SOURCE: StubHub

December 20, 2007 09:00 ET

StubHub FanStats(SM) -- 2007-08 Top 10 Bowl Game Rankings and Fan Advantage Ratios

StubHub Ticket Sales Show Hottest Games and Projected Fan Attendance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - Following one of the most unpredictable regular seasons in college football history, today marks the start of the college bowl season, as Utah will battle Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. StubHub has compiled a list of the top ten selling bowl games for 2007-08 on the world's largest ticket marketplace. StubHub's ranking system has narrowed down the large quantity of this year's games (32) to provide fans with the ten hottest tickets based on dollar volume of each game on www.stubhub.com.

With little surprise, this year's BCS National Championship game between #1 Ohio State and #2 LSU has a stronghold on the number one spot, as it is among the top five selling events in company history, based on dollar volume (#1 -- Super Bowl XLI). The highly anticipated match-up is on pace to outsell last year's BCS title game, currently the second best selling event of all-time, as ticket sales have increased 25% year-over-year. Coming in at numbers two and three are the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl respectively, with sales neck and neck for those two New Year's Day games. While those games are grossing the most dollars, the Capital One Bowl between Michigan and Florida is currently selling the most actual tickets of any bowl game. With an average price of only $193 it is a relative bargain when compared to the BCS games and subsequently has sold double the amount of tickets sold for the BCS Title Game, Rose and Fiesta Bowls respectively.

"This year's bowl season is the culmination of the most unpredictable college football season of all time. Plenty of debate has surrounded the BCS match-ups but that hasn't slowed down ticket buyers who are thrilled to see their teams play," said Sean Pate, StubHub company spokesperson. "There are also very attractive match-ups in the non-BCS games like the Cotton, Capital One, Chick-fil-A and Holiday Bowls which are driving significant sales for their games."

By comparing the volume of ticket sales in each bowl team's home state, StubHub has also projected the ratio of each school's fans that will be traveling to the game, our so-called "fan advantage." With ticket distribution limited for each participating school, many fans turn to StubHub for tickets to their bowl games. An overwhelming turnout of fans for one team at a neutral site can create a virtual home-field advantage. According to StubHub sales, the majority of games show just slight advantages for one team, with the exceptions of the Capital One Bowl and the Alamo Bowl, both of which feature teams from the venue's home state. Surprisingly, LSU only holds a 3 to 1 edge over Ohio State for the BCS National Championship game, despite the game being played in the nearby New Orleans Superdome.

STUBHUB TOP-10 2007/08 BOWL GAMES (with avg. ticket price)

1.  *BCS National Championship (Ohio State vs. LSU) - $1,544
2.  *Sugar (Hawaii vs. Georgia) - $268
3.  *Rose (Illinois vs. USC) - $394
4.  *Capital One (Michigan vs. Florida) - $193
5.  *Chick-fil-A (Clemson vs. Auburn) - $163
6.  *Cotton (Missouri vs. Arkansas) - $143
7.  Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Kansas) - $166
8.  *Fiesta (Oklahoma vs. West Virginia) - $204
9.  *Alamo (Penn State vs. Texas A&M) - $144
10. Holiday (Arizona State vs. Texas) - $119

*Game sold out at primary box office

Source: StubHub (as of 12/19/07) based on each game's total ticket transaction dollar volume to date on the popular online secondary ticket marketplace.

FAN ADVANTAGE RATIO FOR TOP-10 BOWL GAMES:

BCS National Championship - 3 to 1, in favor of LSU over Ohio State
Sugar - 2 to 1, in favor of Georgia over Hawaii
Rose - 2 to 1, in favor of USC over Illinois
Capital One - 18 to 1, in favor of Florida over Michigan
Chick-fil-A - 2 to 1, in favor of Clemson over Auburn
Cotton - 2 to 1, in favor of Arkansas over Missouri
Orange - 3 to 1, in favor of Virginia Tech over Kansas
Fiesta - 2 to 1, in favor of Oklahoma over West Virginia
Alamo - 42 to 1, in favor of Texas A&M over Penn State
Holiday - 3 to 1, in favor of Arizona State over Texas

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