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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 10 (2012)

Another week of college football is in the books and teams are still jockeying for position in the BCS Standings.  This week will be no exception as the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet in the SEC’s “Clash of the Titans” in this weeks Game of the Week (GOTW).

Their is certainly no love lost between these two bitter foes.  LSU will be looking for revenge following their loss last year in the BCS National Championhip game.  They would love nothing more than to knock Alabama out of the top spot in the standing and give themselves a shot at returning to the big game.  Alabama has had a target on their back all season.  They have lived up to expectations thus far but have yet to face a real challenge this year.  Their only wins over ranked teams this year have been over Michigan (#8 at the time) and Mississippi State (#11 at the time)- both teams have proven to be a bit overrated.  Not matter who wins, the BCS Championship picture will certainly change significantly after this weekend.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 10 (2012)

1.  #5 LSU Tigers vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

This is the matchup college football fans have been waiting for – the re-match of the 2011-12 BCS Championship Game.  LSU will need a win if they hope to have another shot at a BCS Title.

2.  #2 Kansas State Wildcats vs #24 Oklahoma State Cowboys

The K State Wildcats continue to dominate the Big 12 and could further build their nationals championship case with another win over a nationally ranked team.

3.  #17 USC Trojans vs #4 Oregon Ducks

The Trojans have fallen back to the pack a bit but that could all change with a win over the #4 Oregon Ducks.  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will certainly be rocking this weekend!

4.  #15 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs #16 Texas A&M Aggies

This should be a great game between 2 evenly matched teams in the SEC.  Miss State needs a big win to maintain their relevancy in the SEC.

5.  #18 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs #23 Texas Longhorns

It’s always a high anticipated game when these two Texas schools meet in a Big 12 match up.  This year even more so as both are ranked and vying for a spot atop the standings.

6.  #11 Oregon State Beavers vs Arizona State Sun Devils (5-3)

The OSU Beavers will look to break into the top 10 with a win over a pretty solid ASU football team.

7.  #6 Georgia Bulldogs vs Ole Miss Rebels

The Bulldogs return home to take on a tough Ole Miss team.  Georgia will need a convincing win in order to sneak back into the top 5 and keep their BCS Championship hopes alive.

8.  #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Pitt Panthers

Notre Dame will return home to face the Pitt panthers after demolishing Oklahoma last weekend.  While Notre Dame should easily handle a mediocre Pitt team, fans are eager to cheer on the #3 team in the country.

9.  Michigan State Spartans vs #20 Nebraska Cornhuskers

MSU need a big win over the #20 Huskers in order to solidify their chance to earn a berth to a substantial bowl game.  Nebraska need another win for a chance to win the Big 10.

10.  UCLA Bruins vs #22 Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats may be the nationally ranked team but the UCLA Bruins have a better record (6-2, 3-2 PAC 12) than the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 PAC 12).  A win for UCLA and they should be a top 25 team.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 9 (2012)

Okalhoma Sooners FootballAfter 8 weeks of college football in the books, the BCS picture is still up in the air as teams are jockeying for position.  While the top two teams are from the SEC (Alabama and Florida), three teams will be looking to make their case for the BCS title game this week (Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame).  In this week’s Game of the Week (GOTW), Notre Dame will have their shot to get a quality win with a road game against the #8 Oklahoma Sooners.  A win for Notre Dame and they could move up a couple of notches and put themselves in a great position to be consider for the National Championship game.  No matter who you are rooting for it should be a great defensive battle on Saturday.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 9 (2012)

1.  #8 Oklahoma Sooners vs #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

This is one of the biggest games of the entire football season as the 7-0 Fighting Irish will have a big test against the #8 OU Sooners.

2.  #1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #11 Mississippi State Bulldogs

Alabama will have a big test this weekend against the undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs.

3. #10 Georgia Bulldogs vs #2 Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have another big test to justify their #2 ranking.  A convincing win and a case could be made that they should be #1.

4.  #3 Kansas State Wildcats vs #14 Texas Tech Red Raiders 

Huge Big 12 battle between 7-0 K State and 6-1 Texas Tech.  To the winner go the spoils!

5.  #16 Louisville Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bearcats

The Louisville  Cardinals will look to hold off the 5-1 Cincinnati Bearcats.  Should make for a great Friday night football game!

6.  #12 Florida State Seminoles vs Duke Blue Devils

Big ACC battle between two 1 loss teams in conference play.  FSU is clearly the favorite but Duke could sneak into the top 25 with a win.

7.  Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #22 Michigan Wolverines

Michigan will look to stay unbeaten in the Big 10 but will have to beat a tough Cornhuskers team on the Road.

8.  Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes

Although niether team is ranked both teams are in the running for a Rose Bowl bid in a Big 10 conference with Ohio State and Penn State not eligible for a bowl.

9.  North Carolina Tarheels vs North Carolina State Wolfpack

There is no loved lost between these two North Carolina teams vying to become bowl eligible.

10.  Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes

Although both teams are being sanction by the NCAA, there is still a huge rivalry between these two schools.  The Buckeyes will look to stay unbeaten as they invade Happy Valley.

 

College Football Top 10 Games Week 6 (2012)

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The Georgia Bulldogs will host South Carolina in Tickifieds Game of the Week!

What a great weekend of college football.  In last weeks’ game of the week, we saw the WVU Mountaineers beat out the Baylor Bears 70-63 in the highest scoring Big 12 football game ever. Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith threw for an amazing 656 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Perhaps most impressive is that Smith had more touchdowns (8) than incompletions.

This week we have another great lineup of college football games.  In fact, there are five games that will feature two Top 25 ranked teams.  None of these is bigger than or week 6 game of the week between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs. Even though the Bulldogs are ranked #5 and the Gamecocks sit at #6, there are still 2 other SEC currently ranked ahead of them (Alabama and LSU).  This is a must win game if either team has hope of earn a trip to a BCS Bowl.

So without further adieu, here are the best games this week to focus your ticket marketing efforts on.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 6 (2012)

1.   #6 South Carolina Gamecocks vs #5 Georgia Bulldogs

Two of the best teams in the country will go head to head with a whole lot on the line!

2.  #12 Ohio State vs #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Big 10 has not been impressive this year but2 of the better teams will meet head to head.

3.  #10 Florida Gators vs #4 LSU Tigers

The Gators are the forgotten team of the SEC.  A win over LSU and the Gators will return to National prominence.

4.  #11 Texas Longhorns vs #8 WVU Mountaineers

All the talk of the Big 12 thus far has been about Geno Smith and WVU.  Texas can leap frog the Mountaineers with a big win this weekend.

5.  #2 Oregon Ducks vs #23 Washington Huskies

The Washington Huskies have surprised quite a few already so Oregon will have no excuses if they under-estimate them.

6.   #15 Clemson Tigers vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

While this should necessarily be a close game, this game features a pretty intense rivalry.  Fans always circle this game on the schedule.

7.  #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Miami Hurricanes

Notre Dame Football is back!! Irish fans always travel well are all reared up to head to Solider Field in Chicago to watch Notre Dame beat up on the Hurricanes.

8.  #7 Kansas State Wildcats  vs Kansas Jayhawks

Another game that should be close but college football fans in Kansas always show up for this annual game.

9.  Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illlini

Both programs are down this year but that won’t stop Illinois fans in the Chicago area from heading up north to Madison.

10.  Cal Golden Bears vs #25 UCLA Bruins

Another in-state rivarly game.  This game is even more interesting as the Bruins are ranked in the top 25 for the first time in a long while.  Cal would like nothing more than to knock them down a peg.

 

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