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Top-Selling Matchups for the 2017 College Football Season

August 25, 2017 by Jeanenne

The 2017 college football season is set to kick off in a big way with neutral site season openers and major early-season matchups driving strong interest from enthusiastic fans. And Vivid Seats offers an insider’s look at how conference favorites are stacking up, from top-selling season openers and hottest regular season matchups, and how much fans are paying to be a part of the action.


According to Vivid Seats ticket sales data, the following are the top 10 season openers based on the number of tickets sold to date:

Notable insights and trends include:

  • The Alabama Crimson Tide is the most searched college football team on Vivid Seats. However, the most expensive average ticket price of $710 for their faceoff against the Florida State Seminoles may play a role in their No. 6 ranking on the top-selling list.
  • Of the ten top-selling season openers, the three most affordable tickets are Georgia Southern Eagles at Auburn Tigers ($49), Akron Zips at Penn State Nittany Lions ($61) and Purdue Boilermakers vs. Louisville Cardinals ($78), respectively. 



  • Fan favorite teams – Tennessee Vols, Penn State Nittany Lions, Norte Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines – snagged three or more of the best-selling spots on the top 25 list.

  • SEC teams are represented in 16 of the top 25 selling games (32 percent), while Big 10 teams make up for 13 out of 25 games (26 percent).

  • The most popular matchup – Georgia Bulldogs vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – will be the second time the two teams have faced off, driving the average ticket price to $615.

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