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Top 10 College Football Games Week 5, 2013

Despite some pretty intriguing match-ups, Week 4 left college football fans a little disappointed.  There were no major upsets and the vast majority of games featuring ranked opponents turned out to be blowouts- see Louisville demolishing FIO 72-0, Ohio State pounding Florida A&M 76-0, Miami beating Savannah State 77-7, and Washington beating Idaho State 56-0.  The exception to that rules proved to be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines.  Both teams ended up winning but not in very impressive fashion.  While Notre Dame eked out a narrow win over a MSU team with a pretty solid defense, the Wolverines almost choke to UCONN of all teams!

Georgia1However, week 5 promises to be much better as we have 4 games featuring two teams ranked in the top 25.  This will likely be the trend moving forward as conference play is now in full swing.  Of these match-ups, the one garnering most of the attention this week is the Georgia LSU game.  The Bulldogs are just 2-1 but their only loss came at the hands of the #3 Clemson Tigers.  The LSU Tigers are sitting at 4-0 but have yet to play any ranked teams.  The Tigers offense seems just fine but they do have some question marks on the defensive side of the ball.  This game has some huge BCS implications – a loss for the Bulldogs and they can say so long to any hope for a BCS game!

With the recap of week 4 action complete, let’s take a look at the Top 10 college football game for Week 5.

Week 5 Top 10 College Football Games (2013)

  1. #9 Georgia Bulldogs vs #6 LSU Tigers
  2. #22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #14 Oklahoma Sooners
  3. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #21 Ole Miss Rebels
  4. #4 Ohio State Buckeyes vs #23 Wisconsin Badgers
  5. #16 Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats
  6. Washington State Cougars vs #5 Stanford Cardinal
  7. West Virginia Mountaineers vs #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys
  8. Boston College Eagles vs #8 Florida State Seminoles
  9. #3 Clemson Tigers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks vs #10 Texas A&M Aggies

Top 10 College Football Games 2013 (Week 3)

Another week of college football action is in the books and boy were there some outstanding games that certainly shook up the rankings.  In perhaps the biggest game of the young season, the Michigan Wolverines upset the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-30.  The loss for the Irish came largely at the hands on their porous defense that couldn’t seem to stop the Wolverines who racked up 460 yards of total offense in front of 115,000 fans.  The win propelled Michigan all the way up to #11 in the FBS Associated Press Top 25 while the loss knocked Notre Dame all the way down to #21.

MiamiHurricanesNotre Dame was no alone in getting upset this week.  In another high profile game, the Miami Hurricanes took down the rival Florida Gators by a score of 21-16.  The Hurricanes were absolutely dominated by the Gators offense giving up over 200 yards more of total offense.  However, the Gators turned the ball over 5 times, including 4 in the red zone, to essentially hand the game over to the in-state rivals.

This past weekend also saw the unranked BYU Cougars take down the the Texas Longhorns 4-021.  The Longhorns were bounced out of the top 25 after being previously ranked as high as #15.  In addition, the USC Trojans (preisouly ranked #25) lost to the hapless Washington State Cougars and the #5 South Carolina Gamecocks lost to the #11 Georgia Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs moved up to #9 in the nation while South Carolina dropped to #13.

With the recap of week 2 action complete, let’s take a look at the Top 10 college football game for Week 3.

Week 2 Top 10 College Football Games (2013)

  1. #6 Texas A&M Aggies #1 Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #16 UCLA Bruins
  3. Texas Tech Red Raiders vs #24 TCU Horned Frogs
  4. Texas Longhorns vs #25 Ole Miss Rebels
  5. #2 Oregon Ducks vs Tennessee Volunteers
  6. Purdue Boilermakers vs #21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  7. California Golden Bears vs #4 Ohio State Buckeyes
  8. Kentucky Wildcats vs #7 Louisville Cardinals
  9. Arizona State Sun Devils vs #20 Wisconsin Badgers
  10. Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs

Top 10 College Football Games 2013 (Week 2)

The 2013 college football season certainly started out with a bang last week with some dominant performances and some big upsets.  The biggest upset of the week goes to the Eastern Washington Eagles who bested the #25 ranked Oregon State Beavers 49-46.  It’s one thing for any ranked team to lose to an unranked opponent in the opening week but, what makes matters worse is that Eastern Washington is a lowly FCS team (formerly NCAA Division I-AA).  Not a good week to be a Beaver fan!  The other big upset was #19 Boise State Broncos losing to the Washington Huskies.  While Boise State losing to a PAC-12 team isn’t shocking by any means, getting blown out 38-6 certainly is.

