The Florida State Seminoles (12-0), who rank No. 3 in the most recent AP Poll, are seeking their second straight undefeated regular season. Standing in Florida State’s way are the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2), who rank 16th in the nation. Florida State is coming off a close 24-19 victory over their arch rivals, the Florida Gators. Quarterback Jameis Winston really struggled against Florida, completing just 12-of-24 passes for 125 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook took some of the pressure off Winston running for 144 yards on 24 carries. Tight end Nick O’Leary caught both of Winston’s touchdown passes and led the way with 52 yards on four catches. Wide receiver Rashad Greene was surprisingly quiet, catching just three passes for 35 yards. While Florida State hasn’t been blowing out teams, they’ve found ways to win close games. They’ll likely need to win another close game against a tough Georgia Tech team at Bank of America Stadium. Fans traveling to the ACC Championship game can expect to pay pretty high ticket prices for this game compared to recent years.
According to TicketIQ, the average ticket price for Florida State vs. Georgia Tech is currently $142.09 on the secondary market while the get-in price for the game is $32. This is the highest ticket prices have been since the 2011 game between Clemson and Virginia Tech, but just the third highest in the last 5 years. Below is a breakdown of ticket prices for each of the last five ACC Championship games:
|Year||Match-Up||Avg Price||Get-in Price|
|2014||Florida State vs Georgia Tech||$123.72||$23|
|2013||Florida State vs Duke||$92.14||$13|
|2012||Florida State vs Georgia Tech||$57.91||$5|
|2011||Clemson vs Virginia Tech||$169.76||$58|
|2010||Florida State vs Virginia Tech||$173.30||$62|
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, winners of five straight games, battled to secure a tough 30-24 overtime road victory over their rivalries, the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia’s defense had no answer for running back Zach Laskey who rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. As a team, Georgia Tech ran for 399 yards on 70 carries. Laskey’s backfield mate, Syniyn Davis rushed for 94 yards on 16 carries. Georgia Tech’s defense limited quarterback Hutson Mason to just 194 yards and one touchdown in their victory. Georgia Tech’s defense did allow 194 rushing yards, so expect Florida State to exploit this weakness.
While fans can expect to pay top prices to attend Bank of America Stadium for the ACC Championship, these teams will play for the first time since 2012. Florida State won the last meeting 21-15 and has won 13 of the last 15 meetings. Winston has never faced Georgia Tech, but expects Georgia Tech to feed its rushing attack early and often to keep Winston and his array of playmakers on the sidelines. Expect a closely fought contest between these two teams.
For more on Championship Weekend in college football, check out this post from earlier today.