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Come August campuses all over the country will undergo massive changes in the atmosphere as school spirit fills the air in preparation for the 2014-15 college football season. While spirit and enthusiasm are atop the checklist for attending a college football game, perhaps one of the more unescapable items is the game day ticket. Ticket prices in college football are reliant on many factors including a team’s schedule, expected performance, and past performance.

With the 2014-15 college football season just around the corner, 22 of the top 25 teams at the ticket booth are made up of just 4 conferences. The SEC leads the pack with 8 schools followed by the Big Ten with 6, and the Big 12 and Pac 12 with 4 teams each. Notre Dame, Louisville, and Utah complete the top 25 with the Fighting Irish on top of the entire list at an average ticket price of $252.25. In part due to their 9-4 finish to the 2013 season, the Irish also have the benefit of creating their own schedule lining them up to play in 8 nationally televised games including ND’s most expensive home game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 6 ($562.35 per ticket). The SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs bring in the next highest ticket at a $236.72 average price with some of the more marquee matchups, like the November 15 game against Auburn, coming in a bit higher at $357.85 per ticket. Number three on the 2014 top 25 list hails from Ohio as the Buckeyes will bring in an average ticket price of $220.26 this season as the Big Ten’s biggest ticket.

Sports rivalries in general usually drive a ticket price up, but when it comes to rivalry games in the NCAA no sport comes close to replicating the hype surrounding games like the Red River Showdown, Iron Bowl, or The Big Game. When the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners head to Cotton Bowl Stadium for the Red River Showdown it not only creates a demand to more than triple both teams average ticket price but has also become one of the most expensive games of the season at $481.66 a seat. Similarly, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn on November 29 carries an average ticket price of $392.02, almost double that of the $203.94 average ticket price of a Crimson Tide home game and three times that of an Auburn home game. Other big rivalry games of the 2014 college football season that could see similar effects include Notre Dame – USC,Army – Navy, and Florida – Georgia. If any of these big rivalries are on your 2014 college football check list securing a seat early is one of the best ways to keep the cost of attending at a reasonable price.

Average ticket prices can also be manipulated by the departure and or arrival of personnel. Texas A&M for instance will kick the season off at an average ticket price of $165.97, 10.2% lower than last year’s Johnny Football experience. As seen at Alabama, this is not always the case, where the departure of A.J. McCarron had no effect on keeping the Crimson tide atop the list with a nearly 30% increase on last year’s ticket prices. In Austin, Texas the Longhorns will begin a new era with head coach Charlie Strong who replaced the Horns long-time coaching icon Mack Brown. With a heightened expectation surrounding the newly led Longhorns, the average ticket price is actually down from the 2013 price of $150 to a $129.14 average price per ticket.

Ticket prices based on averages as of July 30, 2014

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