Last year, college football executed its first-ever College Football Playoff and to no one’s surprise, it was a huge success. The Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles were voted into the four-team playoff by a committee, but not without controversy. Baylor and TCU from the Big 12 conference were the two teams with the largest gripes for being left out of this postseason format.
In the first semifinal matchup, the Buckeyes upset then-favorite Alabama behind the second start of third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, who won the Big 10 Championship game in his first career start. The same night, 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota defeated the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles, ending an almost two-season winning streak put together by the Florida program.
In the highly-anticipated National Championship game, it was all Buckeyes, as they jumped on Oregon before defeating them with ease, 42-20, to capture the championship and thus enter college football history.
But a new season is fast approaching, and the four teams that participated in the first College Football Playoffs will be contenders to participate in the second one. With secondary market ticket information provided by TiqIQ.com, below are the most expensive tickets for each team that reached last season’s College Football Playoff.
Ohio State Buckeyes: 11/28/2015 | Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes | Michigan Stadium | Average Price: $402.77 | Get-in Price: $142
The excitement level surrounding Michigan football hasn’t been this high in a pretty long time, with Jim Harbaugh taking over the program and expected to turn around their fortunes pretty quickly. The culture and expectations of the team have flipped overnight after acquiring the former coach of the San Francisco 49ers and should bring some added flare to one of the oldest rivalries in the Big 10 conference. Cheap airline tickets on Hipmunk.com can be found for Buckeyes fans looking to attend a road game in a hostile environment, while boasting one of college football’s best rivalries.
Alabama Crimson Tide: 10/3/2015 | Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide | Sanford Stadium | Average Price: $563.24 | Get-in Price: $270
The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide don’t meet as often during the regular season as one would expect coming from the same conference, but when it does happen, there is more than enough attention surrounding it. This is the most expensive ticket on the secondary market out of the four teams from last year’s College Football Playoff, and with good reason considering the classics these two behemoths have put on against one another.
Oregon Ducks: 9/12/2015 | Michigan State Spartans vs. Oregon Ducks | Spartan Stadium | Average Price: $249.52 | Get-in Price: $127
Last season was the second time the Oregon Ducks have reached the National Championship game — and the second time they have lost. Still searching for the elusive crystal football, the Ducks are reloaded for this season, returning a large portion of last season’s very talented team. Their first meaningful game is their second of the season, when the Ducks travel to Spartan Stadium for a tough test against Michigan State.
Florida State Seminoles: 10/24/2015 | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Florida State Seminoles | Bobby Dodd Stadium | Average Price: $240.38 | Get-in Price: $72
Opposite of the game between Alabama and Georgia, the Georgia Tech and Florida State game is the least expensive of the four teams from last year’s Playoff. Georgia Tech was one of the positive surprises of last season and lost in a thrilling ACC Championship game against the Seminoles, 37-35. With these tickets being the cheapest of the four teams, cheap flights on Hipmunk.com can be booked with a few clicks to get fans from anywhere to Bobby Dodd Stadium.