What’s the biggest bowl game this season? It’s not the BCS Championship… yet.

Must See 2012-2013 College Bowl Games
Image source: attcottonbowl.com

On Monday, @Yahoo_Graham, a college football and basketball writer for Yahoo!, ranked all of the 2012-13 bowl games  ̶  “from absolute must-see TV to must-see-a-psychiatrist if it’s on your TV.”

So, how do these rankings compare with the latest Google Trends of college football fans searching for bowl game tickets, and the average ticket prices of bowl games on the secondary market? We took a look, and then combined all three to create our own list based on search, average ticket price and Dr. Saturday’s
must-see TV rankings.

Of the BCS games, the BCS Championship, Rose and Fiesta bowls rank in the Top 5. Although we agree with Dr. Saturday that “everyone here will watch Notre Dame-Alabama,” the Cotton Bowl, featuring Texas A&M and Oklahoma, takes our top spot today. You could buy six Cotton Bowl tickets for every BCS Championship ticket on the secondary market (on average), but Google searches for “cotton bowl tickets” relative to “bcs championship tickets” have been almost two times greater since Sunday’s BCS Selection Show. Those numbers could change after Notre Dame and Alabama announce BCS lottery ticket winners, and those left without tickets search to find the best bowl game ticket deals, or “Johnny Football” could bring home the Heisman to A&M on Saturday night, adding even more interest to the Cotton Bowl.

Here’s the complete list, with Pat Forde’s take on “Must-watch bowl games” below.

2012-2013
Bowl Games
Combined
Rank
Google
Interest Rank
(Relative
Search Volume)
Avg Price
Rank
(Avg Price) Dr. Saturday’s
must-see TV Rank
Cotton Bowl 1 1 100 2 $493.28 3
BCS Championship 2 2 57 1 $2,984.90 1
Rose Bowl 3 3 45 3 $388.21 6
Fiesta Bowl 4 4 37 4 $318.73 2
Alamo Bowl 5 6 24 7 $146.17 8
Sugar Bowl 6 8 20 5 $179.75 5
Holiday Bowl 7 10 12 9 $123.71 7
Outback Bowl 8 7 21 8 $144.01 10
Capital One Bowl 9 9 19 12 $98.88 9
Pinstripe Bowl 10 11 10 6 $159.65 20
Chick-fil-A Bowl 11 20 0 11 $99.25 4
Orange Bowl 12 5 31 17 $87.27 11
Music City Bowl 13 12 6 29 $53.45 19
Liberty Bowl 14 13 5 24 $67.17 21
Gator Bowl 15 14 4 31 $50.40 12
Belk Bowl 16 15 4 22 $76.53 26
MAACO Bowl 17 16 2 20 $79.16 13
Military Bowl 18 17 2 14 $95.67 15
Poinsettia Bowl 19 18 2 16 $89.85 18
New Orleans Bowl 20 19 2 34 n/a 32
Heart of Dallas Bowl 21 20 0 10 $104.94 30
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 22 20 0 13 $95.84 17
Meineke Car Car Bowl 23 20 0 15 $90.02 31
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 24 20 0 18 $83.27 23
Armed Forces Bowl 25 20 0 19 $82.96 33
Little Caesar’s Bowl 26 20 0 21 $78.17 34
BBVA Compass Bowl 27 20 0 23 $70.30 25
Sun Bowl 28 20 0 25 $61.87 29
Hawaii Bowl 29 20 0 26 $60.75 28
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl 30 20 0 27 $56.75 27
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 31 20 0 28 $55.24 14
Independence Bowl 32 20 0 30 $52.10 24
Russell Athletic Bowl 33 20 0 32 $43.74 22
GoDaddy.com Bowl 34 20 0 33 n/a 16

 

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One comment on “What’s the biggest bowl game this season? It’s not the BCS Championship… yet.
  1. charlie phillips says:

    I love this game and hope it is not a typical Heisman trophy winner choking as they usually do. They choke because the are on the banquet circuit fattening up on rubber chicken and not working on their game. Johnny Football maybe different.

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