NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes were set to enter the 2014 football season as a national title contender but a season ending injury to quarterback Braxton Miller has put that in question.
Yet, after the injury news came out, Ohio State football tickets went up in price on the secondary market. Before the injury, Ohio State tickets had an average price of $237 for the season, and now the average price is up to $247 on the secondary market, an increase of 4.2%.
Though there’s plenty of time for fortunes to change by the end of November, the game against the University of Michigan Wolverines on Nov. 28 remains the most expensive game on the Ohio State football schedule and one of the most expensive games of the college football season.
It’s not only the fans that have retained their optimism for the upcoming season. Analysts also expect Ohio State to remain the top team in the Big Ten, and several are still picking them to make the postseason. That probably has as much to do with the remaining talent on the roster as it does the strength of the Big Ten. While the conference has long been known as a powerhouse in college football, it’s clearly at a low point at the moment. Outside of Michigan State, there really isn’t a top team in the conference.
The Ohio State team is starting the season with the fifth ranking in the nation, and they once again look like the best the Big Ten has to offer.
Despite their poor finish to 2013, Ohio State has proven to be one of the top programs in the nation under head coach Urban Meyer, and have plenty of talent still on the roster.
It also helps that college football is transitioning to a playoff format this year, giving four teams a shot at a national title, instead of just two like it has been in the past.
The belief is even without Miller, Ohio State should have enough to get through what many perceive to be a weak schedule. The only game on the Ohio State football schedule against a ranked opponent is the aforementioned Michigan State Spartans, and the game isn’t until Nov. 8.
That gives redshirt-freshman JT Barrett plenty of time to get acclimated to the offense. And it’s not like Barrett lacks talent. He was a four star recruit, and while inexperienced, the past two Heisman Trophy winners were redshirt-freshman quarterbacks.
Despite the Miller injury, Ohio State is still seen as a competitor for the national title. At the very least they should be a main challenger for the Big Ten crown. So it’s not a shock that ticket prices on the secondary market haven’t been affected negatively since news of the injury was announced.
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