The Oregon Ducks (11-1), who ranked 2nd in the most recent AP Poll, will look for their first Pac-12 Championship game since 2011 when they face the Arizona Wildcats (10-2), who ranked 11th in the most recent AP Poll. Arizona is the only team to defeat Oregon this season, but Oregon’s offense, namely its offensive line, will be healthy for this rematch. Since losing to Arizona, Oregon has won seven straight games and has scored at least 42 points in each of its victories. Oregon is coming off a dominant 47-19 road victory over the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War. Quarterback Marcus Mariota continued his march towards the Heisman Trophy as he accounted for six total touchdowns in the lopsided victory. Mariota threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns while adding 39 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Converted wide receiver Byron Marshall caught six passes for 131 yards and one touchdown while running back Royce Freeman rumbled for 135 yards on 22 carries. Mariota, Marshall, and Freeman all had arguably their worst performance against Arizona, so fans should expect a bounce back effort. Oregon opened as a heavy favorite in this rematch and fans can expect to pay above average ticket prices for this match-up.
The average ticket price for Oregon vs. Arizona is currently $139.69 on the secondary market while the get-in price for the game is $32. That's the lowest price for Pac 12 championship game tickets in four years, and down over 30% in just the last two weeks. Below is a look at ticket prices for each of the last four championship games:
|Year||Match-up||Avg Price||Get-in Price|
|2014||Oregon vs Arizona||$122.18||$20|
|2013||Stanford vs Arizona State||$131.06||$59|
|2012||Stanford vs UCLA||$144.53||$86|
|2011||Oregon vs UCLA||$151.88||$56|
The Arizona Wildcats, winners of four straight games, will look to topple Oregon with its potent rushing attack. Arizona is coming off a 42-35 home victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils. Running back Nick Wilson rumbled for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries while wide receiver Samajie Grant caught four passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson and backfield mate Terris Jones-Grigsby, were the catalysts in Arizona’s 31-24 road victory over Oregon. Wilson and Jones-Grigsby gashed Oregon for 207 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries. Arizona won the time of possession, 33 minutes to 26 minutes and out-produced Oregon, 495 to 446 in terms of total yards.
While fans can expect to pay top prices to attend Levi’s Stadium for the Pac-12 Championship, Oregon will be motivated to avenge its only loss and solidify its spot in the College Football Playoff. Arizona has never appeared in the Pac-12 Championship game, but will look to ruin Oregon’s season with a win in front of a national audience. Expect Arizona to feature a heavy dose of Wilson and Jones-Grigsby to keep Mariota and Co. on the sidelines.
For more on championship weekend in college football, check out this post from earlier today.