Texas' Timothy Cole breaks free for a 64-yard run against Wyoming at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin on Sept. 1, 2012. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)

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Report: Texas to pay Wyoming $1.85 million to play at Royal-Memorial in 2023

Posted April 28th, 2020

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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.

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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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