With just one week left on the college football regular season schedule, the BCS bowl picture is nearly set. However, with several big match-ups on this weekend's schedule, things can still change. For example, Oregon looked like they were headed to the BCS National Championship game until Stanford upset them just two weekends ago. That same week Baylor destroyed Oklahoma 41-12, which killed their BCS hopes. Then this past weekend, it was Baylor who were blown out 49-17 by Oklahoma State to ruin their BCS dreams. This has happened before and it will happen again, maybe this weekend, but for now, here's a look at the current projected BCS Bowl game match-ups and ticket prices for each game.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the number one team in the nation and have the inside track to make it to their fourth BCS National Championship Game in the last five seasons. The Crimson Tide have won in their three previous trips and now look to become the first team to win three National Championships in a row since the Nebraska Cornhuskers dynasty of the mid-90s. BCS National Championship tickets are always one of the hottest tickets in town and this year will be no different as the Crimson Tide are slated to take on the Florida State Seminoles in a battle between two of the most distinguished programs in all of collegiate football. This year tickets are currently averaging $1,994 for what quite literally is the biggest game of the season. The get-in price is also quite expensive at $733.
The Rose Bowl is known as the granddaddy of them all and for good reason as it was the first bowl game in the country beginning in 1902 and has only grown from that point. This year's Rose Bowl game is projected to feature two teams that met in the 1971 Rose Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal won that game by a score of 27-17, but this Ohio State team is on an unprecedented 23 game win streak under head coach Urban Meyer. Tickets for the Rose Bowl are currently down 13% in the past week and are going for an average price of $753 (get-in $268). With two storied programs set to meet in this one, tickets prices are up 70% from 2012's match-up between the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks.
The Rose Bowl is the 2nd highest priced BCS Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl is a distant third with average prices currently at less than half the cost. Tickets for the Fiesta Bowl are currently averaging $317 with a get-in of $112 for this BCS Bowl that will feature a match-up between Oklahoma State and UCF. Oklahoma State find themselves in this game due to their thorough trouncing of then #4 Baylor 49-17 on national television, while UCF will win the American Athletic Conference after beating Louisville and stud quarterback Teddy Bridgewater earlier this season.
The Sugar Bowl will feature the Fresno State Bulldogs who make it to this BCS Bowl as an at-large team where they are projected to play Auburn. However, the Tigers have yet to play Alabama in the Iron Bowl to end the regular season. A huge loss in that game could derail their BCS plans, but that remains to be seen. If things remain the same, this BCS game showcase two very different offensive philosophies where Fresno State has the second best passing attack among FBS schools while Auburn has the second best running game. It will be strength against strength as both teams can score at will in this BCS Bowl game. Ticket prices for the Sugar Bowl are up 150% from a year ago with an average price of $315.
The last remaining BCS Bowl game is the Orange Bowl, which is likely to feature the Clemson Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers. Both these teams will earn at-large bids to this bowl after falling short of winning their respective conferences. Prices for Orange Bowl Tickets are the least expensive out of all the BCS games this year as they are currently only averaging $206 per ticket with an extremely low get-in price of just $8.