Ohio State to pay 3 early home foes $3.1 million total
COLUMBUS, Ohio (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.
Ohio State receives $350,000 to open its season on Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech.