The pay-for-play culture to fill schedules across college football has led to some incredible payouts for smaller conference schools. Many of these schools use this money from power conference schools to fund much of their athletic department.
Inflation and the rising competition to get wins and become bowl eligible, while also having an extra home game have caused the price for these games to increase dramatically.
The latest payout from South Carolina to host UMass on Oct. 22 will be the largest in school history, according to Scott Hood of GamecockCentral.com.
Gamecocks paying UMass $1.5 million for FB gm in October. Highest payout ever by USC.
— Scott Hood (@ScottHood63) June 10, 2016
These kind of payouts are becoming normal across college football.
In 2014, payments seemed to top out at about $1 million according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com. Now it seems many schools are surpassing that amount with ease. Texas A&M, for instance, paid Nevada $1.5 million for a game last year, according to Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
It seems like the price for these games, necessary to fill the schedule and keep a home gate, will continue to increase.