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The 5 Most Expensive Games To Attend During College Football’s Opening Week

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If you find yourself not being able to stop humming fight songs, no one would blame you, as the opening kickoff to the college football season is just about two weeks away. The fanfare, the bands, the tailgates and traditions are all coming back in full blast, as teams play for positions in the second four-team College Football Playoff. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the defending national champions after defeating the Oregon Ducks in the inaugural College Football Playoff a year ago. They are the odds-on favorite to win the national championship for a second straight season, as the Buckeyes were the unanimous preseason No. 1 in the AP poll, receiving all 61 first-place votes this past Sunday. No team has ever received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes in a preseason poll since the rankings began back in 1950, according to an article on This is somewhat familiar territory for the Buckeyes, who have been voted the AP preseason No. 1 for the eighth time in their history.

But when the season begins, all teams are undefeated and can create their own path to the CFP.

Below is a look into the top-priced college football tickets for the opening week of the season on the secondary market, according to If purchasing tickets isn’t in the equation, US Dish offers numerous sports packages to cater to fans of any conference. Along with conference-related packages, ESPN Gameplan will show up to 12 games that aren’t available in the local market, making sure the most important games of the season can be seen from the comfort of your own home.

9/5/2015 | Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Texas Longhorns | Notre Dame Stadium | Average Price: $864.40 | Get-in Price: $387

The most expensive game of the opening week is when the Texas Longhorns travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish. Brian Kelly has his team thinking championship, albeit while possessing a tough schedule. With an average ticket price of over $800 and a get-in price approaching $400, the opening weekend at Notre Dame Stadium will be one of the most sought-out tickets of the entire season, let alone in the first week.

9/3/2015 | Utah Utes vs. Michigan Wolverines | Rice Eccles Stadium | Average Price: $395.12 | Get-in Price: $197

Michigan football is back even before the season starts, as Jim Harbaugh has injected the program with new life. The former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers jettisoned the NFL despite notable success at the pro level to come to his alma mater and turn the school’s fortunes around. However, the rebuild will start out on a tough note, as the Wolverines hit the road to take on the Utah Utes, who defeated Michigan last season with ease, 26-10. 

9/7/2015 | Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes | Lane Stadium | Average Price: $339.11 | Get-in Price: $214

One would think the defending national champions aren’t out for revenge on any single team, but the Virginia Tech Hokies served up the Buckeyes’ only loss last season. The Hokies will have the support of their home crowd and look to make it two in a row against the No. 1 team in the country.

9/5/2015 | Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. BYU Cougars | Memorial Stadium | Average Price: $279.32 | Get-in Price: $128

Nebraska begins the Mike Riley era, as the team moved on from former head coach Bo Pelini. Riley spent the last 11 seasons as head coach of the Oregon State Beavers and was a surprise candidate to jump ship, but with an average price of $279.32 and a get-in price of $128 for a game against BYU, the student section is fired up for a new voice to lead the program. 

9/5/2015 | Cowboys Classic | Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Wisconsin Badgers | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $247.74 | Get-in Price: $83

The SEC’s most popular team against one of the Big Ten conference’s most consistent, the Crimson Tide and Badgers will try to avoid a 0-1 start at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys Classic will put a dent into CFP plans for one of these two powerhouses, providing some enthralling drama early on in the season. Without question, this will be one of the more anticipated games to kick off the season.