College football tickets 2022: Alabama vs Tennessee, the hottest games of week 7


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What a week we have to look forward to in college football. For the first time in 29 years and just the second time, three games between teams 5-0 or better will be played on the same day. It’s the Saturday guys who decide whose seasons end early and who head into the college football playoffs. Want to catch one of these high-profile conference matchups? Here is an overview of the most important matches and the most requested seats for this weekend.

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.

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It’s the biggest game for a long time at Neyland Stadium. The No. 6 Vols have their best national ranking since 2005 and are now getting their shot in Alabama on their home turf. Josh Heupel’s team entered a potential trap game against LSU in Baton Rouge and passed the test with flying colors, as QB Hendon Hooker added some highlights to his Heisman Trophy reel and the Tennessee defense held firm .

Can Tennessee get in the college football playoff picture with a huge win? Alabama struggled to tidy up Texas A&M on Saturday with backup QB Jalen Milroe replacing the injured Bryce Young. Still, Nick Saban hasn’t lost to Tennessee since taking over in Tuscaloosa, and only two of those 15 games have been decided by a score. This should be one of the best atmospheres and could be one of the best games of the season… which is why it’s no surprise that the average ticket price on SI Tickets is $871, the highest of the week away. Prior to Week 7, ticket prices for the Tennessee National Championship also increased by 46%.

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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The Big Ten East race official is stepping up this weekend in Ann Arbor. Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State all rank in the top 10 in the AP poll, but only one of those teams will make it to the Big Ten Championship Game in December. Michigan’s offense hasn’t looked quite as explosive since the start of Big Ten play, but Blake Corum remains one of the best running backs in the nation and Wolverine’s defense is fiercer than ever. On the other side, Penn State is off to an undefeated start thanks to a talented stable of running backs and a veteran QB in Sean Clifford.

It’s hard to overstate the implications of this one considering both teams still have matchups with Ohio State ahead of them. The average admission price for this one is just over $400 per SI ticket.

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

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The only two remaining undefeated Big 12 teams face off in this mid-afternoon showdown. Sonny Dykes sparked a quick turnaround at TCU, including a two-way road win over the Kansas upstart over the weekend. A big reason for the Horned Frogs’ improvement: The play of QB Max Duggan, who had four touchdowns on Saturday and now has 14 touchdown passes to just one interception this season. Can Duggan and a boisterous home crowd lift the Horned Frogs past the No. 8 Cowboys? Fans certainly think so – TCU’s Big 12 Championship prizes are up 206%, according to SI Tickets.

4. USC at Utah, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. ET

Rice Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah has been somewhat disappointing this season, dropping its second game of the season this weekend against UCLA. But with an experienced QB at Cam Rising in a historically tough place to play, this is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest test of the season for Lincoln Riley and USC.

The Pac-12 looks wide open right now, with USC, UCLA and Oregon all undefeated in the league and Utah right behind them with a loss. For the Utes to seriously challenge for a second straight conference title, they likely need to pull off this upset. But slowing down Caleb Williams looks like a challenge after giving up 42 points to UCLA on Saturday.

JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY

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You may not have circled this game on your schedule during preseason, but we have a top-20 game in mid-October in upstate New York with divisional implications. ACC Atlantic. Syracuse is off to a 5-0 start but now faces the meat of its schedule with matchups with the Wolfpack and Clemson looming in back-to-back weeks. Even a win would be a big boost nationally for the Orange, and two wins would make Dino Babers’ side the favorites in the ACC title chase. One storyline to watch: NC State’s QB situation after veteran starter Devin Leary left with an arm injury in Saturday’s win over Florida State.

Memorial Stadium, Champagne, Illinois.

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Illinois is making progress in the second year of the Bret Bielema era, beating Big Ten stalwarts West Wisconsin and Iowa in consecutive weeks. Could the Illini really go to the Big Ten Championship Game? One more win this weekend, and it’s starting to become a reality. In fact, Big Ten Conference Championship ticket prices for Illinois were up 152% heading into Week 7, according to SI Tickets.

Minnesota lost a key matchup with Purdue two weeks ago but is also one of the top contenders in the West. The game to watch in this one: Minnesota’s running game is averaging nearly 250 yards per game led by star running back Mohamed Ibrahim, while Illinois has the best scoring defense in college football. Don’t expect a lot of goals, but this game should be worth watching.

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida.

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Florida State’s hopes of a breakthrough season have been dashed by back-to-back losses to fellow ACC prospects Wake Forest and NC State, but Mike Norvell’s team has a huge opportunity at home Saturday night against Clemson. The Tigers had a few nervy moments earlier against Boston College before pulling out, but it looks like an even tougher road test for DJ Uiagalelei’s side. After last week’s win, Clemson’s ACC Conference Championship ticket prices went up 40%. We’ll see if Jordan Travis can lead the Seminoles to a season-changing upset or if the Noles become a true “contender” status in the ACC race. The average ticket price for this one on SI Tickets is $160.

Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas

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After a record-breaking display on both sides of the ball in a rivalry win over Oklahoma, Texas is thinking big in the Big 12 title chase. But hopes this will be the year Texas return to status No contender hinges on taking charge of business in matchups like this, against an Iowa State team that has lost three straight. The Cyclones aren’t your typical 3-3 team, having lost those three games by one, three and seven points respectively. Still, a struggling Cyclone offense that scored a total touchdown in the past two weeks with Quinn Ewers, Bijan Robinson and the explosive Texas offense on the other side. The average admission price for this Big 12 showdown is just under $100 on SI tickets.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida.

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When these two teams meet, it’s almost always close. Eight of the last 10 meetings have been decided by a score or less, including last year’s 49-42 offensive outburst. But both teams have new coaches and new quarterbacks from last year’s meeting, and each team has a lot to play for in the SEC standings. LSU suffered its first conference loss of the season Saturday against Tennessee, while Florida wants to stay in the SEC East mix after eliminating Missouri over the weekend.

Tickets are on sale at an average price of $171 per SI ticket.

Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky.

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With backup quarterback Kaiya Sheron replacing Will Levis, the potential No. 1 pick, Kentucky’s offense ended in a devastating home loss to South Carolina. This loss takes a lot of wind from the Wildcats’ sails in the SEC race, and the road doesn’t get any easier against a ranked Mississippi State team that has been playing great football lately. Can the Cowboys pull off a big win ahead of a road trip to Alabama next week, or will Kentucky get back on track?

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