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Top 10 College Football Games 2013 (Week 2)

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.

In the Tickifieds Game of the Week, #17 Michigan will take on the #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In the Tickifieds Game of the Week, #17 Michigan will take on the #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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)

  1. #17 Michigan Wolverines vs #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  2. #5 Georgia Bulldogs vs #6 South Carolina Gamecocks
  3. Virginia Cavaliers vs #3 Oregon Ducks
  4. #22 Northwestern Wildcats vs Syracuse Orange
  5. #16 Oklahoma Sooners vs West Virginia Mountaineers
  6. Miami Hurricanes vs #10 Florida Gators
  7. BYU Cougars vs #15 Texas Longhorns
  8. #2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs San Diego State
  9. #18 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Southern Miss
  10. #7 Texas A&M Aggies vs Sam Houston Stateadf

Updated 2012 BCS Bowl Projections

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Will Notre Dame earn a trip to the 2012 BCS National Championship game?

College football tickets, and in particular the NCAA bowl game tickets, are some of the biggest money makers in the secondary event ticket market.  As such, selling college football tickets can be particularly challenging as thousands of ticket brokers are competing for the same customers.  While direct marketing bowl games is tricky until the actual teams involved are officially announced, the smart ticket brokers get ahead of the competition by anticipating the bowl bids and starting search engine optimization campaigns early.

As such, we thought it would be prudent to take a look at the current state of the BCS standings and make some predictions on who will be going to what BCS Bowl Games in 2012 (actually 2013).  Prior to this weekend it was a given that Alabama would again be playing in the BCS Championship game.  However, following Alabama’s dramatic loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, the BCS picture has changed substantially.  As it stands today, here is who we think will play in each of the 5 BCS Bowl game this season.

BCS National Championship Game:  Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Kansas State Wildcats

Although we have 3 undefeated teams that can all make the case that they should be in the National Championship game, the most likely match up is Notre Dame vs Kansas State.   Oregon has 3 games remaining and all will likely be against top 25 teams.  The Ducks close out the season against #13 Stanford and #16 Oregon State before playing in the PAC 12 Championship likely against #17 UCLA.  If the Ducks can win out they would be a shoe-in to be in the title game.  However, we see the Ducks slipping up against one of them.  Both Kansas State and Notre Dame has just 1 game remaining with a ranked opponent and will not have to play in a conference championship game.  The K-State Wildcats will play #15 Texas while Notre Dame will play #18 USC.  

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Georgia Bulldogs

With Kansas State likley headed to the BCS Championship game, the Oklahoma Sooners would represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl.  Assuming Alabama wins out in the SEC, that would mean the Georgia Bulldogs would probably get an at-large berth in the Fiesta Bowl as the #2 SEC team.

Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Rose Bowl features the top teams from the PAC 12 and Big 10.  If we assume Oregon is going to falter down the stretch, then they would be Rose Bowl bound.  With the Big 10 down this year (Ohio State is not bowl eligible), that leaves the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the likely champion.  Both teams are popular and travel well which means strong ticket demand.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers

The Sugar Bowl could easily be represented by Georgia, Florida, or Alabama.  However, we feel the Crimson Tide are the best team of the bunch and should win in a SEC Championship game at a neutral stadium.  Alabama would then likely face the Clemson Tigers as the #2 team in the ACC in the Sugar Bowl.

Orange Bowl: Florida State Seminoles vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Orange Bowl is represented by the top ACC team and an at-large team likely the Big East Champion.  The top ACC team should be Florida State.  The Big East champion is looking like Rutgers.  If the game turns out to be this match-up do not expect there to be much in terms of ticket demand.  FSU would be big time favorites.

Aldean, Swift Look to Catch 1D – Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches

Can Jason Aldean supplant 1 Direction as the most search for concert?

In the horse race we like to call the Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches, One Direction is still way out in front.  However, country music stars Jason Aldean (#2)  and Taylor Swift (#4) are surging with new albums outs and tour dates about to go on sale.  While 1 Direction still has a comfortable lead, we expect demand for Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift tickets to increase as tickets go on sale and quickly sell out.

As always, college football continues to be in big demand with power house SEC teams   Alabama, Texas A&M, and Georgia leading the way.

Here is the rest of this week’s top 10..

 Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches (10/29 – 11/5/2012)

1.  One Direction

Absolutely no sign of a One Direction slowdown.  In fact, One Direction search traffic peaked on Friday with over 2500 unique searchers looking for 1D tickets

2.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean continues to be a staple on our top 10 list.  This week he comes in at #2 followng the release of his latest album Night Train and subsequent tour announcement.

3.  Georgia Bulldogs Football

The Georgia Bulldogs sit at 8-1 and are currently #5 in the BCS standings.  If Oregon, Kansas State, or Notre Dame falter, the Bulldogs could slide into the BCS Championship.

4.  Taylor Swift

Pop country sensation Taylor Swift continues her strong showing before tickets to the her 2013 Red Tour even go on sale.

5.  Disney On Ice

Disney on Ice is featuring 5 unique shows this winter:  100 Years of Magic, Dare to Dream, Rockin’ Ever After, Treasure Trove, and Worlds of Fantasy.  Ticket sales have been extremely strong so far in anticipation of the holiday season.

6.  Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood makes the list for the first time in a while.  It’s not much of a surprise though as the award winning country artist is currently right in the middle of her 2012 Blown Away tour.

7.  Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder is currently out on the road through December with multiple shows in Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida coming up.

8.  Alabama Crimson Tide Football

After a huge win over LSU, Alabama is the undisputed #1 team in the country.  Bama fans will get see the games of the regular season against Texas A&M, Western Carolina, and Auburn in Tuscaloosa.

9.  Texas A&M Aggies Football

Texas A&M has had a pretty successfull SEC debut after getting off to a 7-2 (4-2 SEC) start.  This week they will take on the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

10.  Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football

After getting a scary over-time victory over un-ranked Pitt, Notre Dame is still unbeaten and sits at #4 in the BCS standings.  The Fighting Irish will face Boston College and Notre Dame before closing out the season against the USC Trojans.

 

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.

 

One Direction Holds Off College Football – Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches

Tigers World Series Tickets

The Tigers swept the New York Yankees and are headed to the 2012 World Series.

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.

 Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches

1.  One Direction

It’s starting to look like the Lady Gaga surge was just an anomoly…1D continues it dominances and it’s not even close!

2.  Texas A&M Football

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!

3.  Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Even though the Buckeyes aren’t bowl eligible, fans are still excited to see them sitting at #7 in the nation.

4.  Los Angeles Lakers

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.

6. Detroit Tigers World Series

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!

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football

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!

8.  Houston and Austin Rodeo

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.

10. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are 1 win away from going to the World Series ….. again!  As a Cub fan this is getting a little ridiculous!

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.