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College Football Top 10 Games Week 3 (2012)

Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans will play host to the #20 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish as our #GOTW.

SUZ4RX3RN2MN The college football season is in full swing as many teams are starting to begin conference play.  The first 3 weeks of the season are traditionally reserved for non-conference games meant to be “tune-ups” for the games that really count and affect conferences standings.  That is not to say powerhouse football programs fill their schedules with cupcake opponents.  Certainly some do but even the cupcakes are capable of pulling off some big time upsets.  Last weekend exemplified this point as the Wisconsin Badgers lost to Oregon State and the Arkansas Razorbacks lost to Louisiana-Monroe!

Conference play is also the time when fans really start to get interested and ticket prices go  up.  This week is chock full of match-ups between both conference and non-conference rivals.  So without any more delay, here are your top 10 games of the week!

Top 10 College Football Games of Week 3

1. #10 Michigan State Spartans vs #20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

A big battle for supremacy in the midwest!  Both teams have looked impressive thus far.

2. #21 Stanford Cardinal vs #2 USC Trojans

PAC 12 play begins with this stellar matchup between two nationally ranked programs.

3.  #23 Tennessee Vols vs #18 Florida Gators

Tennessee and Florida are back in the national spotlight after several disappointing years.  So far there are 6 SEC teams in the AP Top 25…the loser of this game will likely drop out.

4.  Arkansas Razorbacks vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Arkansas will be looking to right the ship after a big upset lose to LA-Monroe.  It’s not going to be easy against the #1 team in the country.

5.  #12 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Cal Golden Bears

The 12th ranked Buckeyes get a non-conference game against a quality PAC 12 team.

6.   Ole Miss Rebels vs #14 Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns appear back in the bowl picture but will have to face a quality SEC team this week.  An upset is certainly possible especially since the game is in the unfriendly waters of Mississippi.

7.  #5 Florida State Seminoles vs Wake Forest

FSU has a national title in their sights.  However, Florida State has yet to be tested and the 2-0 Demon Deacons could put up more of a fight than expected.

8.  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Cavaliers

There is no love lost between these two ACC rivals.  Neither team is ranked but it should be an exciting game none-the-less.

9.  Northwestern Wildcats vs Boston College

Northwestern is looking for another bowl bid and a non-conference win over an ACC team will certainly solidify their credentials.

10.  Missouri Tigers vs Arizona State Sun Devils

Should be a fun game between the new members of the SEC Missouri Tigers and the ASU Sun Devils.  ASU is 2-0 and Missouri’s only loss came at the hands of the #7 Georgia Bulldogs.

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)

2011 Preseason Big 10 Football Rankings

The 2011 Big 10 Football season promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.  The biggest reason for anticipation revolves around the addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the conference.  The former Big 12 football powerhouse should fit in nicely and will form some nice natural rivalries with Wisconsin, Penn State, and The Ohio State University.  This season the Big Ten will bump up to 12 teams.  The 12 teams will be broken into two divisions: The Legends & The Leaders.  The Legends Division will be comprised of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwesterm.  The Leaders Division will feature Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

If that wasn’t enough of a change to build up excitement for the upcoming season, the fact that the race for the Big 10 Championship is probably more wide open that ever certainly will.  Perennial favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes will likely fall back to the pack this year as they lost head coach Jim Tressel and star quarterback Terrelel Pryor to the “TattooGate” scandal.  The likely fall of the OSU program will open the door for several other strong teams such as the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, Northwestern Wildcats, and of course, the new addition Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Although there are a lot of question marks and unknowns at this point in the season, below we rank the top Big 10 College Football Programs.

1.  Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers have been one of the strongest programs in the nation but the perennial BCS title contender Ohio State Buckeyes have always been in the way.  Despite the fact that the Badgers lost quite a bit of top talent, they have plenty of depth, especially on offense,that should be able to step right in. This season should be an opportunity for the Badgers to take control of the control of an unusually weak conference with their strong running game and tough defence.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Although there will likely be some bumps along the way for NU as they adjust to the Big 10, the Huskers defensive prowess should keep them in the mix for the Big 10 title.  If coach Pelini can make some defensive adjustments and Quarterback Taylor Martinez builds upon his success in 2010, the Huskers have a shot at the Big 10 title in their first year and a BCS Bowl game.  The only thing holding them back is a brutal schedule that includes a non-conference game against the Washington Huskies and Wyoming Cowboys, as well as tough road games against Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

3. The Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes are still extremely deep and talented but its hard to imagine the pressure and scrutiny not getting to them.  New head coach Luke Fickell will have his hands full finding a replacement for Terrelle Pryor and continuing to deal with distracting allegations following TattooGate.    If coach Fickell can take what he learned from Jim Tressell he might be able to minimize the damage and have OSU ready to compete for a title- they certainly have the talent!

4.  Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans are the Wildcards of the Big 10.  They have the talent and ability to be title contenders but they have plenty of question marks.  Namely, they need continued development and improvement out of Kirk Cousins.  They also need to address who will Eric Gordon and Greg Jones at Linebacker.

5.  Penn State

After a down 2010, the PSU Nittany Lions could take a big step forward.  The question is how big of a step are they able to take.  A lot will be riding on who wins the quarterback competition.

6.  Northwestern

The Northwestern Wildcats always seem to be the underdog in the Big 10.  If Dan Persa continues to build upon his impressive 2010 campaign and the defense improves, NU could shock the Big 10 world.

7. Iowa

After an impressive Insight Bowl win, the Hawkeyes look like they are on the up and up.  However, this isn’t the year for Kirk Ferentz’s squad to put it all together.

8.  Illinois

The Illini will have a lot of rebuilding to do on defense but they look to have found a quarterback in Nathan Scheelhaase.

9. Michigan

New head coach Brady Hoke will have his work cut out for him but if Denard Robinson and spread offense can put it all together the Wolverines could be a dangerous team.

10. Purdue

The Purdue Boilermakers are a sexy pick as a sleeper team in the Big 10 but they still have lots of question marks on defense.

11.  Minnesota

Another new head coach, Jerry Kill will have his work cut out for him.  He does have some talent to work with but it will likely be a few years before this program starts making some noise.

12.  Indiana

Kevin Wilson does have a plan but it will likely be a few years before the Hoosiers are anything but Big 10 bottom feeders.

No matter how these teams end up finishing out the season, there is not doubt 2011 will be an exciting year for Big Ten Football.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out our wide selection of College Football Tickets!

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.

If the NFL labor dispute drags on much longer, expect college football tickets to be in huge demand.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out Tickifieds College Football Tickets for Sale!