Revenue drives college football. It doesn’t take an economist to understand that.

But just how much money is spent or earned on a weekly basis isn’t something the common fan thinks about. Until USA Today gave the world the inside scoop, that is.

Steve Berkowitz of USA Today Sports compiled a database of every Week 1 game and laid out the monetary implications of each one. Some of the figures are absolutely ridiculous, especially for a few B1G teams.

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First, here are the B1G teams that will be earning revenue in the first week of the season, according to the report:

  • Michigan vs. Florida (neutral site) — $6 million for each team
  • Purdue vs. Louisville (neutral site) — TBD: all expenses/revenue shared equally
  • Maryland vs. Texas — $400,000

Considering those figures, the goal for every college football program should be to play in a high-profile, neutral-site game. $6 million is a pretty nice paycheck for one game.

On the other side, here are the B1G teams that are spending money to host a home game in Week 1:

  • Arkansas State vs. Nebraska: $1.65 million
  • Nevada vs. Northwestern: $1.3 million
  • Utah State vs. Wisconsin: $1.2 million
  • Wyoming vs. Iowa: $1 million
  • Akron vs. Penn State: $1 million
  • Buffalo vs. Minnesota: $900,000
  • Bowling Green vs. Michigan State: $900,000
  • Ball State vs. Illinois: $900,000
  • Washington vs. Rutgers: $400,000

The nine B1G teams hosting a home game will spend a combined $9.2 million in the first week alone.

In addition to a home game, teams schedule home games against non-power conference teams in an attempt to secure a victory on the season.

If the visiting team pulls of an upset, it’s a win-win for those non-power programs.