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Arkansas State University have signed a contract to play a football game against Michigan, which agreed to pay ASU $1.8 million to play the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 19, 2020.

The contract, signed Feb. 16, surpasses the $1.7 million that Alabama pledged to pay ASU to play the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 8 this year, and it matches the reported $1.8 million contract with Georgia in 2019.

No athletic teams between ASU and Michigan have ever met.

The contract, which ASU shared with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, includes clauses that mandates that the Big Ten Conference will appoint officials and that both athletic programs will pay a $1.8 million buyout on or before Feb. 1 following the game if it is not played.

[DOCUMENT: Click here to read the contract]

ASU will receive 500 complimentary tickets to the game and has the option to purchase up to 2,000 additional tickets. Band members, cheerleaders and a mascot are not included in that 2,500 ticket count, and they are admitted to the game "free of charge."

ASU went 7-5 last season under fourth-year Coach Blake Anderson with a 35-30 loss to Middle Tennessee State in the Camellia Bowl, and Michigan went 8-5 under third-year Coach Jim Harbaugh with a 26-19 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

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  • hurricane46
    March 21, 2018 at 9:42 a.m.

    ASU figures since the Hogs won't play them, we'll play them.

  • ARoller
    March 21, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.

    The Hogs were supposed to play Michigan but they backed out of the game. Guess Michigan thinks ASU is a rent-a-win.

  • Jfish
    March 21, 2018 at 10:48 a.m.

    The rest of the story is that Michigan backed out in order to pick up Notre Dame rather than UA. Everyone make decisions according to pecking order and whatever is most advantageous to them. Here is the current pecking order, Notre Dame, Michigan, UA, ASU.