It’s college football season, and this year there are 20 games at neutral sites – a growing tradition of holding games off-campus at large and well-known venues.
According to CBS Sports, the idea was born in 2008, when Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan wanted to gin up easy-to-ignore Week 1 games. He wanted to make it the “Daytona 500 of college games.”
Eight years later, the tradition is still going strong.
This year, the season kicks off in the United States with the Colorado State Rams going up against the Colorado Buffaloes. The teams face off at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver on Friday, September 2. Tickets for the game range in price from $34 to $472.
It seems like Stokan’s plan to raise excitement about the first week games is working. The Coloradoan reports that players are excited for the opportunity to play the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown at an NFL stadium.
“I think it’s great for the state of Colorado,” Colorado State University offensive coordinator Will Friend told the Coloradoan. “I think it provides interest for the fans, and it’s great for the high school kids to see.”
The writers at Bleacher Report are excited about the game immediately following, between the USC Trojans and Alabama Crimson Tide on September 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Ticket prices for that game range from $22 to $16,730.
“The game should be highly entertaining, as both proud programs will be breaking in new quarterbacks and key players along their respective defensive fronts,” says Bleacher Report. “The superstar matchup between Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and USC cornerbacks Iman Marshall and Adoree’ Jackson will be worth the price of admission.”
Another game Bleacher Report predicts will be exciting is the October 8 showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Tickets range in price from $156 to $1,1917.
“[E]even though Oklahoma will be a preseason national title contender and Texas will be gunning more for a solid bowl season, that doesn’t mean we should pencil in this game as a win for the Sooners,” Bleacher notes. “The Longhorns have recent history on their side in one of the sport’s best rivalries.”
The Orlando Sentinel calls out the September 10 game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Tickets for that game range between $199 and $698.
“More than 150,000 spectators are expected to pack Bristol Motor Speedway as the iconic race track transforms into the largest venue to host a college football game,” according to the Sentinel. “In what can only be described as one of the most unique locations for a game, Tennessee has a definitive home-field advantage as the Volunteers look to win their fourth game in this brief six game series.”
Late in the season, branches of the U.S. military will face off when the Navy Midshipmen go up against the Army Black Knights on December 10. Tickets for the game at M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore go for $145 to $182.
It’s a game to watch for, says the Sentinel:
“Few rivalries carry the pageantry and the tradition that comes with the Army-Navy series. The Midshipmen have dominated the series as of late winning 14 consecutive games however four of the last five meetings have been decided by seven-points or less. The last Army victory came in 2001 and the Cadets are eager to snap the streak.”
Whichever game you choose to go see, it’s stacking up to be an exciting season in college football. Be sure to check out Razorgator for college football tickets.
|College Football Neutral Games 2016||Date||Venue||City||Price Range|
|Colorado vs. Colorado State Tickets||Fri – 9/2/16||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Denver, CO||$31-$472|
|BYU vs. Arizona Tickets||Sat – 9/3/16||University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale, AZ||$41-$273|
|Georgia vs. North Carolina Tickets||Sat – 9/3/16||Georgia Dome||Atlanta, GA||$147-$2,117|
|LSU vs. Wisconsin Tickets||Sat – 9/3/16||Lambeau Field||Green Bay, WI||$279-$1,171|
|Oklahoma vs. Houston Tickets||Sat – 9/3/16||NRG Stadium||Houston, TX||$36-$378|
|USC vs. Alabama Tickets||Sat – 9/3/16||AT&T Stadium||Arlington, TX||$116-$1,245|
|Ole Miss vs. Florida State Tickets||Mon – 9/5/16||Camping World Stadium||Orlando, FL||$73-$520|
|Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech Tickets||Sat – 9/10/16||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, TN||$194-$696|
|Arkansas vs. Texas A&M Tickets||Sat – 9/24/16||AT&T Stadium||Arlington, TX||$113-$934|
|BYU vs. West Virginia Tickets||Sat – 9/24/16||FedEx Field||Landover, MD||$94-$400|
|Notre Dame vs. Syracuse Tickets||Sat – 10/1/16||MetLife Stadium||East Rutherford, NJ||$57-$934|
|Oklahoma vs. Texas Tickets||Sat – 10/8/16||Cotton Bowl||Dallas, TX||$156-1,917|
|Florida vs. Georgia Tickets||Sat – 10/29/16||EverBank Field||Jacksonville, FL||$166-$520|
|Navy vs. Notre Dame Tickets||Sat – 11/5/16||EverBank Field||Jacksonville, FL||$51-$520|
|Army vs. Notre Dame Tickets||Sat – 11/12/16||Alamodome||San Antonio, TX||$73-$772|
|Army vs. Navy Tickets||Sat – 12/10/16||M&T Bank Stadium||Baltimore, MD||$145-$584|