In addition to the upsets noted above, week 1 was also filled with great drama and story lines.  In perhaps the most interesting game Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the #7 Texas A&M Aggies took on the Rice Owls.  The game itself wouldn’t normally be all that interesting except for the fact that the Aggies star quarterback was suspended for the first half of the game due to some questionable off season behavior that included signing autographs for a shady memorabilia dealer.   Johnny football came in after halftime and did not disappoint.  He threw 3 touchdown passes on 6/8 passing and 94 yards.  If that wasn’t enough to keep the eye balls glued to the field, Manziel mimiced signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle and later was ejected for unsportmanslike conduct for pointing at the scoreboard after a TD pass in the fourth quarter.  Regardless of what you think of Manziel and the Aggies, they will be interesting to watch all season long.

In the Tickifieds Game of the Week, #17 Michigan will take on the #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In the Tickifieds Game of the Week, #17 Michigan will take on the #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Even with all the exciting college football that took place in the opening week, it should be even more exciting in week 2.  In our GOTW (game of the week), #17 Michigan will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Both teams are coming off impressive week 1 wins.  The Wolverines hold the series edge against the Irish and will be looking for revenge from last season.   Check out our list below for the full list of the Top 10 College Football game of week 2:

Week 2 Top 10 College Football Games (2013)

  1. #17 Michigan Wolverines vs #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  2. #5 Georgia Bulldogs vs #6 South Carolina Gamecocks
  3. Virginia Cavaliers vs #3 Oregon Ducks
  4. #22 Northwestern Wildcats vs Syracuse Orange
  5. #16 Oklahoma Sooners vs West Virginia Mountaineers
  6. Miami Hurricanes vs #10 Florida Gators
  7. BYU Cougars vs #15 Texas Longhorns
  8. #2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs San Diego State
  9. #18 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Southern Miss
  10. #7 Texas A&M Aggies vs Sam Houston Stateadf

Big Ten Football Preview 2013

Last year’s Big Ten league was pretty terrible.  Only four teams ranked, and the two that did (Michigan and Nebraska) were ranked 24 and 25, and the second best team, Northwestern, finished 17.  Ouch.  In fact, the Big 10 hasn’t won a national championship since Ohio State in 2002. So, let’s review the teams for the upcoming 2013 season.

1.) Ohio State

Urban Meyer had  an awful year last year with a 12-0 record.  He is not known for keeping his players in line, either at his previous post as Gators head coach and the Aaron Hernandez shenangians or with his current Buckeye players.  He really needs to step up, but with players Braxton Miller as QB and Carlos Hyde as RB, they have a shot at ending the SEC’s reign.

2.) Michigan

The Detroit native, Devon Gardner, will start his junior year season as the starting QB after only playing a little last season, and at WR for parts of his first two years. Brady Hoke has done an excellent job recruiting high quality talent, such as newbie running back Derrick Green, to support his pro-style offense, and the go away from the spread offense of previous coach Rich Rodriguez.  They’re looking good this year!

3.) Northwestern

While the Wildcats were the second best team of the Big 10 last year, they still weren’t particularly noticeable.  They still have the very talented senior running back, Venric Mark and the equally thoughtful coach, Pat Fitzgerald. This year, the Wildcats have a huge advantage as Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State will play on their home grass.

4.) Nebraska

The Huskers have had a rough go of it lately. Every season they have huge expectations, and the last two seasons have been particularly bad, specifically when Wisconsin creamed them 70-31 in the title game.  This year isn’t shaping up too great either with another year of Martinez.

5.) Penn State

Under penalty last year for the Sandusky scandal, The Nittany Lions should do well this year under Bill O’Brien. Unfortunately, they are still ineligible for the postseason for three more years.  The team is made up of high quality tight ends, like Breneman

6.) Michigan State

The Spartans defense looks stellar again this year, as they did last year.  Their offense game, on the other hand, needs a ton of help.  They lost a key player in RB Le’Veon Bell.  Their passing game needs a ton of help too.  On their side is a weak schedule in their favor which might propel them into a quality bowl.

