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Boone Pickens Stadium will be rocking for Bedlam on Saturday.

College football tickets: Playoff, conference races heating up in November

The calendar has turned to the final month of the regular season in college football. From here on out almost every game has the ability to impact conference standings or the race to make the playoffs, with Tuesday’s release of the first College Football Playoff rankings serving as the start of the stretch run.

There aren’t many meaningless games left, certainly not among the contests that are garnering the most interest from fans looking for seats on the secondary ticket market.

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 10’s best games:

(Note: Rankings used are those associated with the College Football Playoff standings)

 

Top Ticket Options for Week 10

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State

Where: Boone Pickens Stadium; Stillwater, Okla.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4; 3:30 p.m.

Median ticket price: $298

How much to get in the door: $161

Arguably the best rivalry game in college football, at least in terms of the name it’s given, Bedlam is happening much earlier than normal this season. For the first time since 2004 it won’t serve as the final regular season game for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, moved up to the beginning of November thanks to the Big 12’s revived conference title game.

League officials didn’t want to risk having these potential title-game participants meeting in consecutive weeks, which looks like a smart move since the Sooners and Cowboys are in a four-way tie for first place at 4-1 along with Iowa State and TCU.

Diehard Oklahoma and OSU fans have long been prepared for the earlier meeting, but for those who are just realizing now that Bedlam is happening on Saturday it’s going to be quite costly to get into the stadium. The majority of tickets offered by TicketCity will cost more than $200 apiece.

 

No. 4 Clemson at No. 20 North Carolina State

Where: Carter-Finley Stadium; Raleigh, N.C.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4; 3:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $174

How much to get in the door: $161

North Carolina State has managed to draw at least 56,000 fans to each of its first four home games, topping out at 57,430 for the home opener against Marshall. If there’s a team other than in-state rivals Duke, North Carolina or Wake Forest to get a full sellout (57,583) it’s the one coming to town on Saturday.

Defending national champion Clemson is still the team to beat in the ACC even though it lost a few weeks back at Syracuse and Miami (Florida) is the league’s only unbeaten team. The Tigers have won five straight over the Wolfpack and 12 of 13, the only loss coming in 2011 at Carter-Finley Stadium.

That was the last time Clemson lost to an unranked team until last year when it fell at home to Pittsburgh (and then last month at Syracuse).

NC State is coming off a 35-14 loss at Notre Dame but is still in control of its destiny in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, sitting at 4-0 with wins over Florida State and Louisville. Knock off Clemson and the Wolfpack can start planning a trip to Charlotte for the ACC title game in December.

 

No. 6 Ohio State at Iowa

Where: Kinnick Stadium; Iowa City, Iowa

When: Saturday, Nov. 4; 3:30 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $167

How much to get in the door: $xx

Ohio State pulled off a tremendous comeback at home last weekend, rallying from 18 points down to beat Penn State 39-38. The playoff selection committee recognized that victory by putting the Buckeyers high in the initial playoff rankings.

But OSU still has a lot of work to do, starting with Saturday’s trip to America’s heartland. Penn State and Michigan can attest to how tough it is to win there, with the Nittany Lions needing a last-second touchdown to triumph 21-19 in September while Michigan lost 14-13 there last season.

Iowa is 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten but its three losses are by a combined 16 points. The Hawkeyes have held six of their opponents to 17 or fewer points, while Ohio State is averaging 50.8 during its six-game win streak.

 

No. 19 LSU at No. 2 Alabama

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium; Tuscaloosa, Ala.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4; 8 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $373

How much to get in the door: $53

Regardless of what their records or rankings are, LSU-Alabama remains the gold standard of SEC games not pitting in-state rivals. Thankfully, both teams are almost always ranked when they meet and this year is no different.

Alabama has been as dominant as any team in the country this season, winning seven of its eight games by at least 17 points, and the Crimson Tide haven’t lost in the regular season since September 2015. That was also the last time they lost at home.

LSU is one of the few teams to have had success in Tuscaloosa, having won there five times since 2001. But the last Tigers road victory in this series came in 2011, with Alabama riding a six-game overall win streak including last year’s 10-0 win in Baton Rouge.

 

No. 22 Arizona at No. 17 USC

Where: Los Angeles Coliseum; Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4; 10:45 p.m. ET

Median ticket price: $90

How much to get in the door: $xx

The Pac-12 is going to have a hard time getting a team into the playoffs, with No. 12 Washington the only one with a realistic shot to reach the top four by season’s end. The Huskies will need to win out and get a win the conference title game against as good an opponent as possible from the South Division.

Who that ends up being could get decided in Los Angeles this weekend, as USC is 5-1 in league play and Arizona is 4-1 (with four consecutive wins). Every other team in the South has at least two losses.

The Wildcats have ridden the coat tails of sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate, who has been the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week in four straight weeks. Two of those victories were on the road, but winning at USC hasn’t been as easy, with Arizona dropping their last three in the Coliseum each by eight or fewer points.

 

Service Academy Game of the Week

Army at Air Force (Saturday, Nov. 4; 3:30 p.m. ET)

College football’s three service academy programs compete annually for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, given to the school that has the best record in games between Air Force, Army and Navy.

The Army-Navy game in December usually ends up determining who wins the award, and Navy already has a leg up by virtue of its 48-45 win over Air Force in September. Air Force won the trophy last season while Army is looking to do so for the first time since 1996, but for that to happen it needs to beat the Falcons for the first time in five years.

The Black Knights (6-2) have already locked up a bowl bid, agreeing to play in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas. Air Force (4-4) must win two of its last four games to go bowling.

The median ticket price is $82 while TicketCity has individual seats available for as low as $38.