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Pop and Country Events Remain Strong Over Holiday Season – Tickifieds Top 10

BCS-Selection-Sunday-2012

Mark your calenders, the 2012 BCS Selection Sunday Show will take place on 12/2/2012 at 8:30 PM (ET). This is the biggest day of the year for many event ticket marketers!

This time of year, the event ticket market is typically dominated by college football.  While demand for college football remains fairly strong (see Notre Dame), the biggest surge comes after the bowl bids are officially announced and fans can start making travel plans.  This year the BCS will host its “Selection Show” on Sunday December 2nd, 2012 from 8:30 to 11:00 PM (ET) on ESPN.  While there is certainly a lull in college football ticket purchases, now is the time to start posting ads and doing SEO in anticipation of this coming Sunday.  To help with your marketing efforts, it’s always a good idea to check out CBSSports.com’s bowl projections to see who is likely to be playing in what bowl games.  Of particular interested and the teams in bold which have officially accepted bowl bids.  By carefully monitoring these projections you can get a jump start on the competition!

To fill the void until then, ticket buyers are seeking many top pop and country acts.  No surprises this week and One Direction and Taylor Swift occupy the top 2 spots in this weeks rankings.  See below for our full list of top 10 events worth marketing to the masses!

Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches (11/22 – 11/29/2012)

1.  One Direction

Santa certainly knows what is tops on the shopping list for tweeners across the country- tickets to see One Direction.  Demand is highest for the Meet and Greet passes but the supply is certainly starting to dwindle.  This week the Meet and Greet passes for their show in Nashville.

2.  Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift stays strong this week coming in at #2.  While it is safe to say Taylor likely won’t supplant 1d in the foreseeable future, ticket demand remains strong.  Of particular note is the interest in Swift’s coveted “Tea Party Passes“.

3.  TCU Horned Frogs Football

TCU has a huge game against Big 12 foe the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend.  TCU needs a big win over a ranked team like OU to increase their odds of earn a trip to a prized bowl game.

4.  American Country Awards

It sure seems like their are a lot of country music awards these days.  Nonetheless, the 2012 American Country Music Awards which will take place in Las Vegas on December 10th are seemingly in big demand.

5.  Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football

With Notre Dame likely returning to the BCS National Championship game, demand for Notre Dame is tickets is huge.  This will likely sky rocket once the BCS makes things official.

6.  2013 Boots and Hearts Music Festival

The annual 3 day country music festival held in Bowansville Ontario has fans excited for the 2013 edition.  The Boots and Hearts partial lineup includes hot country acts like Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, and Dean Brody.  This fest should continue to show strong ticket demand.

7. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

The increasingly popular band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals make thier first appearance on the list this week.  Demand seems particularly high for their show on 11/30 in Boston.

8.  Beef O’Brady Bowl

This is a bit of a surprised given that the Beef O’Brady Bowl is not considered a major bow game.  Currently, CBS Sports anticipates that Middle Tennessee State will play UCF.  This is not exactly a dream matchup but for some reason there is plenty of ticket interest.

9.  Disney on Ice

The ever popular holiday Disney on Ice events slipped a bit this week.  However, expect sales of Disney on Ice tickets to continue throughout the Holiday Season.

10.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean’s upcoming 2013 Night Train Tour continues its strong showing following the release of addition dates.  In addition to stadium shows in Georgia, Chicago, and Boston, Jason Aldean also announced shows in Bristow, Biloxi, Lafayette (LA), and Uncasville.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 11 (2012)

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Alabama will look to stay unbeaten against the #15 Texas A&M Aggies this week. A win and they are pretty much a lock to make the 2013 BCS Championship game.

After another week of college football, just 4 unbeaten (significant) teams remain.  Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame are all still trying to make their case that they deserve a shot at the BCS National Championship game.  The #9 Louisville Cardinals are also undefeated but it is highly unlikely they could significantly move up in the BCS standings with just 1 game against a ranked opponent (Rutger on 11/29).  That means it’s all going to come down to who can run out the table and who can make the best case.  No room for error from here on out.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 11 (2012)

1.  #1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #15 Texas A&M Aggies

Alabama will have it’s last test of the regular season against the #15 TAMU.  After this game they just have Western Carolina and Auburn before heading on to the SEC Championship game.

2.  TCU Horned Frogs vs #2 Kansas State Wildcats

TCU will get their chance to knock out the #2 team in the nation in Fort Worth.

3.  #7 LSU Tigers vs #21 Mississippi State Bulldogs

This game would likely be the game of the week had LSU not lost to Alabama last week.  With 2 losses, LSU is virtually elimated from BCS contention.  Nonetheless, this should be a great game between 2 ranked teams.

4.  #14 Stanford Cardinal vs #11 Oregon State Beavers

This is a huge game that will have big ramifications for the PAC 12.  Both teams will be looking to keep pace with the Oregon Ducks in the North Division and further solidify their bowl bid.

5. #16 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions

Nebraska has a big game this weekend against PSU.  They need to win to remain atop the Big 10 Legends Division Standings and stay in line for a trip to the Rose Bowl.

