Best College Football Neutral-Site Games of 2014
Some hate them, some love them, but you can’t deny that the neutral-site is becoming increasingly popular in college football. With venues like the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Falcons’ Georgia Dome welcoming in as many college football games as it can take, fans get a new look at their team in a place you’d usually never play in unless it’s a bowl game. Let’s take a look at some of the best neutral-site game of the 2014 season and what you should expect to pay for a ticket for each game.
THE ANNUAL RIVALRIES
Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas, TX)
This is one of the best games in all of college football, and it’s an experience fans will never forget no matter who wins. The atmosphere at kickoff is electric between these two schools that truly don’t like each other. With half of the Cotton Bowl in Texas’ burnt orange and half in Oklahoma crimson, you get a view that cannot be replicated. The Texas State Fair surrounds the stadium, so there’s a day full of fried food, beer, livestock contents, carnival games and rides after the final whistle. The average ticket price is currently $363, which will rise or fall depending on both team’s performances in the weeks leading up to the Red River Rivalry.
Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL)
The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has been played over 90 times, and it’s a great time at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. It’s a big, gigantic, ridiculously fun tailgate that both sets of fans will always enjoy. The Gators and Bulldogs both have a huge fan base that makes the demand high for this game. Average ticket price for this one so far is $288.
Army vs. Navy (Baltimore, MD)
This is one of the fiercest rivalries in football, and it rotates from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore every year. It’s Baltimore’s turn in 2014, and those purple seats will be filled with black, gold, and navy-clad fans. Both teams have a huge built-in fan base, and this is the game of the year for both schools. The average ticket price for this one is currently $178.
NON-CONFERENCE NEUTRAL-SITE GAMES
Wisconsin vs. LSU (Houston, TX)
The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game takes place at the newly-named NRG Stadium (Reliant). LSU and Wisconsin are two of the best teams of the last decade, and a neutral-site game is great for the fan bases and the Houston-area football fans. LSU is national title contender and if Wisconsin can pull off the upset, it would be a huge coup.
Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (Arlington, TX)
The reigning national champions and Heisman trophy winner will travel to Texas to take on an Oklahoma State team that many have tipped for greatness. The Cowboys were a play away from the Big 12 title in 2013, and they could very well upset the Seminoles and Jameis Winston. This will be a great game in one of the best new football stadiums in the country.
UCLA vs. Texas (Arlington, TX)
The Longhorns would like to forget the last time they played the Bruins in Texas, but this is a whole different story. They’ll face off in AT&T Stadium in which will probably be a Longhorn crowd, but it should be a very close game with the Bruins featuring QB Brett Hundley.