120,772,106
6. Texas A&M - $119,702,222
7. LSU - $114,787,786
8. Penn State - $108,252,281
9. Oklahoma - $106,456,616
10. Auburn - $105,951,251
11. Wisconsin - $103,803,040
12. Tennessee - $102,884,286
13. Florida State - $100,049,444 
14. Arkansas - $99,757,482
15. Iowa - $97,902,974
16. Oregon - $94,635,829
17. Michigan State - $93,946,707
18. Georgia - $91,670,613
19. Kentucky - $88,373,452
20. Louisville - $87,840,501

One has to feel for a school like Tennessee. The Vols are one of only a baker's dozen teams to earn nine figures worth of revenue, out-earn more than 96 percent of their Division I peers, but come in sixth place in their own conference. That's the double-edged sword of life inside the SEC.

Here's a look at the top earners by FBS conference and where they stand in the national rankings:

Big 12: Texas - $163,295,115, 1st
Big Ten: Ohio State - $142,043,057, 2nd
SEC: Alabama - $124,899,945, 4th
ACC: Florida State - $100,049,444, 13th
Pac-12: Oregon - $94,635,829, 16th
Big East: Louisville - $87,840,501, 20th
Mountain West: UNLV - $58,806,533, 47th
Conference USA: East Carolina - $35,575,172, 65th
MAC: Massachusetts - $29,762,217, 73rd
Sun Belt: Texas State - $26,886,756, 84th

Here are the top five revenue-producing FCS schools, listed by where they stand inside Division I.

67. James Madison - $34,595,223
69. Delaware - $31,115,528
86. Stony Brook - $25,938,411
89. Rhode Island - $25,719,036
90. UC Davis - $25,554,765
93. New Hampshire - $24,436,579

To see the full database, please click here.