The Alabama Crimson Tide are a college football powerhouse that challenge to win the National Championship every single year.
Old Dominion have only had a football team for five years and are set to make their first appearance in the FBS ranks next season.
As you can imagine there is quite a distinct gap in talents, coaching and funding between the two schools.
The ODU Monarchs noticed this and rejected a whopping $1.3 million dollars from ESPN and 'Bama to face the Crimson Tide in a game in the 2015 season, in front of 102,000 screaming fans at the Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Athletic Director Wood Selig was asked about why he rejected the chance to play the big guns and said:
“We’ve already got 12 games,” Selig told PilotOnline. “I’d certainly touch base with (head coach) Bobby Wilder on this, but I don’t think playing a game against Alabama would be an advisable move given the infancy of our program.”
Selig went on to say that it was actually ESPN and not the university that first approached them with the tentative offer.
“ESPN is one of the biggest brokers of games,” Selig said. “They are constantly trying to move people around in order to set up attractive games to broadcast.
“If they know you’ve got an open week or can handle another game, sometimes they will contact you. They often say, if you do that, we’ll consider you down the line for some type of television broadcast or help you get a home and home with a certain school."
The game wouldn't really make sense for ODU as you can't really learn much from an absolute thrashing.