Despite the fact that the College football season is just three weeks old, the market voted the ticket for Texas A&M vs. Alabama on Saturday essentially as the National Championship semifinal—and what a semifinal it was! The average price for BCS Championship tickets over the last three years is $2,272. If you take out Auburn vs. Oregon in 2010-11, the two-year average price is $1,794. The final average price that we recorded was $791, or just less than 50% less than the two-year BCS Championship average. As a point of comparison, Alabama football tickets for Texas A&M's visit to Tuscaloosa last year averaged $299. Prices for Manziel's return next year will be a lot higher than that, regardless of the standings.
Given that he’s making money for the thousands of people and companies associated with the game, it’s fitting that Johnny Manziel has adopted money rubbing as his signature move. Despite the controversy, Texas A&M could not have written their conference realignment any better if they had hired a Hollywood script doctor. Two years after switching conferences, they just played in the what was one of the most expensive regular season college football games ever. Of course, they would have preferred a win, but as we all know, Manziel is only a sophomore, and given his small size, the NFL will not be knocking early, if they knock at all. Given his speed, though, he’s a much better candidate to make the move from QB to slot receiver or scat-back, and he'd likely draw crowds. Even if he does get to the NFL, he'll not likely ever play in a game as expensive as last weekend’s.
To put the game in context, I've compiled a list of the five most expensive College Football games since over the last several years.