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The 5 Most Expensive College Football Games To Attend This Weekend

Week 4 of the 2015 College Football season is upon us, and if you haven’t revelled in all of the madness yet, the clock is quickly ticking. From Ole Miss catapulting up the AP Top 25 Poll after defeating Alabama to Ohio State’s reign as the team to dethrone, the first three weeks have been nothing short of stellar for college football fans across the nation. 

Dallas’ AT&T Stadium will be the hosting site of this week’s top-priced game on the secondary market when Texas A&M hosts Arkansas on Saturday. Riding high at 3-0, Florida returns home to play Tennessee in the second most expensive game this week on Saturday afternoon. Rounding off this week’s top games list is Maryland at West Virginia, Mississippi State at Auburn and Utah at Oregon. Below is Week 4’s top games list, according to TiqIQ:

Texas A&M vs Arkansas (AT&T Stadium) | $231.70 | Get-in: $82

After welcoming the 2015 AdvoCare Classic between Wisconsin and Alabama earlier this month, AT&T Stadium will again host college football this Saturday when Texas A&M takes on Arkansas. The average secondary market price for Texas A&M vs Arkansas tickets at AT&T Stadium is $231.70, easily making it the most expensive game this week. The cheapest available ticket is now listed for $82. 

Texas A&M looks to continue its winning ways against a struggling Razorbacks team. The Aggies head to Arlington at 3-0 and find themselves climbing the AP Top 25 Poll, where they now sit at No. 14. It will be the first SEC meeting for both teams this season. Texas A&M’s perfect season continues and Hipmunk.com can get Aggie fans to Kyle Field. As many fans will be traveling for this game, they can search through Hipmunk for the most economical Dallas hotel to see the game in person. 

Tennessee at Florida | Avg. Price: $178.04 | Get-in: $92

The Florida Gators will head home to Ben Griffin Hill Stadium this Saturday to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in what will be the second most expensive game on the secondary market this week. Florida vs Tennessee tickets now average $178.04 and the get-in price is $92. It will be the second top-priced game in Gainesville this season, trumped only by a November 28 matchup with Florida State ($213.95 avg./$100 get-in). 

The Gators will face their biggest test yet against the Vols, who pinned 55 points on Western Carolina last week after an overtime loss to Oklahoma during Week 2. Tennessee will be looking to keep its offensive momentum alive against an undefeated Florida team on the road.

Maryland at West Virginia | Avg. Price: $150.54 | Get-in: $115

Mountaineer Field will be alive and well this Saturday when West Virginia hosts Maryland in the third top-priced game of the week. The average secondary market price for West Virginia vs Maryland tickets is $150.54 and the get-in price is $115. It is the most expensive home game remaining on West Virginia’s schedule this season.

Saturday’s game will be the third straight home game for the Mountaineers, who cruised to victories against the Georgia Southern Eagles and Liberty Flames over the first two weeks of the season. The Terps will play their make their first road trip of the young season after posting two wins against Richmond and USF in between a loss from Bowling Green.  

Mississippi State at Auburn | Avg. Price: $144.59 | Get-in: $64

Auburn looked poor defensively against LSU last weekend, allowing 45 points in their first loss of the season. The Tigers dropped off the AP Top 25 Poll with the pivotal SEC loss, though ticket prices still remain high for their bout with Mississippi State this weekend. Auburn vs Mississippi State tickets on TiqIQ now average $144.59 and the get-in price is $64.

In 88 meetings dating back to 1891, Auburn holds quite the competitive edge against Mississippi State at 61-25-2. However, the Bulldogs won 2014’s affair with relative ease, posting a 38-23 victory in Starkville. They’ll look to repeat the same result in Alabama this Saturday.

Utah at Oregon | Avg. Price: $133.27 | Get-in: $76

Rounding off this week’s top games list is a matchup between Oregon and Utah at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. The average secondary market price for Oregon vs Utah tickets is $133.27 and the cheapest ticket is $76. It will be the third highest-priced game on Oregon’s schedule at home this season, exceeded only by a November 27 game against Oregon State ($201.31 avg./$106 get-in) and November 21 against USC ($211.75 avg./$117 get-in).

Following the Heisman year of quarterback Marcus Mariota, Oregon has relied on Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams under center, who has led them to a 2-1 record entering their second consecutive home game this weekend. Utah has looked good over the first three weeks of play, taking down both Michigan and Utah State at home before claiming its third victory over Fresno State on the road last Saturday.

The 10 Most Tortured College Football Fan Bases

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The Ducks are on this list somewhere.

There are 128 total FBS college football programs. Some are brand new (Charlotte), others old with rich traditions and bright futures (Ohio State). Many of them play each season without great expectations. Usually, that is because those programs are part of a mid-major conference, and don’t have the pressure to win and recruit at a high level. If they win big, great. If they lose, well, it isn’t the end of the world. 

But for the FBS schools regularly expected to challenge for premier bowl berths, conference and national titles, and bonanza recruiting classes, things aren’t always that easy. 

We’ve compiled a list of the ten most tortured fan bases in college football. Not all are on here for the same reasons, but all of them leave their fans consistently wanting more.  

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NCAA Softball Regionals: Round 1 Recap

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Alex Shoemaker, EDN Sports Editor

And just like that we’re down to 16 teams. With a 4-1 victory over BYU on Saturday the Oregon Ducks softball team advanced to the Super Regionals for the second year in-a-row and is one step closer to its’ goal of reaching the College World Series.

The Oregon infield celebrates with pitcher Jessica Moore after a Ducks' strikeout against Portland State.

“I feel like this year out of any, we’re really rolling into (super regionals) well,” said pitcher Jessica Moore, the anchor of the team, who improved her record to 30-12 with the win. “I feel like we’re a little more prepared. We’re better all-around as a team.”

