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College Football Top 10 Games Week 3 (2012)

Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans will play host to the #20 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish as our #GOTW.

SUZ4RX3RN2MN The college football season is in full swing as many teams are starting to begin conference play.  The first 3 weeks of the season are traditionally reserved for non-conference games meant to be “tune-ups” for the games that really count and affect conferences standings.  That is not to say powerhouse football programs fill their schedules with cupcake opponents.  Certainly some do but even the cupcakes are capable of pulling off some big time upsets.  Last weekend exemplified this point as the Wisconsin Badgers lost to Oregon State and the Arkansas Razorbacks lost to Louisiana-Monroe!

Conference play is also the time when fans really start to get interested and ticket prices go  up.  This week is chock full of match-ups between both conference and non-conference rivals.  So without any more delay, here are your top 10 games of the week!

Top 10 College Football Games of Week 3

1. #10 Michigan State Spartans vs #20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

A big battle for supremacy in the midwest!  Both teams have looked impressive thus far.

2. #21 Stanford Cardinal vs #2 USC Trojans

PAC 12 play begins with this stellar matchup between two nationally ranked programs.

3.  #23 Tennessee Vols vs #18 Florida Gators

Tennessee and Florida are back in the national spotlight after several disappointing years.  So far there are 6 SEC teams in the AP Top 25…the loser of this game will likely drop out.

4.  Arkansas Razorbacks vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Arkansas will be looking to right the ship after a big upset lose to LA-Monroe.  It’s not going to be easy against the #1 team in the country.

5.  #12 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Cal Golden Bears

The 12th ranked Buckeyes get a non-conference game against a quality PAC 12 team.

6.   Ole Miss Rebels vs #14 Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns appear back in the bowl picture but will have to face a quality SEC team this week.  An upset is certainly possible especially since the game is in the unfriendly waters of Mississippi.

7.  #5 Florida State Seminoles vs Wake Forest

FSU has a national title in their sights.  However, Florida State has yet to be tested and the 2-0 Demon Deacons could put up more of a fight than expected.

8.  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Cavaliers

There is no love lost between these two ACC rivals.  Neither team is ranked but it should be an exciting game none-the-less.

9.  Northwestern Wildcats vs Boston College

Northwestern is looking for another bowl bid and a non-conference win over an ACC team will certainly solidify their credentials.

10.  Missouri Tigers vs Arizona State Sun Devils

Should be a fun game between the new members of the SEC Missouri Tigers and the ASU Sun Devils.  ASU is 2-0 and Missouri’s only loss came at the hands of the #7 Georgia Bulldogs.

2012 Preseason SEC Football Rankings

2012 SEC Football RankingsIn the second edition of our college football conference previews we will be looking at the powerful SEC.  The Southeastern Conference is hands down the best football conference in all of the NCAA as demonstrated by the fact that a team from the conference has won the BCS National Championship every year since 2006.  The list includes the Florida Gators in 2006, the  LSU Tigers in 2007,the Florida Gators in 2008, the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2009, the Auburn Tigers in 2010, and the Alabama Crimson Tide again in 2011.  The 2012-2013 season should be another dominant year for the SEC as several teams are legitimate National Championship contenders with 5 teams in the top 15 in the nation.  Currently, Alabama is ranked #1, LSU is #3, Georgia #7, South Carolina #8, and Arkansas #13.

2012 SEC Football Rankings

1A.  Alabama Crimson Tide

It’s really hard to make a call between Alabama and LSU heading into this year.  Both teams lost a ton of talent to the NFL and both team have plenty of blue chip recruits ready to step in.  Considering the fact that LSU wet the bed in the BCS National Championship game we will give Bama the slight edge.  Alabama also benefits by having junior QB AJ McCarron back to lead the offense.

1B.  LSU Tigers

One could make the case that LSU is the more talented team heading into the 2012-13 football season.  Their defense should be as good as ever.  However, the Tigers will be relying on the inexperienced Zach Mettenberger to lead the offense.  That means they will likely lean heavy on the ground game.  If LSU is going to win a National Title this season they are going to need a more balanced offensive attack.

