Texas will open up both its playbook and checkbook when Wyoming’s football team comes to town in 2023.
The Caspar Star-Tribune reported this week that Wyoming will make $1.85 million when it travels to play Texas on Sept. 16, 2023. Texas must deliver that guaranteed payment for the one-game series by Jan. 30, 2024.
Luring a non-conference opponent with a large guaranteed payment is a common practice for Texas and other Power Five schools. Texas paid $1.1 million to Louisiana Tech for the 2019 season opener. And even though the Texas-Rice game last September was played at Houston’s NRG Stadium, it reportedly cost UT $1 million to play the Owls. According to the Tampa Bay Times, South Florida will be paid $1.9 million to open this coming season in Austin.
The Wyoming game is the third one of Texas’ 2023 schedule. The Longhorns will open that season against Rice before journeying to Alabama for a marquee matchup. Texas is 5-0 against Wyoming, and the Longhorns recorded a 37-17 win when the teams last met in 2012.
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