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Top 10 College Football Games Week 4, 2013)

stanford1It’s hump day and that means it’s time to start looking forward to the weekend.  For many, that means making plans to take in as much college football action as possible!  Whether you plan on going to a game or simply watching from the comfort of your own home, it always good to know which games demand your viewing priority and which you can just read about at a later time.  With that in mind, we have put together a handy guide for the top 10 college football game of week 4, 2013.

1). #5 Stanford vs #23 Arizona State Sun Devils (9/21 FOX 6:00 PM CT)

This week’s game of the week is the only match-up that features two ranked teams – Stanford and Arizona State.  These two PAC 12 teams will be looking to get a much needed statement win under their belts.  Although Arizona State already has an impressive win against the Wisconsin Badgers under their belts, it wasn’t without controversy.  Stanford as also looked pedestrian thus far with narrow wins against San Jose State and Army.  If Stanford has National Championship aspirations this year they will need a strong showing against ASU.

#22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan State Spartans (9/21 NBC 2:30 PM CT)

After a tough loss against the other Michigan school from the Big 10 (Michigan Wolverines), Notre Dame will be looking to right the ship against the Spartans.  The #22 Fighting Irish are 7 point favorites, however, the 3-0 MSU Spartans have looked pretty impressive against Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State.  Although this is far from a marquee match-up, Notre Dame has a large fan base that supports their team as evidenced by price of Notre Dame football tickets.

#6 LSU Tigers vs Auburn Tigers (9/21 ESPN 6:45 PM CT)

Although the LSU Tigers are favored by 17 points, you never know what is going to happen when these two 3-0 SEC rivals meet in Baton Rouge.  LSU pulled off a 10 point victory on opening day against the TCU Horned Frog but since have only played cupcake opponents in UAB and Kent State.  Auburn will be looking to make more of a statement after beating Washington State, Arkansas State and Mississippi State.

4).  NC State Wolfpack vs #3 Clemson Tigers (9/19 ESPN 6:30 Pm CT)

NC State will be looking to upset the #3 Clemson Tigers this Saturday in Raleigh.  The 2-0 Wolfpack will be looking to establish their young offense and put their name on the map against a tough Clemson team who beat SEC powerhouse Georgia earlier in the year.  Thus far, Clemson has looked dominant on offense but their defense remains vulnerable.  With a 1 week layoff, Clemson is primed for an upset.

5).  BYU Cougars vs Utah Utes (9/21 ESPN2 9:15 PM CT)

With plenty of college football rivalries going by the wayside these days (see Michigan/Notre Dame, Kansas/Missouri), it’s nice to see traditions continue with the game dubbed “The Holy War”.  This year will mark the 89th meeting between these two schools who will be competing for the “Beehive Boot”.  While college football in Utah is hardly like the South, this game is sure to draw heavy interest.

6).  Virginia Tech Hokies vs Marshall Thundering Herd (9/21 ESPNU 11:30 AM CT)

This game is far from a long standing rivalry but this game will be a little more special due to the fact that Lane Stadium will be under a “white out” for military appreciation day.  To celebrate the US military, VA Tech will be wearing camouflage helmets as reported here.  This will be a must watch game for college football fans in the state of Virginia.

7).  #19 Florida Gators vs Tennessee Volunteers (9/21 CBS 2:30 PM CT)

Despite the fact that the Tennessee Vols have not been relevant in quite some time, there is no love lost between these two SEC rivals.  The #19 ranked Florida Gators (-17) are heavy favorites despite the fact that they didn’t look all that good against an over-matched Toldeo team and lost to in-state rival Miami.  Regardless of the outcome, the Swamp will be rocking this weekend!

8).  #25 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Texas State Bobcats (9/21 FSN Regional 6:00 PM CT)

Although the Texas Tech – Texas State football game is overshadowed by many other in-state rivalries, this game is attracting quite a bit of attention.  For the Red Raiders, this is the final tune up before their bye week and Big 12 Conference play really kicks off with a game against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 5th.  Texas Tech will be looking to build upon impressive wins against SMU and TCU.

9).  #10 Texas A&M vs SMU Mustangs (9/21 ESPNU 6:30 PM CT)

Although the #10 Texas A&M Aggies are 28.5 point favorites against Southern Methodist, Johnny Manziel always attracts an audience.  Aggies fans will be eager to see how Johnny football responds following a tough loss to the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.  Regardless of how you feel about the A&M program or Mr. Manziel himself, you can’t help but watch.

10).  #24 Wisconsin Badgers vs Purdue Boilermakers (9/21 ABC Regional 2:30 PM CT)

The #24 Wisconsin Badgers will be looking to rebound from a heart-breaking loss last week at the hands of Arizona State against Big 10 foe Purdue.  The Badgers will open up the conference schedule against the Boilermakers who, despite being just 1-2, put up a good fight against Notre Dame last week.  New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has his team steadily improving so this could be a trap game for Wisconsin.  Regardless, the Big 10 opener at Camp Randall Stadium always brings out the fans.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 7 (2012)

2012 Oklahoma vs Texas Football Game

The Tickifieds Week 7 GOTW features a huge Big 12 match-up between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns.

If you thought we had some great college football match-ups last week, you better brace yourself as this week is even better.  In the Week 7 Game of the Week (GOTW) we have the #13 Oklahoma Sooners facing the #15 Texas Longhorns.  It’s no secret that this is one of the biggest rivalries in college football.  However, this year the game is even bigger as both teams are in the running for the Big 12 title and a berth in a BCS Bowl game.

Another huge game this week features two of the top teams in the SEC, if not the country.  Ninth ranked LSU will look to rebound after a tough loss to the Florida Gators against the #3 South Carolina Gamecocks.  Last week the Gamecocks absolutely destroyed the #5 Georgia Bulldogs last week.  Baton Rouge will be rocking this weekend!

College Football Top 10 Games Week 7 (2012)

1.  #13 Oklahoma Sooners vs #15 Texas Longhorns

One of the best rivalries in college football…..enough said!

2.  #9 LSU Tigers vs #3 South Carolina Gamecocks

Huge game for these 2 SEC powerhouse programs.  A win for either will solidify their case for a shot at the BCS title game.  A loss and that chance is gone!

3. #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #17 Stanford Cardinal

Notre Dame has a chance to further pad their resume with a win over another nationally ranked team.  The question is would they sneak into the top 5?

4. #23 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs #22 Texas A&M Aggies

The undefeated LA Tech Bulldogs will look to add another notch in their belt. Do we have another Boise State program in the making?

5.  BYU Cougars vs #10 Oregon State Beavers

The surprising 10th ranked Beavers will have a tough test in Provo, UT.  BYU is undefeated at home and is 4-2 overall.  Watch out for an upset here!!

6.  Texas Tech Red Raiders vs #5 West Virginia Mountaineers

WVU will be tested against the 4-1 Texas Tech.  Tech only loss of the season came at the hands of #17 Oklahoma.  Should be a great game with a lot on the line!

7.  Iowa State Cyclones vs #6 Kansas State Wildcats

The undefeated K State Wildcats will have their hands full with the 4-1 ISU Cyclones in Ames, IA.  Could be a big upset in the making!

8.  Missouri Tigers vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Though Alabama should have no problem defeating Mizzou, they come in at #8 just for being the #1 team in the country.

9.  Virginia Tech Hokies vs Duke Blue Devils

The 5-1 Duke Blue Devils have been a surprise in the ACC.  VA Tech will look to right the ship after 2 straight games to North Carolina and Cincinnati.

10.  #24 Boise State Broncos vs Fresno State Bulldogs

The Mountain West Conference lead is up for grabs as Fresno State will look for an upset of the 24th ranked BSU Broncos.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 1 (2012)

Alabama FootballThe 2012 college football season is just days away and there is no shortage of marque match-ups slated for week 1.  The 2012 season will kick off with a nationally televised Thursday night game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the #9 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

While that game is sure to excited SEC fans, the game of the week is the battle between the #2 Alabama  and #8 Michigan – aptly dubbed the Cowboy Classic.  Wolverine fans in Ann Arbor are expecting big things this year.  A big win over a tough Alabama team and Michigan would immediately become a National Championship contender.  The Crimson Tide will need a convincing win to show why they deserve the #1 ranking over USC.

Although all eyes will be on the Cowboy Classic in Arlington Texas, there are a slew of big game on the schedule this week.  Below is our list of the Top 10 games this week.

Top 10 College Football Games of Week 1

1. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #8 Michigan Wolverines

2. #13 Michigan State Spartans vs #24 Boise State Broncos

3. Auburn Tigers vs #14 Clemson Tigers

4. #16 Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

5. #25 Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats

6. #18 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Miami of Ohio Redhawks

7. #11 West Virginia Mountaineers vs Marshall Thundering Herd

8.  #1 USC Trojans vs Hawaii Warriors

9.  #21 Stanford Cardinal vs San Jose State Spartans

10.  Vanderbilt Commodores vs #9 South Carolina Gamecocks

Top Events Week 4, 2012

jason-aldean-2012-Tour TicketsIt’s Monday and that means it’s time to take a look at what is happening this week in the world of sports, music and theater.  Our top event this week is none other than country music superstar Jason Aldean.  Jason Aldean’s 2012 My Kinda Party tour is making some major waves in the ticket resale market.  Joining Aldean on tour will be Luke Bryan and former American idol contestant Lauren Alaina.  Jason Aldean’s show at the Amway Center in Orlando came in at #4 this week and his show in Fayetteville Arkansas just missed the list at #11.

