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The 2013 college football season certainly started out with a bang last week with some dominant performances and some big upsets. The biggest upset of the week goes to the Eastern Washington Eagles who bested the #25 ranked Oregon State Beavers 49-46. It’s one thing for any ranked team to lose to an unranked opponent in the opening week but, what makes matters worse is that Eastern Washington is a lowly FCS team (formerly NCAA Division I-AA). Not a good week to be a Beaver fan! The other big upset was #19 Boise State Broncos losing to the Washington Huskies. While Boise State losing to a PAC-12 team isn’t shocking by any means, getting blown out 38-6 certainly is.
In addition to the upsets noted above, week 1 was also filled with great drama and story lines. In perhaps the most interesting game Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the #7 Texas A&M Aggies took on the Rice Owls. The game itself wouldn’t normally be all that interesting except for the fact that the Aggies star quarterback was suspended for the first half of the game due to some questionable off season behavior that included signing autographs for a shady memorabilia dealer. Johnny football came in after halftime and did not disappoint. He threw 3 touchdown passes on 6/8 passing and 94 yards. If that wasn’t enough to keep the eye balls glued to the field, Manziel mimiced signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle and later was ejected for unsportmanslike conduct for pointing at the scoreboard after a TD pass in the fourth quarter. Regardless of what you think of Manziel and the Aggies, they will be interesting to watch all season long.
Even with all the exciting college football that took place in the opening week, it should be even more exciting in week 2. In our GOTW (game of the week), #17 Michigan will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Both teams are coming off impressive week 1 wins. The Wolverines hold the series edge against the Irish and will be looking for revenge from last season. Check out our list below for the full list of the Top 10 College Football game of week 2:
Week 2 Top 10 College Football Games (2013)
- #17 Michigan Wolverines vs #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- #5 Georgia Bulldogs vs #6 South Carolina Gamecocks
- Virginia Cavaliers vs #3 Oregon Ducks
- #22 Northwestern Wildcats vs Syracuse Orange
- #16 Oklahoma Sooners vs West Virginia Mountaineers
- Miami Hurricanes vs #10 Florida Gators
- BYU Cougars vs #15 Texas Longhorns
- #2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs San Diego State
- #18 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Southern Miss
- #7 Texas A&M Aggies vs Sam Houston Stateadf
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another week is in the books and One Direction is still the most searched for event on Tickifieds.com. Although several sports teams are trending and bringing in a lot of traffic, they are still nowhere close to challenging the latest boy band sensation. Not surprising, this week we have a heavy does of college football and MLB baseball along with a smattering of special concert events. The L.A. Lakers also make the list as the first NBA team on the season.
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It’s starting to look like the Lady Gaga surge was just an anomoly…1D continues it dominances and it’s not even close!
The 18th ranked Aggies are making a good 1st impression in the SEC. They have a HUGE game against the #6 LSU Tigers this weekend!
Even though the Buckeyes aren’t bowl eligible, fans are still excited to see them sitting at #7 in the nation.
The Laker faithful are feeling rejuvenated following the off-season acquisition of Dwight Howard. With the start of NBA preseason action ticket interest is starting to build…
5. Jingle Ball
Details of the annual Jingle Ball shows are starting to be released. High on the list is KIIS FM’s 2 night event which features Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, The Wonder Girls, and Akon on Night 1 and Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Flo Rida, The Wanted, special FUN., AfroJack, Owl City, Zedd and Psy on Night 2.
The Detroit Tigers swept the New York Yankees and are heading to the 2012 World Series. Fans are awaiting their opponent but it is looking more and more like the St. Louis Cardinals!
Notre Dame is sitting at #5 in the nation and is looking like a legit BCS Championship contender. Irish fans are starting to get excited!
Performers for the 2013 Houston Rodeo and Austin Rodeo are beginning to be leaked causing ticket interest to pique. So far the only official performers announced have been George Strait, Martine McBride, and randy Rogers.
9. Justin Bieber
The Biebs is showing some signs of life following his appearance on the X-Factor. With his tour just getting started expect JB to be a staple on the top 10 list.
The Cardinals are 1 win away from going to the World Series ….. again! As a Cub fan this is getting a little ridiculous!
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.