Some bowls are doing a lot better than others when it comes to matchups and ticket sales.
The Outback Bowl probably has no complaints. As of noon Monday, the cheapest ticket on StubHub for the Tampa game was $65. Only eight of the 34 other bowls had a higher-priced lowest-end ticket on the site.
One of those eight is deceiving. Only 11 tickets for the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 4 are available on the site. Two are priced at $75 (good luck), and the other nine have the fairly absurd price tag of $1,111.11.
Realizing that the average price for available seats doesn’t necessarily reflect the lowest-prices, here is the rundown of the cheapest seats for each bowl at StubHub as of noon, Monday:
BCS National Championship: $850. People tend to care about this game.
Rose: $650. Michigan State and Stanford both would have taken more tickets had they been available.
Sugar: $169.22. Alabama and Oklahoma. Say no more.
Miltary: $83. Maryland is playing Marshall at the 34,000-seat Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Pinstripe: $83. Rutgers fans snapped up their allotment for this game against Notre Dame in New York’s Yankee Stadium, and Notre Dame is a draw-and-a-half in Gotham.
Alamo: $78. Texas’ last game with Mack Brown as coach, and an easy drive for many Longhorn fans.
GoDaddy: $75. Tickets for the Arkansas State-Ball State clash can and will be had for much less outside the stadium on game night.
Cotton: $69. Missouri’s allotment of 13,500 Cotton Bowl tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes after they went on sale to the general public. Oklahoma State is going to sell its allotment, too.
Outback: $65. Iowa has peddled about 10,000 of its allotment of 11,500. LSU is resorting to offering prizes to ticket-buyers.
Fiesta: $60: Good luck to Central Florida, which has moved only 5,000 of its 17,500 tickets. Baylor will be better-represented, having sold 9,000 tickets on the first day they were made available.
Capital One: $51. After three straight Rose Bowls, will Wisconsin fans have bowl fatigue?
Little Caesars Pizza: $49.99. Only two seats were this cheap. Why? It’s Bowling Green and Pittsburgh. Again, why?
Beef O’Brady’s: $49. East Carolina and Ohio. Would you pay $49 to see that?
Heart of Dallas: $45.99. The bowl is delighted it didn’t get a Big Ten team. North Texas has stepped in and is happy to be going.
Orange: $45. StubHub says it has 7,500 tickets for sale. The Orange Bowl says it has just 1,000 unsold tickets. Interesting.
Kraft Fight Hunger: $42. BYU and Washington. There are other things to do in San Francisco.
New Orleans: $40. The in-state battle between Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane is a great matchup for the bowl, financially.
Gator: $38.50. Nebraska fans aren’t motivated to go back to Florida and play Georgia a second-straight year.
Belk: $38. Cincinnati and North Carolina in North Carolina. Thrilling.
New Mexico: $35.99. Washington State is moving tickets for Saturday’s game. It’s been a dry spell up there.
Holiday: $31.98. Texas Tech and Arizona State. The Holiday Bowl used to be cool.
Russell Athletic: $29. This game isn’t what Miami or Louisville had in mind a few months ago.
Buffalo Wild Wings: $28: Why this bowl took Nebraska — which hadn’t been to an Arizona bowl since 1999 — instead of Michigan is a mystery wrapped in a wrap with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and a sauce of your choosing.
BBVA Compass: $26: Vanderbilt vs. Houston. This and most of the rest of these require no explanation for low prices.
Poinsettia: $26. Northern Illinois vs. Utah State. It’s a long way from the Orange Bowl, eh, Huskies?
Liberty: $22.99: The face value is $55. For Rice vs. Mississippi State? StubHub!
Armed Forces: $22: Tickets are $50 through the bowl for Middle Tennessee State-Navy, but come with a commemorative T-shirt.
Sun: $21.09: UCLA and Virginia Tech in El Paso. Tickets to the Rotary Club Sun Bowl Team Luncheon are $50. At least those get you fed.
Hawaii: $19. Boise State and Oregon State. There won’t be much you can get as cheaply in Hawaii as a ticket to this game.
Music City: $10. Ole Miss and Georgia Tech will determine which is less mediocre.
Las Vegas: $9. USC and Fresno State. Both teams were allotted 11,000 tickets. USC had sold about 5,000, Fresno State 7,000. That’s not bad, actually.
Chick-Fil-A:. $9. Duke and Texas A&M. Duke students are getting free tickets. You can get into this game for roughly the price of a meal and a drink at Chick-Fil-A.
AdvoCare V100: $ 6.66. The Shreveport bowl with the worst name has two teams from distant lands, Arizona and Boston College.
Famous Idaho Potato: $5.75. San Diego State and Buffalo have allotments of 8,000 tickets. SDSU has stated its goal is to sell 2,500. Is that not an indictment of the bowl system?
Texas: $4. It’s Minnesota and Syracuse. If anyone is spotted in the stands at the Houston game, it will likely be an usher who is having a very easy day of work.
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