In recent memory, fans, analysts, coaches, and players have been yearning for a true college football playoff. Rather than seeing just the top two teams compete for a national championship, everyone has been determined to figure out a way to get four, eight, or sixteen teams to meet at the end of the season to determine the champion on the field, rather than through the polls. They got their wish this season and now four teams have a chance to claim a national championship for their school. This is the first ever College Football Playoff and the nation is eagerly awaiting to see how it will play out.
Despite the national fervor for this year’s playoff, ticket data on the secondary market indicates that ticket prices are still highly dependent upon where the game is taking place and who is actually playing. Each fan base is different, in both size, passion, and traveling tendencies, and that greatly affects how tickets are priced.
Rejoice football fans! Real, actual games that count towards something are finally starting. Tonight, the college football season will begin with a full slate of games, including a big game between No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina. This season will be full of great games with fans everywhere heading through the turnstiles to check the game out in person. I decided to take a look at which games have been the top selling at TicketNetwork.com, and needless to say, our Top 10 games are full of incredible matchups:
1. Advocare Texas Kickoff: LSU Tigers vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The top-selling game on our list pits two of the top 25 teams against each other at NRG Stadium this Saturday, August 30. Not a huge surprise to see this game at the top of the heap, LSU fans are known as one of the best traveling fan bases in college football, and Houston is only a four hour drive from the LSU campus.
2. Cowboys Classic: Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wherever Florida State goes this season will be a big deal, and their season opener at AT&T Stadium in Dallas against the Oklahoma State Sooners is the biggest. Just like LSU in our top-ranked game, OSU has a rabid fan base and will be out in full-force to see if their Cowboys can take down the top-ranked Seminoles.
3. Chick-fil-A College Kickoff: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide are among the favorites to win the National Championship come January. Their journey starts at the Georgia Dome this Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Count me in as one of the critics who say that there are way too many bowl games in college football. With 35 bowl games on the schedule for 2012-13, there are 70 teams that will be playing in those games. Just due to the sheer amount of teams, you are bound to find some really great match-ups and some really, really poor ones.
BCS Championship Game: Notre Dame vs. Alabama - I don't know if there could be a more intriguing game than the Fighting Irish vs. Crimson Tide. Both programs have huge fan followings who will be helping to build up the hype for this one.
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma - These two teams have perhaps the biggest gripes with the BCS. Both seemingly earned spots in a BCS bowl game but were not selected. Despite not being a BCS bowl game, the Cotton Bowl may be the best match-up other than the BCS title game.
Hyundai Sun Bowl: USC vs. Georgia Tech - Now I could complain about how disappointing USC was this season, but let's look at Georgia Tech instead. They had a losing record! They were 6-7! Could someone explain to me how they are playing a postseason game?
Discover Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State - I am firmly on ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit's side—Northern Illinois does not deserve to be in this game. Florida State will probably blow them out and make what should be a big time BCS game into a laughing stock.
The following is a guest article by Rainier Fuclan.
You'll never get tired of putting on your team's colors, driving up to your alma mater and tailgating before a big game, but for the diehard college football fans – there are plenty of other games to see. Sure, it’s easier and cheaper to relax on your couch and watch the big games of the week, but there are a few college football games that absolutely must be seen in person. While the games are always good, many of college football's biggest rivalries are defined by the tailgating that goes on outside the stadium.
If you think of yourself as a dyed-in-the-wool true college football fan, here are five rivalry games that you have to see in person.
Red River Rivalry — Oklahoma vs. Texas
Played each October between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns, this is considered one of the greatest rivalries in American sports. Formerly the Red River Shootout, each team receives an equal amount of tickets and the Cotton Bowl is split evenly at the 50-yard line. Perhaps most special about this game is the atmosphere outside the stadium, as the game always takes place in the midst of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, lending a carnival air to the game. With so much going on around the game, the Red River Rivalry is a tailgating dream. On top of the festive environment, the game almost always has conference and national title implications, making it a game that every fan should see in person at least once.