You bought 2014 Sugar bowl for $200? That's great but that wasn't even the biggest problem I had with that game. How did you do airfare vs. ticket timing? I find the tickets go down as the game approaches but the airfare goes up.
The real issue for that game (for me) was airfair was crazy $800 per leg for my wife and I (from DC area), hotels were crazy (huge rates plus 3 night minimums etc) and the tickets were crazy. It was roughly $5k iirc to take my wife and I. I'm not poor and I'm huge fan, but I just couldn't pull the trigger.
Championship game was roughly $1000 total per person including airfair, hotel and tickets. Had to pull the trigger on that one.
I went to the 2010 Sugar bowl against Arkansas and I think I was all in for around $500 not including hotel.