BYU football: How much is Oregon paying Cougars for ‘payday’ game?


Oregon players celebrate a Ducks TD during a game against Eastern Washington Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Whether it’s the flashy uniforms or the festive environment of Autzen Stadium, the Ducks program definitely possesses the “wow” factor.

Andy Nelson, Associated Press

BYU’s football game against No. 25 Oregon at Autzen Stadium on Saturday will be historic, and not just because the Cougars haven’t been to Eugene, Oregon, since 1990 — the year Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy but lost 34-16 to rival QB Bill Musgrave and the Ducks.

It will almost certainly be the final time BYU plays what is called a “money game” or a “payday game” or, as was the case when Utah State traveled to Alabama two weeks ago and lost 55-0, a “body bag game.”

“What comes to mind when you think of the Ducks, is the ‘wow’ factor. You are excited to be there. They have a culture there, which has always been throughout college football. It is just, ‘wow.’ It is, ‘dang, I want to play against them. I want to play with them.’” — BYU cornerback Kaleb Hayes

It is a money game because the Cougars will receive $1.1 million for making the trip, according to the official game contract signed in 2015 (as reported by Matt Brown’s Extra Points newsletter). Oregon will not be making a trip to Provo in the foreseeable future, so this is not the typical home-and-home agreement that BYU has been playing as a college football independent the past 12 seasons.

When the Cougars agreed to the game in 2015, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Oregon had an opening in its 2022 schedule …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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