Ahh, college football bowl season. A pleasant repast of matchups to go along with holiday cheer.
Tickets aplenty are to be had for just about every bowl game on the slate, with the highest number available at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. The former Peach Bowl game, matching up schools from the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences—this year, Florida State and South Carolina—is just slightly ahead of the BCS Fiesta Bowl, which matches up Oklahoma and Connecticut. After that comes the Holiday (Nebraska vs. Washington), Alamo (Oklahoma State vs. Arizona), Music City (an intriguing matchup pitting North Carolina vs. Tennessee), Champs Sports (North Carolina State vs. West Virginia), with the BCS matchups in the Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Stanford), Sugar (Ohio State vs. Arkansas) and the BCS Championship (Auburn vs. Oregon) rounding out the top nine games in ticket availability.
Price-wise, if you want to go see a BCS game, the one to pick is the Fiesta Bowl. Tickets are averaging around $134 each (but this may rise and fall as the market fluctuates). The Orange Bowl is next cheapest at an average of $149; then comes a jump to the Sugar Bowl at a $352 average, followed by the Granddaddy of 'Em All, the Rose Bowl. The Pasadena game, which features the top-polling non-automatic qualifier, Texas Christian, taking on Big Ten co-champ Wisconsin, has an average ticket price of $402. Among non-BCS bowls, the lowest average price is for the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Ticket prices for the clash of Air Force and Georgia Tech average $36.
The highest-priced bowl, expectedly, is the BCS Championship. Tickets are averaging $1,452 for the game, while the average price being paid across all ticket levels for this year's game is showing an increase over 2009 by approximately 24%. Taken as a whole, though, the average price paid for a BCS game is down by 20% over last year's sales, while non-BCS games are up slightly, at 4%.