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Oklahoma football student tickets far pricier than national average

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Members of the student section show their excitement during Saturday night's season opener at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Oklahoma students will shell out $180 for football season tickets in 2015.

While that information isn’t new, it comes with an interesting revelation — at $30 per game, OU students are paying well above the Big 12 Conference and national average for football season tickets.  

OU’s average home game student ticket is the third highest in the Big 12, trailing only Texas ($38) and Oklahoma State ($33). However, the price Texas and Oklahoma State charge includes admission to all sports. For Oklahoma, the $180 fee only permits admission to football games.

Oklahoma’s charge of $30 per contest is even more curious when you look further south at programs like Alabama, LSU and Florida. Among those schools, the steepest student ticket belongs to the Gators at just $15 per home game.

The SEC has cheaper student tickets than the Big 12 and their average comes out to $15.08 per ticket while the Big 12 sits at $22.14. Those figures do not factor in TCU, Baylor, West Virginia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, who include student tickets as part of "athletic fees" in tuition costs.

When you remove the SEC’s two most expensive outliers, former Big 12 members Texas A&M ($41/game) and Missouri ($25/game), the gap gets wider with the SEC at a mere $9.58 per ticket. 

Only eight Power 5 schools have more expensive student tickets for football games than Oklahoma: Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois, Oregon and Notre Dame.

Student Ticket Prices by Conference:

Including schools with "free" student tickets:
ConferencePrice Per Game
Big Ten$21.43
Pac-12$16.75
Big 12$15.50
SEC$12.64
ACC$8.64
Excluding schools with "free" student tickets:
ConferencePrice Per Game
Big Ten$23.08
Pac-12$22.33
Big 12$22.14
ACC$20.17
SEC$14.75

Student Ticket Prices by School:

BIG 12
SchoolOverall PriceTotal Home GamesPrice Per Game
Oklahoma State$250*7$38
Texas$195*6$33
Oklahoma$1806$30
Kansas State$1507$21
Iowa State$1257$18
Texas Tech$52*6$9
Kansas$457$6
TCUFREE  
BaylorFREE  
West VirginiaFREE  
SEC
SchoolOverall PriceTotal Home GamesPrice Per Game
Texas A&M$2907$41
Missouri$1526$25
Auburn$1407$20
Florida$1057$15
Tennessee$707$10
Arkansas$85*6$14
LSU$84 GA/$126 not GA7$12/18
Alabama$707$10
Ole Miss$637$9
Kentucky$408$5
Georgia$567$8
Miss State$557$8
South CarolinaFREE  
VanderbiltFREE  
BIG TEN
SchoolOverall PriceTotal Home GamesPrice Per Game
Ohio State$2527$36
Penn State$2187$31
Illinois$2187$31
Wisconsin$1887$27
Michigan$1857$26
Michigan State$1807$26
Iowa$1757$25
Nebraska$1617$23
Northwestern$1597$23
Rutgers$997$14
Purdue$99*7$14
Minnesota$997$14
Indiana$707$10
MarylandFREE  
PAC 12
SchoolOverall PriceTotal Home GamesPrice Per Game
Oregon$367 (2014 price)7$52
USC$1857$26
UCLA$169*7$24
Arizona$150*7$21
Washington State$149*7$21
Colorado$1407$20
Washington$115*7$16
Cal$997$14
Utah$507$7
Arizona StateFREE  
Oregon StateFREE  
StanfordFREE  
ACC
SchoolOverall PriceTotal Home GamesPrice Per Game
Florida State$240/Free#  
Boston College$199*7$28
Syracuse$996$17
Virginia Tech$726$12
Louisville$726$12
Georgia Tech$497$7
Pitt$256$4
Wake ForestFREE  
VirginiaFREE  
ClemsonFREE  
North CarolinaFREE  
North Carolina StFREE  
MiamiFREE  
DukeFREE  

NOTES:

* = School offers only a combo package, and not a "football only" option

# = Florida State offers reserved student seats at $240 per season. General admission seating is free.

All numbers in the price per game column are rounded to the nearest dollar.

Oregon has not announced student ticket prices yet for the 2015 season, so the figure from 2014 is shown.

LSU and Florida State provided different pricing options for reserved vs. general admission. The general admission price is reflected in the average conference prices.

"FREE" means there is no added cost to purchasing tickets, but eligible students still have to pay the athletic fees, which vary by school.

Update

Associate Athletic Director Kenny Mossman commented on this story in an email earlier this afternoon. Mossman first addressed the average price OU, the rest of the Big 12 and the SEC. 

"It is difficult to compare financials with a large number of schools because circumstances vary.  One of the biggest influencers is student fees.  A number of schools assess a fee that supports athletics.  OU does not," Mossman said. 

Mossman added that the OU athletics department is "self-sustaining" and "injects more than $5 million per year into the rest of the general university budget."

Oklahoma is self-sustaining, but according to a 2011 NCAA report, OU is just one of 22 Division  athletic departments that turned a profit on its own. Of those 22 schools, OU's student tickets are still more expensive than 15 programs on that list. 

However, OU is one of just seven programs nationally that did not require any subsidies. Of those seven schools, Oklahoma's student ticket prices fit squarely in the middle. Cheaper than Texas, Ohio State and Penn State but more expensive than Purdue, Nebraska and LSU. 

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