Auburn and the University of Massachusetts are going to play each other in the 2020 college football season, and regardless of the final score, it will be hard to tell the folks from UMass that they lost.
That’s because, according to a report from The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Matt Vautour, Auburn will be paying the Minutemen a staggering $1.9 million to come and play at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
When the game is played in November of 2020, it will be the highest payday a school will receive in a game between two FBS teams. Vautour notes there have been games with payouts more than $2 million, but those came under special circumstances.
UMass has received $1.5 million for a game against South Carolina in 2016 and will receive that same amount traveling to play Georgia in Athens in 2018. Georgia also is set to pay Kent State $1.9 million in 2022.
By comparison, this season Auburn will pay Mercer, an FCS program, $450,000 for a September matchup.