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Top Weekend Events 09/16 – 09/18

Welcome to your Wednesday top weekend events post!  This list is absolutely dominated by college football games.  A couple other things snuck in there, but for the most part, NCAA Football games are what’s drawing the fan’s eye these days.

The top event for this weekend, however, is not football, but the Austin City Limits Festival.  The Austin City Limits originally started as a live celebration of Texas music recorded American Public television music program by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).   It later evolved into the Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring regional, national and international artists with a wide range of musical styles including jazz, alt. rock, alt. country, folk and jam band.  The ACL Festival is an annual three-day festival with over 130 acts!  Over 70,000 fans attend each day.   Some of the big names for this year include Coldplay, Sara Bareilles, Cold War Kids, Foster the People, Kanye West,  Young the Giant, Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Alison Krauss, Social Distortion, Randy Newman, Airborne Toxic Event and Arcade Fire.  Not a bad line-up!

The Red Sox also make another appearance after a long absence.  They’ll be taking on the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Red Sox are expected to with the AL Wild Card this year.

Outside of that, it’s football, football, football!  The top NCAA Football game is the Florida State Seminoles versus the Oklahoma Sooners.  These two teams are two of the most talked about and followed programs in the history of the game.  This will be their first face-off in nearly a decade.  This game could send FSU back into the national spot light it so famously controlled or it could prove the Landry Jones was just what Oklahoma needed to send them to the National Championship.   While Oklahoma seemed to struggle a bit with their first game win against Utah State, FSU easily dominated Samford with a 59-6 win, a nice feat for Coach Jimbo Fisher’s debut.  This should be a very exciting game!

 

Top Weekend Events 09/16 – 09/18

1.)    Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin, TX – Friday, September 16th

2.)    FSU vs. Oklahoma, Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL – Saturday, September 17th

3.)    Iowa State vs. UConn, Rentchler Field, Hartford, CT – Friday, September 16th

4.)   Boise State vs. Toledo, Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH – Friday, September 16th

5.)    BYU vs. Utah, Lavell Edwards Stadium,  Provo, UT – Saturday, September 17th

6.)    Washington vs. Nebraska,  Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE – Saturday, September 17th

7.)    Temple vs. Penn State, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA – Saturday, September 17th

8.)    Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Saturday, September 17th

9.)    Southeast Missouri State vs. Purdue, Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN – Saturday, September 17th

10.) Alabama vs. North Texas, Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL – Saturday, September 17th

College Football Week 1 Recap

College football season is back and week 1 saw some exciting games with nail biters and big time upsets of top ranked NCAA football teams.  In probably the most exciting game of the week the reigning BCS Champion Auburn Tigers were nearly upset by unranked Utah State.  QB Barrett Trotter marched the Tigers down the field and RB Michael Dyer finished them off with a 1-yard touchdown in the games final seconds (following a perfect onside kick) to squeak out a victory by a margin of 42-38.  Although Auburn pulled off the win, the Tigers have a long way to go if they are to contend for another national championship this season.

The game between #5 Boise State Broncos and #19 Georgia Bulldogs was one of the most anticipated games this past weekend.  However, Heisman contender Kellen Moore sliced through the Bulldogs 3-4 defense with ease racking up 261 yards on 28-34 passing and 3 touchdowns.  The Broncose win over a ranked SEC team will bolster their chances to yet again play in a BCS Bowl game if they can continue to play at a high level.  Georgia coach Mark Richt’s job could be on the line as the talented Bulldogs were expected to comepete for a SEC title this season- an opening week loss certainly sets them back in this endeavor.

In perhaps the biggest upset of the opening week of college football was the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish loss to unranked South Florida 23-20.  Notre Dame suffered through a wild and wacky first half that featured 2 fumbles, a penalty that reversed a Cierre Wood touchdown, and an interception in the end zone.  It was actually pretty remarkable the Irish were only down 16 points at halftime.    Notre Dame was able to make a game of it after halftime as they pulled quarterback Dayne Crist  in favor of Tommy Rees.  Crist ended the day with just 85 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 1 pick while Rees racked up 296 yards, 2 touchdowns but also threw to interceptions.  It looks like South Bend has itself a good ole fashioned quarterback controversy!

