SEC 2014 News and Updates
12/4/13 – All eyes will be on the Tigers Saturday as Auburn and Missouri fight for the SEC title! Demand has skyrocketed since the two teams clinched a spot in the SEC Football Championship last weekend. While many did not see this matchup at the beginning of the season (the teams were a combined 8-16 in 2012), fans are willing to pay big bucks to catch their teams compete for a potential National Championship (avg. $2,077) berth and if nothing else, a trip to the Sugar Bowl (avg. $302). You’ll pay an average price of $499 to watch two of the top five teams in College Football play in the Georgia Dome; the cost of a ticket is up 11% since Wednesday of last week and 9% pricier than last year’s Conference Championship
that pitted Georgia against Alabama. The SEC Championship is by far the most expensive among the top four conferences that will each receive an automatic BCS bowl bid. Contributing to the increase in demand: proximity to the Georgia Dome for Auburn and Missouri fans (compared to Rose Bowl or the Superdome), the fact that it is the first SEC title game for Missouri, and the element that National title hopes are alive for both teams.
10/24/13 - At midseason, in the conference most hold in the highest esteem of college football, there have been numerous upsets shaking the usually flawless SEC. After all, six SEC teams were in the top 15 official BCS standings before Week 8, and now, just two remain in the top 10. Although this season has been unpredictable, the usual heavy hitters are sitting at the top of predictions for the conference and nation. The Alabama Crimson Tide
and the Georgia State Bulldogs
are favorites to meet in the SEC Championship, the winner of which will most likely take the BCS title to boot (for the SEC’s 8th consecutive win)
In the West, two-time defending National Champions, Alabama Crimson Tide are on top, but there is contention from the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M where Heisman Trophy winner “Johnny Football” Manziel has shined most the season, despite falling victim to "upset Saturday" last week. In the East, the undefeated Missouri Tigers are in first, but the Georgia State Bulldogs are favored to give the them a serious run for their money, and the South Carolina Gamecocks, who Mizzou is playing on Saturday, are nipping at their heels.
Nick Saban and company are still favorites to take the SEC title and contend in the BCS National Championship Game, presumably sending the runner up to the Sugar Bowl. The Tide were ranked #1 in both the AP and Coaches Poll preseason, and are certainly fulfilling expectations as the dominant leaders of college football. But the questions on everyone’s mind are: Will Alabama be another giant to stumble, as is trend in this roller coaster season? And, who will play the Tide for a possible upset in their three-peat SEC Championship bid?
6/28/13 - There's no comparison to the game-day experience Southeastern Conference football fans get at an SEC Championship game — it's unmatched by any other college football conference. With many future NFL draft picks on the field at the SEC Football Championship, the SEC is showcased as the premiere conference in college football and the numbers prove it. Southeastern Conference football teams have won the last seven BCS National Championship games with wins from the Alabama Crimson Tide (3), Florida Gators (2), Auburn Tigers (1), and LSU Tigers (1). Aside from the Crimson Tide team two seasons back, all were winners of the SEC Championship game that year.
Football fans who follow the the SEC Championship game know it determines the Southeastern Conference football champion by pitting the best SEC Western Division team from the regular season against the best SEC Eastern Division team. Only six SEC football teams have won SEC Championship title – the four teams mentioned above plus the Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers. Atlanta hosts the 2013 SEC Championship game on December 7th at the Georgia Dome.
SEC Football tickets during the regular season are in more demand than any other conference. It should come as no surprise then, that SEC Championship tickets are more expensive than any other major conference championship in the NCAA. SEC Football Championship tickets prices currently range from $380 - $1583. SEC Championship tickets last year were four times more expensive than Pac-12 Championship tickets (the second most expensive college football championship) – averaging $426 to see the eventual National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide play the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome.