Alabama vs. LSU Tops Priciest Week 11 College Football Games


Heading into week 11 last season, there were six college football teams in the top 25 who were undefeated: Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, Notre Dame, Louisville, and Ohio State (whose rankings were only accounted for in the AP Poll as they were ineligible for both the Coaches Poll and BCS standings due to NCAA sanctions). The door was shut in Week 11 on Alabama and Louisville’s undefeated seasons when they both picked up their first losses on the season to Texas A&M and Syracuse respectively. By the end of the regular season, just Notre Dame and Ohio State were unassailable.

Exactly one year later, football powerhouses Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State are undefeated once again, proving their dominance in NCAA. The trio is accompanied by Florida State, Baylor, Fresno State, and Northern Illinois. In all, five teams in the BCS top 10 remain undefeated. Like last year, no two undefeated teams at this point in the season hail from the same conference. Of the five undefeated teams that will play in Week 11 (Ohio State and N. Illinois are on byes), we’ll see two matchups of top ten BCS teams Thursday night (#5 Stanford vs. #3 Oregon and #6 Baylor vs. #10 Oklahoma) in addition to a top 15 matchup #1 Alabama vs. #13 LSU, Saturday. Keep in mind, the Cardinal handed the Ducks their only loss last season and are looking to do the same at home Thursday. Will we see any of our unbeaten teams go down in Week 11?

Maybe the better question: will we see any of the seven undefeated FBS teams finish the season unbeaten? According to Prediction Machine, there is a .17% chance that we’ll see seven unbeaten teams (after conference title games) by regular season’s end. Kyle Rowland pointed out that in the 16-year history of BCS, only six times has the national championship game featured two undefeated teams. Heading into Week 7 there were 17 undefeated College Football programs, 14 in Week 8, 10 in Week 9, and 8 in Week 10.

While it’s great for faithful to see their teams with zero losses this far into the season, it’s also putting a hole in their pockets. Of the more than 40 NCAA Football games played this week, Bama vs. LSU is by far the most expensive, almost 2x the cost of the next most expensive game Michigan vs. Nebraska. In fact, forget just this week, Bama vs. LSU is the second most expensive college football game this season. Stanford vs. Oregon is the third most expensive game in Week 11; tickets to the Stanford vs. Oregon game are the most expensive in Cardinal’s history. Then, there is a big drop; Baylor vs. Oklahoma tickets are about half the cost of a ticket in Palo Alto with Wake Forest vs. Florida State tickets similarly priced. We do not have ticket data for the Fresno State vs. Wyoming game and have excluded them from our chart below.

College Football Tickets: Week 11 Prices, Undefeated Teams

Date Home vs. Away Avg. Price
11/09/13 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers $356.95
11/07/13 Stanford Cardinal vs. Oregon Ducks $173.51
11/07/13 Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners $92.48
11/09/13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Florida State Seminoles $80.27
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