Last but not least, week 1 saw the #4 ranked LSU Tigers  mildly upset the #3 ranked Oregon Ducks in the Cowboy Classic at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas.  While a #4 beating a #3 is hardly shocking, the way in which it happened was.  Oregon was extremely sloppy with several dropped passes, multiple costly turnovers, and several crushing penalties.  Both teams were without key players and it showed.  Expect both teams to continue to improve as the season progresses and become BCS Bowl game contenders.

Other Week 1 Top 25 Game Scores

#20 Mississippi State over Memphis 59-14

#11 Wisconsin over UNLV 51-17

#17 Michigan State over Youngstown State 28-6

#14 TCU losses to Baylor 48-50

#18 Ohio State over Akron 42-0

#21 Missouri over Miami (Ohio) 17-6

#13 Virginia Tech over Appalachian State 66-13

#10 Nebraska over UT-Chattanooga 40-7

#22 Florida over Florida Atlantic 41-3

#9 Oklahoma State over LA-Lafayette 61-34

#1 Oklahoma over Tulsa 47-14

#24 West Virginia over Marshall 34-13

#8 Texas A&M over SMU 46-14

#12 South Carolina over ECU 56-37

#15 Arkansas over Missouri State 51-7

#7 Stanford over SJ State 57-3

#25 USC over Minnesota 19-17

#6 Florida State over LA-Monroe 34-0

#2 Alabama over Kent State 48-7

Week 2 Games to Watch

#20 Mississippi State at #23 Auburn

#16 Notre Dame at Michigan

BYU at Texas

#2 Alabama at Penn State

#12 South Carolina at #19 Georgia

 

 

 

Most Expensive College Football Games-2011 Season

It’s almost that time of year again….college football season!!  This year’s teams are already lining up, getting ready and selling tickets quickly!  Fan loyalty is huge in college football, so that means that devoted fans are will to pay top dollar to see their teams compete.  TiqIQ, a ticket market intelligence site, comprised a list of the highest priced games, to date, for the whole season.

The ticket prices below are from a list generated by TiqIQ that are comprised of the largest tickets resellers including StubHub, ebay and Ticketnetwork.  These are not face value ticket prices.

10.) LSU vs. Alabama, November 5th.  Avg. price $420.93.  Both ranked in Top 5, starting out.

9.) Florida vs. Georgia, October 29th.  Avg. price $423.83 This game has been labeled the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” and is played in Jacksonville, FL every year. This will be the 90th meeting between the two schools and Georgia has come out victorious slightly more than half the time.  This is notable because the Gators have won 17 out of the last 20 games.

8.) Georgia vs. Boise State, September 3rd.   Avg. price $437.91. At Georgia Dome and will draw a huge hometown crowd.  Last year was Georgia’s first losing season since 1996, they’re eager to prove their worth once again.

7.) Notre Dame vs. Michigan, September 10th.  Avg. price $457.07. This series is a classic, played every year since 1978.  This is also an exciting game because it will be the first night game in Michigan Stadium’s history and both teams will be wearing throwback jerseys.

6.) Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, October 1st.   Avg. price $461.19.  Always rivals.  This game will be played at Cowboys stadium.

5.) Ohio State vs. Nebraska, October 8th.  Avg. price $462.97. Nebraska is the new kid in the conference, so this is OSU’s first Big Ten visit to Memorial Stadium which holds the title for the most consecutive sellouts: 311.  The last game not to sell out was in 1962!

4.) Texas vs. Oklahoma, October 8th.  Avg. price: $464.04.  The “Red River Rivalry” lives on!

3.) USC vs. Notre Dame, October 22nd.  Avg. price $509.48.  This rivalry started in 1926, and USC has won the last 8 of 10 games.

2.) Alabama vs. Auburn, November 26th. Avg. price $514.96.  The so-called “Iron Bowl” pits the two in-state teams against each other.  This is also the last regular season game for the two teams.  Alabama was last year’s National Champion and had an undefeated season.  The stakes are high for this game.

1.) LSU vs. Oregon, September 3rd.  Avg. price $560.23.  This game, like the Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, will also be played at Cowboys Stadium.  USA Today ranked Oregon 3rd in the opening season and LSU as 4th.

 

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2011 College Football Pre-Season Rankings

#1 Auburn Tigers

The Top Ranked Auburn Tigers without Cam Newton will hope to repeat in 2011.

With the NFL labor dispute threatening the 2011 NFL season, college football is gearing up and is ready to satisfy your football fix.  Although summer seemingly just begun, many college football programs are beginning their summer camps in preparation for the first game in early September.  It’s hard to believe that is only a month and a half away!

