Auburn's revival has raised the stakes for this year's Iron Bowl after Alabama's 49-0 blowout last year. (Butch Dill/AP)
One season after Alabama dismantled Auburn 49-0 in the 2012 Iron Bowl, tickets to this year's installment of the SEC rivalry are garnering the second-highest asking price of the 2013 college football season.
TiqIQ.com, which averages asking prices across major online sellers, puts the average asking price for a ticket to No. 6 Auburn's home game against No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 30 at $618.80, according to Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News. That's higher than the asking price of all but one college football game this season: Alabama's clash with Texas A&M on Sept. 14, which drew an average asking price of $820.27.
The Iron Bowl is even outdrawing the upcoming SEC title game.
This year's Iron Bowl is currently 14 percent higher than the SEC Championship Game ($542.65 average asking price), which has yet to identify its participants. Also, Alabama-Auburn is more expensive than this year's priciest NFL regular-season game (Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, $588.61).
In July, the average asking price for the Iron Bowl was $348.34 at TiqIQ.com, an amount that then ranked 14th in the country.
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