College Football Top 25: Pitt, Boise State Among Best Value; Iowa Worst

SeatGeekAnalyst IAugust 26, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Tight end Preston Dial #85 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a pass during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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The NCAA football season is only a week away, and here at SeatGeek we want to help you get back in a football state of mind.

So get the sand out of your flip-flops, put on your trusty jersey, (paint your face perhaps?) and root your alma mater on to victory, just like you did back in '72.

College football tickets have gotten a bit more expensive since your days in school, however, and if you're getting a little old to be sneaking into the student section of the stadium, your best place to find the cheapest, sold-out NCAA football tickets is SeatGeek.

With that in mind, we crunched the numbers to give you the latest in college football ticketing trends for the upcoming season. As always, there are plenty of games between bitter rivals that never cease to get their fans' spines tingling. These games combine stellar play on the field with a unique history of past battles won and lost.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that the top two most expensive games of the season are Ohio State vs. Michigan on Nov. 27 and Oklahoma hosting the Texas Longhorns on Oct. 2.

Interestingly enough, the Texas Longhorns, despite being the visiting team in two of the top four most expensive games this season, do not have a single home game in the top 25, with their most expensive home games failing to match those of lower-profile teams like the Colorado Buffaloes and their in-state rivals the Texas A&M Aggies.

Both the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes have three games each in the top 10, together comprising 60 percent of the top 10 list. However, surprisingly, the team with the most home games in the top 25 is the Iowa Hawkeyes with four. That means that more than half of their home games are among the top 25 most expensive games, across all teams, all season long.

Additionally, we also broke down the average price for all home games by conference.

The highest conference, as ranked by average secondary market ticket price, is...no conference at all! Rather, it is the average of all Division I teams that are not a member of any conference, namely the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as well as Army and Navy. Behind those three, however, come the SEC with an average price of $157.85, the Big Ten—average price $145.13—and the Big 12, with an average price of $139.86.

Amongst the AP preseason top 25, the cheapest tickets can be found for the No. 15 Pittsburgh Panthers, with an average price of only $65.43. Tickets for No. 3 Boise State can be had for the reasonable price of $110.38.

So if you want to see high-quality football at affordable prices, be sure to check back at SeatGeek's NCAA football page throughout the season, and as always you can email me at jonathan@seatgeek.com with any questions or comments, and remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SeatGeek.