Ohio Stadium holds 102,329. Buckeye Nation is millions strong. That's bad math for anyone looking to score a seat at one of Ohio State's seven home games, starting with the Sept. 5 match against Navy. Here's the skinny on the toughest ticket in town.

Ohio Stadium holds 102,329. Buckeye Nation is millions strong. That's bad math for anyone looking to score a seat at one of Ohio State's seven home games, starting with the Sept. 5 match against Navy. Here's the skinny on the toughest ticket in town.

I go to Ohio State. Can I still buy a student ticket?

This year, OSU set aside 30,000 season tickets for students. The window for purchasing closed April 30 for current students and June 30 for freshmen and transfers.

My friend Jim goes to OSU. Can I use his season ticket?

Anyone using a student ticket also needs to show a Buck ID. If you're a student, you can use your own ID even if the ticket is in Jim's name. If you're not a student, Jim can loan you his ID with his ticket. Students can pay a fee to upgrade their tickets for normal public use.

I graduated from OSU a few years ago. Don't alumni get some tickets?

The Ohio State Alumni Association controls the flow of tickets to grads. To be eligible this year, you had to join and pay dues of $65 by March 1. Once a member, you needed to apply to the ticket lottery, which closed May 29.

For the 2009 season, the association divvied out 71,427 seats, each costing $67 on top of annual dues. Roughly nine of 10 applicants received tickets, association spokesman Steve Proctor told The Columbus Dispatch last month.

I give to the school. Does this make me eligible for tickets?

Giving is good - but not always good enough to get you football tickets.

The Buckeye Club, which raises money for the university's athletic program, offers the opportunity to buy two season tickets to anyone who joins at the Scarlet & Gray level and above. That means coughing up at least $1,500. Giving less will get you other perks. For example, an auto decal. The deadline to join was April 30.

Nearly all Scarlet & Gray givers get the chance to buy tickets, but it's not guaranteed. Officially, eligibility is determined through an algebraic point system based on past and present donations.

Are there any single tickets available?

OSU games don't really work like any other event, and tix are rarely available through normal channels. In the rare event that single-game seats become available, OSU will hold a special public sale. Check OhioStateBuckeyes.com for updates - just don't hold your breath.

For away games, season-ticket holders at other schools often sell seats at Ticketmaster.com. They're sometimes cheaper than what you'll find at a broker.

What can I find at a ticket broker?

Brokers offer a range of tickets to all home and away games. They even have season parking passes for sale. The mark-up is significant and determined by demand, but there's really no other way to score a spot in AA deck for a marquee match.

For the opener against Navy, Dream Seats in Grandview had tickets ranging from $129 (section 35B, row 37) to $845 (club section, row 25). The cheapest one for Southern California was $449, and those probably won't last long.