Alabama vs. LSU Ticket Prices Fall But Remain Ridiculous

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium before the Alabama Crimson Tide face the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The price for tickets to Saturday's tilt between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers is easily the most expensive of the year but have leveled off a bit from a peak last week.

SB Nation's ticket partner TiqIQ put the top figure at $740.23 on Oct. 22. FanSnap, a search engine service that collects data from various online ticket resale websites, prices peaked last Wednesday at $804. FanSnap says they tallied a total of about 3,000 online offers to derive their figure, TiqIQ reports using about half that.

(Also, friend of RBR Wayne Grayson penned a great story on this over the weekend for The Tuscaloosa News.)

Officials with both TiqIQ and Fansnap say they expect prices to continue trending downward until gametime. The tickets have a $70 face value. Last year's LSU vs Bama contest in Baton Rouge had an average price of $385.

While the two ticket services vary on what 2010 regular season contest last season demanded the highest prices, they concur Saturday's game in Bryant-Denny Stadium has blown it out of the water.

FanSnap says the priciest ticket last year was the Army vs. Notre Dame tilt in the new Yankee Stadium that demanded an average price of $583 at one point. TiqIQ reported that the $423 average price for the Ohio State vs Michigan contest was the most expensive game of the 2010 season.

Two weeks ago we used the FanSnap numbers to list the the Top 20 average ticket resale prices for college football games this season. You'll find that same list current through Oct. 31 after the jump.

Top 20 Average Ticket Resale Prices in College Football as of 10/31/11
Date Game Price Prev Stadium City Attnd
Nov. 5 LSU vs Alabama $770 $694 Bryant-Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa, AL n/a
Dec. 3 Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State $606 $629 Boon Pickens Stadium Stillwater, OK n/a
Nov. 24 Texas vs Texas A&M $578 not listed Kyle Field College Station, TX n/a
Sept. 10 Notre Dame vs Michigan $475 n/a Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI 111,106
Oct. 8 Oklahoma vs Texas $456 n/a The Cotton Bowl Dallas, TX 96,009
Oct. 1 Nebraska vs Wisconsin $440 n/a Camp Randall Stadium Madison, WI 81,384
Oct. 8 Ohio State vs Nebraska $425 n/a Memorial Stadium Lincoln, NE 85,426
Sept. 10 Alabama vs Penn State $385 n/a Beaver Stadium University Park, PA 107,846
Nov. 12 Oregon vs. Stanford $381 not listed Autzen Stadium Eugene, OR n/a
Nov. 26 Alabama vs Auburn $380 $382 Jordan-Hare Stadium Auburn, AL n/a
Oct. 22 USC vs Notre Dame $357 $357 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame, IN 80,795
Sept. 3 LSU vs Oregon $355 n/a Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX 87,711
Nov. 26 Ohio State @ Michigan $345 n/a Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI n/a
Nov. 25 Iowa vs Nebraska $334 $330 Memorial Stadium Lincoln, NE n/a
Dec. 10 Navy vs Army $288 $318 FedEx Field Washington, DC n/a
Oct.  1 Alabama vs Florida $288 n/a Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gainesville, FL 90,888
Oct. 22 Auburn vs LSU $275 $275 Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, LA 90,398
Nov. 12 Auburn vs Georgia $266 $253 Sanford Stadium Athens, GA n/a
Nov. 26 Florida State vs Florida $248 $243 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gainesville, FL n/a
Nov. 12 Nebraska vs Penn State $220 $248 Beaver Stadium University Park, PA n/a

Games listed in italics have already been played. Info provided by FanSnap.

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