NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- When it comes to the new college football playoff system, it looks like the same factors that have always determined how popular each game is will continue to do so again: match-ups and location. Early sales data on the secondary ticket market suggests that it still comes down to who's playing in the game and where is it being played. This is because fans travel differently for each team, which can greatly impact the demand for tickets.
For years, fans and pundits have clamored for college football to change the way it determines a champion and adopt a playoff format, giving more teams a chance for a title. They got their wish this season and now four teams have a chance to claim a national championship for their school. This is uncharted territory for college football and all eyes will be on how it plays itself out.
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This year's Rose Bowl, which pits Oregon vs. Florida State in one of the semifinal games, currently has an average selling price of $258 per ticket on the TicketNetwork.com marketplace* or nearly 51% lower than last year's game under the old system ($527). Meanwhile, the Sugar Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes is selling at $445 on average, or nearly 57% higher than last year ($283).
One of the reasons for the Rose Bowl's worse fortunes may be the location. Neither school involved has an easy trip to Pasadena, Calif., from their respective campuses. The University of Oregon is a 12 hour drive from Eugene, Oreg., and Florida State is located on the other side of the country. Flights from Tallahassee, Fla., to Pasadena will run you more than $700 per airline ticket, according to Priceline.com.
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