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LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark (7) makes the catch on a long pass by LSU quarterback Myles Brennan as Troy cornerback Blace Brown (18) defends in the second half against Troy, Saturday, September 30, 2017, on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La. Troy defeated LSU 24-21.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

That loss didn't just sting — it was expensive. 

LSU paid $985,000 to Troy for what is often referred to as a guarantee game. LSU's payout was the highest by a team that lost this season, according to a report from ESPN's Darren Rovell

The next three were Syracuse, which paid Middle Tennessee State $950,000; Rutgers, which Eastern Michigan $860,000; and Nebraska, which paid Northern Illinois $820,000. 

LSU rallied and had a last-ditch possession to tie the game, but Danny Etling was intercepted on his final pass and the Trojans won the game 24-21. 

It was the second payout game against a lower-tier opponent for LSU this season. The Tigers paid UT-Chattanooga $500,000 earlier this season, according to a report from SB Nation, a game they won handily. 

Across the college football landscape, the guarantee games were projected to account for roughly $150 million in payouts for 2017, according to a report from USA Today