Not much has changed in the world of College Football since last year. The same elite programs remain the most popular teams in the NCAA. Among the Top 10 Road Teams in College Football last year were Michigan (avg. $451), Oklahoma (avg. $296), and Alabama (avg. $289). The same three Universities are among the top 4 most expensive College Football teams on the road this year. Aside from order, the only differences in the Top 10 are the additions of the Texas Longhorns and Nebraska Cornhuskers replacing the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans. Phil Steele has the Longhorns going undefeated this year and winning the Big 12 Championship which has Texas fans across the country excited. Plus, the average College Football fan appreciates the up tempo offense that Texas plans to use this season. Nebraska fans have always traveled well; the Cornhuskers road schedule includes matchups against Penn State and Michigan in 2013. Surprisingly Ohio State has been missing from the Top 10 both years, despite having one of the most expensive home tickets in the nation and going undefeated last year.
Seven of the top ten road teams are more expensive to see on the road compared to at home. The only teams that demand a higher home price are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oregon Ducks, and Florida Gators. Eight of the current top ten teams with the most expensive home tickets also have one of the top 10 most expensive road tickets. Shockingly, the most expensive road team Oklahoma Sooners is one (Nebraska, the other) of the two teams that do not have one of the most expensive home tickets in the NCAA. Oklahoma Sooners football tickets on the road are over three-times more expensive than a ticket at Memorial Stadium-OK. A similar trend was seen last year. The Sooners road schedule is packed with big time rivalries and tough non-conference games including Big 12 games against Oklahoma State Cowboys Football in the Bedlam Series (avg. $361), Texas Longhorns Football in the Red River Rivalry Game (avg. $459) and a non-conference game in South Bend versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (avg. $556). Last year, Notre Dame was one of just two losses for the Sooners in the regular season.
Four of the ten road teams hail from the SEC, two from the Big 12 and Big 10, one from the Pac-12, and one Independent. All ten were Bowl bound last year; four played in a BCS Bowl Game - both Notre Dame and Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma played in the Cotton Bowl, Texas in the Alamo Bowl, Michigan in the Outback Bowl, LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and Nebraska and Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
|College Football Tickets||2013 Avg. Price (Road)||2012 Road Rank||2013 Avg. Price (Home)|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||$364.69||3||$244.27|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||$212.47||7||$463.90|
College Football tickets are averaging $128 on the secondary market. Last year the average price of a College Football ticket was $120. In comparison, NFL tickets this season are averaging $190. Green Bay, Denver, and Dallas topped the list for the Top 10 NFL road teams by ticket price.
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