College Football Fans at September Game
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I can’t believe this amazing summer is over and September is here. It feels like just yesterday I was at my friends apartment in Brooklyn celebrating Memorial Day and making plans to go to summer concerts and to take some relaxing vacations..tear. But not all is sad when summer ends. One of the many pluses (in addition to apple picking, pumpkin beer, etc.) is the start of the college football season. In fact, today September 1 is the 2011 college football season opener! Break.

As part celebration, part preview, I wanted to take a look at the most demanded games both for the opening week of games (September 1-3) and the month as a whole to determine what we should be tuning into this September in terms of NCAA football. Accordingly, I have analyzed SeatGeek’s ticket search and price data to determine the top matchups for September as determined by average ticket prices on the resale market.

College Football September – Hottest Matchups

Event Venue City State Date Avg. Price
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan Wolverines Football Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor MI 2011-09-10 $358.12
Oregon Ducks Football vs Louisiana State Tigers Football Cowboys Stadium Arlington TX 2011-09-03 $353.32
Alabama Crimson Tide vs Penn State Nittany Lions Football Beaver Stadium University Park PA 2011-09-10 $297.63
Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) Lincoln NE 2011-09-03 $280.76
Michigan State Spartans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Notre Dame Stadium South Bend IN 2011-09-17 $276.29
Auburn Tigers vs Clemson Tigers Football Clemson Memorial Stadium Clemson SC 2011-09-17 $231.03
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Wyoming Cowboys Football War Memorial Stadium (Laramie) Laramie WY 2011-09-24 $230.67
LSU Tigers vs West Virginia Mountaineers Football Mountaineer Field Morgantown WV 2011-09-24 $228.99
Oklahoma Sooners vs Florida State Seminoles Football Doak Campbell Stadium Tallahassee FL 2011-09-17 $227.35
Arkansas Razorbacks vs Alabama Crimson Tide Football Bryant Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa AL 2011-09-24 $203.21
Boise State Broncos vs Georgia Bulldogs Football Georgia Dome Atlanta GA 2011-09-03 $192.79
South Florida Bulls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Notre Dame Stadium South Bend IN 2011-09-03 $191.05
South Carolina Gamecocks vs Georgia Bulldogs Football Sanford Stadium Athens GA 2011-09-10 $184.78
Texas at UCLA Football Rose Bowl Pasadena CA 2011-09-17 $173.53
Washington Huskies vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) Lincoln NE 2011-09-17 $170.84
Colorado Buffaloes vs Ohio State Buckeyes Football Ohio Stadium Columbus OH 2011-09-24 $154.57
Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa State Cyclones Football Jack Trice Stadium Ames IA 2011-09-10 $152.9
Pittsburgh Panthers Football vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Heinz Field Pittsburgh PA 2011-09-24 $151.71
Tennessee Volunteers vs Florida Gators Football Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gainesville FL 2011-09-17 $144.69
BYU Cougars vs Texas Longhorns Football Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium Austin TX 2011-09-10 $141.63
East Carolina Pirates Football vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Football Bank of America Stadium Charlotte NC 2011-09-03 $141.25
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Miami Hurricanes Football Sun Life Stadium Miami FL 2011-09-17 $135.29
Missouri at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma) Norman OK 2011-09-24 $135.21
Florida State Seminoles vs Clemson Tigers Football Clemson Memorial Stadium Clemson SC 2011-09-24 $134.31
Northwestern State Demons vs LSU Tigers Football Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge Baton Rouge LA 2011-09-10 $133.93
Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats Football Commonwealth Stadium Lexington KY 2011-09-17 $132.11
Northern Illinois Huskies vs Wisconsin Badgers Football Soldier Field Chicago IL 2011-09-17 $132.07
Pittsburgh Panthers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Football Kinnick Stadium Iowa City IA 2011-09-17 $130.28
Pittsburgh Panthers Football vs Maine Black Bears Football Heinz Field Pittsburgh PA 2011-09-10 $130.02
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Mountaineer Field Morgantown WV 2011-09-04 $124.96

Notes:

