The Iowa Hawkeyes have had doubters all season—even after a perfect 12-0 regular season—but there’s only one more test to earn one of four spots in the second annual College Football Playoff, and it’s the Michigan State Spartans.
While Iowa went through their regular season slate with little-to-no issues, the Spartans battled back after a one-point loss to Nebraska on November 7th. They rebounded in spectacular fashion, culminating in a 17-14 win at Ohio Stadium two weekends later to defeat the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes with a last second field goal. Penn State was the final obstacle in the way of Sparty’s Big Ten East division title run, which they hurdled over easily en route to a 55-16 victory.
After being on the brink for many years, the Spartans are as close as they’ve ever been in the modern college football structure to joining college football’s elite.
The Spartans will face the Hawkeyes on December 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Big Ten Championship and more than likely spot in the College Football Playoff. According to secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.com, Big Ten Championship tickets have an average price of $291.43 with a get-in price of $125 with no sign of trending down.
On November 1st the average ticket price was $202.40 and steadily climbed to $257.62 by November 23rd. The average ticket price jumped up again, reaching its apex on November 29th at $294.76 before showing little movement in the following days. With less than five days to go until kick off, it’s hard to judge whether or not it will continue to rise or dip.
Michigan State fans have around a 250-mile from East Lansing to Indianapolis. Himpunk.com has hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium starting from $79 for those looking to make the drive, while Iowa fans may want to check Hipmunk’s Indianapolis flight guide for travel plans.
Since TiqIQ began tracking data in 2011, this year’s Big Ten Championship Game is the most expensive on the secondary market. Coming in second was the 2013 version, which saw the Spartans defeat the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes with a final score of 34-24.