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Updated 2012 BCS Bowl Projections


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.

2011-2012 College Football Bowl Game Guide

bcs championship TrophyCollege football bowl game tickets are some of the most demanded items in the secondary market.  Obviously the most lucrative bowl games are the BCS games.  However, big time demand exists for many other bowl games as well. The key is knowing which teams travel well and have large fan bases and who is playing in what game and where can be difficult to keep track of.  Fortunately, we have made it easy for you as we have put together this handy-dandy guide detailing all the information you need to effectively market your bowl game tickets.

Below are two tables with vital information on the 35 college football bowl games .  In the first table we break down the Bowl Championship Series games including the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, and Orange Bowls in addition to the BCS National Championship Game.  Teams that have accepted bids are in bold font.  The second table displays information on the 30 non BCS Bowl games.  As more teams are announced we will continue to update these tables.

BCS Bowl Games Date Location Time Matchup
BCS Championship Jan. 9 New Orleans, LA 8:30 p.m. LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Orange Bowl Jan. 4 Miami, FL 8:00 p.m. Clemson Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Sugar Bowl Jan. 3 New Orleans, LA 8:30 p.m. Michigan Wolverines vs Virginia Tech
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2 Glendale, AZ 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Stanford Cardinal
Rose Bowl Jan. 2 Pasadena, CA 5:00 p.m. Wisconsin Badgers vs. Oregon Ducks
Other Bowl Games Date Location Time Matchup Bowl Jan. 8 Mobile, Ala. 9 p.m. N. Illinois vs. Arkansas State
BBVA Compass Bowl Jan. 7 Birmingham, Ala. 1 p.m. SMU vs. Pittsburgh
Cotton Bowl Jan. 6 Arlington, Tex. 8 p.m. Kansas State vs. Arkansas
Outback Bowl Jan. 2 Tampa, Fla. 1 p.m. Michigan State vs. Georgia
Gator Bowl Jan. 2 Jacksonville, Fla. 1 p.m. Ohio State vs. Florida
Capital One Bowl Jan. 2 Orlando, Fla. 1 p.m. Nebraska vs. South Carolina
TicketCity Bowl Jan. 2 Dallas, Tex. Noon Penn State vs. Houston
Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. 7:30 p.m. Virginia vs. Auburn
Liberty Bowl Dec. 31 Memphis, Tenn. 3:30 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Dec. 31 San Francisco, Calif. 3:30 p.m. UCLA vs. Illinois
Sun Bowl Dec. 31 El Paso, Tex. 2 p.m. Georgia Tech vs. Utah
Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl Dec. 31 Houston, Tex. Noon Texas A&M vs. Northwestern
Insight Bowl Dec. 30 Tempe, Ariz. 10 p.m. Texas vs. Iowa
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. 6:40 p.m. Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 30 New York, N.Y. 3:20 p.m. Iowa State vs. Rutgers
Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 Dallas, Tex. Noon BYU vs. Tulsa
Alamo Bowl Dec. 29 San Antonio, Tex. 9 p.m. Baylor vs. Washington
Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Florida St.
Holiday Bowl Dec. 28 San Diego, Calif. 8 p.m. California vs. Texas
Military Bowl Dec. 28 Washington D.C. 4:30 p.m. Air Force vs. Toledo
Belk Bowl Dec. 27 Charlotte, N.C. 8 p.m. Louisville vs. NC State
Little Caesars Bowl Dec. 27 Detroit, Mich. 4:30 p.m. Western Michigan vs. Purdue
Independence Bowl Dec. 26 Shreveport, La. 5 p.m. Missouri vs. North Carolina
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii 8 p.m. Nevada vs. Southern Miss
Maaco Bowl Dec. 22 Las Vegas 8 p.m. Boise State vs. Arizona State
Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 21 San Diego, Calif. 8 p.m. TCU vs. La. Tech
Beef O’Brady’s Bowl Dec. 20 St. Petersburg, Fla. 8 p.m. FIU vs. Marshall
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 17 New Orleans, La. 9 p.m. Louisiana.-Lafayette vs. San Diego State
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 17 Boise, Idaho 5:30 p.m. Ohio vs Utah State
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 17 Albuqurque, N.M. 2 p.m. Wyoming vs. Temple

Top 10 Hottest College Football Tickets (Week 13)

arkanas vs LSU footballWhat a wild ride this college football season has been. Just when you think the stars are aligned for the National Championship game, a big upset puts everything back into question. This week we saw Oklahoma State get stunned by little old Iowa State. With the loss, the OK State Cowboys drop to #5 in the nation would need some major breaks to get back into the BCS picture.  The loss also hurts the Oklahoma Sooners chances as a win over an undefeated OK State team would have pretty much guaranteed them a #2 ranking.

The Iowa State upset did help out 2 SEC teams vying to get another shot at LSU.  The Alabama Crimson Tide move back up to #2 in the nation- if they can win out the would pretty much be assured a rematch with LSU.  Their game against the Auburn Tigers this weekend will certainly mean a lot.  The Arkansas Razorbacks also got a rankings boost and now sit at #3.  In our game of the week they get their shot at the unanimous #1 team in the nation.  If they can pull off the upset who knows how the BCS Bowl games will play out.

Another game gathering quite a bit of interest is the Houston Cougars vs Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.  The 11-0 Houston Cougars are sitting at #8 in the nation and are looking to make a case for a birth in a BCS Bowl game.  A win over a pretty good Tulsa team would certainly help make that case.  Tulsa is 8-3 and has only lost to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Boise State.

So now that we thoroughly confused you, let’s take a look at the top college football games this weekend.  This week we have a some pretty good match-ups that will likely have a large impact on the rankings.  Again, these rankings are determined by a formula that utilizes page view and search query data from and average ticket price from major ticket brokers.

