— Auburn University has announced its application for admission to its Football Bowl Subdivision will cost the state $10 million to make.
Auburn University president and athletic director Mark C. Baldwin announced Tuesday the school has been awarded the largest scholarship offer in state and federal history.
The award will go to the football team that won the Auburn Conference Championship Game in 2018.
The Auburn-Alabama game was played Dec. 7, 2020, and cost Auburn $5 million.AUBURN UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS FOR 2019-20Baldwin said the offer is $3.9 million more than the school’s previous offer of $3 million in 2018, the first year Auburn made a state-level bowl game.
The school received $1.5 million in scholarship money for the 2018 season, the largest award of any FBS program.
The school’s 2017 season was the first since joining the FBS, and it had been a regular conference opponent for the last two years.
The schools last meeting was Dec. 15, 2017, when the Tigers defeated Alabama 31-13.
The offer comes after Auburn earned the highest bid of any Division I FBS team in 2019 and its first bid in the 2018 bowl game since joining FBS in 2012.
Auburn’s bid in 2019 was worth $8.2 million.
Baldwell said he had “no doubt” Auburn would compete for a top spot in the Football Bowl Class of 2019, but the school didn’t have a clear path toward that spot.
He said he hopes the $10-million scholarship offer, which will be made public Monday, will help Auburn “put itself on the map” with FBS teams in 2018 and 2019.
He said the school is looking forward to competing in the 2019 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the only FBS bowl game Auburn will not be playing.
Auburn will host Florida State in Pasadena in 2019.