The No. 11 Oregon Ducks have been absolutely lights out all season long will travel to Austin to take on the No. 6 Texas Longhorns in a best two-of-three playoff format. Oregon would have hosted the Super Regionals if any other team besides Texas had advanced.

This Ducks team has a lot of comparisons to last years’, but the players are hoping to end on a better note.

“This year we’re rolling into it better than before,” said Moore. “Some of us have been to Super Regionals the past two years. We’re going to show up and expect to win. We’re not just going to be happy to be there.”

With the Ducks advancing, the Portland State Vikings, Mississippi State Bulldogs and BYU Cougars are eliminated from contention. Texas went 4-1 in the Austin Region while eliminating the Northwestern Wildcats, Houston Cougars and Auburn Tigers.

Texas finished tied for third place in the Big-12 with a record of 46-11 (16-8). Only the Oklahoma Sooners and Missouri Tigers posted a better conference record than the Longhorns.

Texas relies on senior Lexie Bennett who leads the team with a .415 batting average, 55 RBI and 123 total bases. Bennett also has an impressive 12 home runs on the season, adding power to her speed.

The matchup of Moore and Bennett will be a deciding factor of which team advances to the College World Series.

Oregon will have an advantage being the only team to finish a day early, winning its region on Saturday, while Texas did not win its region until Sunday.

“It exciting to be done one day earlier,” said Head Coach Mike White. “To sit back and watch everyone else fight for it.”

While Oregon has an advantage in an extra day of rest and preperation, there is no overlooking the added benefit the Longhorns will have in playing host in the Super Regionals.

Head coach Mike White brings his roster to home plate to share with umpires and the opposing team's head coach.

Oregon has been much more effective at home, and will need to muster up an extra effort to bring down Texas.

“That energy we can feel it in the dugout,” said White about the home fieldat Howe Field. “We use it as an eleventh player, if you will.”

Eugene Daily News will bring you analysis on the Ducks’ Super Regional with Texas next weekend.

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2012 NCAA Softball Regionals: Day 1 Recap

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Sean Larson, EDN Sports

Pitcher Jessica Moore had another solid performance in the Ducks victory over Portland State (Photo credit: Alex Shoemaker)

For the first time in school history, the Oregon Ducks were selected to host a regional for the NCAA softball championship. The three day round kicked off Thursday afternoon at Howe Field with a matchup between BYU and Mississippi State.

BYU, who had won 20 of their last 21 games coming into the tournament, got on the board early with three runs in the second inning, including a 2-run single from Tiffany Messerschmidt.

Mississippi State would respond in the fifth inning opening with an RBI single from Kaili Smith and a 2-run double from Sam Lenahan.

BYU relief pitcher Tori Almond kept the Cougars in the game, tossing three innings of scoreless relief. Impressive defense from BYU also helped, as the Cougars turned a triple play in the seventh to stop a Mississippi State rally.

After failing to win the game in the eigth with the bases loaded, Shelbi Everett drove home the winning run in the ninth with a double to deep left field.

In the second game of the day, the #11 Ducks hit the ground running, scoring six of their seven runs in the first inning in an easy 7-3 victory over in-state rival Portland State.

Vikings starting pitcher Anna Bertrand only lasted two thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on six hits.

The Ducks loaded the bases quickly on a fielder’s choice and a walk, and scored its first run off a pitch that hit senior Christie Nieto. Oregon would tack on two more runs off of a 2-RBI single to right center field from sophomore Alexa Peterson. Then, Moore would help out her own cause with an RBI single through the right side. Finally, freshman Janie Takeda added two more runs for the Ducks off a single down the right field line.

Oregon's Christie Nieto slides in for a Ducks run in the first inning (Photo credit: Alex Shoemaker)

That is all Oregon junior Jessica Moore would need, as she struck out seven Vikings, walked one, and allowed three earned runs on six hits. The Ducks would not need to turn to the bullpen, as Moore tossed her 27th complete game of the season.

Moore, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, had a season high in hits at the plate. Peterson’s three RBI marked the eighth time this season she has driven in multiple runs.

Portland State’s Karmen Holiday and Rebecca Bliss were the only Vikings who had multiple hits, both going 2-for-3 in the game.

Raya Johnson turned in a nice relief performance for Portland State. Johnson pitched 5.1 innings, allowing one unearned run off of four hits. She also struck out four batters while walking three.

Portland State would cut into the Oregon lead in the fifth inning after Holiday knocked in two runs on a double to right center field. Holiday would be stranded on second, and the Vikings would not score for the remainder of the game.

This marked Oregon’s first postseason home game. This was also their third straight win in a postseason opener under head coach Mike White.

Here is a look ahead to the rest of the weekend:

Tomorrow morning, Oregon (40-15) will take on BYU (44-13) at 11 am at Howe Field. The winner of that matchup will move onto Saturday for a chance to advance to the next round. The loser will play at 5 pm, and will face whichever team loses the Mississippi State/Portland State game in an elimination game.

Oregon 3rd basemen Lindsey Chambers squats in position for a ground ball (Photo credit: Alex Shoemaker

After the first game on Friday concludes, Mississippi State (33-23) will take on Portland State (27-24) at 2 pm, while the loser will be eliminated. The winner will move on to play on Saturday at 12 pm to face whoever wins the Oregon/BYU matchup. If Oregon or BYU loses the first game on Saturday, a final game at 3 pm will be necessary, as this is a double elimination tournament.

The winner of the Eugene Regional will advance to the Super Regionals to face the winner of the Austin Regional, a section of the bracket that features the #6 Texas Longhorns (42-10). The eight teams to win their respective Super Regionals will move on to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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