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VMI to earn $325,000 to play at UVA this weekend

Published On: Sep 18 2013 05:07:43 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 05:10:25 PM EDT
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It's FCS weekend in the ACC.

Smaller programs will square off against nationally ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponents on Saturday, and even if the games aren't competitive, they'll be a win-win for both schools.

Sure, it's a nice payday: Bethune-Cookman will receive $475,000 for playing at No. 8 Florida State, Savannah State $375,000 for its game at No. 16 Miami and VMI walks with $325,000 after playing at Virginia.

But VMI coach Sparky Woods says there's more than money to be gained.

He says players get to see how they measure up against the best and to play in front of big crowds. The FCS programs also get television exposure.

The ACC schools get to work on areas of concern and likely move a step closer to becoming bowl eligible.