College football tickets: Home finales lead to high demand


This is the second-to-last weekend of regular season play in college football, which means most teams who are at home on Saturday are playing there for the final time in 2017.

Seniors will be honored and draft-eligible standouts may be trying to go out with a bang, making these games even more attractive than normal. And more expensive to get a ticket to if you don’t already have one.

Using pricing figures provided by TicketCity, here’s a look at what you’ll need to spend to get an up-close view of some of Week 12’s most notable games:

 

College football’s top week 12 ticket options

Texas at West Virginia

Where: Milan Puskar Stadium; Morgantown, W.Va.

When: Saturday, Nov. 18; noon ET

Median ticket price: $267

How much to get in the door: $38

West Virginia is the eastern outpost of the Big 12, hundreds of miles from any other school in the league. That means the trip to Morgantown can be difficult for visitors, not just because of distance but because of the elevation in the mountains and the rowdy crowds.

This season West Virginia (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) is 4-1 at home, the only loss coming Oct. 28 against Oklahoma State. Now comes Texas, which is 1-1 there since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012.

The Longhorns (5-5, 4-3) must win one of its final two games in order to become bowl-eligible, which it hasn’t been since 2014.

 

Virginia at Miami (Florida)

Where: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.

When: Saturday, Nov. 18; noon ET

Median ticket price: $172

How much to get in the door: $24

Miami is the hottest team in the country, its 41-8 destruction of Notre Dame on Saturday launching it into the top four of the playoff rankings. The Hurricanes (9-0, 6-0) have already wrapped up the ACC Coastal Division and their first trip to the conference title game, where they’ll take on defending national champ Clemson on Dec. 2 in Charlotte.

A loss to Clemson in the ACC final might not knock Miami out of the playoffs, as long as it enters that game without a defeat. That means the ‘Canes have to avoid a letdown between now and then, and this week’s matchup is more difficult than it might seem.

Virginia (6-4, 3-3) has already tripled its win total from last season though it has lost three of four. The Cavaliers have already exceeded expectations for 2017 but knocking Miami off its perch would be an added bonus.

 

Michigan at Wisconsin

Where: Camp Randall Stadium; Madison, Wisc.

When: Saturday, Nov. 18; noon ET

Median ticket price: $540

How much to get in the door: $94

Wisconsin has locked up a spot in the Big Ten championship game, which is set for Dec. 2 in Indianapolis. The Badgers have been well-represented in the stands for their four previous Big Ten title appearances, most recently last year.

Plenty of Wisconsin fans are already planning for that game, but not before getting one last look at the Badgers in their home digs. Camp Randall Stadium is one of the hardest places to play in the conference, with the Badgers winning nine straight and 11 of 12 there the past two seasons.

Wisconsin (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) must keep winning to remain in the playoff hunt because of its lack of a strong schedule, with Michigan (8-2, 5-2) providing a good resume boost. The Wolverines are 3-1 on the road this season but haven’t won in Madison since 2001.

 

Kentucky at No. Georgia

Where: Sanford Stadium; Athens, Ga.

When: Saturday, Nov. 19; 3:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $523

How much to get in the door: $81

It won’t be difficult for Georgia fans to catch the Bulldogs over the next few weeks, as after the home finale against Kentucky it heads to Atlanta for consecutive games against rival Georgia Tech and then a to be determined opponent in the Dec. 2 SEC title game. So what’s the incentive to check them out in Athens this weekend?

How about to see the final home game of some Bulldog greats, like running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and linebacker Lorenzo Carter. They’ll be among the many seniors getting honored before the game, then during it they should shine as Georgia tries to rebound from last week’s 40-17 loss at Auburn that knocked it out of the top spot in the playoff rankings.

Georgia (9-1, 6-1 SEC) has won seven straight over Kentucky (7-3, 4-3), the three wins at home in that stretch coming by an average of 25 points.

 

UCLA at No. USC

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

When: Saturday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $392

How much to get in the door: $xx

Until the Rams relocated from St. Louis last year—and the Chargers showed up unannounced earlier this year—Los Angeles had been devoid of pro football for two decades. In that time the void was filled by college football, with the UCLA/USC rivalry taking on much more importance.

It’s still a big game in the region, even though there’s nothing major riding on this year’s meeting. USC (8-2, 6-2) has already won the Pac-12 South Division, though continuing to post victories could keep its scant playoff hopes alive.

UCLA (5-5, 3-4) is winless on the road this season, losing those five games by a combined 96 points. It last won at the Coliseum in 2013 and is 1-8 in its last nine trips across town.

 

Football in a Baseball Stadium Game of the Week

Boston College vs. Connecticut in Fenway Park, Boston (Saturday, Nov. 18; 7 p.m. ET)

In the grand scheme of things, a random November nonconference game between a 5-5 Boston College team and a Connecticut squad that is 3-7 has absolutely no significance on a national level. But unless you’re a diehard Eagles or Huskies fan, and even then, that wouldn’t be the reason to check out this tilt.

It would be for the experience of watching the game inside one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in the country. Fenway Park has hosted a handful of football games in recent years, including last week between Maine and Massachusetts, and for a lot of people it may be the only change to get inside since tickets to the Boston Red Sox aren’t easy to come by.

The median ticket price is $339, but TicketCity has seats for as low as $55.

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