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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 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

2012-13 Bowl Game Schedule

The 2012-13 BCS National Championship Game will feature the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Updated 12/2/2012 8:25 PM (CT) – The day many event ticket marketers have been waiting for is almost here; College Football Selection Sunday!  On Sunday December 2nd, ESPN will broadcast the NCAA football bowl game selection show at 8:30 PM (ET).  During the show they will announce what teams received and officially accepted bids to each of the 35 bowl games on the schedule this year.

While we are waiting for the match-ups to be announced, we have provided you with a schedule of the 2012-2013 College Football bowl game.  Check back often as we will update this schedule are the teams are officially announced.

2012 – 2013 College Football Bowl Game Schedule

BCS Bowl Games

BOWL DATE LOCATION MATCHUP
BCS National Championship Monday, January 07, 2013 Miami, FL Notre Dame vs Alabama/Georgia
Fiesta Bowl Thursday, January 03, 2013 Glendale, AZ Kansas State vs Oregon
Sugar Bowl Wednesday, January 02, 2013 New Orleans, La. Florida vs Louisville
Rose Bowl Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Pasadena, CA Wisconsin vs Stanford
Orange Bowl Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Miami, FL  Florida State vs NIU

Other Bowl Games:

BOWL DATE LOCATION MATCHUP
GoDaddy.com Sunday, January 06, 2013 Mobile, AL Kent State vs Arkansas State
BBVA Compass Saturday, January 05, 2013 Birmingham, AL Pittsburgh vs Ole Miss
Cotton Friday, January 04, 2013 Arlington, TX Texas A&M vs Oklahoma
Heart of Dallas Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Dallas, TX Purdue vs Oklahoma State
Outback Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Tampa, FL Michigan vs South Carolina
Gator Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Jacksonville, FL Northwestern vs Mississippi State
Capital One Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Orlando, FL Nebraska vs Georgia
Sun Monday, December 31, 2012 El Paso, TX USC vs Georgia Tech
Music City Monday, December 31, 2012 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt vs NC State
Liberty Monday, December 31, 2012 Memphis, TN Tulsa vs Iowa State
Chick-fil-A Monday, December 31, 2012 Atlanta, GA LSU vs Clemson
Pinstripe Saturday, December 29, 2012 New York, NY West Virginia vs Syracuse
Kraft Fight Hunger Saturday, December 29, 2012 San Francisco, CA Arizona State vs Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings Saturday, December 29, 2012 Phoenix, AZ TCU vs Michigan State
Armed Forces Saturday, December 29, 2012 Fort Worth, TX Air Force vs Rice
Alamo Saturday, December 29, 2012 San Antonio, TX Texas vs Oregon State
Russell Athletic Friday, December 28, 2012 Orlando, FL Rutgers vs Virginia Tech
Meineke Car Care Friday, December 28, 2012 Houston, TX Minnesota vs Texas Tech
Independence Friday, December 28, 2012 Shreveport, LA Louisiana Monroe vs Ohio
Military Thursday, December 27, 2012 Washington, D.C. Bowling Green vs San Jose State
Holiday Thursday, December 27, 2012 San Diego, CA UCLA vs Baylor
Belk Thursday, December 27, 2012 Charlotte, NC Cincinnati vs Duke
Little Caesars Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Detroit, MI Western Kentucky vs Central Michigan
Hawaii Monday, December 24, 2012 Honolulu, HI Fresno State vs SMU
New Orleans Saturday, December 22, 2012 New Orleans, LA Louisiana-Lafayette vs ECU
Las Vegas Saturday, December 22, 2012 Las Vegas, NV Boise State vs Washington
Beef O’Brady’s Friday, December 21, 2012 St. Petersburg, FL UCF vs Ball State
Poinsettia Thursday, December 20, 2012 San Diego, CA SDSU vs BYU
New Mexico Saturday, December 15, 2012 Albuquerque, NM Nevada vs Arizona
Famous Idaho Potato Saturday, December 15, 2012 Boise, ID Toldeo vs Utah State

Updated 2012 BCS Bowl Projections

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Will Notre Dame earn a trip to the 2012 BCS National Championship game?

College football tickets, and in particular the NCAA bowl game tickets, are some of the biggest money makers in the secondary event ticket market.  As such, selling college football tickets can be particularly challenging as thousands of ticket brokers are competing for the same customers.  While direct marketing bowl games is tricky until the actual teams involved are officially announced, the smart ticket brokers get ahead of the competition by anticipating the bowl bids and starting search engine optimization campaigns early.

As such, we thought it would be prudent to take a look at the current state of the BCS standings and make some predictions on who will be going to what BCS Bowl Games in 2012 (actually 2013).  Prior to this weekend it was a given that Alabama would again be playing in the BCS Championship game.  However, following Alabama’s dramatic loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, the BCS picture has changed substantially.  As it stands today, here is who we think will play in each of the 5 BCS Bowl game this season.

