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.
This time, there was no comeback.
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.
The chatter is already bubbling.