The Big 12 was left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff, even with two one-loss teams boasting strong resumes. Every game matters during the college football regular season, so before summer camps begin, we wanted to focus on some of the most important matchups of the season that will have a direct impact on who enters the second-ever College Football Playoff.
Below is the most expensive average ticket price on the secondary market for each of the power-five conferences. College football fans of any conference can use Hipmunk.com as their No. 1 travel resource. Whether it’s flights to Atlanta to see Georgia host Alabama or reserving Los Angeles hotels for USC and UCLA fans, Hipmunk has affordable hotel and flight options near most major college campuses. The ticketing information is provided by TiqIQ.com.
10/3/2015 | Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide | Sanford Stadium | Average Price: $560.53 | Get-in Price: $313
One of many premier SEC showdowns, Georgia hosts Alabama for the first time since the 2012 SEC Championship game. Alabama was the SEC representative in the College Football Playoff last season, and whichever team loses this contest will be one step behind in the toughest conference in college football.
10/10/2015 | Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns | Cotton Bowl Stadium | Average Price: $490.29 | Get-in Price: $188
The 110th meeting of the Red River Rivalry will once again be vying for the Golden Hat. The two teams have alternated wins in the series after Oklahoma won three-straight from 2010-2012. The Longhorns will be under the guidance of head coach Charlie Strong for the second season.
11/21/2015 | Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans | Ohio Stadium | Average Price: $424.27 | Get-in Price: $198
The defending national champions will have their highest-quality conference opponent in their home building at Ohio Stadium. Michigan State has been a top-10 program for the better part of the last five seasons but have yet to compete at the highest level the sport has to offer. A win against the defending champions in their building would be a huge step towards accomplishing that goal.
9/17/2015 | Louisville Cardinals vs. Clemson Tigers | Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium | Average Price: $253.99 | Get-in Price: $108
There’s a lot of uncertainty in the ACC since Jameis Winston’s departure from Florida State, who had a stronghold on the division for the past two seasons. The field is wide open now and this game can be viewed as a potential early-season springboard for the winner in vying to be apart of the national title conversation.
11/28/2015 | USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Average Price: $249.71 | Get-in Price: $76
California’s best rivalry will enter The Coliseum as USC is done with applied sanctions and are ready to make a mark with their veteran team. Returning a majority of their starters from last season, the Trojans will be a top-10 preseason team who will look to make a grand entrance back into the postseason.