There’s not really such a thing as a bad atmosphere at a college football game, not when you’re surrounded by thousands of passionate fans brimming with school spirit. There are some conditions that make for a better experience than others, though, most notably playing a game at night.
College football under the lights is a must-see event, often reserved for the biggest games on the schedule as TV networks strive to draw the most eyeballs to prime-time broadcasts. And this week they’ve hit the jackpot with some tremendous night matchups.
Not surprisingly, tickets to many of these games are going for top dollar.
Using pricing figures provided by TicketCity, here’s a look at what you’ll need to spend to get an up-close view of some of Week 6’s great night games:
College football’s best Week 6 ticket options
Kansas State at Texas
- Where: Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium; Austin, Texas
- When: Saturday, Oct. 7; 7 p.m. ET
- Median ticket price: $120
- How much to get in the door: $29
The season-opening loss to Maryland wasn’t exactly the way Texas wanted the Tom Herman era to begin, and understandably it had an impact on fan interest for the Longhorns’ second home game a week later against San Jose State. Per TicketCity, the average price for a ticket in Austin for the first two games was $96, down $10 from last season.
That average is on its way up, though, with the first Big 12 home game. Having it start at 6 p.m. local time only adds to the environment as Texas looks to start 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2013.
Texas has won its last two at home against Kansas State, most recently 23-9 in 2015.
Michigan State at Michigan
- Where: Michigan Stadium; Ann Arbor, Mich.
- When: Saturday, Oct. 7; 7:30 p.m. ET
- Median ticket price: $335
- How much to get in the door: $195
There haven’t been many night games at The Big House, the largest stadium in the country with a capacity of greater than 107,000. Saturday’s visit from in-state rival Michigan State is only the fourth time Michigan has played under the lights at home, and first time since 2014 against Penn State.
Michigan is 3-0 all-time at night in Michigan Stadium, where despite the massive stadium size, tickets are never easy to come by. And this time around the prices are really high, with all but one ticket available on TicketCity going for more than $200.
In addition to the usual things on the line, like in-state bragging rights and positioning in the East Division, a win for Michigan would also be its 500 th in Big Ten play dating back to 1908.
Wisconsin at Nebraska
- Where: Memorial Stadium; Lincoln, Neb.
- When: Saturday, Oct. 7; 8 p.m. ET
- Average median ticket price: $181
- How much to get in the door: $65
All signs point to one of the greatest streaks in sport to continue on Saturday. That would be the consecutive home sellouts by Nebraska at Memorial Stadium, a run that stands at 357 dating back to 1962.
The sellout streak is such a big deal in Nebraska that the Omaha World-Leader keeps a real-time update on the numbers associated with this feat. Among the fun facts listed: the state’s population could fit the stadium more than 14 times during the streak.
Nebraska is 305-52 at home during this time frame, but its one loss at home this year was a shocker against Northern Illinois on Sept. 23. The Cornhuskers went 7-0 at home last season.
Alabama at Texas A&M
- Where: Kyle Field; College Station, Texas
- When: Saturday, Oct. 7; 8:15 p.m. ET
- Median ticket price: $230
- How much to get in the door: $72
It’s been a roller-coaster of a season so far for Texas A&M, which blew a 31-point lead at UCLA in the season opener and has trailed or been tied in the second half of every other game. Yet the Aggies are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC heading into a huge showdown with top-ranked Alabama.
And Aggies fans will be packed to the gills in the enormous Kyle Field, paying whatever it takes to get inside for a chance to maybe see a major upset.
A&M’s fans, known as the 12 th Man, can get mighty loud no matter what time of day a game is being played. Yet somehow the decibel level seems to be much higher when it’s dark out.
California at Washington
- Where: Husky Stadium; Seattle, Wash.
- When: Saturday, Oct. 7; 10:45 p.m. ET
- Average median ticket price: $84
- How much to get in the door: $30
Pac-12 teams are no stranger to playing at night, the majority of conference games starting at 5 p.m. local time or later. So it goes when you’re on the West Coast, when playing at night means filling late-night TV windows on the East Coast that otherwise would go to fishing shows or Seinfeld reruns.
Washington coach Chris Petersen has been quite vocal of late about having to play so many night games, this being the Huskies’ sixth kickoff in as many games that started in the evening.
The late starts aren’t hurting Washington’s attendance, though. It’s first two home games, against Montana and Fresno State, both drew more than 68,000 fans, and the Pac-12 home opener could sell out the 70,083-seat facility.
Value Game of the Week
West Virginia at TCU (Saturday, Oct. 7; 3:30 p.m. ET)
Only two games this weekend pit ranked teams against each other. One is on Thursday, when No. 24 North Carolina State hosts 17th-ranked Louisville. The other brings No. 23 West Virginia to Fort Worth, Texas to take on a TCU team that’s come out of nowhere this season.
The eighth-ranked Horned Frogs began the year unranked but after winning at Oklahoma State two weeks ago, they soared in the polls. They were off last week, only adding to the anticipation of their first home game as a top-10 team since October 2015.
It won’t cost too much to see this top 25 matchup, either. The average ticket price is $68, per TicketCity, with seats available for as low as $33.
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