SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah football fans are facing a difficult dilemma as the biggest game of the season approaches Saturday. The U. is facing TCU, ranked third in the BCS standings. Utah is ranked fifth.

The game is a sellout and ticket prices are going through the roof online. Some scalpers are benefiting from solid paydays.

One seller on eBay Wednesday was attempting to sell four tickets for $2,000. Another in ksl.com's classifieds page was trying to hawk a pair of seats for $500. Other tickets were on sale for $200 apiece.

That's a significant markup from the face value. University of Utah Stadium and Arena Event Services said an average ticket to a game costs $30 to $70, and season tickets range from $125 to $770. The TCU game has been a sellout for more than three weeks.

Carrie Bohnsack sold her two tickets for $140 apiece — enough to pay more than half the cost of her season tickets, or enough to put toward her student loans.

"I'm already going to watch the game — I'm just not going to be there. And I'm going to have all this extra cash," she said.

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Bohnsack did waffle over the decision to stay away in favor of the money.

"It's not a huge … well, it is kind of a big deal because I'd like to go to the game, but the extra money is nicer," she said.

The demand is high. After offering one ticket on ksl.com for $110, Shane Bills said he had six calls in an hour and a half.

Bohnsack said she has had no such luck trying to sell her Utah-BYU tickets. She has had no offer for those so far.

Tickets for the BYU-UNLV game in Provo Saturday are being hawked for $8 to $15 online.

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