Georgia and Clemson are two of the top programs in the country, boasting double-digit win seasons in back-to-back years. The Bulldogs and Tigers are slated to face off in a Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2024 that should be among the most high-profile non-conference matchups in years.
But if you thought that the two teams were getting together and playing one another solely for the purpose of making a case for the College Football Playoff, think again.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that a ton of money will change hands for the two programs to play one another.
Georgia and Clemson will each receive $5 million, or 80-percent of revenue (whichever is higher) for playing in the Kickoff Game.
For a comparison, the Bulldogs reportedly receive an estimated $3.5 million in revenue per game played at their home, Sanford Stadium.
There is a caveat to the agreement though.
Per the report, the two teams will only receive their money if they each manage to sell at least 28,500 tickets to the game.
In order to receive the “full settlement,” the schools must sell at least 28,500 tickets each. But with opportunities to receive additional tickets thereafter, the respective programs can earn even more money. The contract calls for a “guaranteed payment” of $5 million or 80 percent of ticket revenue, “whichever is greater.”
The number shouldn't be too high a mark to reach though. Fans for Georgia and Clemson have regularly traveled extremely well all across the country to see their teams.
The two teams played each other fairly regularly from 1962 to 1995, but only four times since then. The teams have never played each other in a bowl game.