BCS National Championship Game:  Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Kansas State Wildcats

Although we have 3 undefeated teams that can all make the case that they should be in the National Championship game, the most likely match up is Notre Dame vs Kansas State.   Oregon has 3 games remaining and all will likely be against top 25 teams.  The Ducks close out the season against #13 Stanford and #16 Oregon State before playing in the PAC 12 Championship likely against #17 UCLA.  If the Ducks can win out they would be a shoe-in to be in the title game.  However, we see the Ducks slipping up against one of them.  Both Kansas State and Notre Dame has just 1 game remaining with a ranked opponent and will not have to play in a conference championship game.  The K-State Wildcats will play #15 Texas while Notre Dame will play #18 USC.  

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Georgia Bulldogs

With Kansas State likley headed to the BCS Championship game, the Oklahoma Sooners would represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl.  Assuming Alabama wins out in the SEC, that would mean the Georgia Bulldogs would probably get an at-large berth in the Fiesta Bowl as the #2 SEC team.

Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Rose Bowl features the top teams from the PAC 12 and Big 10.  If we assume Oregon is going to falter down the stretch, then they would be Rose Bowl bound.  With the Big 10 down this year (Ohio State is not bowl eligible), that leaves the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the likely champion.  Both teams are popular and travel well which means strong ticket demand.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers

The Sugar Bowl could easily be represented by Georgia, Florida, or Alabama.  However, we feel the Crimson Tide are the best team of the bunch and should win in a SEC Championship game at a neutral stadium.  Alabama would then likely face the Clemson Tigers as the #2 team in the ACC in the Sugar Bowl.

Orange Bowl: Florida State Seminoles vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Orange Bowl is represented by the top ACC team and an at-large team likely the Big East Champion.  The top ACC team should be Florida State.  The Big East champion is looking like Rutgers.  If the game turns out to be this match-up do not expect there to be much in terms of ticket demand.  FSU would be big time favorites.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 5 (2012)

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The #9 West Virginia Mountaineers will face a tough test this week against the #25 Baylor Bears.

After another weekend filled with some incredible college football action, it’s time to take a look ahead and see what is on the schedule for Week 5. With over a 100+ college football games on the schedule each week, it can be a difficult task determining which games warrant both your attention as a fan, and as a marketer of event tickets.  That is why each week we bring you our list of our top 10 college football games- so you can laser focus your attention on only the games that  matter.

Although the season is still relatively young, we still have many undefeated teams jockeying for position in the top 25.  Our game of the week is no exception as two undefeated Big 12 teams will be looking to move up the ranks with a big win over a conference foe.  This game is even more important as neither team has really been tested.  The winner will likely secure their spot in the top 10, the loser will fall back to the pack.  There is no doubt that Mountaineers fans are anixously awaiting Saturday to prove to the rest of the Nation that WVU belongs in the Big 12 and is deserving of their #9 rank.

 College Football Top 10 Games Week 5 (2012)

1.  #9 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) vs #25 Baylor Bears (3-0)

The Big 12 is shaping up to be a heck of a conference this year.  Two of the 7 undefeated Big 12 teams will go head to head this week in our Week 5 game of the week.   Fan interest is BIG in this game as both teams will be looking to prove that they are for real.

2.  #14 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) vs #20 Michigan State Spartans (3-1)

Ohio State has looked a little shaky thus far but it’s hard to argue with 4-0.  MSU on the other hand was expected to have a big year but lost to Notre Dame.  If Notre Dame turns of to be the real deal than Michigan State could get back into the BCS Bowl game picture if they can beat OSU.

3.  Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1) vs #12 Texas Longhorns (3-0)

The Texas Longhorns are on the cusp of returning to national prominence.  However, there is nothing more the OK State Cowboys would like to do than to deflate UT’s chance at a BCS Bowl.

4.  #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1) vs Wisconsin Badgers (3-1)

Two of the Big 10’s best will go head to head in Lincoln this weekend.  Both teams are off to slows starts (relatively speaking) and need a win over a quality opponent.

5.  Tennessee Volunteers (3-1) vs #5 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)

The surprising Tennessee Volunteers will have a chance to get in the national spotlight with a game against the top 5 Georgia Bulldogs.  There only loss came at the hands of #18 Florida.

6.  #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) vs Ole Miss Rebels (3-1)

The top ranked Crimson Tide will face a tough Ole Miss squad in Tuscaloosa.  If Bama doesn’t take this game seriously, there could be a major upset…

7.  Washington Huskies (2-1) vs #8 Stanford Cardinal (3-0)

The Washington Huskies will face a tough test against one of the best teams in the PAC 12, if not the nation in Stanford.  Seattle will be rocking for this game!

8.  Miami Hurricanes (3-1) vs NC State Wolf Pack (3-1)

Two of the better teams in the ACC will go head to head this week in Miami.  A win for the home Hurricanes will ensure the lead in the ACC Coastal Division.

9.  Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) vs Louisana Tech Bulldogs (3-0)

Louisiana Tech will look to put up another win against a solid team from a solid conference. LA Tech beat up on the Big 10’s Illinois putting up an impressive 52 points.  In fact LA Tech has score over 50 in every game so far.  A win over Virginia and the Bulldogs might crack the top 25!

10.  Iowa State Cyclones (3-0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0)

These may not be two of the more storied football programs in the Big 12 but both teams are sitting at 3-0.  Should be a great game for some hillside seats!