Kent State

While the Kent State Golden Flashes aren’t typically known for having a difficult college football schedule due to playing in the MAC, they certainly will have that reputation this year. The Golden Flashes have without much doubt the most difficult non-conference schedule in all of college football.

In the first month of the season, Kent State faces road games against some of the best teams in college football: the Washington Huskies, the Oklahoma Sooners, and the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs. All three of those opponents are Power Five programs that typically compete for conference titles and College Football Playoff appearances with both Oklahoma and Georgia cracking the top 10 in the preseason coaches poll.

However, the likely reason for the ridiculously difficult non-conference schedule is pretty simple: money.

As ESPN reports, Kent State will receive a total of $5.2 million in guaranteed payouts as a result of those three road games against Power Five opponents. These guaranteed payouts will help keep their athletic department afloat as the MAC program does not bring in anywhere near the revenue other Power Five programs do.

The loaded non-conference schedule certainly caught the attention of the college football world, who took to Twitter to express their astonishment.

Kent State begins its September gauntlet with a road matchup against Washinton on Sept. 3.