UTC will only play one football game this fall, bringing in $350,000

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / UTC head coach Rusty Wright and his team take the field for their NCAA football game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will play at Football Bowl Subdivision opponent Western Kentucky on Oct. 24, both schools announced Monday.

The game, which comes with a $350,000 payday for UTC, was originally scheduled for Sept. 3 but recently pushed to a date later in the season as football schedules across the country were altered - and in some cases canceled - due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Southern Conference recently announced a postponement of all fall sports with hopes of playing in the spring but gave its member schools leeway to pursue other games. The Mocs had nonconference matchups with Western Kentucky, James Madison on the road and North Alabama at home, but the latter two games will not be played this year, making the trip to take on the Hilltoppers the only game on the slate for UTC, a Football Championship Subdivision program.

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