When word first surfaced that Ohio State and Colorado were in talks regarding a one-off game in 2011, the Buckeyes denied reports that they would pay the Buffaloes $2 million to
be MACrificial lambs come to Columbus.
Technically, their protests were correct. But CU will still pad their athletic coffers for taking part in the contest.
OSU athletic director Gene Smith has confirmed to the Associated Press that Colorado will travel to Columbus and take on the Buckeyes Sept. 24 next year. That game will be played one week after OSU travels to Miami to take on the Hurricanes and one week before they open Big Ten play.
For their one-game effort, Colorado will rake in $1.4 million, an amount that’s double or more what Ohio State normally pays non-conference opponents for games with no return visits. For Colorado and their financially-strapped athletic department, it’s a necessary money grab ahead of their move to a more lucrative deal in the Pac-10.
“That’s just a single,” Smith said of the ’11 game. “It worked out to be a good deal. Mike Bohn, the AD there, had an interest in coming this way, so we were able to lock that down.”
Ohio State holds a 3-1 edge in the series, and the two schools have not faced each other in football since 1986.