As TV deals have exploded to the point where Power 5 schools now have money pouring out of their ears, schools have started investing that money in two complimentary but opposite ways. On the one hand, they’re building space-age training facilities to go on top of the other, slightly older space-age training facilities, gearing up in the never-ending arms race.

And then on the other, schools have applied a renewed, intense focus on the most basic of human needs: food and sleep.

Simply put, if everyone has the latest and greatest weight rooms, the coolest locker rooms, the most high-tech training rooms, then the advantages lie in getting better sleep than your opponent and consuming a better diet. Obviously, the better an athlete recovers from Monday’s workout — through the sleep he gets and the food he eats — the harder he’ll be able to go on Tuesday. Stack those days on top of each other and you’ve got a completely different football player. Multiply that by 85 and you’ve got a completely different football team.

Forbes has studied financial disclosures from 2016-17 — the most recent years on record — to find the schools that spent the most feeding their athletes over that time frame.

1. Arkansas — $3.5 million
2. Ohio State — $3.1 million
3. Michigan — $2.8 million
4. Iowa — $2.8 million
5. Texas A&M — $2.7 million
6. Texas — $2.6 million
7. Minnesota — $2.5 million
8. Kansas — $2.2 million
9. Tennessee — $1.9 million
10. Washington — $1.9 million

You can head over to Forbes for the full piece, including the amusing anecdote that Iowa athletes consumed 1,504,512 cherries — and not 1,504,511 — over the past year.

National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.