Ohio State paying foes $3.1M

Published 12:23 am Sunday, April 5, 2015

COLUMBUS (AP) — Defending national champion Ohio State will pay its three non-conference home opponents — Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan — a total of $3.1 million to come to Ohio Stadium this fall.

Ohio State’s athletic department provided the contract guarantees after a request by The Associated Press.

The Buckeyes, who beat Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game in January, will pay Hawaii $1.2 million for a Sept. 12 matchup, $900,000 to Northern Illinois to play on Sept. 19 and Western Michigan $1 million to come to the Horseshoe for a game on Sept. 26.

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Ohio State receives $350,000 to open its season on Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech.