How Does the SEC Compare?

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There is no question that the SEC is the premiere conference in college football, with an SEC team having won the last seven straight BCS National Championships. Despite the stiff competition, Alabama coach Nick Saban is calling for more SEC Conference games. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 teams all play nine conference games, while the SEC currently plays only eight. The ACC plays just eight conference games, but will soon be adding independent Notre Dame to the mix. This got us to thinking about how the SEC compares to the other major conferences in terms of ticket price. With the average 2013 NCAA College Football ticket price at $119, we checked to see how the SEC measures up.

The average price for SEC conference teams in 2013 is $151, higher than any other major conference and 27% higher than the NCAA average. Saban’s suggestion to add more conference games would only raise the SEC average. The average includes non-conference games against inferior competition in lesser conferences and even the FCS. Replacing these games with more SEC match-ups would mean more expensive tickets overall. Alabama’s four home conference games have an average price of $343, while their non-conference games average just $195.

Conference Avg. Price
SEC $151
Big Ten $121
Big 12 $118
Pac-12 $109
ACC $76
AAC (Big East) $61

The Big Ten has the second most expensive tickets, $30 less expensive than the SEC. Last year’s Big Ten Champion Ohio State ended the season undefeated, but was ineligible for a bowl game due to NCAA violations. Many believe that Ohio State would’ve taken Alabama’s spot in the 2013 BCS Championship game had they been eligible. Such speculation led Saban to wonder how Ohio State would fare with an SEC schedule. Based on ticket prices, they would be right at home. Ohio State’s average ticket price of $259 is well above the SEC average and only 3% less expensive than Alabama’s average of $267.

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