The final week of the college football regular season is here, and that can only mean one thing: Rivalry Week is here. Even for teams that haven’t been in the College Football Championship or high-level bowling debate, there’s something to play this week. But while all of the rivalry’s games are fun to watch, five games in particular stand out that have to be both hot and crucial to their postseason effects. Here’s a look at the most-wanted games to attend this competition week, using insights from SI tickets.
for the second year in a row, bets In one of CFB’s hottest rivalries it couldn’t be greater. With both teams entering the final week of the regular season undefeated, the winner of this may decide not only the Big Ten title, but who goes into the College Football Playoff. This weekend’s results also opened the door for the loser to earn a spot in the top four, but the most direct path to the CFP remains winning the next two Saturdays and being a 13-0 conference champion.
Last year, Michigan ended a historic streak of dominance by the Buckeyes in this rivalry, beating Ohio State 42-27 behind nearly 300 yards rushing as a team and five TDs from Hassan Haskins. Haskins was gone, but his fellow running back from last year, Blake Corum, got into the Heisman conversation over his play this season. But OSU’s defense has improved a lot, and the Michigan D will have a major challenge in handling CJ Stroud and the Buckeyes offense.
Ohio Stadium in Columbus should be a swing for this one as the Buckeyes look for revenge for last year. Tickets are listed average For over $1,000 on SI ticketsby far the highest of the week.
South Carolina just ended one team’s hopes for the College Football Playoff. Can they make it in two weeks and defeat their arch-rival in the process?
Spencer Rattler’s friction game Saturday shook the CFP standings, as the one-time promoted QB helped the Gamecocks put Tennessee up 63 points in an upset victory. Can he outsmart Clemson’s defense that ranks among the top 25 nationally? Doing so would be a huge achievement against a Clemson team that hasn’t lost at home since November 2016, meaning the Tigers don’t have a single player on their roster who has lost a game at Memorial Stadium. Tickets included to watch the Tigers attempt to extend their home winning streak to 41 on SI tickets averaging $464.
Any hope Clemson has of going to the College Football Playoff depends on winning and most likely getting help from the other losing contenders. But while this path may be narrow, it’s hard to rule anything out in this chaotic season.
This fierce rivalry within the state has one of the most dangerous encounters in a long time looming. Oregon’s path to the Pac-12 Championship Game and possibly the Rose Bowl is clear: Beat the Beavers, and the Ducks are headed to Las Vegas to take on USC. But Oregon loves nothing more than to play a spoiler, and Jonathan Smith’s team can win nine games for the first time in a decade with a win in this game. You can check out this match an average of $421 per SI ticket.
The Pac-12’s title game debut would be the win in Dan Lanning The first season In Eugene, especially considering how it started against Georgia. But Bo Nix’s emergence to superstar status has made this Ducks team a contender for a spot in the New Year’s Six, and while CFP is off the table, the Rose Bowl is still up for grabs. We’ll see if Lanning’s team can find a way to win in hostile road conditions.
The Trojans are suddenly a major factor once again in the College Football Playoff race, winning a shootout against rival UCLA last weekend to book a spot in the Pac-12 title game next weekend. And with two more chances to move the needle to the selection committee, USC has a real chance of sneaking into the top four in Lincoln Riley’s first season. And to up the stakes, strong end Caleb Williams could win Heismanespecially after Hendon Hooker was injured at the end of the season.
They will face a rookie team from Notre Dame that plays the best football in time for first year head coach Marcus Freeman. The Irish have won five in a row since starting 3-3, including a big win earlier this month against Clemson that may have knocked the Tigers out of the College Football Playoff. Can you play ND spoiler again? These tickets are a hot commodity, with average prices Listed at $395 at SI Tickets.
This year’s Iron Bowl doesn’t hold the significance it used to. Alabama is not a factor in the College Football Championship or SEC title race, and Auburn is mired in one of the worst seasons in the program’s recent history (although it could clinch bowl eligibility with a win). But there’s a reason this game is still among the top five tickets of the week at average price Almost $400 on SI tickets: The Iron Bowl is CFB at its best.
A rivalry that has produced so many great moments, from the Kick Six to the return of the Crimson Tide last year to staying in the CFP conversation, the Iron Bowl has never been Not Special. This year, one of Auburn legends Carnell “Cadillac” Williams gets a chance to etch his name into Tigers lore with wins over Nick Saban and Ted, an upset that could turn the Auburn coaching hunt on its head. Meanwhile, Alabama fans want to send Bryce Young to the NFL with one more win at Bryant-Denny Stadium and potentially lock up six New Year’s Eve appearances in the process.