University of Alabama

Warning: Check tickets

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Since Saturday’s SEC Championship Game sold out long ago, the rat race for tickets is heating up.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 519 offerings on the popular ticket resale Web site Prices vary, but none are cheap.

There are four seats near the 50-yard line on the lower level going for $2,890 apiece on Stubhub. The cheapest seats are in Section 310, high above one of the end zone are selling for $300 a pop.

The SEC cautions fans buying from unknown sellers. The league issued a warning Monday that stolen and counterfeited tickets are on the black market. Whether fans know they are buying illegal tickets won’t matter because nobody presenting one at the door will be admitted.

To try to curb such sales and purchases, the SEC and the Georgia Dome is setting up a “ticket validation window” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the main box office so fans can verify the legitimacy of tickets.

The issue has existed all season at Alabama. The university issued two separate warnings before home games when counterfeit tickets hit the market.

Same old for Upchurch

Catching the winning touchdown pass in the Iron Bowl changed Tide running back Roy Upchurch’s life, right?

Well, not exactly.

The laid-back senior hasn’t seen much spotlight since returning to campus following that 4-yard screen pass.

“I’ve been low key this week. Just really taking it easy, getting ready for this week,” Upchurch said. “I haven’t heard anything about that. If you hear something, let me know.”

As a Tallahassee, Fla., native, Upchurch also was asked about the Tuesday resignation of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

“Everybody’s time runs out,” Upchurch said. “He’s a great coach. I had my chance to meet with him and talk with him. He’s a great coach, and he has a good program over there. It’s unfortunate that he had to go that way out.”

Rest helping

That extra day of rest between the Auburn game and the SEC title game is a source of extra smiles around the Alabama football complex. Playing the Iron Bowl on Friday meant a bonus day to get legs fresher for Saturday’s championship game.

Mark Ingram benefits even more from the extra down time coming off his hip pointer suffered in the fourth quarter at Auburn.

“That was huge, just Saturday being able to rest up and take care of your body a little bit more, just being able to sit back and relax and enjoy a little time off,” Ingram said. “But it’s time to get back to work. It’s going to be a big game this week. We’ve got to get ready for it.”