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It's Still Good to be the Cupcake: A Continuing Series

The upper-echelon FBS schools continue to have a high demand for games against so-called cupcake opponents as exemplified by what Arkansas State is getting to play a couple of big programs.  One was Oregon.

"It's another reason not to schedule games like this on the West Coast," said Malzahn, who was hired last December after three years as Auburn's offensive coordinator. Arkansas State will get a check for $950,000 for playing the Ducks.

The other is Nebraska.

Nebraska is paying Arkansas State $1 million for playing at Memorial Stadium on Saturday the highest amount ever guaranteed to an opponent for a game in Lincoln.

Dr. Tom gives one of the reasons for the high payout.

Athletic director Tom Osborne said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that $1 million is the "going rate for a great many teams to play an away game with no return engagement."

Another reason is that these small programs are likely, but not always (right Arky; right Michigan?), to receive a beat down on the field of play.

Here's a related tidbit:  what it costs Boise State, no cupcake itself, to travel to away games.