Top 25 most expensive games of 2015: ND-Texas requires a loan
Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket marketplace, sent us some updated information on secondary ticket prices for college football games this year. Let's just say it might cost you rent plus multiple weeks of groceries to go to some of the best games of 2015. Notre Dame alone accounts for almost a quarter of the top 25. Let's run through the list of the most expensive games of the year (note: remember this is not face value but rather what Vivid Seats reports tickets are going for on the secondary market).
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25. Georgia at Auburn -- Nov. 14
The median price for UGA-Auburn is $232 with a get-in price of $170. At that number, it's definitely worth it to see Nick Chubb, Jeremy Johnson and two teams that have a good shot of facing each other in the SEC title game.
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24. Arkansas at Alabama -- Oct. 10
The median price is $241 to see the SEC West's trendy sleeper pick get beat by a Crimson Tide team that's being underrated heading into the fall.
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23. Louisville vs. Auburn -- Sept. 5
Median price is $243 for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. You get Bobby Petrino, a national title contender (the Tigers) and a sloppy night in Buckhead for your troubles.
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22. UMass at Notre Dame -- Sept. 26
Median price is $245 to watch the Fighting Irish crush the Minutemen. This is a prime example that people will pay way too much money to watch Notre Dame.
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21. Notre Dame at Clemson -- Oct. 3
Median price is $247 for this really intriguing pseudo-ACC game (the Irish aren't technically in the ACC although they have a deal with the league). Deshaun Watson might hand ND its first loss.
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20. Michigan State at Michigan -- Oct. 17
Median price is $254 to watch Jim Harbaugh's first crack at the Spartans. The bet here is Mark Dantonio shows Harbaugh who's currently running the state.
19. Ole Miss at Alabama -- Sept. 19
Median price is $265 for the rematch between the Rebels and the Tide. Bama owes Laquon Treadwell and Co. a loss after the Tide were upset in Oxford last year.
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18. Navy at Notre Dame -- Oct. 10
Median price is $270 to see Jaylon Smith -- probably the nation's most talented linebacker and a potential top-10 pick next spring -- fly around like a missile.
17. Alabama vs. Wisconsin -- Sept. 5
Median price for the Cowboys Classic in Arlington on the opening weekend of the season is $278. Not bad to see the Tide at Jerry's World, although the game might be a bit of a dud.
16. Ohio State at Michigan -- Nov. 28
Median price for Jim Harbaugh's first edition of the rivalry is $292, which probably would be higher if most people weren't so confident that the Buckeyes will likely hammer the Wolverines.
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15. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -- Sept. 19
Yep, another Notre Dame game. Median price here is $295. Think Justin Thomas and Tech's triple-option attack can steal a win in South Bend? It's possible.
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14. Tennessee at Alabama -- Oct. 24
Median price is $299 to see the Vols, a popular SEC East sleeper pick, try to deliver a program-defining win under Butch Jones in Tuscaloosa. We're gonna say Bama wins it, but it should be an exceptional game.
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13. Ohio State at Virginia Tech -- Sept. 7
The Buckeyes' chance to get revenge for last year's loss at home to VT is going for a median price of $305. It's on Labor Day Monday night in Blacksburg, so don't think this is gonna be easy for OSU.
12. Michigan at Utah -- Sept. 3
Harbaugh's first game at Michigan -- on the opening Thursday night of the season -- is going for a median price of $310. The guess here is the Utes get a big win in Salt Lake City and reality sets in for Michigan fans that Year 1 with their savior is going to be a growing process.
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11. Alabama at Texas A&M -- Oct. 17
This will be an awesome game at the newly renovated Kyle Field. Median price is $312 to see the Tide go against a team that's certainly talented enough to win the SEC West. Don't sleep on the Aggies.
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10. Penn State at Ohio State -- Oct. 17
Median price is $312 to see possibly the first quarterback (and maybe No. 1 overall pick) selected next spring in Penn State's Christian Hackenberg go against arguably the nation's most loaded defense. Should be awesome.
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9. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -- Sept. 26
Median price for the Southwest Classic in Arlington is $325. That's a hefty price, but the game will great and could decide who's the real SEC West sleeper in 2015.
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8. Michigan State at Ohio State -- Nov. 21
This game will likely decide the Big Ten East and could also play a role in the Big Ten possible getting two teams in the playoff. So yeah, it's a phenomenal game. Median price is $325.
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7. Florida vs. Georgia -- Oct. 31
Well, at least you know the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will be a fun tailgate in Jacksonville. The game may get out of hand. You can probably spend your median price of $375 better.
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6. Oklahoma vs. Texas -- Oct. 10
Median price for the Red River Showdown is $439, which could get you, like, 175 fried Snickers at the Texas fair. It seems pretty rich for a year when the Sooners and Horns aren't exactly title contenders.
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5. LSU at Alabama -- Nov. 7
Median price for this gem is $440. The only thing better would be if this game is in Death Valley, but Tuscaloosa gets rocking, too. If you're gonna splurge on a game, this one is as good as any.
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4. Alabama at Auburn -- Nov. 28
Or this one. Median price for the Iron Bowl is $472, and this year's could determine which of the two teams plays for the SEC title and therefore a spot in the College Football Playoff. We'd do anything to be at Jordan-Hare.
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3. Alabama at Georgia -- Oct. 3
Surprised this one is the third-most expensive ticket of the year? Median price is $510 for the game in Athens, which means a lot more for the Tide than the Dawgs. UGA has an easier path in the SEC East, and if it's only loss at the end of the year is to Bama, it's a playoff team (this would assume it won the SEC title, obviously).
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2. USC at Notre Dame -- Oct. 17
No surprise this is No. 2, as it involves Notre Dame and one of the best rivalries in college football. Median price is $520. This game will let us know whether Notre Dame was overhyped (again) and whether USC is really a playoff contender.
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1. Texas at Notre Dame -- Sept. 5
Yep, the most expensive game of the year is one with perhaps the two biggest national brands. Median price for UT-Notre Dame in South Bend is a whopping $800, and you can't even get into the stadium for less than $400. That's a month of groceries, gas, cable and Internet and power with bar money left over. This isn't a hard choice.