NORMAN — Benny Daniel is driving to Norman from Dallas to scalp tickets Saturday morning before the University of Oklahoma plays Miami. "This is the biggest game at OU in a long time,” said Daniel, who for the past 13 years has scalped tickets for a living. According to Daniel, plan on paying at least $125 just to get a ticket from scalpers outside the sold-out football game. "The fans will always give you a market,” he said. "They tell us which games are big. "And they're telling us right now that this one is big.” And if they didn't already know that, OU students found out Thursday. Students usually can purchase discounted tickets on Thursday mornings. There were none left when the office opened Thursday. Anyone wanting to buy tickets online, at sites such as eBay or TicketsNow, should plan on paying as high as the $600 range. "The reason why this ticket is moving, why this ticket is so high, is because this is one of those history-in-the-making games,” said Jennifer Swanson, spokeswoman for TicketsNow. "This is a game where a fan says I have to be there.” Nationally, OU-Miami is a bargain compared with some other games. Tickets for Notre Dame at Penn State this weekend are going for about $405 a ticket, Swanson said. And last season's Michigan at Ohio State game had average tickets going for more than $1,200. OU-Texas tickets usually go for more than $400. But since TicketsNow started tracking college football ticket sales five years ago, OU-Miami is one of the highest-selling tickets in Norman. The average ticket for OU-UCLA in 2003 went for $265. In 2004, OU-Nebraska tickets went on average for $252. But OU spokesman Kenny Mossman said the school's ticket managers have indicated that demand for Miami is rivaled only by the 2000 Nebraska showdown, when both Big 12 rivals entered the game undefeated. Then, the stadium had about 9,000 fewer seats, suggesting that this is the biggest home game for ticket sales since coach Bob Stoops arrived in 1999. "You always want it to be big,” said Daniel, who expects scalpers to make at least twice as much Saturday than in last weekend's season opener against North Texas. "Is OU-Miami big? "Absolutely.”
Oklahoma vs. Miami tickets: Are they a bargain in college football? BY BILL WAUGH, THE OKLAHOMAN
How high?On the ground •Ticket scalper Benny Daniel said to expect to pay at least $125 outside the stadium in Norman on Saturday. Online •TicketsNow.com said fans have paid an average of $215 per ticket on the site, with prices ranging from $128 to $588. •On eBay, tickets are selling for $150 to $400 apiece.