Here’s something that won’t surprise you: people will pay a lot of money to see big-time college football games.
With the help of market analysts Tip IQ, AL.com has compiled the list of 30 priciest tickets for the 2013 college football season. Of course, lists like this are always subject to change. Fans are willing to pay anything to see their team when it’s undefeated. By November, when they’ve suffered a loss or five, that typically changes.
Before we get to the list, a few notes:
– Not surprisingly, SEC fans open their wallets to see their teams. An SEC team is involved in 16 of the 30 games on the list.
– The title of most expensive team in the country to follow belongs to LSU. The Bayou Bengals share the team lead with Georgia with five appearances, but each of LSU’s games checks in on the top half of the list.
– Most surprising game on the list? Skip down to No. 22. On a list full of the biggest brands in college football, there sits Houston at Temple on Sept. 7. Are people really paying $300 to see this game.
– In accordance with the “fans will pay anything to see their team as long as they’re undefeated” theory, the top three games all occur before the end of September: Alabama at Texas A&M on Sept. 14, LSU vs. TCU on Aug. 31 and Oklahoma at Notre Dame on Sept. 28.
|Game||Date||Average Asking Price|
|Alabama at Texas A&M||Sept. 14||$626.42|
|LSU vs. TCU (at Dallas)||Aug. 31||$584.13|
|Oklahoma at Notre Dame||Sept. 28||$544.30|
|USC at Notre Dame||Oct. 19||$530.33|
|Oklahoma vs. Texas (at Dallas)||Oct. 12||$499.42|
|Florida vs. Georgia (at Jacksonville)||Nov. 2||$453.37|
|Texas at TCU||Oct. 26||$451.09|
|Texas A&M at LSU||Nov. 23||$448.46|
|Notre Dame at Michigan||Sept. 7||$423.17|
|Ohio State at Michigan||Nov. 30||$380.38|
|LSU at Georgia||Sept. 28||$370.34|
|LSU at Alabama||Nov. 9||$370.29|
|Michigan State at Notre Dame||Nov. 21||$348.36|
|Alabama at Auburn||Nov. 30||$348.34|
|Wisconsin at Ohio State||Sept. 28||$335.07|
|Florida at LSU||Oct. 12||$333.40|
|Georgia at Clemson||Aug. 31||$332.93|
|South Carolina at Georgia||Sept. 7||$317.87|
|Clemson at South Carolina||Nov. 30||$317.40|
|Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (at Atlanta)||Aug. 31||$311.44|
|Army vs. Navy (at Philadelphia)||Dec. 14||$302.47|
|Houston at Temple||Sept. 7||$302.43|
|Penn State at Ohio State||Oct. 26||$302.22|
|Florida State at Florida||Nov. 30||$298.54|
|Florida at South Carolina||Nov. 16||$288.26|
|Michigan at Michigan State||Nov. 2||$276.39|
|Georgia at Georgia Tech||Nov. 30||$276.09|
|Oklahoma at Oklahoma State||Dec. 7||$274.76|
|Iowa at Ohio State||Oct. 19||$272.64|
|Alabama at Mississippi State||Nov. 16||$266.28|