Hey, compared to World Series tickets, Nebraska-Ohio State seats are a drop in the bucket.
Although that drop is roughly the size of a manhole cover.
According to our pals at Vivid Seats.com (www.vividseats.com), tickets for the Cornhuskers’ first game at Ohio Stadium since 2012 are listed on the site at a current median price of $220.
That’s actually the second-highest median price for a Week 10 college football game at Vivid Seats, behind Alabama at LSU, with a median of $307. (Iowa at Penn State is No. 3 nationally, at $147; followed by Texas at Texas Tech’s $141).
“There is usually not one single factor that influences prices,” Vivid Seats’ Amy Hyerczyk said via email, “but with both teams having only one loss and ranking in the top 10 of both the national polls and CFP rankings, that certainly contributes to demand.”
Hyerczyk was kind enough to provide some other numbers, too, in order to provide a little perspective:
How Nebraska-Ohio State prices compare with the rest of the Big Ten this week
- Nebraska at Ohio State – Median price: $220
- Iowa at Penn State – Median price: $147
- Maryland at Michigan – Median price: $100
- Wisconsin at Northwestern – Median price: $92
- Purdue at Minnesota – Median price: $58
- Indiana at Rutgers – Median price: $22
- Michigan State at Illinois – Median price: $19
How Nebraska-Ohio State compares with what Buckeyes tickets have already sold for in 2016
- Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes — $502
- Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio State Buckeyes — $233
- Northwestern Wildcats at Ohio State Buckeyes — $160
- Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes — $149
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio State Buckeyes — $139
- Bowling Green Falcons at Ohio State Buckeyes — $128
- Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio State Buckeyes — $117
- Average — $204
How Nebraska-Ohio State compares with what Huskers tickets have already sold for in 2016
- Oregon Ducks at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $259
- Illinois Fighting Illini at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $119
- Minnesota Golden Gophers at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $118
- Purdue Boilermakers at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $103
- Fresno State Bulldogs at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $99
- Wyoming Cowboys at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $93
- Maryland Terrapins at Nebraska Cornhuskers — $88
- Average — $126
How Nebraska-Ohio State compares to the median ticket prices of upcoming Buckeyes games
- at Maryland – Median price $95
- at Michigan State – Median price $90
- vs. Michigan – Median price $684
How Nebraska-Ohio State compares to the median ticket prices of upcoming Huskers games
- vs. Minnesota – Median price $176
- vs. Maryland – Median price $127
- at Iowa – Median price $109
If you’re curious, that $220 tag in Columbus is higher than the median home ticket price for 22 of 32 NFL teams — including Ohio’s two pro teams, the Cincinnati Bengals ($121) and Cleveland Browns ($57, last in the NFL).
It’s also higher than the average ticket sold to the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball championship ($210), according to Vivid Seats, and not far off the average of the previous five title games ($290).
But the pace lags behind at least three other football games involving Big Ten schools played so far this fall. The Wisconsin-LSU game at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3 brought an average price of $329, Hyerczyk said, while the Oregon-Nebraska game in Lincoln brought an average of $259 and the Michigan-Michigan State game last weekend in East Lansing went for $244.
The hottest ticket with a Big Ten tie that’s still on the table? A seat at “The Game,” Michigan at Ohio State on Nov. 26, with a current median price of $684.
Which means you’re going to need a bigger bucket.
“Michigan at Ohio State is the hottest for the Big Ten,” Hyerczyk continued, “but Nebraska-Ohio State is up there as far as demand in the conference.”