Top 10 Hottest College Football Tickets

1. Arkansas at LSU
2. Alabama at Auburn
3. Virginia Tech at Virginia
4. Notre Dame at Stanford
5. Penn State at Wisconsin
6. Houston at Tulsa
7. Clemson at South Carolina
8. Georgia at Georgia Tech
9. Ohio State at Michigan
10. Oregon State at Oregon

College Football Week 1 Recap

College football season is back and week 1 saw some exciting games with nail biters and big time upsets of top ranked NCAA football teams.  In probably the most exciting game of the week the reigning BCS Champion Auburn Tigers were nearly upset by unranked Utah State.  QB Barrett Trotter marched the Tigers down the field and RB Michael Dyer finished them off with a 1-yard touchdown in the games final seconds (following a perfect onside kick) to squeak out a victory by a margin of 42-38.  Although Auburn pulled off the win, the Tigers have a long way to go if they are to contend for another national championship this season.

The game between #5 Boise State Broncos and #19 Georgia Bulldogs was one of the most anticipated games this past weekend.  However, Heisman contender Kellen Moore sliced through the Bulldogs 3-4 defense with ease racking up 261 yards on 28-34 passing and 3 touchdowns.  The Broncose win over a ranked SEC team will bolster their chances to yet again play in a BCS Bowl game if they can continue to play at a high level.  Georgia coach Mark Richt’s job could be on the line as the talented Bulldogs were expected to comepete for a SEC title this season- an opening week loss certainly sets them back in this endeavor.

In perhaps the biggest upset of the opening week of college football was the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish loss to unranked South Florida 23-20.  Notre Dame suffered through a wild and wacky first half that featured 2 fumbles, a penalty that reversed a Cierre Wood touchdown, and an interception in the end zone.  It was actually pretty remarkable the Irish were only down 16 points at halftime.    Notre Dame was able to make a game of it after halftime as they pulled quarterback Dayne Crist  in favor of Tommy Rees.  Crist ended the day with just 85 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 1 pick while Rees racked up 296 yards, 2 touchdowns but also threw to interceptions.  It looks like South Bend has itself a good ole fashioned quarterback controversy!

Last but not least, week 1 saw the #4 ranked LSU Tigers  mildly upset the #3 ranked Oregon Ducks in the Cowboy Classic at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas.  While a #4 beating a #3 is hardly shocking, the way in which it happened was.  Oregon was extremely sloppy with several dropped passes, multiple costly turnovers, and several crushing penalties.  Both teams were without key players and it showed.  Expect both teams to continue to improve as the season progresses and become BCS Bowl game contenders.

Other Week 1 Top 25 Game Scores

#20 Mississippi State over Memphis 59-14

#11 Wisconsin over UNLV 51-17

#17 Michigan State over Youngstown State 28-6

#14 TCU losses to Baylor 48-50

#18 Ohio State over Akron 42-0

#21 Missouri over Miami (Ohio) 17-6

#13 Virginia Tech over Appalachian State 66-13

#10 Nebraska over UT-Chattanooga 40-7

#22 Florida over Florida Atlantic 41-3

#9 Oklahoma State over LA-Lafayette 61-34

#1 Oklahoma over Tulsa 47-14

#24 West Virginia over Marshall 34-13

#8 Texas A&M over SMU 46-14

#12 South Carolina over ECU 56-37

#15 Arkansas over Missouri State 51-7

#7 Stanford over SJ State 57-3

#25 USC over Minnesota 19-17

#6 Florida State over LA-Monroe 34-0

#2 Alabama over Kent State 48-7

Week 2 Games to Watch

#20 Mississippi State at #23 Auburn

#16 Notre Dame at Michigan

BYU at Texas

#2 Alabama at Penn State

#12 South Carolina at #19 Georgia




2011 College Football Pre-Season Rankings

#1 Auburn Tigers

The Top Ranked Auburn Tigers without Cam Newton will hope to repeat in 2011.

With the NFL labor dispute threatening the 2011 NFL season, college football is gearing up and is ready to satisfy your football fix.  Although summer seemingly just begun, many college football programs are beginning their summer camps in preparation for the first game in early September.  It’s hard to believe that is only a month and a half away!

The 2011 NCAA Football season should be another exciting one as prominent football programs Nebraska and Colorado changed conferences.  The Nebraska Cornhuskers decided to leave the Big 12 and join the Big 10.  This could not have come at a better time for the Big 10 as annual BCS contenders Ohio State’s future is up in the air following the NCAA investigation of Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor deciding not to come back.  The Colorado Buffaloes also decided to join the ranks of the PAC 10 and will be sure to form some natural rivalries with schools on the west coast.

To no ones surprise, the 2010-11 BCS National Champions Auburn Tigers are the preseason favorites this year.  It will be interesting to see if they can overcome the loss of the dynamic Cam Newton and continue their unbeaten streak.  If they have trouble adjusting, the TCU Horned Frogs will have a shot at the BCS crown.  The would be quite a feat for a team from the Mountain West. PAC 10 powerhouses Oregon and Stanford, along with LSU and Alabama of the SEC also have strong teams heading into the season and could contend for a National Championship.  The rest of the Free Ticket Classifieds Blog top 10 is below:

2011 College Football Top 10

  1. Auburn Tigers
  2. TCU Horned Frogs
  3. Oregon Ducks
  4. Stanford Cardinal
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Wisconsin Badgers
  8. LSU Tigers
  9. Boise State Broncos
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide

Other programs to keep an eye on:  Nevada Wolfpack, Arkansas Razorbacks, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida State Seminoles, Missouri Tigers, Texas A&M, NC State, and Nebraska.

If the NFL labor dispute drags on much longer, expect college football tickets to be in huge demand.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out Tickifieds College Football Tickets for Sale!