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What's the hottest bowl game?

December 5, 2012

2013 College bowl game selection Sunday took place this weekend and with five days of sales we can see what games have captured the attention of the notoriously diehard college football fans. "Bowling season" gives college football fans a chance to watch their team in post-season play, and each year thousands of fans tune in to the bowl selection show to see where their favorite team will play. With a history dating back to 1902, the year the Rose Bowl aka "The Granddaddy of Them All" was first played, bowl game season evokes strong feelings among fans, and where their favorite team ends up playing can make the difference between a successful or disappointing season, at least in the mind of fans.

The 35-game bowl season starts with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 15 and concludes with the battle to determine the best team in the land in the BCS National Championship on January 7, 2013. Ticket prices are all over the map, with some games going for hundred's of dollars and others with an average price as low as $60. Not surprisingly the BCS Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama is by far the most expensive ticket with an average price of $1,149. The Rose Bowl between Stanford and Wisconsin is the second-most popular bowl game with an average price of $350. The Cotton Bowl between Texas A&M and Oklahoma, which isn't even a BCS Bowl, is the next most expensive ticket with a price of $281.

Other popular tickets include the Sugar Bowl between Louisville and Florida ($208), the Fiesta Bowl between Kansas State and Oregon ($196), Outback Bowl between Michigan and South Carolina ($133), the Alamo Bowl between Oregon State and Texas ($128) and the Hawaii Bowl between Fresno State and SMU ($127). Here is a complete breakdown of average bowl game ticket prices on Ticket Liquidator at 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 5. Note that due to the nature of the secondary ticket market prices fluctuate and will be different over time.

A complete breakdown of the 2012 - 13 bowl game ticket prices The average price of 2012 - 13 bowl game tickets on Ticket Liquidator as of December 6. Note the due to the nature of the secondary ticket market ticket prices will fluctuate and the average price may be higher or lower than the price shown above.

2012 - 13 bowl game prices compared to last year

Orange Bowl prices down 50 percent

Not all ticket prices are up however. Ticket prices for the Orange Bowl are down 50 percent. The BCS Selection Committee unleashed an uproar on Sunday night when they announced that the Northern Illinois Huskies, champions of the Mid-American Conference, would play in the Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit earned a lot of critics that day, when he derided NIU's selection as a joke. "You're going to leave Oklahoma out to put Northern Illinois into a BCS bowl game? Are you kidding me?" Herbstreit asked on air.

The tirade did not sit well with NIU supporters or players, with USA Today reporting that NUI Quarterback Jordan Lynch threw an orange at the television at the Huskies' watch party.

The NUI community is apparently pumped up for the big game, with NIU Associate vice president Jeff Compher saying the Orange Bowl "will go down as a seminal day in the history of our university and of our football program." And as if tickets weren't cheap enough, NIU is reportedly giving tickets away for free to students. The school has released the following video highlight the campus's ecstatic response to the Orange Bowl bid.

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