The Top-10 is getting closer. For the following schools, ranked No. 15-11, two had disappointing 2014 seasons, while two others went from being unranked prior to last season. Over the next week, we’ll unveil five schools per day on our list of most expensive average prices for college football teams for the 2015 season. All prices listed below are from the secondary market and all data is provided by TicketIQ. The rankings and price changes are compared to the 2014 preseason TicketIQ Top 25.
15. Oklahoma | Avg. Price: $129.33
Last Year: 6 | Price Change: -22.11%
Expectations were high for Oklahoma entering the 2014 season. The Sooners were ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP Poll and stayed in that spot until the end of September. However, October started with a loss to TCU and started a stretch that would alternate wins and losses, those losses coming against Kansas State and Baylor. The drop in performance also led to a drop in price this season as the average price for Oklahoma football tickets is down over 22% from the start of last season, resulting in an 11 spot drop in the TicketIQ Top 25. The most expensive home game will come against TCU on November 21. The Red River Rivalry against Texas Christian University will bring the most expensive tickets on the secondary market with an average of $476.43 and a get-in price of $182.
14. South Carolina | Avg. Price: $129.94
Last Year: 13 | Price Change: -7%
After three straight 11-2 seasons, disappointment happened for South Carolina pretty much as soon as the 2014 season started. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll heading into the season, but a 52-28 trouncing from Texas A&M in the opening week quickly dropped them out of the top-10. Five weeks later, they were out of the Top 25 completely. The disappointing 2014 season led to a 7% drop in average price, though just a one spot drop in the Top 25. The most expensive game at Williams-Brice Stadium will come on November 28 against Clemson, with an average price of $239.80 and a get-in price of $124.
13. Arizona State | Avg. Price: $132.82
Last Year: NR | Price Change: +69.15%
A surprising 62-27 loss to UCLA in October dropped Arizona State out of the AP Top 25, but a string of wins through the end of the season brought the Sun Devils back to No. 12 in the final poll. The late season surge helped boost the price of Arizona State football tickets 69% over 2014. The Sun Devils entered last season with an average of only $78.52. The high prices in Tempe are aided by some premiere home games. Games against Arizona, USC and Oregon will all be held at Sun Devil Stadium.
12. Baylor | Avg. Price: $139.74
Last Year: NR | Price Change: +37.92
Baylor missed out on the inaugural College Football Playoff, but the season long dominance showed by the Bears has helped carry excitement into 2015. Even with the loss of Bryce Petty at quarterback, the Bears are expected to be one of the top teams in the Big 12, and that has been a big reason why the price of Baylor football tickets has jumped almost 38% over the beginning of last season. The most expensive game at McLane Stadium will be against Texas on December 5 with an average of $228.26 and a get-in price of $96. It is currently the only Baylor home game with an average exceeding $200.
11. Auburn | Avg. Price: $152.91
Last Year: 19 | Price Change: +21.1%
Auburn played much better last season than its 8-5 record would suggest. By sports-reference’s strength of schedule metric, the Tigers had the second hardest schedule among all college teams in 2014, while they actually performed as the 10th best team by SRS. With a slightly easier schedule, there is hope the Tigers’ performance can be reflected more in the record. The price increase for Auburn football tickets is aided by a home game against Georgia, but more importantly hosting the annual Iron Bowl. Iron Bowl tickets currently have an average price of $516.89 with a get-in price of $240 on the secondary market.