Tickets might not be as expensive as you think. In fact, compared to recent seasons, they're almost cheap. From ESPN:
Prices on the resale market of some tickets have dipped below the face values of $325 (for end zone seats) and $385 (yard lines), making it one of the cheapest championship games to attend.
As of 8:30 a.m. ET Monday, nearly 1,000 tickets to the game were selling below face value, according to TiqIQ, a ticket-market data provider.
The median price of a ticket paid for the game on ticket resale site StubHub through Sunday was $799. That's 45 percent cheaper than the median price paid for last year's title game on the site ($1,459) and 47 percent cheaper than the median price paid for the game in 2012 ($1,528).
All right, so cheap is a relative term. Still, the median price of $799 for a ticket on StubHub is the first time that price has been below $1,000 for a title game since the 2011 game between Auburn and Oregon. So I guess we can probably blame Auburn for all of this.
Damn Auburn, always driving down prices.
Actually, there are other reasons that are likely more responsible for the price of tickets this season. First of all, the Rose Bowl is larger than any other stadium that currently hosts the title game, which means that there are more tickets available. Anybody who has taken the most rudimentary economics class in their life knows the basic principles of supply and demand, so it's only natural that the price would drop a bit with more tickets available.
And then there's the actual location of the game. Southern California is gorgeous, and there isn't a prettier place in the country to watch a football game. All that being said, Pasadena is still a long way from both Auburn and Florida State (roughly 2,130 miles from Auburn to Pasadena and 2,250 miles from Tallahassee). All of which means it's just a lot more expensive for Auburn and Florida State fans to travel to the game than it would have been if the game were being played in New Orleans or Miami instead.