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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

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.

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Week 4 Top 10 College Football Games

Arkansas vs Alabama TicketsThe college football season is already in its 4th week of action and the cream of this years crop is starting to rise to the top.   Through 3 weeks the Top 5 teams in the Nation remain unchanged with Alabama leading the way followed by Ohio State, Boise State, TCU,and Oregon. The biggest change in the top 25 resulted from our week 3 game of the week- Arizona vs Iowa.  The Wildcats big win over the Hawkeyes propelled them to #14 while Iowa dropped to #18.   The week we again have some fantastic matchups including 4 games that pit two top 25 teams against each other.

In this week’s Free Ticket Classifieds Game of the Week, the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide will square off against the #10 Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville.   Bama fresh off destroying the Duke Blue Devils 62-13 in Durham and will be looking to further cement their place as the #1 team in the Nation will a big win over Arkansas.  The Tide offense has been near perfect through the first 3 games.  The strength of the Bama offense is certainly their balance- they can beat you on the ground or through the air.  Quarterback Greg McElroy has completed 71.7 % of his passes for 705 yards and 6 TD with only 1 interception.  The receiving corps has also been strong with Julio Jones(248 yds, 2 tds) and Darius Hanks (170 yds, 1 td) leading the way. Alabama also has 3 legitimate running back in Trent Richardson (271 yds,4 tds , Eddie lacy (184 yds, 3 tds), and Mark Ingram (151 yds, 2 tds).  The key for Alabama will be if their defense can slow down the impressive aerial attack of the Razorbacks.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are fresh off an impressive road win over the Georgia Bulldogs (31-24).  The Razorbacks have one of the best QBs in the country in Ryan Mallett.  Mallet has amassed 1081 yards and 9 touchdowns already while throwing just 2 picks.  The play of Mallett has greatly benefited their trio of wideouts. Joe Adams (344 yds, 2 tds), Greg Childs (254 yds, 3 tds) , and DJ Williams (170 yds) have led the Arkansas offense and have hidden a lackluster running game.  If the Razorbacks are going to pull off a big upset on Saturday they will need Broderick Green (109 yds, 1 td) and Dennis Johnson (83 yds, 1 td) to control both the ball and the clock.

Whether your a Bama or Arkansas fan this will certainly be a game you will not want to miss this Saturday.  Aside from the GOTW, check out our list of the Top 10 college football matchups for week 4!

  1. #10 Arkansas vs #1 Alabama
  2. #17 Auburn vs #12 South Carolina
  3. #15 LSU vs #22 West Virginia
  4. #3 Boise State vs #24 Oregon State
  5. Pitt vs #19 Miami
  6. Boston College vs Virginia Tech
  7. Washington State vs #20 USC
  8. #7 Texas vs UCLA
  9. Notre Dame vs #16 Stanford
  10. Cincinnati vs #8 Oklahoma

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Top 10 College Football Games (Week 3)

Iowa vs Arizona Football Tickets

Will the Hawkeyes be able to conrtol the Ball against the Arizona Wildcats?

We have another action packed weekend of college football ahead of us as many schools are just getting into conference play while others have big geographic rivalry games.  The frist 2 weeks of NCAA action saw few surprises as Alabama is still #1, with Ohio State (#2), Boise State (#3), TCU (#4), and Oregon (#5) hot on their tail.  Although no top 5 teams will be playing ranked opponents this week we still have some intriguing match-ups.  Perhaps, most interesting of the bunch is the #9 Iowa Hawkeyes vs #24 Arizona Wildcats.

This game should be extremely interesting as 2 two 25 teams with very different style meet in Tucson.  The key of the game will  be if the Arizona defense can continue its strong play.  If Arizona can cause a few turnovers and contain the Hawkeye ground game we could see a major upset here.

The Arizona Wildcats are coming off impressive wins against Toledo (41-2) and Citadel (52-6) in their first two weeks of action.  Nick Foles, the Wildcats QB, has been impressive racking up 574 yards connecting on 49 of 59 and 3 touchdowns.  His 174.7 passer  rating is good for 11th in the nation.  While the Arizona running game hasn’t been the center of the offense, both Nic Grigsby and Greg Nwoko have averaged over 8 yards per carry.   The big Arizona playmaker thus far has been standout wide reciever Juron Criner.  After just 2 games he has racked up 247 yards on 13 catches and 1 touchdown.  Although, the Wildcats defense will face a big test against the Hawkeyes, they have looked pretty tough thus far.

