FAU’s $1M payout biggest in Georgia’s history

Georgia and Alabama could be on a collision course to play for the Southeastern Conference title in December.

That’s 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 “money games” against the likes of Florida, Michigan State, Auburn, Clemson, Texas and Minnesota.

“Playing those 25 games, we generate $12.5 million,” said Schnellenberger, who said he was in charge of the scheduling.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday he didn’t think Florida Atlantic will find the next two weeks daunting.

“I doubt that,” he said. “I think they’re more excited about playing, would be my guess.”

Florida Atlantic’s future schedules include games at Nebraska, Florida and another at Alabama.

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