The 2011 NCAA Football season should be another exciting one as prominent football programs Nebraska and Colorado changed conferences.  The Nebraska Cornhuskers decided to leave the Big 12 and join the Big 10.  This could not have come at a better time for the Big 10 as annual BCS contenders Ohio State’s future is up in the air following the NCAA investigation of Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor deciding not to come back.  The Colorado Buffaloes also decided to join the ranks of the PAC 10 and will be sure to form some natural rivalries with schools on the west coast.

To no ones surprise, the 2010-11 BCS National Champions Auburn Tigers are the preseason favorites this year.  It will be interesting to see if they can overcome the loss of the dynamic Cam Newton and continue their unbeaten streak.  If they have trouble adjusting, the TCU Horned Frogs will have a shot at the BCS crown.  The would be quite a feat for a team from the Mountain West. PAC 10 powerhouses Oregon and Stanford, along with LSU and Alabama of the SEC also have strong teams heading into the season and could contend for a National Championship.  The rest of the Free Ticket Classifieds Blog top 10 is below:

2011 College Football Top 10

  1. Auburn Tigers
  2. TCU Horned Frogs
  3. Oregon Ducks
  4. Stanford Cardinal
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Wisconsin Badgers
  8. LSU Tigers
  9. Boise State Broncos
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide

Other programs to keep an eye on:  Nevada Wolfpack, Arkansas Razorbacks, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida State Seminoles, Missouri Tigers, Texas A&M, NC State, and Nebraska.

If the NFL labor dispute drags on much longer, expect college football tickets to be in huge demand.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out Tickifieds College Football Tickets for Sale!

2011 College Football Bowl Game Projections

Oregon Ducks BCS Championship Tickets

The Oregon Ducks are nearly a lock to make the BCS Championship Game. Who will they play?

With selection Sunday just a little over a week away, rumors are flying regarding who will be playing in each of the 2010-2011 BCS Bowl games.  Not to be left out on all the fun, we will add to the excitement by breaking down the scenarios and predicting who will play in each of the 5 BCS Bowl Games:  Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and the BCS Championship.

Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl will feature the Big 12 Champion (unless they are in the BCS Championship game) against the final at large bid.  The Big 12 is a bit of a mess this year with both Texas and Oklahoma having down years.  We think this year the Big 12 Champion will be the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  OSU has an extremely underrated QB in Brandon Weeden with solid play makers in running back Kendall Hunter and wideout Justin Blackmon.  For the final at large bid we like West Virginia.  If WVU beats Pitt on Friday, they would likely be a lock for the Fiesta Bowl.

Prediction: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl features the ACC Champion against the 2nd at large bid ( the first at large bid going to the Sugar Bowl).  The ACC Champion is almost certainly going to be Virginia Tech.  The Hokies opponent will be the runner up in the Big 10.  For this we like Ohio State.  Call us a believer in conspiracy theories but OSU will find a way to wiggle in ahead of Michigan State.

Prediction: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. The Ohio State Buckeyes

Sugar Bowl

The SEC Champion will receive an automatic berth in the Sugar Bowl.  Since Auburn (if they can beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl) will likely to earn a trip to the title game, the runner up will represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl.  LSU is the logical replacement here as if they beat Arkansas they would have only 1 loss.  SEC representative will play the first at large team selected.  An undefeated TCU Horned Frog team will be hard to turn down for this game.

Prediction: LSU Tigers vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl traditionally matches up the PAC-10 and Big 10 Champions.  However, with Oregon virtually a lock to make the BCS Championship game, tradition will be thrown out the door.  Wisconsin should end up winning the Big 10, but should Oregon and Auburn win out and make the Championship game, then the BCS would have to choose Boise State.

Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Boise State Broncos

BCS Championship

We are not really going out on a limb here by predicting that Oregon will face Auburn in the BCS Championship but that is the mostly likely scenario.  This game would feature 2 of the highest powered offenses in the country and would certainly be an exciting game.  However, it would still be great if Boise State could somehow sneak in as it would guarantee that one team would win their first National Championship.  It wouldn’t be much of a stretch as Auburn would just need to lose to either Alabama in the Iron Bowl or South Carolina in the SEC Championship game- either could realistically happen.

Prediction: Oregon Ducks vs. Auburn Tigers