Top Rivalry Games in College Football

Success on the field (i.e.- wins & losses) is often the biggest driving force behind demand for a game.  Two top 10 teams are generally going to draw a lot more interest from fans than two teams with losing records.  The games that are usually the exception to that rule are rivalry games.  Because no matter what the team’s record is, their fans still want to be there to see them beat their rival.

Rankings of the top rivalry games typically skews towards which sets of teams are more in the national spotlight (i.e.- winning games).  Which makes demand cyclical for certain rivalry games, as the teams fall off slightly.  E.g.- Tennessee and Florida is a strong rivalry game, but it used to be the top game when Tennessee was a consistent top 10 team.  The Apple Cup (Washington versus Washington State) has also fallen back a bit while the two programs move through some lean years.

So what are the hottest rivalry games right now?  Below is a list of the top games as we head into October 2009.  These games are ranked on average ticket price, so they are subject to change. 

Top 10 College Football Rivalry Games (as of 10/1/2009)
1. Texas vs Oklahoma
2. USC vs Notre Dame
3. Florida vs LSU
4. Florida vs Georgia
5. Ohio State vs Michigan
6. Alabama vs Auburn
7. Oklahoma vs Nebraska
8. Texas vs Texas A&M
9. Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State
10. USC vs UCLA

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2009 Top 25 Hottest College Football Games – Week of September 7th
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1 1 Florida at LSU Baton Rouge, LA 10/10 $563.00 $419.00
2 2 USC at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 10/17 $545.00 $265.00
3 6 Arkansas at Texas A&M Arlington, TX 10/3 $479.00 $129.00
4 4 Georgia at Florida Jacksonville, FL 10/31 $425.00 $250.00
5 5 Oklahoma at Texas Dallas, TX 10/17 $395.00 $299.00
6 8 Florida State at Florida Gainesville, FL 11/28 $385.00 $165.00
7 9 LSU at Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 11/7 $375.00 $210.00
8 12 Arkansas at Florida Gainesville, FL 10/17 $350.00 $350.00
9 17 Ohio State at Penn State University Park, PA 11/7 $345.00 $275.00
10 3 USC at Ohio State Columbus, OH 9/12 $325.00 $325.00
11 11 Nebraska at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 9/19 $325.00 $280.00
12 Boston College at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 10/24 $305.00 $275.00
13 14 Tennessee at Florida Gainesville, FL 9/19 $300.00 $325.00
14 15 Oklahoma at Nebraska Lincoln, NE 11/7 $295.00 $225.00
15 13 LSU at Georgia Athens, GA 10/3 $285.00 $195.00
16 10 Michigan State at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 9/19 $275.00 $275.00
17 18 Alabama at Auburn Auburn, AL 11/27 $275.00 $235.00
18 24 Ohio State vs Toledo Cleveland, OH 9/19 $275.00 $250.00
19 Washington at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 10/3 $275.00 $105.00
20 23 Texas at Texas A&M College Station, TX 11/26 $260.00 $150.00
21 19 Ohio State at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 11/21 $259.00 $195.00
22 Tennessee at Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 10/24 $250.00 $135.00
23 25 Clemson at South Carolina Columbia, SC 11/28 $249.00 $295.00
24 22 Auburn at LSU Baton Rouge, LA 10/24 $247.00 $138.00
25 Wisconsin at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 10/3 $240.00 $195.00
  • Data is from Week of September 7, 2009
  • Average Price is generated from all Secondary Market tickets listed on TicketCity.com (approx. 800 ticket brokers)
  • All prices are per ticket.
  • Prices are subject to change, so they may not be the same today.

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2009 Top 25 Hottest College Football Games – Week of August 31st
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Rank

Prev.

Rank

College Football Game

(away team @ home team)

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Location

Game

Date

Average

Price

Our Starting

Price

1 3 Florida at LSU Baton Rouge, LA 10/10 $574.13 $295.00
2 2 USC at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 10/17 $541.75 $265.00
3 1 USC at Ohio State Columbus, OH 9/12 $533.53 $310.00
4 4 Georgia at Florida Jacksonville, FL 10/31 $468.97 $250.00
5 5 Oklahoma at Texas Dallas, TX 10/17 $456.44 $250.00
6 6 Arkansas at Texas A&M Arlington, TX 10/3 $450.90 $145.00
7 7 BYU at Oklahoma Arlington, TX 9/5 $415.20 $400.00
8 8 Florida State at Florida Gainesville, FL 11/28 $399.16 $165.00
9 10 LSU at Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 11/7 $375.25 $275.00
10 14 Michigan State at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 9/19 $340.93 $310.00
11 11 Nebraska at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 9/19 $340.64 $280.00
12 15 Arkansas at Florida Gainesville, FL 10/17 $333.76 $205.00
13 16 LSU at Georgia Athens, GA 10/3 $326.42 $195.00
14 13 Tennessee at Florida Gainesville, FL 9/19 $324.95 $325.00
15 12 Oklahoma at Nebraska Lincoln, NE 11/7 $323.78 $225.00
16 9 Virginia Tech vs Alabama Atlanta, GA 9/5 $304.01 $145.00
17 18 Ohio State at Penn State University Park, PA 11/7 $301.51 $275.00
18 17 Alabama at Auburn Auburn, AL 11/27 $299.72 $200.00
19 19 Ohio State at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 11/21 $298.05 $195.00
20 20 Iowa at Penn State University Park, PA 9/26 $280.71 $150.00
21 22 North Carolina at North Carolina State Raleigh, NC 11/28 $276.31 $125.00
22 24 Auburn at LSU Baton Rouge, LA 10/24 $275.81 $195.00
23 23 Texas at Texas A&M College Station, TX 11/26 $272.98 $150.00
24 Ohio State vs Toledo Cleveland, OH 9/19 $270.00 $250.00
25 21 Clemson at South Carolina Columbia, SC 11/28 $268.36 $295.00
  • Data is from Week of August 31, 2009
  • Average Price is generated from all Secondary Market tickets listed on TicketCity.com (approx. 800 ticket brokers)
  • All prices are per ticket.
  • Prices are subject to change, so they may not be the same today.