6.  Michigan Wolverines vs #24 Northwestern Wildcats

These two teams are fighting for position atop the Big 10 Legends division with Nebraska.  To the winner goes a chance at a Rose Bowl bid…..

7.  Boston College Eagles vs #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Boston College Eagles aren’t much this season but this is one of the best rivalries in college football.  BC fans would like nothing more than to ruin Notre Dame’s perfect season.

8.  #17 Texas Longhorns vs Iowa State Cyclones

The Longhorns will look to pick up their 8th win against a tough ISU team in Austin this weekend.  Texans love their college football!

9.   Viginia Tech Hokies vs #10 Florida State Seminoles

VA Tech is sitting at 4-5 and desperately needs a big win if they have any hope of making a decent bowl game this season.  FSU will be looking for another win with the hopes of cracking the top 10.

10.  Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

WVU has certainly fallen the past couple of weeks but they could become bowl bound with a win over OK State.

 

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.

 

2012 Preseason Big 12 Football Rankings

Oklahoma Sooners Football

The Oklahoma Sooners are the preseason #1 team in the Big 12. Will they be able to hold off WVU and the Texas Longhorns?

The Big 12 Conference narrowly avoided a complete collapse following the 2011-12 football season as rumors quickly spread of schools changing affiliations.  Big 12 football as we know it would have been devasted had tradional powerhouse football programs like the Texas Longhorns or the Oklahoma Sooners had bolted for greener pastures as many had feared.  Fortunately for Big 12 fans both decided to stay.   However, that is not to say the conference has not undergone some major changes since last season.  The Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers both bolted for the SEC amid rumors of the conference folding.  While those programs leaving certainly hurt the national competitiveness of  the conference, two new school will hope to fill the void.  The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas-Christian University Horned Frogs will both join the Big 12 this season and both are expected to make an immediate impact.

So how will the new-look Big 12 shape up in 2012-13?  Well, below we will break down and rank each of football teams in the Big 12.

2012 Big 12 Football Rankings

 1.Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners were the preseason #1 team in the country last season.  However, injuries plagued the team and they fell short of their lofty expectations.  The Sooners should be a much stronger and deeper team this year as many underclassmen should benefit from being thrust into action ahead of schedule last season.  Oklahoma will return a strong core of players that include quarterback Landry Jones , running back Dom Whaley, defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, corner back Javon Harris, and safetly Demontre Hurst.

2.West Virginia Mountaineers

It is a bit of a mystery as to how WVU will fare in the Big 12 especially considering the Run-and-Shoot spread offense run by coach Dana Holgorsen.  However, its hard to see the Mountaineers struggle much on offense with QB Geno Smith and wide recievers Tavon Austin and Stedmon Bailey all returning.  If their defense can improve they have an outside shot of challenging OU for the Big 12 Championship.

3.Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns have certainly had a rough couple of years.  However, the Texas defense appears to be back in full force (#1 in the Big 12 last season) and should keep them in every game.  The running game should also be strong with Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, and freshman Jonathan Gray carrying the load.  The big question is at quarterback.  If David Ash can become a legitimate threat in the passing game this team could compete for a Big 12 title.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

OK State had an amazing run last season but they have been somewhat depleted on offense with  Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, and Josh Cooper  all gone.  With a ton of questions on offense and a pedestrian defense its hard to imagine they will be able to reload on the fly.  That said, they are still talented and deep and should be competitive.

5.TCU Horned Frogs

TCU is coming off a disappointing season in a weak conference.  It’s hard to imagine things will get any easier for them in their first season in the Big 12.  However, the TCU defense should be very good and could compete with the longhorns for the top squad.  If they can keep their players out of trouble (ahheem drug dealing) they could sneak past OK State.

6.Kansas State Wildcats

K State is pretty average across the board but they do play sound fundamental football.  Throw in the fact that Collin Klein will be returning with his core running backs and wide receivers and the Wildcats could surprise some people.

7.Baylor Bears

The Baylor offense will be severely depleted after losing 9 starters (most notably Robert Griffin III).  Throw in the fact that there defense was pretty terrible and the Bears likely have little chance at having a successful season.  They do have some talent coming in so if things pan out they could finish at .500 or so.

8.Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State always seems plagued by inconsistency.  They will play great one week only to live up to low expectations the next.  ISU has a nice pair of quarterbacks with  Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett returning but they will be hard pressed to find wins if a decent wide receiver fails to emerge.

9.Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders appear to be in rebuilding mode as they look to establish an offensive identity all while rolling out an entirely new defensive scheme.  They do have some talent but  it is unknown how the team will gel following all these changes.  If things turn out well they could be a huge sleeper but don’t bank on it.

10.Kansas Jayhawks

Charlie Weis will be taking over as head coach but he won’t have much to work with in his first season.  It will likely take a few years before Weis can field a respectable team in Lexington but expect them to show improvement as the season progresses.

No matter who wins the Big 12 in 2012-13, it should be another exciting season.  There is not much better than taking in a Big 12 college football game.  If you are looking for tickets for any of these matchups be sure to check out our Big 12 Football Classifieds!

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