Alabama’s football game against Arkansas State in 2018 will come with a heavy price tag.
Alabama is showing Arkansas State the money. For the 2018 non-conference matchup, the Crimson Tide will reportedly shell out $1.7 million to the Red Wolves, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
While Arkansas State probably doesn’t stand to benefit much in the win column, the game does present a chance for the Red Wolves to promote their brand and beef up their bank account to further advance the football program, other sports programs and the university as a whole.
“This game gives us all of those,” ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir said. “This one was really about being responsible for our budget, and this one gives us an opportunity to compete against one of the top brands in college football.”
It’s one of two payouts over $1.6 million Arkansas State is scheduled to receive in the coming years. Nebraska will pay the Red Wolves $1.65 million for a 2017 matchup.
Alabama will also face off against the Louisville Cardinals as part of the non-conference schedule in 2018.