The Colorado Buffaloes trip to the Big House comes with a nice incentive.
A guaranteed $1.4 Million dollar payday for CU was part of the agreement with Michigan, when the two schools agreed to be part of each others non-conference future schedules in 2011. The scheduled match up was the last game outside the Pac-12 conference scheduled by former Athletic Director Mike Bohn.
After a 19-year hiatus, the Buffs and Wolverines will meet for the first time since the famous "Miracle at Michigan," that shocked the world when quarterback Kordell Stewart's 64-yard hail mary touchdown pass was tipped by Michigan defenders and landed into the arms of wide receiver Michael Westbrook for a 27-26 win.
The experience will be exciting for Buffs fans traveling to Michigan, as they will be part of the biggest crowd to see a football game in CU history. The last Big Ten conference opponent for Colorado was on Sept. 24, 2011 against the Ohio State Buckeyes, resulting in a 37-17 loss at the Horseshoe. The payout for that contest was similar to this affair with $1.4 million dollars heading CU's direction.
In fact, the figure of $1.4 million is significant to college football. Legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was the first to hit the million dollar mark and that was the amount of his salary in 1995. Ironically enough, $1.4 million is also the early payback clause in the current contract for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
So, if CU goes into the Big House and pulls off a monumental upset against Michigan and for some reason Harbaugh resigns after the game, Michigan would get their money back.
The game between Michigan and Colorado was originally scheduled for a national telecast on ESPN, but has since been moved to the Big Ten Network. The two schools will meet on Sept. 17 with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. mountain time.