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November 29, 2007 09:00 ET

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

UCLA @ USC Climbs to Number Two, Sells Most Tickets of Any Rivalry Game

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Perhaps the craziest and most unpredictable college football regular season in history wraps this weekend with a handful of the game's most famous rivalries. StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, releases its final Top 25 College Football Rivalry Rankings today that shows Ohio State @ Michigan remaining at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week and garnering the distinction of best-selling college rivalry game on StubHub in 2007. The game won by Ohio State two weeks ago had outsold UCLA @ USC by nearly 50% as of last week. However, with new postseason ramifications, the Bruins and Trojans annual L.A. grudge match has climbed squarely into the No. 2 position, overtaking USC @ Notre Dame, and has sold the most actual tickets of any game in the rankings this season.

UCLA and USC's battle for intercity bragging rights surprisingly has a potential Rose Bowl berth on the line for both schools. That, coupled with the scarcity of tickets for USC home games, has driven the average selling price up to $247 per ticket, nearly $80 more than the 2006 game at the Rose Bowl. Still, at that lofty price, nearly 4000 tickets have sold for the game through StubHub with gross sales expected to fall just short of Ohio St. @ Michigan's overall dollar volume.

One of the biggest movers in the polls this season is the annual Army-Navy clash jumping six spots from No. 17 up to No. 11 on the strength of nearly 50% growth of actual ticket sales this week. These two programs have met 107 times since 1890 with Navy leading the all-time series with 51 wins. On Saturday the Midshipmen are looking to capture their sixth consecutive Commander in Chief's Trophy against the Black Knights. The average selling price stands at $231 today, down nearly $50 from last week, conceivably accounting for the increased sales, but overall still up considerably from the $150 avg. price in 2006.

"The Backyard Brawl" between Pittsburgh and West Virginia also makes a similar sizable leap in the final standings, up six spots to No. 18 this week. With a moderate average selling price of just $138, fans in Morgantown, WV will be packing in to see the Mountaineers possibly seal up a berth in the BCS title game.

STUBHUB TOP 25 RIVALRY RANKINGS (11/28/07)

   Rivalry                     Date    Current  Prev.    2006
                                        Week    Week    Average
                                       Average Ranking   Price
                                        Price
1  Ohio State at Michigan      17-Nov   $ 373     1      $ 876
2  UCLA at USC                  1-Dec   $ 247     3      $ 172
3  USC at Notre Dame           20-Oct   $ 409     2      $ 379
4  Oklahoma vs. Texas           6-Oct   $ 400     4      $ 419
5  Texas at Texas A&M          23-Nov   $ 244     5      $ 233
6  Alabama at Auburn           24-Nov   $ 337     7      $ 321
7  Tennessee at Alabama        20-Oct   $ 238     6      $ 181
8  Missouri vs. Kansas         24-Nov   $ 227     9      $  69
9  Georgia at Florida          27-Oct   $ 263     8      $ 284
10 Arkansas at LSU             23-Nov   $ 138    10      $ 226
11 Army/Navy Game               1-Dec   $ 231    17      $ 150
12 Michigan at Michigan State   3-Nov   $ 200    11      $ 193
13 Florida State at Florida    24-Nov   $ 305    12      $ 195
14 California at Stanford       1-Dec   $ 100    14      $  77
15 Georgia at Georgia Tech     24-Nov   $ 163    13      $ 161
16 Auburn at Georgia           10-Nov   $ 263    15      $ 243
17 Tennessee at Florida        15-Sep   $ 248    16      $ 180
18 Pittsburgh at West Virginia  1-Dec   $ 138    24      $  87
19 Notre Dame at Purdue        29-Sep   $ 105    18      $ 281
20 Virginia Tech at Virginia   24-Nov   $ 230    21      $ 147
21 Oregon State at Oregon       1-Dec   $ 176    19      $ 173
22 Miami at Florida State      20-Oct   $ 113    20      $ 137
23 Wash. State at Washington   24-Nov   $  98    23      $ 146
24 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma  24-Nov   $ 169    22      $ 228
25 Clemson at South Carolina   24-Nov   $ 273    25      $ 282

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

Final Ranking Notes:

--  Highest Grossing Rivalry Game: Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 17
--  Most Actual Tickets Sold: UCLA at USC, Dec. 1
--  Highest Average Ticket Selling Price: USC at Notre Dame, Oct. 20, $409
--  Lowest Average Ticket Price: Wash. State at Washington, Nov. 24, $98
--  Greatest Ticket Price Increase from Prior Year: Ohio St. at Michigan
    (+ $158)
--  Greatest Ticket Price Decrease from Prior Year: Ohio St. at Michigan (-
    $503)
    

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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