7. )Wisconsin

The new coach, Gary Andersen, hails from Utah State, after previous coach Bret Bielema departed for Fayetteville. The Badgers will continue on with the power running game, but the new OC has big plans to improve the passing game.  The Badgers are blessed with an easy schedule, they don’t play Michigan, Michigan State or Nebraska, so they’ll lack the game play to somehow get into the Rose Bowl for a fourth year.

 

8.)Indiana

The Hoosiers had the most passing yards per game in the Big Ten last .  Indiana has an abysmal track record, with  having played in one bowl in the last 20 seasons, but this year they have an advantage with  an easier schedule than 2012. Head Coach Kevin Wilson has his choice this year of starting QB with Cameron Coffman, Tre Roberson, and the rising sophomore Nate Sudfeld.

9.)Purdue

The Boilermakers have high hopes with new coach from Kent State, Darrell Hazell.  Hopefully he is able to work some magic on this team, who have only had one double digit win since 1979.  Ouch.  A lot of things are not on Purdue’s side, like a challenging schedule and an inexperienced backfield.

10.) Minnesota

Last year was pretty lackluster for the Gophers with only a 6-7  season with a loss to coach-less Texas Tech in a pre-New Year’s Day bowl. Minnesota takes on terrible opponents in the non-con schedule , so there is a good chance they could be 4-0 heading into conference play.

11.) Iowa

Coach Ferentz is back again and his team is just above .500 since 2005, if the fluke 2009 Orange Bowl season was toss out that is. An unnamed QB starts this year and they have a tough schedule.  The 2013 season is not shaping up well for the Hawkeyes.

12.) Illinois

Senior QB, Nate Scheelhaase is expected to have another stellar season, Heisman-worthy, even.  The team, though, might be a different story.  Scheelhaase, is a run-first, pass-last type of guy.  Good news for Illinois, though, is that they move tot he West division next year.

So there you have it, the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2013 Big Ten Football.

1D Holds off Surging College Bowl Games – Tickifieds Top 10

texas A&M vs OklahomaThis week, seven out of the 10 most searched for tickets on Tickifieds.com ended up being college football bowl games.   You can’t say we didn’t warn you!  As we mentioned in last week’s post, each year we typically see a huge surge in interest for college football bowl games immediately following ‘Selection Sunday’.  This year proved to be no different as interested in bowl games was both deep and widespread.

However, even the strength of college football was not enough to knock One Direction out of the top spot.  Taylor Swift held her own as well dropping just 1 spot this week.  Check out the full list below to see how this week’s top 10 turned out.

Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches (11/30 – 12/5/2012)

1.  One Direction

What else is there to say about 1 Direction?  Maybe if we stop talking about 1D they will just go away…

2.  Cotton Bowl

A bit of a surprise here as the most popular college football bowl isn’t even a BCS game.  Nonetheless, the Cotton Bowl is getting a lot of attention as rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma will meet.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

3.  Taylor Swift

Demand for Taylor Swift concert tickets remains strong heading into holiday season.  On sales for her 2013 Red Tour continue this week with shows in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Nashville officially being released to the public.

4.  BCS Championship

No surprise here as fan favorite Notre Dame will be looking for their first National Championship in nearly 25 years  against an Alabama Crimson Tide squad looking for their 3rd in 4 years.  Ticket demand is extremely high for these two storied football programs.

5.  Merry Meltdown

Fans of alternative rock are excited for the 2012 Merry Meltdown.  The event is scheduled for 12/16/2012 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA and will feature P.O.D., Switchfoot & Anberlin.

6.  Rose Bowl

It doesn’t matter who plays in the Rose Bowl, fans will always be lining up for tickets .  This year the Stanford Cardinals will face the Wisconsin Badgers

7.  Fiesta Bowl

Of all the BCS Bowl games the Fiesta Bowl probably has the best matchup outside of the Championship game:  Oregon Ducks vs Kansas State Wildcats.  Had the season ended a little differently, this could have been the BCS Championship game matchup!

8.  Capital One Bowl

Wow…Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Georgia Bulldogs.  You’d think these two major football programs would be playing in a BCS game.  Nope…it’s the Captial One Bowl!

9.  Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Chick-Fil-A Bowl committee must be pleased to have landed the LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers this year.  The Georgia Dome will certainly be rocking for this game!

10.  Outback Bowl

Last but not least, we have the Outback Bowl.  Interest should remain high for this game between 2 dominant football programs once thought to have a chance at a BCS game.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.