The Michigan State Spartans are searching for that one special season, as they’ve hovered around the top-10 of the college football rankings for the past couple of years. Coming off a season that ended with an impressive Cotton Bowl victory over Baylor, the Spartans have College Football Playoff aspirations once again.
And Las Vegas believes the Spartans have a real shot, too, as they rank inside the top-10 for best odds to win the second-ever College Football Playoff. The Spartans are currently listed with 25-1 odds, the same as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Florida State Seminoles. The Oregon Ducks are listed ahead of the Spartans at 22-1, while the LSU Tigers are ranked behind at 28-1.
The favorites to win it all are the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were unanimously voted as the AP preseason No. 1. The Buckeyes are in the same division as the Spartans and will prove to be their largest hurdle for the upcoming campaign.
With the start of college football rapidly approaching, below is a list of the top prices for Michigan State tickets on the secondary market according to TiqIQ.com, representing some of the key games throughout the season.
11/21/2015 | Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans | Ohio Stadium | Average Price: $330.37 | Get-in Price: $150
9/12/2015 | Michigan State Spartans vs. Oregon Ducks | Spartan Stadium | Average Price: $277.96 | Get-in Price: $119
10/17/2015 | Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans | Ohio Stadium | Average Price: $261.26 | Get-in Price: $126
Michigan State will gruelingly earn a spot in the College Football Playoff, if they can make it there. The most expensive Spartans tickets for the season are against the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes, who are looking for back-to-back National Championships, with an average price of $330.37 and a get-in price of $150. Fans of Michigan State looking to support the Spartans on the road can use Hipmunk.com for Columbus flight deals to get to Ohio Stadium.
Their second-most expensive game is opposite the Oregon Ducks, who lost in last year’s championship game. The Ducks return most of their team, albeit without reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, and are the favorites in the Pac-12 to return to the CFP. This is an early-September game that can shape the season for both of these teams, as championship dreams may be dashed early.
Of course Michigan was going to appear on the list, as the Spartans travel to Ann Arbor this year to take on a newly-invigorated Michigan Wolverines program. With a new man in charge in the form of Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines feel their program is close to being back in the national spotlight, but the Spartans have had the upper hand in recent years. Road trippers can find Ann Arbor hotels on Hipmunk starting from $50 a night to catch the latest installment in this great rivalry. With Michigan on the way towards becoming a legitimate contender again, there might be more than the Paul Bunyan Trophy on the line here.