Bowl season is the most exciting time of the year for all fans of NCAA college football. Teams who enjoy great seasons are invited to play in these end-of-season contests against foes from other conferences, and fan bases travel far and wide to catch their team play in person for the final time that year.

In this blog, we tackle some important questions that fans may have concerning how and where to find the cheapest bowl game tickets. We also highlight some of our favorite bowl matchups that aren’t a part of the College Football Playoff for teams competing for something other than a CFP National Championship.

What Are The Key Non-Playoff Bowl Games This Year?

There are some key NCAA Bowl Game matchups happening that aren’t a part of the College Football Playoff this year. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below. Click on the link for any of the games to find no-fee college football tickets.

Bowl GameDateVenue/Seating ChartTeams Playing
Gasparilla BowlSaturday, 12/26Raymond James StadiumUAB Blazers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Cheez-It BowlSaturday, 12/26Camping World StadiumMiami Hurricanes vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Alamo BowlTuesday, 12/29AlamodomeTexas Longhorns vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Music City BowlWednesday, 12/30Nissan StadiumIowa Hawkeyes vs. Missouri Tigers
Armed Forces BowlThursday, 12/31Amon Carter StadiumTulsa Golden Hurricanes vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Liberty BowlThursday, 12/31Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Texas BowlThursday, 12/31NRG StadiumTCU Horned Frogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Citrus BowlFriday, 1/1Camping World StadiumNorthwestern Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers
Gator BowlSaturday, 1/2TIAA Bank StadiumNorth Carolina State Wolfpack vs Kentucky Wildcats
Outback BowlSaturday, 1/2Raymond James StadiumIndiana Hoosiers vs. Mississippi Rebels

New Year’s Six Bowl Games

Bowl GameDateVenue/Seating ChartTeams Playing
Cotton BowlWednesday, 12/30AT&T StadiumOklahoma Sooners vs. Florida Gators
Peach BowlFriday, 1/1Mercedes-Benz StadiumCincinnati Bearcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Fiesta BowlSaturday, 1/2State Farm StadiumOregon Ducks vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Orange BowlSaturday, 1/2Hard Rock StadiumTexas A&M Aggies vs. North Carolina Tarheels


Where Can You Buy College Bowl Game Tickets?

The primary ticketing source for college football tickets to most of these NCAA Football bowl games would be Ticketmaster, but the schools themselves will also be allocated seats by the bowls that they can sell directly to students and alumni of the schools only.

If tickets are sold out from the primary market, secondary marketplaces like TickPick are your next-best bet for tickets. In many cases, tickets may be even cheaper on the secondary market if the demand for the bowl game isn’t that high. Just be aware that all major ticket sites other than TickPick charge service fees at checkout, making the prices higher than they appear.


Can College Students Get Discounted Bowl Game Tickets?

College students do generally receive a discount when purchasing college football tickets through the school’s allotment, as there’s obviously an incentive for the schools to have as many students at the game as possible, in order to provide a home field advantage. Bear in mind that allotments for student tickets are generally just a portion of total tickets available, and that will be more true than ever with the smaller capacities that will reduce overall ticket sales during this bowl season.


When is the Best Time to Buy College Bowl Game Tickets?

The best time to buy college bowl game tickets can depend on the matchup. If your team is playing another school that has a national fan base like Notre Dame or Ohio State (both of whom are in the College Football Playoff) who are known to travel well, ticket prices may very well end up being above face value after they sell out quickly from the primary vendor. If the bowl game’s location is close by to either or both of the schools involved, that can also keep demand high, considering fans can save on travel and lodging and spend more on good seats to the game.

If the bowl game isn’t located anywhere near either school or your team’s opponent doesn’t have a very widespread fan base, you may want to hold off on buying when they go on sale and waiting until a few days before the game or even on game day, where you can find great deals on a secondary ticket marketplace like TickPick from sellers looking to get rid of their seats at prices that can often times be below face value.


How Can I Be Sure My Bowl Game Tickets Are Legit?

While the vast majority of bowl tickets are mobile entry, meaning that you’ll receive your tickets via a transfer from the bowl game’s ticket vendor (usually Ticketmaster), some tickets may be traditional hard stock ones, even in the year 2020.

If you receive your tickets via mobile transfer, where you have to manually claim the QR code that’s eventually scanned off of your phone, there’s virtually a zero percent chance you’d have any issues with the ticket’s validity, since that QR code would then be in your possession only. There are some instances in which you’d receive a mobile QR screenshot, but if you buy them from a legitimate ticket source, you shouldn’t have any issues whatsoever.

Another way to ensure your tickets will be legitimate is to purchase them from a reputable ticket site like TickPick, where there’s a 100% BuyerTrust Guarantee that ensures all NCAA bowl game tickets will be valid for entry.

How to Get Cheaper College Football Bowl Game Tickets

If you weren’t able to secure bowl tickets through any presales or general sales from the primary vendor for your team’s bowl game, don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. College football tickets can still be purchased from secondary marketplaces, although the prices will not be at face value. For what’s probably the biggest game of your team’s season, market prices are anticipated to be on the higher side, but that doesn’t mean that good deals can’t be had – if you know where to look.

With high prices come high service fees with many marketplaces, but not TickPick. Here at TickPick we have no service fees, making us your source for college football tickets that are 10% cheaper than our major competitor, for the same seats. Given the high face values and high demand, ticket prices can get out of hand quickly when you factor in the service fees that every other major ticket site other than TickPick will charge you on top of the listed price.

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