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The so-called “cupcakes” in college football have been doing more than striking back in recent years.

Northern Illinois defeated Nebraska 21-17 on Saturday, marking Nebraska’s first ever loss to a team from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). As has been tradition in these games in the past, Nebraska paid Illinois to play this game, and the Huskies are walking away with nearly a million dollars in addition to the road win.

$820,000. EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS! Considering that most teams pay for these games to get an easy win… it’s really not a great investment for the athletic department when you lose.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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