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The Hottest College Football Matchups of the Season

August 25, 2022 by Madison Marx

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College football is back in all its glory.

Between the 123rd annual Army-Navy game and Texas A&M at Alabama, there’s plenty of college football Saturdays to be excited about this year.

Check out the Top 5 most anticipated college football games this season, according to Vivid Seats data.

1. Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen

Dec. 10, 2022

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia

The annual Army-Navy game ranks among the most historic matchups in college football since it was first played on Nov. 29, 1890. According to Vivid Seats data, the Army vs. Navy Game is the most anticipated game of the season, with bragging rights on the line between the two service academies. Army will be looking for redemption in the 123rd annual game after Navy staged a shocking 17-13 upset victory in 2021.

2. Texas vs. Oklahoma (Red River Showdown)

Oct. 8, 2022

Cotton Bowl Stadium – Dallas

The legendary match-up between University of Texas and University of Oklahoma football has been bringing fans to the field for decades. The long-standing rivalry between the Longhorns and the Sooners, better known as the Red River Showdown, started with their first face-off in 1900. Today, the Red River Showdown is the second most-in demand college football game in 2022. On average, it will cost fans $487 per ticket to catch the matchup between these border rivals.

3. Alabama vs. Auburn (Iron Bowl)

Oct. 8, 2022

Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The historic rivalry between Alabama and Auburn is better known as the “Iron Bowl” by football fanatics, only adding to the hype of this must-see matchup. Alabama leads Auburn with 47 Iron Bowl victories to Auburn's 37 wins. The Alabama-Auburn game may be months away, but tickets to catch the Iron Bowl live are already selling for $482, on average.

4.Texas A&M vs. Alabama

Oct. 8, 2022

Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama versus Texas A&M on Oct. 8 has it all. The Aggies handed Alabama its lone regular season loss in 2021, a 41-38 setback in one of the most shocking upsets of college football. Some may not consider Texas A&M-Alabama one of the most heated rivalries in the SEC, given that A&M only joined the conference in 2012. However, ticket demand says otherwise. Tickets for this prime-time game are going for $451, on average.

5.Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Sept. 3, 2022

Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio

These two Midwest powerhouses don’t meet often on the gridiron, but Notre Dame will travel to Columbus in Week 1 to take on Ohio State. This matchup is one of the most anticipated games of the year as it marks just the seventh time that Notre Dame and Ohio State will face off as opponents. Tickets to see this Top 5 showdown are selling for $449, on average. 

Top 10 Hottest NCAA Football Teams

As the college football season kicks off, here are the 10 hottest NCAA football teams, based on average ticket price:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes
  2. Army West Point Black Knights
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide
  4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  5. Georgia Bulldogs
  6. Texas Longhorns
  7. LSU Tigers
  8. Pittsburgh Panthers
  9. Penn State Nittany Lions
  10. Texas A&M Aggies

There’s plenty to be excited about this college football season. Still need your college football tickets? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Score the best seats for all of this season’s biggest games, and when you buy 10 tickets, you’ll get the 11th on us with Vivid Seats Rewards.

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