As the greatest time of the year (bowl season) approaches and teams gear up for their final regular season games, we here at College Spun figured you might be interested to know just how pricey some of these matchup could be to attend - you know, before you start inviting everyone and their mother to your annual tailgate.
We created a lineup of the ten most expensive games left in the 2013 college football regular season. Each of these contests has its own special story and significance to back up the steep price. Thanks to StubHub.com, we were able to organize the ten priciest games to attend in the closing weeks of the season.
Next: The Ten Most Expensive Games for the Remainder of The Season
10. Notre Dame vs. Stanford
Cheapest Seats: $80.00
Where: Stanford Stadium
After a disappointing loss to inter-conference rival USC, the Stanford Cardinal look to bounce back vs. a Notre Dame team that they lost to on a goal-line stand in overtime last season. While both squads haven’t lived up to the high expectations this year, the game still holds a lot of significance.
Obviously, revenge is a form of motivation for the Cardinal.
9. Florida State vs. Florida
Cheapest Seats: $80.00
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
The Seminoles vs. the Gators has been an in-state rivalry since the 1950’s. The importance of this matchup needs very little explanation. Every season, these two powerhouses schedule to play each other as their final regular season game. Because both football programs are so prestigious, this game not only comes with the in-state bragging rights, but often has heavy bowl game implications as well. Last year, Florida beat FSU for the first time in three years, but from 2004 to 2009, the Gators won every time.
This year, each team has a great deal on the line. If Florida State loses, all of its hopes at a national championship can be kissed goodbye. As for the Gators, a loss to the Seminoles would mean no post-season play for the first time since 1990.
8. Georgia vs. Georgia Tech
Cheapest Seats: $85.00
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium
After last week's tragic loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs were dropped from the top 25 rankings. When asked about the team's focus from here on out, star running back Todd Gurley told the media that Georgia had its eyes on a state championship. In order to gain the title of Georgia state champions, the Bulldogs must first defeat the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets are also playing for some respect - they've only won a single game in the last 12 meetings. Fans attending this game should expect some “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” from the two in-state rivals.
Next: No. 7 - UCLA vs. USC
7. UCLA vs. USC
Cheapest Seats: $115.00
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The UCLA vs. USC football game is the west coast's closest thing to a subway series. These two Los Angeles based schools are just 12 miles apart, making it impossible to avoid an awkward encounter with a fan of the opposing university. For the greater part of the last ten years, the Trojans have dominated this rivalry, but UCLA is looking to make up for lost time.
USC is on a bit of a hot streak since firing coach Lane Kiffin, and has found itself in the top 25 for the first time since the second week of the season. No. 14 ranked UCLA would like nothing better than to be the only ranked team in the Los Angeles area after its battle with the Trojans.
6. Ohio State vs. Michigan
Cheapest Seats: $125.00
Where: Michigan Stadium
Hey are you going to the game this weekend? Which game? “THE GAME."
The hottest ticket in the Big Ten conference all year will feature the Buckeyes and the Wolverines. This year, the two rivals will meet up in “The Big House”, the home of the Wolverines, which seats upwards of 115,000 roaring fans. “The Game” is one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports, and this comes with good reason. Because both programs are so successful, this matchup often decides which team from the conference is selected to play in the world famous Rose Bowl.
While Michigan’s hopes of playing in a BCS bowl were diminished weeks ago, the Wolverines would still love to destroy the Buckeyes' dreams of playing in the BCS National Championship Game. Once again “The Game” carries loads of importance.
5. Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
Cheapest Seats: $135.00
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium
The undefeated Baylor Bears and the one-loss Oklahoma State Cowboys will meet up this Saturday in a game that could decide who wins the Big 12 this year. The matchup features the nation’s top offense in Baylor and another high scoring squad in Oklahoma State. The Bears also have an outside shot at the BCS National Championship Game, should things fall their way.
If you don’t want to pay the high price to go to this game, than you could always watch it this Saturday night at 8 on ABC.
4. Clemson vs. South Carolina
Cheapest Seats: $148.00
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium
Clemson vs. Carolina, the Tigers vs. the Gamecocks, or the Battle of the Palmetto State; whatever you want to call it. This game has it all from in-state rivals to superstars on each side of the ball. For Clemson, you’ve got Heisman candidate quarterback Tajh Boyd, For South Carolina, you'll get to see freak of nature defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Big names attract big crowds and these fans are expecting a lot with the amount of dough that they are throwing to land a seat in Williams-Brice Stadium.
3. Texas vs. Baylor
Cheapest Seats: $165.00
Where: Baylor Stadium
The third priciest ticket for the remainder of the college football season is the Big 12 battle between the Texas Longhorns and the Baylor Bears. Although Texas isn’t ranked, this game is actually extremely important. Unranked Texas happens to be 6-1 in the Big 12 and depending on what happens between No. 4 ranked Baylor and No. 10 ranked OK State, the Longhorns may find themselves in the hunt for the Big 12 championship.
Any time you have a highly-ranked team like Baylor and college football royalty in the Texas Longhorns you’re going to see ticket prices through the roof.
Next: No. 2 - Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
2. Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
Cheapest Seats: $184.00
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium
The runner up for most expensive game during the home stretch of the season will take place in the sooner state between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. That's right, Oklahoma State will be home to two of the top five most expensive games.
The best case for the Sooners here is that they gain bragging rights over OSU, as with two conferences losses, it seems that their hopes of a Big 12 championship are gone. As for the Cowboys, they could land themselves in a BCS bowl if they win the rest of their games. Another game, another dollar.
Next: No. 1 - Alabama vs. Auburn
1. Alabama vs. Auburn
Cheapest Seats: $398.00
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium
The most expensive seat for the remainder of the season is a spot at the Iron Bowl. This year, Auburn (6-1) will host Alabama (7-0) in a game that is unlikely to disappoint. The winner of the matchup will win the SEC West and play in the SEC Championship Game.
The Tigers will look to use their dominant run game to take down the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide. At this moment, the cheapest ticket to this game checks in at $398.00. It's not that surprising though - this is the most important Iron Bowl matchup in recent memory.
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