Paying the price for those valuable home non-conference football games. Colleges are paying more and more for home games:
- LSU $2.9 million in '08
- Nebraska $2.7 million in '08
- Ohio State $2.2 million in '08
Source: Des Moines Register
Non-BCS teams or other non conference teams are receiving a record $63 million from the six BCS conference teams, including Iowa and Iowa State. Who said College Football isn't big business.
It isn't going to get any easier in the future. Ohio State has agreed to pay Navy $1.4 million for a visit to Columbus in 2009.
The University of Iowa is still looking for their fourth non-conference opponent for 2009. I doubt they will keep it as a bye game, since Kinnick Stadium holds 70,585 in Iowa City. Right now, they will have to settle for To Be Announced!