Tough ticket: The most expensive college football games of 2017

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 19, 2017


College football is all about the atmospheres. It’s one of the few sports remaining where attending a game is better than watching at home.

We’re just a few weeks from kickoff for the 2017 season. Do you buy tickets now or hope they get cheaper closer to the game? As season tickets get sent out this summer and more tickets become available, prices could drop.

As of now, here are the most expensive regular season games of 2017, using the cheapest ticket currently available on StubHub. This is just the cost to get in the door.

1. Georgia at Notre Dame (Sept. 9) - $499

Two historic programs meeting for the second time ever. The 1980 Georgia team beat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and won the national title. In a time where so many big non-conference matchups are in neutral sites, it’s awesome to see a unique home-and-home series.

2. Alabama vs. Florida State in Atlanta (Sept. 2) - $422

Speaking of neutral sites, Alabama’s annual non-conference heavyweight fight is perhaps its biggest one ever. These teams could both be in the top 3, and the winner is likely your No. 1 after Week 1. The biggest key: How will Alabama’s rebuilt front seven do against Florida State’s questionable offensive line?

3. Oklahoma at Ohio State (Sept. 9) - $347

A rematch of last year’s Buckeye win in Norman, Lincoln Riley heads to Columbus for his second game as a head coach. All three College Football Playoffs have featured one of these teams.

4. Ohio State at Michigan (Nov. 25) - $295

Perhaps this one won’t come down to a 4th down spot.

5. Penn State at Ohio State (Oct. 28) - $285

The Nittany Lions’ returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown and turned that momentum into a Big Ten championship last year. This game could determined the Big Ten East.

6. Michigan State at Ohio State (Nov. 11) - $237

The Buckeyes yet again. Even the MSU game is a high price, showing just how high the excitement is in Columbus.

7. Alabama at Auburn (Nov. 25) - $222

Does QB Jarrett Sitdham make Auburn a legit SEC West contender this year? This game could have the division on the line.

8. Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas (Oct.14) - $218

Both Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman know what it’s like to coach in this game, but this will be their first as head coaches. Which is under more pressure? This rivalry has already been ratcheted up a notch this offseason in recruiting and subtweets.

9. LSU at Alabama (Nov. 4) - $210

This game was 0-0 into the fourth quarter last year, but Alabama has won six straight in the series. Ed Orgeron says Alabama is the standard, and the Tigers haven’t measured up.

10. USC at Notre Dame (Oct. 21) - $210

A national champion pick by some, if the Trojans are undefeated heading into this one, get ready for College Gameday.

Michigan State at Michigan (Oct. 7) - $207

Auburn at Clemson (Sept. 9) - $200

Clemson at Virginia Tech (Sept. 30) - $178

Florida State at Clemson (Nov. 11) - $171

Clemson at South Carolina (Nov. 25) - $171

Miami at Florida State (Sept. 16) - $163

Tennessee at Alabama (Oct. 21) - $155

Ohio State at Nebraska (Oct. 14) - $150

Clemson at NC State (Nov. 4) - $150

Pitt at Penn State (Sept. 9) - $147

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.