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2012 College Football RankingsJune is typically one of the slowest months of the year for ticket sales.  Sure the summer concert season is just starting to heat up but demand is waning for sports tickets.  This is largely due to the fact that the NBA and NHL playoffs are winding down and MLB baseball is only a hot ticket later in the season when the pennant chase really heats up.  The real ticket frenzy starts in the fall as both NCAA and NFL football tickets begin to go on sale.

With the college football season just a little over two months away, it’s never to early to start marketing football tickets.  In today’s blog post we have prepared a list of the some of the top teams in the nation heading into the 2012-13 college football season.  These are the teams that are expected to compete for a national championship and thus should garner their fair share of attention come time to sell tickets.

2012 Pre-season Top 10 College Football Team

1.  LSU Tigers

The LSU Tigers finished off an impressive 2011 campaign losing in the BCS Championship game to the SEC rival Alabama Crimson Tide.  Although the Tigers lost of ton of talent to the NFL draft, another bumper crop of recruits should fill in all the holes.  The addition of a JUCO transfer QB, the Tigers should have a more balanced offensive attack that was lacking in the Championship game.  A rather easy non-conference schedule should set up another matchup with Bama in the SEC title game.

2.  Alabama Crimson Tide

Like LSU, last year’s national champions got pillaged in the NFL draft.  Head Coach Nick Saban will have to completely rebuild the defense so some bumps are expected down the road.  However, they have plenty of talent and depth waiting to fill the void.  Should be neck and neck with LSU.

3.  USC Trojans

The USC Trojans finished last year with an impressive 10-2 record and should be even better this year with 19 starters returning.  All eyes will be on QB Matt Barkley as an undefeated season is not out of the question with the only tough games being against Stanford and Oregon.

4.  Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks have a lot of questions marks but they are depth and talented.  The big questions will be can tailbacks Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas effectively replace LaMichael James.  Will Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota or emerge as a legitmate QB?  If so the Ducks could be right in the mix for a shot at a national title.

5.  Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia is certainly an upcoming team with plenty of questions but they have a stellar defense and a cake of a schedule.  Even though they play in the tough SEC they will not have to face Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, or Texas A&M.

6.  Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners are clearly the class of the Big 12.  The addition of TCU and West Virginia should help compensate for the loss of Texas A&M and a down Texas Longhorns program.

7.  West Virginia Mountaineers

WVU made a bold move by heading to the Big 12 and it could benefit them greatly to be in a league where offenses tend to prevail.  The Mountaineers offense should thrive as they are returning star QB Geno Smith and wideouts Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.

8. Florida State Seminoles

Many were high on FSU coming into last season but injuries contributed to another disappointing season.  If Florida State can stay healthy and the defense improves, they should be right in the mix for a BCS Bowl game.

9.  Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines are one of the most exciting teams to watch in all of college football.  QB Denard Robinson will be back with 13 starters and are the favorites to emerge from the Big

10. South Carolina Gamecocks

Head coach Steve Spurrier has really turned around the South Carolina football program quickly.  After winning a SEC East title in 2010 and producing 11 wins last year, what is next?  A SEC title!  It may be a little too early for them to take out LSU and Alabama but don’t put anything past the Gamecocks.

Other teams to watch for:  Michigan State, Stanford, Arkansas, TCU, and Wisconsin