It’s not uncommon for Power 5 schools to pay FCS or even lower D-I schools to play them for a ridiculous sum of money so they can get some “cupcake” games before real competition. Georgia might be taking it to the next level though with a reported agreement in place with a Mid-American Conference team. According to a game contract obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald from Kent State in an open records request, the Bulldogs have agreed to pay Kent State $1.9 million for a “buy game.”
The game will take place Sept. 24 of 2022 in Sanford Stadium and Georgia is hoping it goes better than last year’s cupcake game against Nicholls State that was a narrow 26-24 victory. The Dawgs have also scheduled Middle Tennessee State for 2018 and paid $1.7 million for that game while the school is also paying $1.8 million to host Arkansas State in 2019.
These buy games aren’t always guaranteed wins though as some schools found out last year. Iowa is one of those teams to suffer a defeat at the hands of a cupcake when they lost to FCS North Dakota State last season. Mississippi State also took an embarrassing loss to South Alabama last season who has only had football for seven years.