Week two of college football gives us a ton of great games, but the four marquee games on Saturday will involve a top 10 match-up, one of the oldest rivalries in football, the home opener at the Shoe, and somehow another #13 vs. #14 match-up like we had week one (sorry Wisconsin). Surprisingly, the highest ranked match-up of the four, #7 Michigan St. @ #3 Oregon, is only the third highest average ticket price at $179. Ohio State’s home opener against the Hokies is the second highest priced ticket at $182, falling second to their hated rivals up north. In what is (contractually) supposed to be the last game ever between Michigan and Notre Dame, tickets in South Bend are skyrocketing for the game. The average ticket price is $349. In what may seem like a bargain compared to those gawky numbers is a huge Pac 12 showdown between two California teams, USC and Stanford, whose average ticket price is $112.
For more breakdown and fun tid bits of each game see below-
#7 Michigan St. @ #3 Oregon- Saturday | 6:30 ET | FOX- Avg. Ticket Price $179
Michigan St. only has two other ranked teams on their schedule (#19 Nebraska, #8 Ohio State) the rest of the way, so a win in Eugene could be pivotal to clinching one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. Even though it’s only the second week, coaches and teams are looking into the future, as much as they say they don’t.
Oregon, who seemingly is in the top 10 every year, has the Pac 12 to worry about, who some have dubbed the best conference in college football. Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota had three touchdowns in their week one route of South Dakota.
#14 USC @ #13 Stanford- Saturday | 3:30 ET | ABC- Avg. Ticket Price $112
Currently, the home team Stanford Cardinals are favored to win the game with a spread of 4 points. This is a much more narrow margin than last year, when the heavily favored Cardinals were upset by the rarely-consistent USC Trojans. If there any reason for extra motivation for David Shaw’s team, look no further than exacting a revenge from the previous season.
Virginia Tech @ #8 The Ohio State University- Saturday | 8 ET | ESPN- Avg. Ticket Price $182
The Ohio State Buckeyes are favored by 12 points in this matchup playing against an unranked Hokies team. This is also their home opener, playing last week in Baltimore versus Navy, and it will be played under the lights in front of about 104,851 fans. The Shoe, thanks to renovations this past year that added 2,522 more seats, is now the third largest stadium in college football (behind Penn State-106,572 and Michigan-109,901).
Michigan @ #16 Notre Dame- Saturday | 7:30 ET | NBC- Avg. Ticket Price $349
Fun facts about this rivalry:
All time winning % in college football: Notre Dame #1 (73.32%), Michigan #2 (73.27%)
All time wins in college football: Michigan #1 (911), Notre Dame #3 (875)
All time record between the schools: Michigan leads, 24–16–1
*Due to ever-changing process of how National Champions were selected from before the 1900’s-present, a school “claims” a title.
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