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Top Weekend Events 09/16 – 09/18

Welcome to your Wednesday top weekend events post!  This list is absolutely dominated by college football games.  A couple other things snuck in there, but for the most part, NCAA Football games are what’s drawing the fan’s eye these days.

The top event for this weekend, however, is not football, but the Austin City Limits Festival.  The Austin City Limits originally started as a live celebration of Texas music recorded American Public television music program by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).   It later evolved into the Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring regional, national and international artists with a wide range of musical styles including jazz, alt. rock, alt. country, folk and jam band.  The ACL Festival is an annual three-day festival with over 130 acts!  Over 70,000 fans attend each day.   Some of the big names for this year include Coldplay, Sara Bareilles, Cold War Kids, Foster the People, Kanye West,  Young the Giant, Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Alison Krauss, Social Distortion, Randy Newman, Airborne Toxic Event and Arcade Fire.  Not a bad line-up!

The Red Sox also make another appearance after a long absence.  They’ll be taking on the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Red Sox are expected to with the AL Wild Card this year.

Outside of that, it’s football, football, football!  The top NCAA Football game is the Florida State Seminoles versus the Oklahoma Sooners.  These two teams are two of the most talked about and followed programs in the history of the game.  This will be their first face-off in nearly a decade.  This game could send FSU back into the national spot light it so famously controlled or it could prove the Landry Jones was just what Oklahoma needed to send them to the National Championship.   While Oklahoma seemed to struggle a bit with their first game win against Utah State, FSU easily dominated Samford with a 59-6 win, a nice feat for Coach Jimbo Fisher’s debut.  This should be a very exciting game!

 

Top Weekend Events 09/16 – 09/18

1.)    Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin, TX – Friday, September 16th

2.)    FSU vs. Oklahoma, Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL – Saturday, September 17th

3.)    Iowa State vs. UConn, Rentchler Field, Hartford, CT – Friday, September 16th

4.)   Boise State vs. Toledo, Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH – Friday, September 16th

5.)    BYU vs. Utah, Lavell Edwards Stadium,  Provo, UT – Saturday, September 17th

6.)    Washington vs. Nebraska,  Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE – Saturday, September 17th

7.)    Temple vs. Penn State, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA – Saturday, September 17th

8.)    Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Saturday, September 17th

9.)    Southeast Missouri State vs. Purdue, Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN – Saturday, September 17th

10.) Alabama vs. North Texas, Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL – Saturday, September 17th

College Football Week 1 Recap

College football season is back and week 1 saw some exciting games with nail biters and big time upsets of top ranked NCAA football teams.  In probably the most exciting game of the week the reigning BCS Champion Auburn Tigers were nearly upset by unranked Utah State.  QB Barrett Trotter marched the Tigers down the field and RB Michael Dyer finished them off with a 1-yard touchdown in the games final seconds (following a perfect onside kick) to squeak out a victory by a margin of 42-38.  Although Auburn pulled off the win, the Tigers have a long way to go if they are to contend for another national championship this season.

The game between #5 Boise State Broncos and #19 Georgia Bulldogs was one of the most anticipated games this past weekend.  However, Heisman contender Kellen Moore sliced through the Bulldogs 3-4 defense with ease racking up 261 yards on 28-34 passing and 3 touchdowns.  The Broncose win over a ranked SEC team will bolster their chances to yet again play in a BCS Bowl game if they can continue to play at a high level.  Georgia coach Mark Richt’s job could be on the line as the talented Bulldogs were expected to comepete for a SEC title this season- an opening week loss certainly sets them back in this endeavor.

In perhaps the biggest upset of the opening week of college football was the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish loss to unranked South Florida 23-20.  Notre Dame suffered through a wild and wacky first half that featured 2 fumbles, a penalty that reversed a Cierre Wood touchdown, and an interception in the end zone.  It was actually pretty remarkable the Irish were only down 16 points at halftime.    Notre Dame was able to make a game of it after halftime as they pulled quarterback Dayne Crist  in favor of Tommy Rees.  Crist ended the day with just 85 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 1 pick while Rees racked up 296 yards, 2 touchdowns but also threw to interceptions.  It looks like South Bend has itself a good ole fashioned quarterback controversy!

Last but not least, week 1 saw the #4 ranked LSU Tigers  mildly upset the #3 ranked Oregon Ducks in the Cowboy Classic at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas.  While a #4 beating a #3 is hardly shocking, the way in which it happened was.  Oregon was extremely sloppy with several dropped passes, multiple costly turnovers, and several crushing penalties.  Both teams were without key players and it showed.  Expect both teams to continue to improve as the season progresses and become BCS Bowl game contenders.

Other Week 1 Top 25 Game Scores

#20 Mississippi State over Memphis 59-14

#11 Wisconsin over UNLV 51-17

#17 Michigan State over Youngstown State 28-6

#14 TCU losses to Baylor 48-50

#18 Ohio State over Akron 42-0

#21 Missouri over Miami (Ohio) 17-6

#13 Virginia Tech over Appalachian State 66-13

#10 Nebraska over UT-Chattanooga 40-7

#22 Florida over Florida Atlantic 41-3

#9 Oklahoma State over LA-Lafayette 61-34

#1 Oklahoma over Tulsa 47-14

#24 West Virginia over Marshall 34-13

#8 Texas A&M over SMU 46-14

#12 South Carolina over ECU 56-37

#15 Arkansas over Missouri State 51-7

#7 Stanford over SJ State 57-3

#25 USC over Minnesota 19-17

#6 Florida State over LA-Monroe 34-0

#2 Alabama over Kent State 48-7

Week 2 Games to Watch

#20 Mississippi State at #23 Auburn

#16 Notre Dame at Michigan

BYU at Texas

#2 Alabama at Penn State

#12 South Carolina at #19 Georgia

 

 

 

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!

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NCAA Sweet Sixteen Recap

A recap of the 2nd/3rd round games and what to expect in the sweet 16. The favorites to win the national championship are holding steady from Selection Sunday: Ohio State, Kansas and Duke.

The OSU Buckeyes’ Jared Sullinger is still hands-down the best low-post scorer in the field and the team has the most fruitful group of 3-point shooters.  The Buckeyes absolutely hammered George Mason.

The experienced Kansas Jayhawks swept the Illinois Fighting Illini in the latter half of Sunday night.  Coach Bill Self has done an excellent job with the team throughout their tumultuous season.

The Duke Blue Devils got a real scare from the Michigan Wolverines, winning by a mere 2 points in the Charlotte tournament.   The duo of freshman Kyrie Irving (guard) and Nolan Smith created quite the backcourt tandem.

Perhaps one of the biggest upsets from this past weekend’s tournaments was the Butler.  Where did they come from?  They crushed topped ranked Pittsburgh 71 – 70 in the last new seconds.  They will next be matched up again Wisconsin on Friday morning.

Also of note is Marquette throwing Syracuse to the curb.  With 51 seconds to go on the clock, Syracuse’s Dion Waiters threw his sideline inbounds pass too high and close to the midcourt line. Scoop Jardine toed over the line on his jump to retreive the ball for a backcourt violation.   The messy pass cost them the game.

“I thought I had him and I was just trying to throw the pass where I thought he could catch it,” Waiters said. “I don’t know what happened.”

VCU Rams should not go unmentioned in this article.  They completed outplayed third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday 94-76.  This was their third win in 5 days.  The Rams pressured Purdue, broke through its defense and won their reward in layups.  This is the Rams first trip to the Sweet 16.

“A week ago, we thought we were done,” said the persistent point guard Joey Rodriguez, who had 12 points, 11 assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

“And now, we’re here in the Sweet 16. Anything can happen now.”

 So, the 4 Regional Tournaments cities are sure to have a large draw.

Newark, N.J.: North Carolina has historically always shown up for events in the New York area. Ohio State fans ALWAYS travel for football and will travel for a golden child favorite basketball team. Marquette’s fans are very faithful, too.   This East Regional Tournament Tickets will be hard to get.

New Orleans, LA: A case could be made for any of the four teams to win in the Southeast Tournament: No. 2 Florida, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Wisconsin or No. 8 Butler, all are equally challenged.  These are the dark horses.  Watch out for them. 

Anaheim, CA: Arizona and San Diego State are the to, all intents and purposes, home teams in Anaheim, Calif. The Arizona fans will vastly outnumber the Duke fans, and perhaps that will help them.  Who knows?   The same will hold true with San Diego over Connecticut.  

San Antonio, TX: The Kansas Jayhawks were the only single-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 out of the Southwest as surprises were plentiful the first weekend. Joining the Jayhawks are three double-digit seeds: No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 VCU and No. 12 Richmond

At the end of the day, most sports commentators are picking Kansas to bring home the big prize.  Be sure to watch!