NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Despite signature wins against rivals Auburn and Mississippi State and a No. 1 ranking, Alabama's "Crimson Tide" football team still has to beat rival Missouri in the SEC Championship game to secure a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.
That might be why excitement for the game is not as high as expected.
Tickets for this Saturday's meeting between Missouri and Alabama are cheaper than any other SEC Conference Championship game since 2010, according to PrimeSport, the official ticket exchange of the College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The average price on the secondary market is $351 with a get-in price of $114. PrimeSport states this could be the first SEC Championship game in recent memory to have tickets available for less than $100.
Fans looking to purchase SEC Championship game tickets from PrimeSport will also find VIP hospitality packages available that include pre-game dining and free beverages in the Georgia Ballroom Championship Hospitality package. Even with the additional cost of such a package, tickets are still cheaper than in years past.
One reason could be fans expect little drama. This is the first time since 2010 that the SEC Conference Championship game does not have two teams ranked in the top 12 in the country. In 2010, the 19th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks met the top-ranked Auburn Tigers. Auburn won convincingly, 56-17.
Many fans likely think a similar blowout is on hand this coming Saturday. Alabama is a two-touchdown favorite and expected to win easily, but Missouri has defied the odds all season long so it is certainly not a given.