Report: Alabama Schedules Utah State Game for 2022, Will Pay Aggies $1.91M

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Sabanlooks on before the Sugar Bowl semifinal playoff game for the NCAA college football national championship, in New Orleans. Nick Saban vs. Kirby Smart is only the latest in a line of high-stakes coaching matchups between mentors and mentees over the history of college football. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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Utah State will visit Alabama for a 2022 football game, but it comes at a lofty price for the Crimson Tide, according to college football reporter Brett McMurphy.

Alabama will pay $1.91 million to Utah State, the third-highest total for a visiting team in NCAA history, per McMurphy. Colorado State ($2 million) and Tulane ($1.937 million) received the two highest totals, also from SEC teams (Florida and Auburn, respectively).

Alabama is coming off its second national championship in the last three years and fifth in the last nine. As long as Nick Saban is still the head coach, there is a good chance the squad will be a top contender in 2022 regardless of who is on the roster.

Although the Crimson Tide have competed against top nonconference programs like Florida State, USC and Wisconsin in recent years, the games have all come on neutral fields. The team otherwise rounds out the schedule with small programs and FCS teams.

Utah State is coming off a 6-7 season, but the Aggies have reached a bowl game in six of the last seven years, including two years with double-digit wins.

Alabama is also in discussions for possible home-and-home series with Notre Dame and Texas, per Aaron Suttles of TideSports.com.

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