Although possibly not as rich-blooded as those fans down south, Big Ten fans show plenty of passion every season by jacking up demand and ticket prices for big games. 2013 will be no different, as there are plenty of high-value games on the football schedule.
The primary information for determining this list comes from StubHub, which has become one of the biggest resale markets available to fans. After reviewing each Big Ten game, the top six games with the highest overall ticket prices and the top six games with the highest minimum ticket price (the lowest amount an average Joe can pay to get in the game) were each ranked.
Of those lists, three games overlap and easily stand out as the most expensive games for all levels of tickets. The others make up the remainder of the list, with an emphasis on games with the most expensive minimum ticket price because those games cost everyone big bucks. Plus, there are some strange birds at the top of the overall top ticket-price list.
When considering the top overall ticket prices, clear placeholders or outliers were removed if they were over twice the cost of the next most expensive ticket. At this point in the preseason, these placeholder prices are silly in some places ($9,999 for Ohio State at Northwestern? Not going to happen). So those outlier prices are not included here.
In addition, the recent analysis of mean (average) ticket prices from multiple resale sources conducted by TiqIQ and reported by Jon Soloman of AL.com was also used to confirm the analysis on a national level.
But let's get on with it. Which Big Ten games will set you back significant cash in 2013? Here's a hint: They include games with teams who went undefeated a season ago.