Florida to Pay Colorado State $2 Million for Future Game

By Kevin Kelley -

The Florida Gators will play the Colorado State Rams once between the 2017 and 2020 season, UF officially announced today.

The game is part of the buyout contract for new UF head football coach Jim McElwain, who comes to the Gators after three seasons as the head coach at Colorado State.

In finalizing the deal, the University Athletic Association and Colorado State have agreed to a payment of $3 million over six years. Florida and Colorado State will also play a game in Gainesville between 2017-20 with a $2 million guarantee. McElwain has agreed to a $2 million payment over time to Colorado State.

Yes, you read that right. Florida will pay Colorado State a $2 million guarantee for a future football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. That is likely the most ever paid for a non-conference football game, although the agreement is tied to McElwain’s buyout.

Florida currently has only two non-conference games scheduled between 2017 and 2020, and both are in 2017. The Gators open the 2017 season against Michigan in Arlington, Texas and also host Idaho.

UF also has games scheduled annually against their in-state rival Florida State.

Colorado State also plays an annual rival — Colorado. The 2017-19 games are set for Denver, while the 2020 contest will be played in Boulder.

The Rams are also scheduled to visit Alabama in 2017 and host UTEP in 2018.

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  1. Matthew
    December 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Probably most likely a 2019 or 2020 game maybe 2018 but not a 2017 CSU already plays AT Alabama that year so I doubt they would want to play Alabama and Florida on the road in the same season and in 2018 they already have UTEP so that would be a possibly and of course they always have Colorado in Denver every year and Colorado is the only no conference game they have so far for 2019 and 2020 so they may just schedule for one of those years

  2. @dbrunstheworld
    December 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    CSU didn’t even get a home game out of this. Yikes.

    • schoup
      December 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      There is no chance Florida would ever leave the state for a an away OOC game. They haven’t in 25 years and zero chance to play a mid major.

    • tuff chamber
      January 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

      home game 2 millions dollars hey wake up when have yall ever got 2 million dollars to play one football game its money its talks,,,,,,,,,,, the swamp is a nice place to play when its hot dont forget to bring the fans. gators

  3. Jesse Alber
    December 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Colorado State should have held out for a $1M game payout, for a late November game to be played in Ft. Collins. Dem dere Swampa-a-billies would have loved the Front Range in the Fall.

    • schoup
      December 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      You’re delusional if you think Florida would ever play an away OOC vs a mid major. They haven’t played an away OOC out of state in 25+ years not even vs P5’s

    • G of F
      December 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Yeah Florida more or less showed they would rather pay 7 mil and play in Gainsville than pay 3 mil or less and play a game in Fort Collins. I’m not sure that makes fiscal sense, but it does reek of pride.

  4. Shep
    December 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    No funds available to pay the guys the play the game though, right?

  5. Stuart
    December 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hey we’ll sell our coach at San Jose State. Any takers?

  6. Philip Parker
    January 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    UF should schedule Wisconsin, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Purdue And University of Oregon All Home Games

  7. Darren
    February 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    McElwain knows if he comes to Fort Collins to play in this high altitude his gators would lose. Florida’s afraid. That’s why in 25 years they haven’t played a OOC. It’s not arrogant pride. It’s fear. Plain and simple.

    • Jeff
      May 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Ha! Ok! Look around. All the bigger name schools pay the smaller schools big money to fill up their schedules. Don’t believe me? Look at everyone’s schedule. No way any big name schools (ex: Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, etc. ) come to CSU

    • Jimbo
      May 4, 2016 at 10:46 am

      It’s not fear. This was part of the payoff to CSU for MacElwain’s buyout. But the altitude could certainly be an issue if the Gators didn’t have much depth. But they do, so again, no fear…

  8. Jimmy
    May 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Colorado Sucks University…..Go GATORS…

  9. Jeremy
    May 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Old news. This game is going to be played on Sept. 15, 2018. Even says on this very site http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-18/2018-colorado-state-rams-football-schedule.php and was reported on nearly a year ago http://www.mwcconnection.com/2015/8/27/9217641/colorado-state-to-play-at-florida-in-2018

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