The Kent State Golden Flashes have added the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats to their 2020 football schedule, FBSchedules.com has learned.
Copies of contracts for both games were obtained by FBSchedules.com from Kent State University via a state public records request.
Kent State will travel to face Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 26, 2020. The Golden Flashes will receive a $1.75 million guarantee for the game, according to the contract.
The Golden Flashes and Crimson Tide have met twice on the gridiron. Alabama defeated Kent State in both contests, 48-7 in 2011 and 48-0 in 2016.
Kent State will travel to play the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on Sept. 19, 2020. Per the contract, the Golden Flashes will receive the same guarantee as the Alabama game, $1.75 million.
Kentucky and Kent State have met seven times on the gridiron. In their last meeting in 2012, the Wildcats defeated the Golden Flashes 47-14 to extend their series lead to 7-0.
The addition of Alabama and Kentucky completes Kent State’s non-conference schedule for the 2020 season. The Golden Flashes are also slated to travel to Arkansas on Sept. 5 and host Kennesaw State on Sept. 12.
Per a copy of the Arkansas contract, Kent State will receive $1.5 million for that game. That means overall, the Golden Flashes will receive a total of $5 million in guaranteed money for playing three SEC teams in the same season.
Kent State will pay Kennesaw State a $315,000 guarantee for their game in 2020, so the Golden Flashes net revenue will be $4,685,000, not including expenses.