Ranking the Texas Longhorns Home Football Games
Entering the 2013 season for the Texas Longhorns, expectations were tempered as the quarterback position was still much in question and several key performers on both sides of the ball had graduated or departed for the draft. Had fans been offered a 7-2 record in the Big 12 Conference, many would have likely jumped on it. With Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor, the Big 12 had three top-15 programs in the nation, as well as dangerous teams in West Virginia and Texas Tech. Nonetheless, Texas did in fact go 7-2 in the Big 12, but struggled out of the gate in non-conference play. After soundly beating New Mexico State in the home opener, the Longhorns were trounced at BYU, losing 40-21, and then followed that up with a loss at home against Ole Miss, 44-23.
The Longhorns then went on to win six in a row in the Big 12, positioning themselves well to potentially stake a claim in the Big 12 championship, but they lost to Oklahoma State 38-13 and then were defeated by Baylor 30-10. After an embarrassing 30-7 loss against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, the Mack Brown era officially ended at the University of Texas.
Enter Charlie Strong. The former Louisville coach will begin his tenure as the main man on the Longhorns sidelines in 2014 and his best hope of winning over the Texas faithful is by protecting the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium turf. The Longhorns have six home games at Texas Memorial Stadium on the schedule in 2014 (they will also be playing at AT&T Stadium against the UCLA Bruins and at the Cotton Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners.) The opener will be against the North Texas Mean Green and a chance for Strong to provide a good first impression for the Longhorns fans. Texas football tickets have a median ticket price of $75 for the first game of the regular season, the cheapest of any game on the Texas schedule.
The game garnering the highest median ticket price is currently the Saturday, October 4th matchup against the Baylor Bears. Baylor returns starting quarterback Bryce Petty and many other starters to a team that lost just once last year before being narrowly defeated by the University of Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. This will be the first opportunity for Strong to show how his team matches up against the Big XII’s finest at home. Currently, the median ticket price for Texas vs. Baylor tickets is $118.
The median ticket price for the Longhorns season finale against TCU is currently $100, the second highest priced ticket on the Texas home schedule. Expect this number to fluctuate quite a bit depending on how Texas fares during the season. If Strong and company struggle out of the gate and the finale has little meaning, there’s a good chance the median ticket price will end up much closer to the $75 that the North Texas game currently is seeing, rather than the $118 of the Baylor game. But if a win against TCU means a berth into a College Football National Championship playoff spot, the sky is the limit for how much these Longhorns fans will pay to see their team return to glory!