For the Iowa Hawkeyes, the have also looked pretty impressive while beating Eastern Illinois (37-7) and Iowa State (35-7).  Although the Hawkeyes do not have quite the explosive offense that Arizona has, their methodical clock killing running game has proven extremely effective.  Led by running back Adam Robison (265 Rushing yards), Iowa has rushed for 469 yards in just 2 games.   In the air the Hawkeyes have spread the ball out well with 6 receeiver racking up multiple catches.  Allen Reisner leds the team with 7 catches for 105 yards.  QB Ricky Stanzi has been solid connecting of 29 of 41 passes for 433 yards and 3 TDS. Most impressive is the fact that he has not throw an interception. This is key for a team that prides itself on time of possession and a strong defensive unit.

This game should be extremely interesting as 2 two 25 teams with very different style meet in Tucson.  The key of the game will  be if the Arizona defense can continue its strong play.  If Arizona can cause a few turnovers and contain the Hawkeye ground game we could see a major upset here.

As good as the Arizona – Iowa game will be  there are many other great matchups this weeek.  Below is a list of the Top 10 Games of Week 3!

TOP 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES WEEK 3

  1. #24 Arizona vs #9 Iowa
  2. Georgia vs #12 Arkansas
  3. Texas Tech vs #6 Texas
  4. Tennessee vs #10 Florida
  5. #16 Auburn vs Clemson
  6. #2 Ohio State vs Ohio
  7. Florida State vs BYU
  8. Duke vs #1 Alabama
  9. Washington vs #8 Nebraska
  10. #5 Oregon vs Portland State

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Top 10 College Football Games (Week 2)

Game of the Week: PSU vs Alabama

FTC Week 2 GOTW: Penn State vs Alabama

With most of the week 1 college football games in the books, it’s time to to look forward to what impact games are on the schedule for week 2.  Once again, the NCAA schedule makers put together many great games as the non-conference schedule pits many top ranked team from opposing conferences together.  Perhaps none more interesting than our games of the week.  Yes, you heard it right, games of the week (GOTW).  Choosing just 1 game for the GOTW was just too difficult so we decide to feature 2 great week 2 matchups:  Alabama vs Penn State and Notre Dame vs Michigan.

The Alabama Crimson Tide – Penn State Nittany Lions game promises to be one of the best games of the year as these 2 legendary football programs face off in Tuscaloosa.  It will be interesting to see how the physical PSU team matches up against the speed of Alabama.   you can bet Joe Paterno and company will try and control the clock with their strong running game and excellent defense.  The question is will it be enough to slow down the high powered offense of Bama?  Alabama is ranked #1 for a reason so PSU will have their work cut out for them.  If nothing else, Penn State should be able to control the ball and keep the game close – perhaps even putting a major scare into Alabama.

In this week’s second game of the week, we will see another pair of legendary college football teams facing off.  However, both schools have seen better days.  Both Notre Dame and Michigan have not been relevant in college football for a few years.  However, a new season bring new hope.  Both schools are coming off impressive week 1 wins:  Notre Dame defeated UCONN 30-10 while Michigan beat Purdue 23-12.  Notre Dame, under first year head coach Brian Kelly, are going with new starting QB Dayne Crist who looked solid against Purdue through for 205 yards and 1 touchdown. Armando Allen and Cierre Wood also ran the ball well for the Irish.

For the Wolverines, they have to be excited about new starting quarterback Denard Robinson.  Against Connecticut, Robinson broke a school record by rushing for 197 yards on 29 carries.  Robinson ended up accounting for 473 yards of total offense and completed 19 of 22 passes for 186 yards and a TD.  As good as Robinson looked they will need someone else to step up within Michigan’s new spread-option offense attack.

While the above mentioned games come in at #1 and #2 in our College football Games for week 2, below are the remaining 8 games to round out our top 10.

TOP 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES WEEK 2

  1. Alabama vs Penn State
  2. Notre Dame vs Michigan
  3. Ohio State vs Miami Hurricanes
  4. South Carolina vs Georgia
  5. Oklahoma vs Florida State
  6. USC vs Virginia
  7. Mississippi State vs Auburn
  8. Kansas vs Georgia Tech
  9. Florida vs South Florida
  10. Iowa vs Iowa State

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