January 12, 2016 - Jesse Lawrence
College Football’s Opening Weekend Stacked With Quality Non-Conference Matchups
The second College Football Championship Game didn’t disappoint, as the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers gave in a thrilling performance that involved the teams trading blows until the very end. The Crimson Tide claimed their fourth National Championship in the past seven years, putting Alabama head coach Nick Saban in the discussion for being one of the greatest coaches the sport has ever seen. Less than 24 hours removed from the National Championship Game, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and some of the top matchups fans are looking forward to. For next season, college football fans don’t have to look past the sport’s opening weekend to enjoy some of the biggest non-conference matchups of the season for a multitude of teams. With secondary market ticket information provided by TotallyTickets.com, below are a few of the top-priced college football games during next season’s opening weekend. 9/3/2016 | Texas A&M Aggies vs. UCLA Bruins | Kyle Field | Average Price: $778.39 | Get-in Price: $161 9/3/2016 | West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Missouri Tigers | Mountaineer Field At Milan Puskar Stadium | Average Price: $706.34 | Get-in Price: $115 Two SEC and Big 12 schools take the top two spots on the secondary market for college football’s opening weekend as Texas A&M hosts UCLA and West Virginia hosts Missouri with average ticket prices coming in at over $700. The Aggies will have the tougher opponent in UCLA, who should be one of the Pac 12 favorites next season with starting quarterback Josh Rosen returning. 9/3/2016 | Texas Longhorns vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium | Average Price: $636.988 | Get-in Price: $244 9/3/2016 | Georgia Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels | Georgia Dome | Average Price: $521.54 | Get-in Price: $225 9/3/2016 | Auburn Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers | Jordan-Hare Stadium | Average Price: $503.87 | Get-in Price: $194 Clemson will be in the mix for a National Championship again next season with quarterback Deshaun Watson returning. They’ll have a stiff test in their first game of the season as they’ll play consecutive games against SEC opponents when they take on Auburn on the road with an average ticket price of $503.87 and a get-in price of $194. Other notable non-conference matchups with average ticket prices ranging from $500 to $700 is Texas hosting Notre Dame and Georgia (with new coach Kirby Smart) hosting North Carolina. 9/3/2016 | Wisconsin Badgers vs. LSU Tigers | Lambeau Field | Average Price: $472.35 | Get-in Price: $180 9/3/2016 | Oklahoma Sooners vs. Houston Cougars | NRG Stadium | Average Price: $258.58 | Get-in Price: $47 One of college football’s best stories this past season was the revival of the Houston program under head coach Tom Herman. They’ll continue to test themselves against top of the line competition when they take on Oklahoma at the home of the Houston Texans, NRG Stadium. On the secondary market, Sooners tickets have an average price of $258.58 with a get-in price of $47.