Most college kids are broke—drowning in student debt, stuffing eight kids into a two-bedroom house and living off Nissin Cup O'Noodles. They can't expect to drop three-digits on a football game.
That is the beauty of the student section, one of the few-and-far-between places where paying college tuition actually seems worth it. Sometimes a $100 ticket is as easy as one, two, three, swipe.
The rest of us aren't so lucky, though, and might need a primer on what games will run the biggest tab—especially on the uber-pricey Pacific coast.
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When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
The teams last met in the 2011 Pac-12 Championship, a game Oregon won 49-31 at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks never trailed and led by 11-plus points the whole second half.
UCLA is an up-and-comer for 2013 but might have trouble in Eugene: The home team has won five of the last six meetings between these teams. If the Bruins build on last year's success, Duck fans will have no problem paying 62 bucks to pack the house and give their team an edge.
When: Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013
Oregon won 59-17 at Berkeley last year, its fourth consecutive win in the series. The Ducks have scored 42-plus points in three of those four wins, while Cal has averaged 12 points per game and never surpassed 17.
Cal's not the sexiest team on Oregon's schedule, but it's the Pac-12 opener, which is reason enough to drive up the ticket price.
When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
In perhaps the marquee game in all of Pac-12 football this year, Oregon travels to Stanford to exact revenge for last year's home upset.
Though 9-2 against Stanford all time, the Ducks lost a 17-14 overtime thriller in 2012, costing them a shot at the BCS National Championship. Their high-powered offense was held to just 414 yards in that game, 123 below its season average.
Seventy-two bucks is pricey, but those who really want to see this game should buy fast. These tickets will trade at more than 100 bucks apiece midseason.
When: Sunday, Sep. 1, 2013
Billed as the "Rocky Mountain Showdown," in-state rivals Colorado State and Colorado head to Denver for a non-conference, neutral-field, season-opening clash.
The Buffaloes lost 22-17 last year as part of their dreadful 1-11 season, but they haven't dropped back-to-back games in this series since 1999-2000.
With neither team expected to be a national threat in 2013, this is a pivotal game on each team's schedule and well worth the price of admission for alums.
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
USC has owned the all-time series, winning all eight contests by an average of 35 points per game. The Trojans opened their disappointing 2012 campaign with a 49-10 drubbing of the Rainbow Warriors.
Last time USC traveled to Hawaii, though, was the series' closest game—a 49-36 Trojans win in 2010. Fresno State is the only other quality team on Hawaii's home schedule, so it's no wonder the prices have shot up for this one.
When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Stanford is just 3-8 against Notre Dame all time, but all three of those wins have come in the last four years. The Irish beat the Cardinal 20-13 in overtime last year, though, en route to their perfect regular season.
Still, Stanford has won the last two games at Stanford Stadium and is tentatively expected to enter the game favored. Taking on a reigning BCS National Championship Game participant in their own quest to follow suit, Stanford fans will gladly fork over 92 bucks to see this one.
When: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013
Oregon and Tennessee have met just once: in 2010, when the Ducks traveled to Rocky Top and won by a lopsided score of 48-13.
The Vols actually led that game 13-3 late in the second quarter, but Oregon held them to 104 yards the rest of the game and scored 45 unanswered points.
SEC teams don't travel to the Pac-12 often, and Oregon fans want to knock them off their high horse. Expect Autzen to be sold out for this one, no matter how high that ticket price goes.
When: Friday, No. 29, 2013
The annual "Apple Cup" heads back to Seattle this year, where the Huskies have historically been much better than at Pullman.
Washington State has won two games out of three at home, including last year's 31-28 comeback upset in overtime. But the Huskies have higher hopes in 2013, and returning home for the season finale might be just what they need.
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
Oregon has won nine straight in the series by an average of 26 points per game, never winning by less than 17 during that span.
The last game in Seattle was closer, though: Washington trailed by seven with 8:33 left in the third, only to end up falling 34-17.
Coming off a game at Stanford, the Huskies might need this win to avoid a two-game skid. That helps to explain why this is their highest-priced conference ticket in 2013.
When: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
The 117th Civil War, hopefully, will not be as one-sided as the last three.
Oregon has won by an average of 19.6 points since 2010, including last year's 48-24 shellacking in Corvallis. Last time they met in Eugene, the Ducks led just 20-17 with 10:41 left in the third, then rattled off 28 consecutive points to pull away.
Even in blowouts, though, this is always a well-attended game—both sides will have no problem paying the steep entrance fee.
When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
This is a weird case where both in-state rivals are seeking revenge.
USC wants payback for last year's thrilling loss at UCLA, a game where the Trojans cut a 24-0 deficit to three before allowing a pivotal touchdown drive. But UCLA wants payback for its last trip to the Coliseum, a 50-0 Trojans victory and the worst loss in the series since 1930.
The Bruins also have a chance to win back-to-back games over USC for the first time since 1997-1998. Don't expect Trojan fans to make that easy.
When: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013
UCLA's out-of-nowhere success last year began with an upset of Nebraska. The Bruins were five-point underdogs in that game, but they beat the Cornhuskers 36-30.
But this year, UCLA travels to Lincoln, which might not bode well: The Bruins are 3-5 in non-conference road games since 2006, and Nebraska is one of their toughest opponents to date.
The 'Huskers are still reeling from a tough end to last year, and taking revenge on UCLA would be a perfect remedy at the start of 2013. Fans will have this game circled.
When: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
This is a rematch of last year's Las Vegas Bowl, a thirlling four-quarter affair that Boise State won 28-26. Washington took its first lead with 4:09 left in the fourth, but after a 47-yard kickoff return, Joe Southwick led the Broncos on a 10-play, 32-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
If it's any consolation for the Huskies, though, starting tailback Bishop Sankey ran for 205 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries. Washington fans will show up in full force to root for an encore rushing performance and seek painful revenge.
When: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Arizona State takes on Notre Dame for the first time since 1999, which makes it hard to read much into the Sun Devils' 0-2 all-time series record.
This year's game will take place in Cowboys Stadium, which might (a) explain the $185 tickets and (b) work in Notre Dame's favor: Since 2000, the Irish are 11-1 in regular-season games at neutral sites.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
One of college football's most historic rivalries, especially when played at one of college football's most historic venues, is always a safe bet to run you 300-plus bucks.
Notre Dame has won two out of three in the series, including last year's 22-13 slugfest in the Coliseum. The Trojans haven't dropped two straight to the Irish since 2000-2001.