Ohio State will pay $3.075 million to nonconference football opponents
Ohio State will pay almost $3.1 million to the opponents for its three nonconference football games this season.
The guarantee payments were included in copies of the game contracts obtained by The Dispatch through a public-records request.
The Buckeyes will pay Florida Atlantic $1.4 million for the teams’ season opener on Aug. 31, then Cincinnati $375,000 for a matchup the following week on Sept. 7. They will pay Miami University $1.3 million for their final nonconference game on Sept. 21. The total, slightly lower than in recent seasons, is $3.075 million.
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All three games are to be held at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes do not have a nonconference road game this fall.
The RedHawks were a late addition to the schedule, replacing a home game against TCU that had originally been set for the Sept. 21 date as part of a home-and-home series.
But the home-and-home series with TCU was modified into one neutral site game, held last season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes left the Week 3 matchup with a 40-28 victory. The teams each received $5 million for the arrangement, according to the game contract.