With Washington’s 2016 season opener against Rutgers now just 15 days away, it’s as good of a time as any to look at the payouts the Huskies’ nonconference opponents will receive this season.
UW will pay a total of $1.75 million this season to the three nonconference teams playing at Husky Stadium -- Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State -- after paying a total of $1.45 million to two opponents, Sacramento State and Utah State, last season.
The Huskies will pay Rutgers $400,000, according to a UW spokesperson, and UW will receive the same amount when it travels to New Jersey in 2017 for the return game.
Idaho, still an FBS program until 2018, will get $825,000 for facing UW in Seattle on Sept. 10.
And Portland State, an FCS opponent from the Big Sky Conference, will receive a $525,000 paycheck for its game at UW on Sept. 17. That’s the same amount Washington State paid PSU last season for traveling to Pullman.
The Huskies paid $1 million last season to Utah State and $450,000 to Sacramento State, another Big Sky program.
In 2014, UW paid a total of $1.625 million to three nonconference opponents -- Eastern Washington ($450,000), Illinois ($275,000) and Georgia State ($900,000).