3. Georgia Bulldogs

The Georgia Bulldogs were one of the few SEC teams not raided by the NFL draft.  All major pieces of the offense will be back this season including QB Aaron Murray, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Malcolm Mitchell, WR Michael Bennett, WR Marlon Brown, and WR Tavarres King. The biggest questions come from the offensive line as they will lose the services of OL Cordy Glenn, OL Ben Jones, and OL Justin Anderson. They will also return 10 starters on defense.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks getting better and better each year.  South Carolina seems poised for another big year as they return the best running back in the nation with  Marcus Lattimore and promising young quarterback Connor Shaw.  The only thing holding SC back is their tough schedule!

5.   Arkansas Razorbacks

Offensively, the Razorbacks are ready to compete with the likes of Alabama and LSU for a SEC Championship.  While the defense has been steadily improving they are not quite there yet.  Thrown in the fact that Arkansas plays in the SEC West and you have the #5 team in the SEC.

6.  Missouri Tigers

Missouri is a newcomer to the SEC and will likely take some time getting used to the defensive minded approach common throughout the conference.  They should be able to quickly adapt offensively with QB James Franklin running the show.  The big questions is how he will perform against some of the top defenses in the nation.

7.  Auburn Tigers

Many have written off Auburn from title contention after chalking up their 2010 National Championship to superstar Cam Newton. However, the Tigers could surprise some people if their young defense can continue to make progress.

8.  Texas A&M Aggies

No one really knows what to expect from Texas A&M this season following their move from the Big 12 and the hiring of head coach Kevin Sumlin.  The Aggies do have talent and could be a wildcard in the SEC West.

9.  Florida Gators

The Gators are loaded with top ranked recruits but have struggled to find an identity on offense the last few seasons.  This will be the 4th straight year with a new offensive coordinator which means there will be some more growing pains in Gainesville – that is if they can find someone to play QB.

10.  Vanderbilt Commodores

Vandy has a lot of positives going for them this year- most notably a pretty easy schedule.  They will not play LSU, Alabama, nor Arkansas this season.  If they can handle South Carolina and/or Georgia they could end up surprising quite a few people this season.

11.  Tennessee Vols

The Vols have an abundance of talent but head coach Derek Dooley has largely failed to develop it.  If head can somehow turn the corner to save his job this team could be bowl eligible.

12.  Mississippi State

It’s hard to compete in the SEC if you can’t beat anyone in your own division.  Mississippi State has been better of late but until they can beat someone other than Ole Miss, they will continue to be cellar dwellers.

13. Kentucky Wildcats

There is not much to like in Lexington heading into the season.  The offense just flat out needs to get better if this teams is going to compete at all.

14.   Ole Miss Rebels

A terrible offense combined with a terrible defense is not usually a recipe for success.  New head coach Hugh Freeze has a monster task at hand getting the Rebels competitive.  It could be a very long year in Oxford!

2012 Pre-season College Football Rankings

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

Top Events Week 2, 2012

BCS-Championship-LSU-vs-AlabamaWell, after a bit of a Holiday break we are back to breaking down our top events this week.  Since, often times the ‘weekend’ misses out on some big events that happen during the week we will be going with a slightly new format and will move the post to Mondays starting next week.  Mondays’ posts will cover the upcoming events that will take place during the week (Tuesday – Monday).  For those of you unfamiliar with our top 10 lists, we analyze data from our partner website Tickifieds to rank events by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.  So with this weeks edition of Top Events we will be looking at the 2nd week of January 2012 and will include all events from Tuesday January 2nd through Monday January 9th.

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/2/2012 to 1/9/2012)

1. BCS National Championship 1/9/2012

No surprise the highly anticipated rematch between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide with a National Championship on the line comes in at #1.  This game will feature multiple future NFL players in what is expected to be a great game between two college football power houses

2. Cotton Bowl 1/6/2012

The Cotton Bowl comes in at #2 and is the only other bowl game featuring two top 10 teams in the Arkansas Razorbacks and Kansas State Wildcats.  Ticket demand for this game has been extremely strong with only the BCS Championship outranking it this bowl season.

3. Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Wildcard Game 1/8/2012

The Denver Broncos are in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.  The polarizing Tim Tebow has raised the interest level in Broncos football considerably since taking over the quarterbacking duties.  Not only is the Broncos season on the line but also the future for the Broncos at the QB spot.  A Broncos loss and many speculate that GM John Elway will looking in another direction.

4.  AMA Supercross in Anaheim 1/7/2012

Apparently Supercross is still popular with the Generator X’ers out there.  The event in Anaheim is the AN FIM World Championship- the Super Bowl of Supercross.

5.  Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals AFC Wildcard Game 1/7/2012

The Houston Texans are in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.  As such fans are excited and actively seeking out tickets.  The only question is who is going to play QB after rookie T.J. Yates went down with a shoulder injury in the season finale.

6.  Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks 1/7/2012

Hockey is always big in Vancouver and when you bring in the defending Stanley Cup Champions back to play against the team they played in the finals you have the makings of an epic rematch.

7.  Indiana Hoosiers vs Michigan Wolverines Basketball 1/5/2012

The legendary IU basketball program is back after taking down #1 Kentucky and #2 Ohio State in recent weeks.  This week they have a hugh Big 10 matchup with the #16 ranked Michigan Wolverines.

8.  New Orleans Saints vs Detroit Lions NFC Wildcard Game  1/7/2012

The Saints have looked impressive of late and will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl following Drew Brees record breaking season.  It all starts with the NFC Wildcard game against the Detroit Lions.

9.  NY Giants vs Atlanta Falcons NFC Wildcard Game 1/8/2012

The Giants squeaked into the NFC playoffs but have a favorable matchup against an unimpressive Atlanta Falcons team.  New York football fans love their Giants and Eli Manning and company could just keep their Super Bowl hopes alive even if just for 1 more week.

10.  Georgia Tech vs Duke Basketball 1/7/2012

College basketball is always pretty big in the Atlanta area.  Since none of the Georgia schools are looking all that good it seems fans are excited to see the the #5 Duke Blue Devils invade Philips Arena

Top 10 Hottest College Football Tickets (Week 13)

arkanas vs LSU footballWhat a wild ride this college football season has been. Just when you think the stars are aligned for the National Championship game, a big upset puts everything back into question. This week we saw Oklahoma State get stunned by little old Iowa State. With the loss, the OK State Cowboys drop to #5 in the nation would need some major breaks to get back into the BCS picture.  The loss also hurts the Oklahoma Sooners chances as a win over an undefeated OK State team would have pretty much guaranteed them a #2 ranking.

The Iowa State upset did help out 2 SEC teams vying to get another shot at LSU.  The Alabama Crimson Tide move back up to #2 in the nation- if they can win out the would pretty much be assured a rematch with LSU.  Their game against the Auburn Tigers this weekend will certainly mean a lot.  The Arkansas Razorbacks also got a rankings boost and now sit at #3.  In our game of the week they get their shot at the unanimous #1 team in the nation.  If they can pull off the upset who knows how the BCS Bowl games will play out.

Another game gathering quite a bit of interest is the Houston Cougars vs Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.  The 11-0 Houston Cougars are sitting at #8 in the nation and are looking to make a case for a birth in a BCS Bowl game.  A win over a pretty good Tulsa team would certainly help make that case.  Tulsa is 8-3 and has only lost to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Boise State.

So now that we thoroughly confused you, let’s take a look at the top college football games this weekend.  This week we have a some pretty good match-ups that will likely have a large impact on the rankings.  Again, these rankings are determined by a formula that utilizes page view and search query data from Tickifieds.com and average ticket price from major ticket brokers.

Top 10 Hottest College Football Tickets

1. Arkansas at LSU
2. Alabama at Auburn
3. Virginia Tech at Virginia
4. Notre Dame at Stanford
5. Penn State at Wisconsin
6. Houston at Tulsa
7. Clemson at South Carolina
8. Georgia at Georgia Tech
9. Ohio State at Michigan
10. Oregon State at Oregon