Ohio State to pay Kent State nearly $2 million for future football game
Ohio State is willing to shell out quite a bit of dough for Kent State to make the journey to Columbus in 2026.
Eleven Warriors obtained the game contract from Ohio State, which indicates it will pay Kent State $1.9 million to play inside The Horseshoe on Sept. 19, 2026. The recently-scheduled game was announced last week.
Kent State is one of three nonconference foes on the Buckeyes’ scheduled for the 2026 campaign and is the second MAC opponent on the slate. Ohio State will host Ball State on Sept. 5, as well.
Ohio State will travel to Austin to play Texas in the lone Power 5 matchup of the 3-game nonconference slate.
The last time Ohio State and Kent State met on the gridiron came in 2014, a 66-0 blowout victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State leads the all-time series 3-0, with the other meetings coming in 2007 and 2002.
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