Alabama will pay a pretty penny for two of its nonconference games next season.
The Crimson Tide will dole out just shy of $3 million total for Arkansas State and Louisiana to come to Bryant-Denny Stadium, according to Chandler Rome of The Anniston Star.
Alabama’s game against Arkansas State on Sept. 8 will cost $1.7 million, while the Sept. 29 meeting with Louisiana costs $1.25 million.
The matchup with the Red Wolves will be the third between the two schools, with the last one coming in 2008, a 35-0 win for the Tide in Nick Saban’s second year coaching in Tuscaloosa. Meanwhile, it will be the first time Alabama has played Louisiana in football.
The Ragin’ Cajuns recently announced that former Alabama assistant Billy Napier will be the school’s next coach. Napier served one season as the Tide’s offensive analyst in 2011 before returning to be the wide receivers coach from 2013-16.
For comparison, two of Alabama’s nonconference opponents this season also netted about $3 million as the school reportedly paid Colorado State $1.5 million and Fresno State $1.4 million. Mercer of the FCS got $900,000.