November 14, 2007 14:07 ET

StubHub FanStats(SM) - 2007 Top 25 College Football Rivalries

Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan Game Remains Top Selling Rivalry of Season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - The traditional rivalry season begins this weekend with arguably the most prominent of all college football rivalries, Ohio State and Michigan. Saturday's game in Ann Arbor, Michigan tops the StubHub Top 25 Rivalry Rankings for the second consecutive week and looks to be in comfortable position to once again be the top selling college football rivalry of the year on

Despite both teams coming into the game off surprising losses last week, gross sales for #7 Ohio State at #23 Michigan have outpaced the second ranked rivalry game, USC @ Notre Dame played on October 20th, by nearly 50%. Third ranked UCLA @ USC still has two weeks for sales to increase, but currently Ohio State @ Michigan is outselling it by nearly 75%.

With the Ohio State-Michigan game just a few days away, fans are still shopping from hundreds of ticket listings at StubHub where the average selling price has dropped slightly to $394 per ticket. That's more than half of the whopping $876 per ticket commanded for last year's game of the year in Columbus, but still one of the heftiest prices of any game in the rankings. With the game to decide the Big Ten Champion and Rose Bowl participant, tickets are still at a high premium with listed prices starting at $250 as of today.

The rest of the top ten remains virtually unchanged from last week, but charging fast from the outside is #3 Kansas vs. #5 Missouri, Nov. 24 in Kansas City. The game rises another four spots this week to number eleven overall, commanding $189 per ticket, nearly triple the selling price it did in 2006 ($69). With national championship implications likely at stake for both teams, sales for "The Border Showdown," the second-oldest rivalry in Division I-A, should see a top ten finish this season.


                                        Week     Prev.    2006
                                       Average   Week    Average
 Rivalry                       Date     Price   Ranking   Price

1  Ohio State at Michigan      17-Nov  $  394      1    $  876
2  USC at Notre Dame           20-Oct  $  409      2    $  379
3  UCLA at USC                  1-Dec  $  308      3    $  172
4  Oklahoma vs. Texas           6-Oct  $  400      4    $  419
5  Tennessee at Alabama        20-Oct  $  262      5    $  181
6  Texas at Texas A&M          23-Nov  $  270      7    $  233
7  Georgia at Florida          27-Oct  $  263      6    $  284
8  Alabama at Auburn           24-Nov  $  378      8    $  321
9  Michigan at Michigan State   3-Nov  $  200      9    $  193
10 Arkansas at LSU             23-Nov  $  134     10    $  226
11 Missouri vs. Kansas         24-Nov  $  189     15    $   69
12 Auburn at Georgia           10-Nov  $  263     12    $  243
13 California at Stanford       1-Dec  $  112     13    $   77
14 Tennessee at Florida        15-Sep  $  248     11    $  180
15 Notre Dame at Purdue        29-Sep  $  105     14    $  281
16 Florida State at Florida    24-Nov  $  354     17    $  195
17 Georgia at Georgia Tech     24-Nov  $  155     19    $  161
18 Army/Navy Game               1-Dec  $  285     18    $  150
19 Miami at Florida State      20-Oct  $  113     16    $  137
20 Oregon State at Oregon       1-Dec  $  198     22    $  173
21 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma  24-Nov  $  172     20    $  228
22 Wash. State at Washington   24-Nov  $   93     21    $  146
23 Pittsburgh at West Virginia  1-Dec  $  141     23    $   87
24 Virginia Tech at Virginia   24-Nov  $  210     24    $  147
25 Clemson at South Carolina   24-Nov  $  346     25    $  282

Best of the Rest: Arizona at Arizona State, Iowa at Iowa State, Wisconsin at Minnesota, Purdue at Indiana

The StubHub Top 25 Rivalry Rankings display the traditional college rivalry game tickets that are in highest demand by gross dollar volume of tickets sold through the StubHub ticket marketplace. A new Top 25 list is released weekly until the conclusion of the regular season as sales fluctuate due to pre-game hype and team performance. An important component of the rankings, Average Ticket Price, can also reflect the difference in year over year demand for each game, an interesting stat with so many traditional powers having sub-par seasons.

Rankings are expected to change weekly based on the importance of each game and the overall performance of one or both teams. Once a game has been played it still may rank on the list based on the total sales activity for that game. For example, USC @ Notre Dame could outsell all other games this season and therefore rank number one many weeks after it has been played.

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