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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 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 8 (2012)

Florida Gators Football

The Gators are back in the BCS National Championship picture after Florida leap-frogged the South Carolina Gamecocks following their loss to LSU last week. The two will get a chance to go head to head in this week’s game of the week (GOTW).

Another crazy week of college football is in the books and now it’s time to look forward to the week 8 games that are trending on Tickifieds.com.  It comes as no surprise that this week’s top games are dominated by Big 12 and SEC games.  However, ACC football is certainly starting to garner some attention with 3 games in our top 10 this week.

With many teams on the cusp of becoming bowl eligible, games are becoming more and more important.    This is true not just for the top 25 teams (which frequently appear in our Top 10 lists) but also for non-ranked teams having strong seasons.  Teams like Arizona State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Duke, and North Carolina will be looking to build upon their winning ways.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 8 (2012)

1.  #2 Florida Gators vs #7 South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gators look to continue their unbeaten streak with a big win over 7th ranked South Carolina.  South Carolina lost a heart breaker last week to LSU.

2.  #13 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. #4 Kansas State Wildcats

WVU will look to rebound after getting destroyed by Texas Tech.  It won’t be easy against the 4th ranked K State Wildcats!

3.  #18 Texas A&M Aggies vs #6 LSU Tigers

Texas A&M’s stock has risen with the Gators (their only loss of the season).  A win for Texas A&M and you would have to consider them one of the top 10 teams in the nation (if not the Top 5).  LSU badly needs another win over a quality opponent to get back in the national championship discussion.

4.  #23 TCU Horned Frogs vs #17 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Two 5-1 teams will battle it out for the Big 12 supremacy.  Ticket for this game are in big demand as the 2 Texas school get ready for thier first Big 12 showdown!

5.  #19 Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Tech Hokies

The 19th ranked Clemson Tigers will look to put away ACC powerhouse VA Tech on Saturday.  The Hokies have been inconsistent but still have the talent to win the ACC.

6.  Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers

A huge game between these two Big 10 teams.  With the conference down, a win could be the difference between a bid to the Rose Bowl.

7.  Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tarheels

The Duke – North Carolina rivalry is always big but who woulda thunk that this game would actually mean something?  With both teams sitting at 5-2, the winner becomes bowl eligible.

8.  Miami Hurricanes vs #14 Florida State Seminoles

Another big in-state rivalry game… FSU should easily handle the ‘Canes but winning in Miami is never an easy task.

9.  Arizona State Sun Devils vs #3 Oregon Ducks

Although ASU is not ranked, they are sitting at 5-1 and present a tough match-up for the Ducks.  Tempe will be rocking for this game!

10.  #25 Texas Longhorns vs Baylor Bears

The Longhorns got destroyed last week by Oklahoma and will look to rebound against Baylor.  Texas will need to win convincingly to avoid dropping out of the top 25.

 

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.

Week-5 NCAA Football Games to Watch

Week 5 NCAA Football Games to Watch:

Nebraska at Wisconsin – This will be a well matched game take place at Camp Randall this Saturday.  The ninth-ranked Cornhuskers will take their first swing at the eighth-ranked Badgers.

The Cornhusker’s offense coach, Bo Pelini, focuses on two key things when on the field: 1) running the ball 2) running the ball some more. Their rushing offense is very impressive. The Huskers are led by mobile quarterback Taylor Martinez who has an impressive 63 carries for 421 yards AND seven touchdowns.

While Nebraska has the impressive running game, Wisconsin is still expected to be the victor of this game as they have the best offense in college football with Russell Wilson’s arm.

Clemson at Virginia Tech – This will be a hot game.  This will be the third week in a row that the Tigers will face a Top 25 team.  Clemson has come out victories in every one of these games which include Florida State, Auburn, Wofford and Troy.  The Hokies have not faced such tough hurdles yet.  They’ve only been paired with Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall thus far.  Clemson is expected to come out as the victor by a narrow margin.

Northwestern at Illinois – Two very competitive Big 10 Illinois teams will face off on Champaign campus.  The Illini are expected to narrowly beat out the Wildcats.

Utah State at BYU – These teams have a strong rivalry and will make for an exciting Friday night game.  Utah has been getting progressively stronger and better as a team; expect them to give BYU a run for their money.

Iowa State at Texas – While the Cyclones have a perfect record thus far, the Longhorns should make quick work of that.

Navy at Air Force - Two military teams pitted against each other always makes for exciting game watching.  Navy is expected to easily take down Air Force.

Nevada at Boise State – The Broncos are still miffed about missing their chance at the Rose Bowl last year.  Boise State is on a quest this year, they won’t be rolling over for anyone. 

Michigan State at Ohio State – OSU seems to be like a lost puppy without Terrelle Pryor.  MSU should easily sweep last year’s Champion team.

LSU at Kentucky – LSU is expected to continue to dominate all other teams for good long while. 

Arkansas at Texas A&M – As the Aggies officially join the SEC Conference this week, their out to prove themselves.  This game is critical for both teams who want to bounce back after their tough loses last week.  

Alabama at Florida - Both teams have very strong defensive games, but Alabama could face some big problems as they encounter Florida’s two dominant running backs, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps.  The Crimson Tide and the Gators have previously shown their strength against formidable teams; Arkansas and Kentucky.