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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.

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 1 (2012)

Alabama FootballThe 2012 college football season is just days away and there is no shortage of marque match-ups slated for week 1.  The 2012 season will kick off with a nationally televised Thursday night game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the #9 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

While that game is sure to excited SEC fans, the game of the week is the battle between the #2 Alabama  and #8 Michigan – aptly dubbed the Cowboy Classic.  Wolverine fans in Ann Arbor are expecting big things this year.  A big win over a tough Alabama team and Michigan would immediately become a National Championship contender.  The Crimson Tide will need a convincing win to show why they deserve the #1 ranking over USC.

Although all eyes will be on the Cowboy Classic in Arlington Texas, there are a slew of big game on the schedule this week.  Below is our list of the Top 10 games this week.

Top 10 College Football Games of Week 1

1. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #8 Michigan Wolverines

2. #13 Michigan State Spartans vs #24 Boise State Broncos

3. Auburn Tigers vs #14 Clemson Tigers

4. #16 Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

5. #25 Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats

6. #18 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Miami of Ohio Redhawks

7. #11 West Virginia Mountaineers vs Marshall Thundering Herd

8.  #1 USC Trojans vs Hawaii Warriors

9.  #21 Stanford Cardinal vs San Jose State Spartans

10.  Vanderbilt Commodores vs #9 South Carolina Gamecocks

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

Top Weekend Events 12/2/2011-12/4/2011

Sec Championship Football GameWell, it’s that time of the week where we take a look at the hottest events happening this weekend.  No big surprise this week is dominated by college football once again as this week is “Championship Week”.  The hottest ticket this week is the SEC Football Championship game where undefeated LSU will play against the Georgia Bulldogs.  A win for LSU and they are a lock to get the opportunity to play in the BCS National Championship Game at the Super Dome in New Orleans.

Coming in at #2 is the PAC 12 Championship Game where the Oregon Ducks will face the surprising UCLA Bruins.  The Ducks should easily handle the Bruins and still have an outside shot at facing LSU in the National Championship game.  Coming in at #3 and #4 respectively are the Big 10 and ACC Championship games.  While the teams involved in these games won’t have a shot at a national title they are playing for position in BCS Bowl games.  The Badgers are Spartans are hoping for a chance to play at the Rose Bowl while Clemson and Virginia Tech are competing for a lot in the Orange Bowl.

The big rivalry game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys also made the list (#7).  This game means a lot to both teams as the winner will likely get the nod for the Fiesta Bowl.

Also appearing on the list for the first time are Andrea Bocelli and Cesar Millan.  Bocelli is a popular Italian tenor, instrumentalist, and classical cross-over artist who concerts are always popular around the holiday season.  Cesar Millan is know as the dog whisperer.  We aren’t sure why he appears on this list but apparently many folks in Providence Rhode Island have dogs with behavioral issues.

Rounding out the top 10 we have 3 NFL Football games.  At #8 the undefeated Green Bay Packers will head to the New Meadowlands Stadium and face a resurgent NY Giants squad.   With both teams fighting for a playoff spot, the Washington Redskins and NY Jets comes in at #9.  Last, but not least, we have the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.   This game is always much anticipated after the old Browns franchise relocated to Baltimore and became the Ravens.  The “Dawg Pound” surely has not forgot nor forgiven them.

Top 10 Weekend Events 12/2/2011-12/4/2011

1. LSU vs Georgia SEC Championship Game
2. Oregon vs UCLA PAC 12 Championship Game
3. Wisconsin vs Michigan State Big 10 Championship Game
4. Clemson vs Virginia Tech ACC Championship Game
5.  Andrea Bocelli Concert Tampa Bay
6. Cesar Millan Concert Providence, RI
7. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Football
8. NY Giants vs Green Bay Packers
9. Washington Redskins vs NY Jets
10. Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

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