College football tickets: Week 7 slate better in person than on paper

The 2017 college football season is at the halfway point, which means the top teams are jockeying for position in their respective leagues while also trying to stay in the running for a playoff spot. Winning the big games against the best competition matters most, but so does taking care of business in the other games.

The Week 7 slate is devoid of any matchups between teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the first time that’s happened this season. Must mean it’s not a great week of action, huh? Far from it.

Nearly half of the ranked teams are on the road and another is playing out-of-state in a neutral-site affair that’s perennially among the most highly anticipated games of the season. That means there will be plenty of hostile environments for those Top 25 squads to deal with, and you can be a part of that for the right price.

Using pricing figures provided by TicketCity, here’s a look at what you’ll need to spend to get an up-close view of some of Week 7’s best games:

College football’s best Week 7 ticket options

No. 20 North Carolina State at Pittsburgh

Where: Heinz Field; Pittsburgh, Penn.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14: noon ET

Median ticket price: $50

How much to get in the door: $16

It’s been a down year for Pittsburgh, which is 2-4 overall and winless in the ACC and looking at the strong possibility of its first season without a bowl game since 2007. But there’s still time to turn things around, and doing so against another ranked foe—the Panthers have already played Oklahoma State and Penn State—is a great place for it.

North Carolina State has won five in a row since a season-opening loss to South Carolina, beating Florida State and Louisville along the way. The win at FSU was the Wolfpack’s first since 2005.

They’ve never won in Pittsburgh, going 0-4 there all-time, though the last trip to the Steel City was in 1987. This will be the teams’ first meeting since Pitt joined the ACC in 2013.

No. 24 Texas Tech at West Virginia

Where: Milan Puskar Stadium; Morgantown, West Va.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14; noon ET

Median ticket price: $102

How much to get in the door: $81

Texas Tech is ranked for the first time since 2013, jumping into the Top 25 after a 65-19 beatdown of Kansas on the road. The Red Raiders are 2-0 outside of Lubbock this season, having won consecutive road games for the first time in four years.

That’s also the last time they won three straight on the road, which is something they can accomplish with a victory at West Virginia. Easier said than done, as the Mountaineers have won 14 of their last 16 in Morgantown.

Texas Tech is 1-1 there, winning in 2013 but losing two years ago.

No. 10 Auburn at LSU

Where: Tiger Stadium; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

When: Saturday, Oct. 14; 3:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $160

How much to get in the door: $48

Since scoring only six points in a home loss to defending national champion Clemson, Auburn’s offense has looked really good. A four-game win streak has seen it average 42 points while allowing only 14.3 per contest.

Among those opponents the Tigers beat in that streak was Mississippi State, which owns a 37-7 win over LSU. That was at home, though, not within the confines of LSU’s ultra-intimidating stadium.

LSU has been nearly unbeatable at Tiger Stadium of late, going 45-7 there since 2010, though two weeks ago it was shocked by Troy. That loss could have had a major impact on fan interest for this game had LSU not rebounded by winning at Florida last week.

Auburn isn’t a big fan of playing in Baton Rouge, having lost eight straight games there since 2001.

No. 9 Ohio State at Nebraska

Where: Memorial Stadium; Lincoln, Nebraska

When: Saturday, Oct. 14; 7:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $165

How much to get in the door: $42

Ohio State isn’t the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten—that would be No. 3 Penn State—but it still remains the hottest ticket in the league when it comes to playing in opposing stadiums. And that’s despite the Buckeyes more or less owning everyone else on the road.

Except for Nebraska, that is.

Ohio State has won on the road against every Big Ten team at least once since 2010 except the Cornhuskers, who joined the conference in 2011. That year they hosted OSU and came out with a 34-27 victory, the only time the Buckeyes have played in Lincoln.

Nebraska’s home sellout streak will reach 359 games with this contest, though its normally strong home-field advantage hasn’t been the case this season. It has lost twice at Memorial Stadium in 2017, first to Northern Illinois and then last week by 21 to Wisconsin.

No. 5 Washington at Arizona State

Where: Sun Devil Stadium; Tempe, Arizona

When: Saturday, Oct. 14; 10:45 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $89

How much to get in the door: $29

It’s been 16 years since Washington won in Tempe, but few of those previous Huskies squads have been as good as the current one. Off to a 6-0 start for the second year in a row, this looks like when this six-game road skid against Arizona State will come to an end.

ASU is below .500 at 2-3 but in its last home game, Sept. 23, it knocked off a ranked Oregon team. The Sun Devils also have a one-score loss on the road against Texas Tech, which is now ranked.

Washington has won nine consecutive road games dating back to November 2015. That last loss: 27-17 at Arizona State.

State Fair Game of the Week

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (Saturday, Oct. 14; 3:30 p.m. ET)

For those headed to the Texas State Fair in Dallas this weekend, there are no shortage of delicious food items and at great prices. Just make sure to save room for a big slice of one of the biggest college football games of the year, which also happens to be an annual fair staple.

Oklahoma and Texas always play the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on the Texas State Fairgrounds on the second Saturday of October, and regardless of the teams’ records it’s always a must-see event. Therefore it’s no surprise the median ticket price for this year’s tilt is $309, which according to TicketCity is tops in the country for this week.

Even more telling: the cheapest ticket available on the secondary market is $185. That might seem like a lot to pay, but a seat to watch the Sooners and Longhorns battle it out pairs really well with a funnel cake bacon queso burger or some deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick.

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