College football tickets: Playoff race paces ticket demand


As college football nears the finish line, the nation’s top teams can see their ultimate goal waiting just beyond the regular season: a spot in the playoffs. Of course there’s only room for four teams, though, so these final weeks are now a sprint to the end after a first two months which played out more like a marathon.

Some of the matchups on the slate this weekend will go a long way toward determining which schools compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship in January. And not surprisingly, getting a ticket to one of those games isn’t going to come cheap.

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 11’s best games:

( Note: Rankings used are those associated with the CFP standings)

Where: Stanford Stadium; Palo Alto, Calif.

When: Friday, Nov. 10; 10:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $88

How much to get in the door: $41

The big games start a little earlier this week, as the Pac-12 sends its best team (and last hope to make the playoff) on the road to battle an always-tough Stanford squad. Washington (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) made the semifinals last year, doing so after suffering a loss around this time of the season. But for the Huskies to get back this season, they have to win out.

Stanford (6-3, 5-2) is coming off a loss at Washington State but is still in contention for the North Division title if it can knock off the Huskies. Washington crushed the Cardinal at home last year, but that was before running back Bryce Love came into his own.

Love leads the FBS in rushing at 182 yards per game, but Washington sports the nation’s No. 1 defense.

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium; Auburn, Ala.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11; 3:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $278

How much to get in the door: $215

When the Tigers and Bulldogs face off it means the extension of one of the oldest rivalries in college football. How long? 125 years, to be exact, more than long enough for the game to be officially known as The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Every time they meet it’s a big one, but few matchups have had as much significant recently than this one. Georgia (9-0, 6-0 SEC) has already clinched the SEC’s East Division and will likely play Alabama or Auburn in the conference title game in Atlanta, so this could be a preview of that game. It also could be the game that leaps Auburn (7-2, 5-1) back into the playoff hunt despite two losses.

Who knows, maybe we’ll get a repeat of the 2013 game, won 43-38 by Auburn thanks to the play known as “The Prayer at Jordan-Hare.”

Where: Camp Randall Stadium; Madison, Wis.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11; 3:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $150

How much to get in the door: $86

The Big Ten went from possibly having two teams making the playoffs to perhaps having none after Ohio State and Penn State both lost last week. Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) is the league’s only hope left, but what’s holding the Badgers back despite being unbeaten is their weak schedule.

Having Iowa get into the Top 25 this week helps their cause immensely, but only if the Badgers win. That’s not been a problem in Madison, where Wisconsin has won eight in a row and 10 of 11.

Iowa is coming off a 55-24 drubbing of Ohio State, but that was at home. On the road this season the Hawkeyes are 0-3, losing to three teams currently ranked by a combined 16 points.

Where: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami, Fla.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11; 8 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $217

How much to get in the door: $168

Before Miami decided to join a conference in 1991, facing Notre Dame used to be an annual occurrence of independent powers. Then came a 20-year hiatus in the series. But with the Fighting Irish lined up to play a handful of ACC teams each season, they’re meeting more frequently now.

But it’s been a while since the matchup had this much riding on it. And it’s the first time the Fighting Irish are playing in Miami since reaching the heights of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, which Notre Dame lost to Alabama.

Miami (8-0, 6-0 ACC) is close to clinching a spot in the conference title game, which would give it a route to the playoffs. Taking out Notre Dame (8-1) provides a second avenue should the Hurricanes lose at some other point.

Where: Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium; Norman, Okla.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11; 8 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $198

How much to get in the door: $103

The Big 12 added a conference title game this season in an effort to increase its chances of getting a team into the CFP. Either Oklahoma or TCU (or perhaps both) will get into that Big 12 title game, which makes their meeting this weekend feel like a preview.

But it also a contest which could eliminate the loser from the playoff race. Neither the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) nor the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1) can afford another regular-season setback and still hope to finish in the top 4.

This rivalry has been burgeoning since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. Oklahoma has taken four of the five meetings, including the last two, but none has been decided by more than seven points.

In recent seasons, the Clemson/Florida State game was a lock to have playoff impact. But with the Seminoles having a down year, only the host Tigers have the normal amount riding on this game.

But that hasn’t cooled demand for this clash of ACC stalwarts; the median price for a seat is $203 (though  TicketCity has some available for as low as $48).

Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC) clinches the Atlantic Division, and a spot in the conference title game, with a victory. For Florida State (3-5, 3-4) a win would help it avoid missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 1981.

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