Tough ticket: The 10 most-expensive games of 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday May 19, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on May 19, 2013

College football is all about the atmospheres.

It's one of the few American sports left where attending the games live is usually better than sitting at home and watching on TV.

The 2013 college football season has no shortage of must-see games, and fan demand is always high. Using the prices on StubHub, here are the 10 most-expensive games for the coming season (using cheapest ticket).

Alabama at Texas A&M (Sept. 14) - $399 - The Aggies' upset of the No. 1 Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa might have been the best game of 2012. The world was introduced to Johnny Football, and Texas A&M became legit. Nick Saban and Co. will be out for revenge, though figuring out how to stop Manziel is an ongoing process.

USC at Notre Dame (Oct. 19) - $375 - The Fighting Irish haven't defeated the Trojans in South Bend since 2001.

Oklahoma at Notre Dame (Sept. 28) - $350 - The Irish won in Norman last year, giving credibility to their national championship aspirations. Now the Sooners travel to South Bend for the second time since 1968.

Notre Dame at Michigan (Sept. 7) - $295 - Two years ago, the Wolverines won the first night game in Michigan Stadium history when the teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 1:12. But the Irish are coming off a national championship appearance.

Ohio State at Michigan (Nov. 30) - $275 - The Game. The Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 11 against the Wolverines, but lost the last game in Ann Arbor. Ohio State could be undefeated heading into this game if it takes care of business.

LSU at Alabama (Nov. 9) - $255 - The Tigers and Crimson Tide meet for the fourth time in three years. Alabama's 28-yard touchdown by T.J. Yeldon with 51 seconds left won the game in Baton Rouge last season and led to Alabama's division title and eventual national championship.

Arizona State vs. Notre Dame (Oct. 5) - $249 - Notre Dame calls itself a national program, and it's hard to argue with a price like this for a game like this. Todd Graham and his Sun Devils will try to pull off the upset. Although ASU will be closer to home, this is technically a Notre Dame home game, and with a bigger ticket allotment, the crowd will favor the Irish.

Texas vs. Oklahoma (Oct. 12) - $245 - The Red River Rivalry at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Both teams are looking to get back among the nation's elite.

Alabama at Auburn (Nov. 30) - $245 - The Iron Bowl. Gus Malzahn's return has brought hope back to the Tiger faithful, but the Crimson Tide have won the past two Iron Bowls by a combined score of 91-14.

Georgia at Clemson (Aug. 31) - $240 - The Tigers should have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Dabo Swinney will have to tell his team they're not playing the SEC, they're playing Georgia.



Chris Vannini is the lead writer for and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to

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