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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.

NCAA Tournament Tickets in Demand – Tickifieds Top 10

IndianaHoosiersNCAATournamentAs expected, the NCAA Tournament is in the spotlight again this week.  After an exciting first few rounds of the tournament, we are down to the final 16 teams spread out across each of the 4 regions.    The East Region consists of Marquette, Miami, Syracuse and Indiana.  The Midwest contains Michigan State, Duke, Louisville and Oregon.  Michigan, Kansas, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast make up the South Region.  Lastly, the West will feature Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State and La Salle.

Although there are lots of unexpected teams (see Oregon, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, La Salle, etc.), the Big 10 has lived up to expectations placing four teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  I can’t imagine anyone out their still with a perfect bracket!

Top Events Week 11 (3/19/2013 to 3/26/2013)

1.  NCAA Tournament

The 2013 NCAA Tournament field is down to the “Sweet Sixteen” and is headed for regional action.  As such, ticket demand is extremely strong for the Midwest, East, South, and West Regionals.

2. One Direction

Despite the fact that the NCAA tournament has outshined them the past two weeks, demand for One Direction tickets has not slowed one bit. Fans are still eagerly looking for the best deals on several of the rapidly approaching 2013 shows.  Hot concerts this week include Los Angeles, Tinley Park and Hershey.

3.  CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is being hosted by the United States this year much to the delight of soccer fans.  Popular matches include USA vs Costa Rica, Panama vs Canada, USA vs Belize, and the Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field in Chicago.

4.  Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is always a popular summer concert as Parrotheads are strong supporters year after year.  This year Jimmy will also be playing a few special shows with Jackson Browne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco and Comerica Park in Detroit.

5.  Kenny Chesney

Country music’s version of Jimmy Buffett has also been popular this week.  Top shows include Angel Stadium, Columbia South Carolina and Target Field with the Zac Brown Band.

6.  Milwaukee Summerfest

Interest in the world’s largest music festival is gaining steam as more and more performers are starting to leak out.  Already confirmed for 2013 are Fun (with Tegan and Sara), Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Jason Aldean, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Tim McGraw, Rush and the Vans Warped Tour.  Get more details at 2013 Milwakee Summerfest Schedule.

7.  Chicago Cubs

The Cubs might still be a few years away from contending for a World Series title but that has not stopped fans from gobbling up tickets.   Cubs home opener tickets are drawing the most interest with games against the White Sox coming in a close second.

8.  Milwaukee Brewers

The team that plays at Wrigley Field North is also generating a fair amount of fan interest. That said, the most popular Brewers games appear to against the Chicago Cubs.

9.  Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s 2013 Tour is still going strong especially for concerts at the intimate indoor venues happening this spring.  Popular shows include Omaha, San Jose and Kansas City.

10.  Detroit Tigers

The City of Detroit may be a vacant wasteland but at least they have the Detroit Tigers going for them.  Demand should remain strong as the Tigers are expected to contend for a World Series title again this year.

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.

1D Maintains Momentum in 2013 – Tickifieds Top 10

OneDirection-2013-TourHappy New Year!  Although this time of year is typically one of the slowest in the event ticket industry, several events this week are keeping sales going relatively strong.  Top on the list this week are none other than 1 Direction and Taylor Swift.  This battle that surfaced last fall has continued into 2013 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The first week of 2013 was also good for sports.  The NFL playoffs got underway this past weekend and fans are eager to buy up any tickets floating around in the secondary ticket market.  With college football ending tonight, fans are also interested in college basketball tickets.  High on the list include conference tournaments in addition to the 2013 Final Four.

Last and certainly not least, this week we also find the ever popular Houston Rodeo make the list for the first (but likely not the last) time.  With a powerhouse lineup of some of the most popular country and pop performers, this event will be HUGE.  If you haven’t been on top of this event from a marketing prospective you really need to jump on this now.

Here are the rest of this week’s top 10…

Top Events Week 1, 2013

1.  One Direction

One Direction has picking up right where we left them in 2012… at #1.  These young blokes  are taking the nation by storm and they only seem to be growing in popularity.  Whatever happened to Justin Bieber?

2. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift continues to attract a lot of attention for her upcoming 2013 Red Tour.  While she hasn’t been able to surpass One Direction this far she has shown that she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

3.  Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis recently announced that he is retiring at the end of the season.  That means it might be the last hurrah for the Baltimore Ravens.  This weekend they will head into Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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2012 NCAA Sweet 16 Field Set

2012 Sweet 16 TeamsAfter a crazy weekend of college basketball, the “Sweet 16″ is now final (almost).  Although all four #1 seeds are still alive (Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Syracuse), there were also plenty of upsets as two #2 seeds fell in the second round (Missouri and Duke).  Although the #15 seeds (Lehigh and Norfolk State) that beat those #2 seeds fell in the 3rd round, there are still plenty of “Cinderella Stories” to give the 24 hour news outlets plenty of story-lines.

The two biggest stories of the tournament thus far are the Ohio Bobcats and North Carolina State.  The Bobcats came in as a #13 seed and pull off a big upset of #4 Michigan and #12 South Florida.  Ohio will face #1 seeded North Carolina in the Midwest Regional on March 23rd at the Edward Jones Done in St. Louis.

NC State came into the tournament as an 11th seeded “bubble team”.  They certainly justified their selection by defeating #6 seed San Diego State and the #3 seeded Georgetown Hoyas.  The Wolfpack will face the #2 Kansas Jayhawks in the Midwest Regional as well.  Other unlikely teams to have made the sweet sixteen include the #10 Xavier Musketeers and the #7 Florida Gators.

2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Matchups

East Regional (Boston)

South Regional (Atlanta)

Midwest Regional (St. Louis)

West Regional (Phoenix)

Top Events Week 4, 2012

jason-aldean-2012-Tour TicketsIt’s Monday and that means it’s time to take a look at what is happening this week in the world of sports, music and theater.  Our top event this week is none other than country music superstar Jason Aldean.  Jason Aldean’s 2012 My Kinda Party tour is making some major waves in the ticket resale market.  Joining Aldean on tour will be Luke Bryan and former American idol contestant Lauren Alaina.  Jason Aldean’s show at the Amway Center in Orlando came in at #4 this week and his show in Fayetteville Arkansas just missed the list at #11.

Also, making a strong showing this week are the NFC (#2) and AFC (#5) Championship games.  Ticket interest in the NFC Championship game is especially high as most fans expected the Green Bay Packers to be hosting the big game.  Since they lost, the 49ers will get the honors.

Here are the rest of this week’s top 10…

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/17/2012 to 1/23/2012)

1. Jason Aldean Concert 1/20/2012  Bi-Lo Center, Greenville SC

Mr. Aldean’s 2012 My Kinda Party tour is a hot item in Greenville South Carolina.

2.  NFC Championship:  49ers vs Giants 1/22/2012 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

With the upset of the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers get to host the NFC Championship game against the NY Giants.  Tickets officially go on sale on Wednesday but there are plenty of tickets already listed on the secondary market.

3.  Red Hot Chili Peppers 1/21/2012 Amway Center, Orlando, FL

The Red Hot Chili Peppers tour is one of the biggest of 2012 and their show in Orlando is no exception.  The Amway Center will be rocking come Saturday night!

4.  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Concert 1/19 Community Theatre Morristown, NJ

The baby boomers sure are excited about the Frankie Valli and the Four Season 3 night stand at the Community Theatre in Morristown.  With lots of shows scheduled for 2012 this might be a big time sleeper!

5.  AFC Championship:  Patriots vs Ravens 1/22/2012 Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA

The Patriots in the AFC Championship game is a bit old-hat for Bostonites.  This game would surely be higher on the list had Patriots fans not gotten complacent over the years with such successful teams.

6.  Jason Aldean Concert 1/22/2012 Amway Center, Orlando, FL

Yet another Jason Aldean show on the list….with the popularity of country music these days it’s no wonder he is dominating the concert listings.

7.  Virginia Tech vs North Carolina Basketball 1/19/2012 Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg,VA

The Hokies will be hosting the #8 ranked ACC rival North Carolina Tarheels.  UNC is always a big draw in Blacksburg.

8.  Indiana vs Penn State Basketball 1/22/2012 Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN

Although #11 Indiana lost big on national TV yesterday, Indiana basketball fans still have Hoosier fever…

9. Miami Heat vs LA Lakers 1/19/2012 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

Kobe vs Lebron and Wade.  Enough said…

10. AMA Supercross 1/21 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

The AN FIM World Championship (I have no idea what that means) is apparently a big event with the west coast X games fans.  I have to admit that seeing a Supercross in Dodger Stadium would be pretty cool though.

This top 10 list is compiled from data from our partner website Tickifieds.  Events are ranked by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.