  • Perennial rivals Notre Dame and Michigan meet at the Big House in Ann Arbor on September 10th, driving ticket prices up to $358.13 on average and taking the spot as the hottest college football matchup in September 2011
  • The season opening battle of top 5 opponents between Oregon and LSU takes the second spot with an average ticket price of $353.32
  • Rounding out the top 3 is the matchup between recent BCS champs, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State with avg. prices of $297.75

College Football September 1-3 – Hottest Opening Day Games

Event Venue City State Date Avg. Price
Oregon Ducks Football vs Louisiana State Tigers Football Cowboys Stadium Arlington TX 2011-09-03 $353.32
Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) Lincoln NE 2011-09-03 $280.76
Boise State Broncos vs Georgia Bulldogs Football Georgia Dome Atlanta GA 2011-09-03 $192.79
South Florida Bulls vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Notre Dame Stadium South Bend IN 2011-09-03 $191.05
East Carolina Pirates Football vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Football Bank of America Stadium Charlotte NC 2011-09-03 $141.25
Akron Zips vs Ohio State Buckeyes Football Ohio Stadium Columbus OH 2011-09-03 $117.03
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football vs. Oklahoma Sooners Football Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma) Norman OK 2011-09-03 $109.49
Kent State Golden Flashes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Football Bryant Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa AL 2011-09-03 $104.91
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Memphis Tigers Football Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis TN 2011-09-01 $94.54
Rice Owls vs Texas Longhorns Football Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium Austin TX 2011-09-03 $90.84
USC Trojans Football vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Los Angeles Sports Arena and Coliseum Los Angeles CA 2011-09-03 $84.74
Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan Wolverines Football Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor MI 2011-09-03 $83.63
Kentucky Wildcats Football vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football LP Field Nashville TN 2011-09-01 $83.33
Virginia Tech Hokies Football Lane Stadium Blacksburg VA 2011-09-03 $81.59
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Iowa Hawkeyes Football Kinnick Stadium Iowa City IA 2011-09-03 $79.97
Fresno State Bulldogs vs Cal Golden Bears Football Candlestick Park San Francisco CA 2011-09-03 $78.3
Utah State Aggies vs Auburn Tigers Football Jordan Hare Stadium Auburn AL 2011-09-03 $73.4
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Florida Gators Football Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gainesville FL 2011-09-03 $73.29
Montana at Tennessee Football Neyland Stadium Knoxville TN 2011-09-03 $64.61
Indiana State Sycamores vs Penn State Nittany Lions Football Beaver Stadium University Park PA 2011-09-03 $63.77
Texas San Antonio Roadrunners vs Northeastern State RiverHawks Football Alamodome San Antonio TX 2011-09-03 $63.49
Navy Midshipmen Football vs Delaware Blue Hens Football Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis MD 2011-09-03 $56.88
Eastern Washington Eagles vs Washington Huskies Football Husky Stadium Seattle WA 2011-09-03 $56.64
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Syracuse Orange Football Carrier Dome Syracuse NY 2011-09-01 $54.15
Missouri State Bears vs Arkansas Razorbacks Football Razorback Stadium Fayetteville AR 2011-09-03 $53.75
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Boone Pickens Stadium at Lewis Field Stillwater OK 2011-09-03 $47.07
Troy Trojans vs Clemson Tigers Football Clemson Memorial Stadium Clemson SC 2011-09-03 $46.6
TCU Horned Frogs vs Baylor Bears Football Floyd Casey Stadium Waco TX 2011-09-02 $46.3
UNLV Rebels Football vs. Wisconsin Badgers Football Camp Randall Stadium Madison WI 2011-09-01 $45.45
Montana State at Utah Football Rice Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City UT 2011-09-01 $45.1

Notes:

  • Of all the opening weekend games, Oregon Ducks vs LSU tigers this Saturday is easily the biggest matchup, with average prices 25.8% higher than the second most demanded game
  • The 2nd biggest opening week game is Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs vs Nebraska Cornhuskers with prices at $280.76
  • The 3rd hottest matchup this week is Boise State vs Georgia at $192.89

What game are you most looking forward to this week? How about during September? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.

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