Also, making a strong showing this week are the NFC (#2) and AFC (#5) Championship games.  Ticket interest in the NFC Championship game is especially high as most fans expected the Green Bay Packers to be hosting the big game.  Since they lost, the 49ers will get the honors.

Here are the rest of this week’s top 10…

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/17/2012 to 1/23/2012)

1. Jason Aldean Concert 1/20/2012  Bi-Lo Center, Greenville SC

Mr. Aldean’s 2012 My Kinda Party tour is a hot item in Greenville South Carolina.

2.  NFC Championship:  49ers vs Giants 1/22/2012 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

With the upset of the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers get to host the NFC Championship game against the NY Giants.  Tickets officially go on sale on Wednesday but there are plenty of tickets already listed on the secondary market.

3.  Red Hot Chili Peppers 1/21/2012 Amway Center, Orlando, FL

The Red Hot Chili Peppers tour is one of the biggest of 2012 and their show in Orlando is no exception.  The Amway Center will be rocking come Saturday night!

4.  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Concert 1/19 Community Theatre Morristown, NJ

The baby boomers sure are excited about the Frankie Valli and the Four Season 3 night stand at the Community Theatre in Morristown.  With lots of shows scheduled for 2012 this might be a big time sleeper!

5.  AFC Championship:  Patriots vs Ravens 1/22/2012 Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA

The Patriots in the AFC Championship game is a bit old-hat for Bostonites.  This game would surely be higher on the list had Patriots fans not gotten complacent over the years with such successful teams.

6.  Jason Aldean Concert 1/22/2012 Amway Center, Orlando, FL

Yet another Jason Aldean show on the list….with the popularity of country music these days it’s no wonder he is dominating the concert listings.

7.  Virginia Tech vs North Carolina Basketball 1/19/2012 Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg,VA

The Hokies will be hosting the #8 ranked ACC rival North Carolina Tarheels.  UNC is always a big draw in Blacksburg.

8.  Indiana vs Penn State Basketball 1/22/2012 Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN

Although #11 Indiana lost big on national TV yesterday, Indiana basketball fans still have Hoosier fever…

9. Miami Heat vs LA Lakers 1/19/2012 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

Kobe vs Lebron and Wade.  Enough said…

10. AMA Supercross 1/21 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

The AN FIM World Championship (I have no idea what that means) is apparently a big event with the west coast X games fans.  I have to admit that seeing a Supercross in Dodger Stadium would be pretty cool though.

This top 10 list is compiled from data from our partner website Tickifieds.  Events are ranked by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are Orange Bowl Bound

On Saturday, December 4th, the #12 ranked by BCS Virginia Tech Hokies beat the #20 ranked Florida State Seminoles on Saturday 44 to 33 and have been officially invited by the Bowl Championship Series to participate in the 2011 Orange Bowl which plays at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida..  The Hokies earned their 4th ACC Championship title (2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010) and completed the season with an exciting 11-2 record.  This is the third Orange Bowl that Virginia Tech has participated (1-2) beating the Cinicinnati Bearcats in 2008-2009, while losing to the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2007-2008 match and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1996 Orange Bowl.  Frank Beamer, the Hokies head coach, won his 240th game with the win over FSU this Saturday.  Beamer has the second most wins of any active coach in division I-FBS , next to Joe Paterno from Penn State.  However, Joe’s been coaching since 1966!

The Hokies Orange Bowl participation is particularly surprising given they started off the season 0-2 before rising to the occasion and carrying out a perfect ACC regular season.    The number of players from VA Tech that were recently named first- or second-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association is very extraordinary.   The team is rich with talent as 11 players took home the accolades; quarterback Tyrod Taylor, kicker Chris Hazley, and cornerback Jayron Hosley were named to the 1st team, while guard Jaymes Brooks, tackle Blake DeChristopher, special teams return man David Wilson, defensive end Steven Friday, tackle John Graves, linebacker Bruce Taylor, safety Davon Morgan, and punter Brian Saunders all earned 2nd team honors.

The Orange Bowl is part of the Bowl Championship Series(BCS) and typically features the ACC Champion against the 2nd best at large selections – the Sugar Bowl gets the highest ranked at large bid.  The Orange Bowl got its starts in 1935 and is the second oldest college football bowl gamein the country behind the Rose Bowl (originated in 1902).  This will be Virginia Tech’s fourth appearance, but hopefully their second win!