The first College Football Championship Game is set as the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes, winners of the semifinal Rose and Sugar Bowls, will meet in the title game at AT&T stadium in Arlington on January 12. For those planning on getting tickets to the final game of the college football season, tickets won’t come cheap, either.
CFB Championship Game tickets on TicketIQ indicate a very highly anticipated game, where current average price is $1171.49 and 29% more expensive than last year’s BCS Championship Game between Auburn and Florida State. Played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California last January, tickets for that game averaged at $907.48 on the secondary market.
Fans looking to get in cheap to this year’s game will be hard-pressed as well. The least expensive ticket to the first annual National Championship Game is $445, which marks a 9% increase compared to last year’s get-in price of $410.
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Marcus Mariota and the second seeded Ducks (13-1) turned the first CFB playoff game ever into a 59-20 rout over Florida State in the Rose Bowl Game last night. Newly-honored Heisman Trophy winner Mariota faced last season’s holder Jameis Winston and both quarterbacks ended almost dead even in numbers, with Mariota throwing for 338 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception and Winston posting 348 yards passing, one touchdown, and one interception.
However, Florida State (13-1) was no match for the speed of Oregon’s offense, which averaged 20.2 seconds per play. A barrage of Seminoles turnovers helped Oregon solidify a win and snap a 29-game win streak for FSU, a streak that began back in the 2012 season. It was Winston’s first loss as a college starter in what was likely his last college game.
With the win, Oregon became the first team to score 50 points in the 101-year history of the Rose Bowl. The Ducks now move on and have 10 days to prepare for the Buckeyes on college football’s biggest stage.
The Ohio State Buckeyes(13-1) had a season filled with injuries at the quarterback position, but that didn’t stop third stringer Cardale Jones from turning in another dominant performance in just his second college start. The red-shirt sophomore threw for 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception and was aided by running back Ezekiel Elliot, who ran for another 230 yards rushing to upset the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-2) 42-35 in a nail-biting Sugar Bowl Game.
The Buckeyes battled back after two turnovers put them in an early 21-6 hole. However, Ohio State would then score 28 unanswered points and broke the game open with Elliot’s 85 yard touchdown run for 42-28 lead. Ohio State was able to survive Crimson Tide’s furious rally in the final three minutes and move on the Championship game to take on the high flying Oregon Ducks in Arlington.
Because of the new playoff system, it’s likely that the Ducks and Buckeyes wouldn’t even have had an opportunity to play in the championship game under the old BCS playoff system. The newly implemented ranking technique gave Oregon the No. 2 seed while Ohio State took the final playoff spot at No. 4. Following big wins in the Rose and Sugar Bowl Games last night, the Ducks and Buckeyes will now battle for college football’s most coveted title. Fans will likely see plenty of offense from two of the nation’s most offensive-minded teams, but shouldn’t expect to see ticket prices fall much lower on the secondary market for the first-ever National Championship Game in Arlington.
Below are highlights from the Sugar and Rose Bowls: