UCF was forced to eat $3.4 million worth of unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets, after failing to sell around 10,000 of them. That conformed with the narrative. Less expected: UCF did a better job than Ohio State did selling tickets for the Orange Bowl. The Buckeyes have sold just 7,000 of their 17,500 allotment for the first postseason venture of the Urban Meyer era. Purported stalwarts Michigan and LSU left thousands of tickets unsold as well.
Official ticket sales aren’t a wholly accurate marker of fan interest – fans can purchase tickets for much cheaper through secondary outlets – but toasting mediocrity to the tune of thousands of dollars every year seems to have lost its novelty.
If college football programs pay their players, how will they afford the January bowl graft subsidy payments?