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The 10 Most Expensive College Football Games Of 2014

Rivalry games and exciting series are what make college football great. Unfortunately, the market understands this, and to see the most anticipated games every year, fans need to pony up some serious cash. 

Using the current prices on StubHub, we looked up the current 10 most expensive games in college football this year, based on the cheapest tickets available. Some of these games are going for three or four times as much as a season ticket costs at other power conference programs. However, as anyone who was at last year's Iron Bowl probably knows, you get what you pay for.

10.) Alabama vs. Florida $197.50, September 20

Florida is coming off of a down season, but they're still a big name, and with the scheduling alignment of the SEC, Alabama fans won't see the Gators in Tuscaloosa again for a long time. Every Alabama game is incredibly expensive, but that combination of a brand opponent and the scarcity of match-ups with SEC East opponents is the reason this price makes some sense.

Alabama fans probably should be heavy favorites in this one, so if they can go see a name opponent that they should almost definitely beat, that probably helps drive the price for this game up as well. Alabama beat Florida 38-10 when the two programs last met in 2011, and the Tide are on a three-game winning streak against the Gators.

9.) Georgia vs. Auburn - $205.50, November 15

Another SEC cross-division game comes in at No. 9, though this one should be a little more competitive. Auburn and Georgia both have big hopes for the 2014 season, and Auburn may be the premiere match-up in Athens this season, though another Georgia that will appear later on the list will pose a serious challenge for that title.

Coming off of their shocking National Championship berth, Auburn is one of the most intriguing teams in the nation, as well as one of the most fun to watch.

8.) Notre Dame vs. Stanford - $219.50, October 4

Like Alabama, every game at Notre Dame will cost fans a pretty penny, and the surging Stanford program has become one of the toughest annual tests for the Irish.

Stanford has won four of five with Notre Dame, and came within a touchdown of ending the Irish's undefeated regular season in 2012, losing in overtime at Notre Dame Stadium 20-13. Last year's game was also a close one, with the Cardinal coming out on top 27-20.

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7.) Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech - $230.45, September 6

The Hokies aren't quite what they were in the early 2000s, when they were thought of as a title contender in many seasons, but they are the biggest name on Ohio State's non-conference slate this season. The Buckeyes have never played the Hokies before this season. New series against big-name competition are always fun for fans.

While Virginia Tech is a bit of a mystery this year, it did give Alabama some trouble in last year's opener, a game that was closer than the 35-10 final score. The Hokies probably won't knock off the Buckeyes, but they will put Urban Meyer's two year regular season undefeated streak to the test. To pull off a pretty big upset, and likely end Ohio State's playoff hopes, they'll need to overcome over 100,000 screaming Buckeye fans.

6.) Red River Shootout: Oklahoma vs. Texas - $260, October 11

Oklahoma enters the year coming off of a huge bowl win over Alabama, and with eyes on a National Championship. Texas begins the Charlie Strong era, hoping to re-energize a program that has underachieved a bit for a few seasons now.

A win in the Red River Shootout is probably mandatory for OU if the Sooners want to make the College Football Playoff; beating the Sooners in his first year would immediately endear Strong to the Texas fanbase.

Interestingly, the Red River Shootout's cheapest seats were exactly $260 when we checked last year as well.

5.) Georgia vs. Clemson - $260.50, August 30

If you save an extra half-dollar, you can turn your Red River Shootout ticket into one for Georgia-Clemson, a rematch of a great ACC-SEC battle from week one of the 2013 season, which the Tigers won 38-35. Clemson is coming off of a BCS game win over Ohio State, while Georgia looks to ride Todd Gurley to an SEC East title.

While it's usually Clemson's offense and often Georgia's defense that would headline a match-up like this, Gurley against Vic Beasley and a very talented, experienced Clemson defense should be a blast to watch.

Last year's game at Clemson fetched $245.

4.) The Game: Ohio State vs. Michigan - $307.50, November 29

"The Game" is a match-up that will likely top this list every season as long as both of these programs have college football teams. Ohio State has gone undefeated for two straight regular seasons, while Michigan has been a bit disappointing, but that has not had much effect on how competitive this game has been. The Buckeyes won the 2012 edition of The Game 26-21, and narrowly avoided disaster last season, beating Devin Gardner and Michigan 42-41.

Ohio State has College Football Playoff aspirations this year, so this one will likely be as important as ever. This year's price is up from the $232 tickets were going for when we looked last June.

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3.) LSU vs. Alabama - $319.60, November 8

The Tigers and the Tide have been the two most consistently dangerous SEC West teams for years now, making their highly anticipated game every year one of the highlights of the college football schedule. Alabama pulled away late last season for a 38-17 win, but both teams are replacing top quarterbacks and numerous pieces on defense.

Les Miles and Nick Saban will have their teams ready to go on November 8th, but it will look a bit different without guys like A.J. McCarron and Jeremy Hill on the field.

Last year on StubHub, this game went for $249.99.

2.) Iron Bowl: Alabama vs. Auburn - $325.10, November 29

You probably expected this to be at the top of the list, right? In almost any year it probably would be, but this year there are extenuating circumstances that we'll get to shortly.

Alabama and Auburn played one of the greatest games anyone has ever seen last year, and the sequel should be pretty good as well. This season, Auburn isn't sneaking up on anyone. Quarterback Nick Marshall returns with a full season of play under his belt and Gus Malzahn has had an entire year to tweak and develop his dynamic offense.

By the time rivalry week rolls around this November, the Tigers may very well be the favorites in the Iron Bowl. Will they be the ones kicking off with a slim lead and one second on the clock this season? We can't wait to find out.

1.) Notre Dame vs. Michigan - $428.50, September 6

The Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry is going on the shelf for a while after this season due to Notre Dame's new association with the ACC, so fans are paying ridiculous prices to see this game between the Irish and the Wolverines in South Bend. The quarterback match-up between Everett Golson and Devin Gardner should be a fun one, and both teams are promising heading into 2014, but it is hard to imagine that this game is going for $100 more than the Iron Bowl this year, and $128 more than Notre Dame-Michigan from a year ago.

If Michigan is fetching $428, and Notre Dame fans don't even consider that the program's top rivalry, what would a final game between the Irish and USC cost?

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