As Ohio State continues to attest, the cost of football cupcakes and scheduling guaranteed wins is on the rise. Still.
Earlier this month, in confirming a 2025 game against Ohio State in football, UConn revealed that they would be paid $1.95 million for making the trek to Columbus. That record figure is payable on or before February 28, 2026.
At the same time, Ohio State also confirmed that it had scheduled a 2026 game against Ball State. A couple of weeks later, and according to contracts obtained by the website, ElevenWarriors.com is reporting that OSU will pay the MAC school $1.9 million for that game at the Horseshoe.
Outside of a couple of outliers that had unique coaching circumstances (Southern Miss-Nebraska in 2013, Colorado State-Florida in 2018), the $1.95 million paid by Ohio State to UConn is the most ever paid for an on-campus football game. There are actually three other games, per FBSchedules.com, that will pay out to the visiting team more than the $1.9 million Ball State will receive. And they all involve a trip to Tuscaloosa.
ULM at Alabama – Sept. 6, 2025
ULM at Alabama – Sept. 17, 2022
Utah State at Alabama – Sept. 3, 2022
A total of 14 other future football games also feature payouts of $1.9 million to the Group of Five school.