Georgia and Alabama could be on a collision course to play for the Southeastern Conference title in December.
That‚Äôs still to be determined, of course.
What is certain is that Florida Atlantic, 1-11 last season, will play the two in a powerful 1-2 punch in the next two weeks in Athens and Tuscaloosa.
Why? The easy answer is money.
Georgia is paying Florida Atlantic $1 million, the highest payout every for a Bulldogs opponent.
Howard Schnellenberger, who built the Florida Atlantic program and retired as its head coach last season, said the Boca Raton school has played 25 ‚Äúmoney games‚Äù against the likes of Florida, Michigan State, Auburn, Clemson, Texas and Minnesota.
‚ÄúPlaying those 25 games, we generate $12.5 million,‚Äù said Schnellenberger, who said he was in charge of the scheduling.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday he didn‚Äôt think Florida Atlantic will find the next two weeks daunting.
‚ÄúI doubt that,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI think they‚Äôre more excited about playing, would be my guess.‚Äù
Florida Atlantic‚Äôs future schedules include games at Nebraska, Florida and another at Alabama.