There are a ton of teams out there who would love to be able to show up to a game and get paid millions of dollars. That's generally what happens for a bunch of smaller schools in Week 1 of the college football season as the powerhouses pay FCS schools and smaller FBS schools to come take a beating. Those numbers are usually around $1 million, but two Power 5 teams are about to make quadruple that just for showing up.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech are set to meet in the Battle at Bristol on Saturday and College Gameday is showing up too. That would normally be enough to get any team psyched up for this game, but there's even more incentive for both teams. Each will get paid $4.3 million thanks to the 150,000-seat stadium selling out.
For a point of reference, the College Football Playoff paid $4 million for each team playing in a non-semifinal New Year's Six bowl last year. And these two teams will make that for a Week 2 non-conference game. The number to shoot for is the 115,109 people that showed up to watch Michigan beat Notre Dame under the lights in 2013 if these teams want to break a record. It sounds like some teams will be playing a lot more games at Bristol Motor Speedway and at neutral sites.
[h/t College Football Talk]
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