October 18, 2013

Insider Report: FSU-Clemson tickets at all-time high

Hoping to find a last-second ticket for Saturday's game at Clemson? Bring your checkbook.

Demand for tickets for Florida State's game at Clemson on Saturday have reached record highs, according to Seatgeek.com, a ticket search service operating since 2009.

The average resale price for a ticket for Saturday's game is $223 per ticket, is the most expensive ACC conference game the site has ever tracked, said Communications Analyst Conner Gregoire. The previous high for an ACC conference game was Virginia Tech - UVA in November of 2011 averaged $153 per resale ticket.

That's more expensive than the past two FSU-Clemson games combined. In 2011, the meeting at Memorial Stadium drew $105 in average resale price, while last year's contest in Tallahassee averaged $103 per ticket.

"On average, FSU-Clemson tickets are being resold for more than three times their face value of $70," Gregoire said via email. "The best seats at Memorial Stadium in the lower sideline sections are going for $356 each on average, or more than five times face value, and we've seen fans pay as much as $850 per ticket for seats on the 50-yard line."

Clemson's game against Georgia at the start of the season averaged $279 in resale price for tickets. Florida State's game against Oklahoma in 2011 went for $215 each on average as well. Florida State and Clemson are the only ACC teams to host games with an average resale price of $200 or more per ticket, according to Seatgeek.com.

Winston ready for showdown with Boyd

With Heisman talk swirling around Saturday's quarterback matchup of Jameis Winston and Tajh Boyd , the national spotlight will be fixed squarely on Death Valley on Saturday night.

If that lends any added excitement to Winston's game-week prep, he's not showing it.

"I'm just going to be myself," Winston said. "I'm not the type that's going to be super-serious or super-focused. I might do some silly stuff, but I'm focused. I'm always going to be myself no matter what situation."

That's nothing new for Winston, who's been deflecting those types of questions all season with the same generic responses. So far, he and every coach and player at Florida State have said the same thing: Jameis doesn't change.

So far this season, Winston has made a habit of exceeding even the most outlandish expectations. But his record of success - and his nonchalant demeanor - will be tested to new limits Saturday night. He'll be in a hostile environment, facing the best defense he's seen in his young college career and sharing the stage with the prohibitive favorite for ACC player of the year in Boyd.

So, no pressure.

Winston said he's not worried about trying to compete with Boyd. He said he's more focused on trying to find holes in Clemson's formidable defense, which leads the country in sacks and in tackles for loss. That being said, even Winston couldn't deny the featured attraction of the game.

"It's probably going to be a quarterback battle," Winston said, "but (Boyd)'s not thinking about competing against me. he's thinking about about competing against (Telvin Smith ) and those guys like I'm think about competing against the Clemson defense."

Winston added that the crowd noise of Death Valley shouldn't be an issue. He said he picked up a pointers from traveling with the team last season as a redshirt player and watching how FSU players handled the noise on the sidelines of road games, like N.C. State.

"Once I step on the field my eyes are going this way to see the end zone," Winston said. "I'm not focused on anything in that oval. I'm just focusing on the end zone. When we get to driving down the field I don't have a chance to look at the scoreboard or the fans or anything like that."

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