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Top College Football Matchups Bring Up to $1 Million Payday for HBCUs

Unexpected openings in football schedules have led UCLA to take on Alabama State in September and Notre Dame playing its 2023 home opener against Tennessee State. 

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HBCU's Big Football Payday

When the University of California at Los Angeles ended up with two openings in a football schedule set years in advance, it filled them with teams it had never played in the sport: historically Black colleges Alabama State University and North Carolina Central University.

The University of Notre Dame invited Tennessee State University for next year’s home opener in its 77,000-seat stadium after a showdown with a longtime rival, the Naval Academy, was moved to Ireland. It’s the first time Notre Dame’s football program will play one of the historically Black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs.