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Let the Madness Begin – Tickifieds Top 10

2013 Big 10 Tournament

The Indiana Hoosiers will look to defend their Big 10 Championship with the tournament crown at the United Center in Chicago from 3/14 to 3/17/2013.

Well, it looks like Emblem3’s challenge to One Direction was a bit premature.  After surging last week to #2 in the Tickifieds Top 10, Emblem3 drops all the way down to #10.  Although interest in Emblem3 concert tickets has died down to some degree, keep in mind the California boys currently only have 6 shows on the schedule (Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Boston and 2 shows in Chicago).  If they end up adding more shows the could still put up a fight.  Until then, consider 1D the current kings.

Aside from the boy band drama, this week is dominated by college basketball.  Not only do we have NCAA Tournament games near the top, the college basketball tournament games are also drawing a lot of ticket interest.  In particular, the Big 10 Tournament is really raking in the visitors as all tournament games at the United Center in Chicago are sold out. Also making the list this week is the Big East, SEC and ACC Basketball Tournaments.

Top Events Week 9 (3/4/2013 to 3/11/2013)

1.  One Direction

One Direction is still king of event tickets but a brand new challenger has come to the forefront – Emblem3.  How much longer can ID continue to dominate the event ticket market?

2. Big 10 Basketball Tournament

The Big 10 is as strong as ever this year and fans are excited about this year’s tournament.  Games begin on Thursday with Session 1 and Session 2.  Session 1 will feature Illinois vs Minnesota and Michigan vs Penn State while Session 2 will feature Purdue vs Nebraska and Iowa vs Northwestern.  The #3 Indiana Hoosiers were the regular season champs and will look to win the tourney as well.

3.  NCAA Tournament

Although Selection Sunday will not take place until 3/17/2013, many fans are already scouting the secondary ticket market for deals on NCAA Tournament tickets.  Expect demand to sky rocket once the seeds are announced.

4.  ACC Basketball Tournament

The ACC might be a bit down this year but that will just add to the drama of the 2013 ACC Basketball Tournament.  The Miami Hurricanes nailed down the #1 seed, with Duke #2, North Carolina #3 and Virginia #4.  The Tourney will begin with Session 1 and Session 2 beginning on Thursday 3/14/2013

5.  Jimmy Buffett

Spring must be in the air as that could be the only explanation as to why the king of the summer outdoor concert makes the list in mid-March.  Popular shows thus far include 4/30 Lakewood AmphitheaterJones Beach 8/20 and 8/24 at Alpine Valley.

6.  Dave Matthews Band

Another band that is synonymous with outdoor venues in the summer, DMB comes in at #6 this week.  Popular 2013 Dave Matthews Band shows include 5/17 Woodlands Pavilion, Alpine Valley on 7/5 and 7/12 at Riverbend Amphitheater with OAR!

7.  Big East Basketball Tournament

The last year of the Big East as we know has fans eager to be there for the 2013 Tournament.  The tournament will be held at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday 3/12 with Session 1 (South Florida vs. Seton Hall and DePaul vs. Rutgers) and Session 2 (Cincinnati vs. Providence and Syracuase).

8.  SEC Basketball Tournament

The SEC is traditionally a football conference but the Kentucky Wildcats have always kept the conference in the National spotlight.  This year the Wildcats are rebuilding lost out to the Florida Gators for the conference regular season championship.  The 2013 SEC Tournament will begin on 3/13 and will continue through Sunday 3/17 in Nashville.

9.  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Rocker Tom Petty recently announced plans to tour the US  with the Heartbreakers following extended stints in Los Angeles and New York.  Popular shows include 6/20 in Pittsburgh, 6/28 in Milwaukee (Summerfest) and 6/29 at Target Field.

10.  Emblem3

Although the boys from Emblem3 dropped 8 spots to #10 this week, the addition of more shows could spark more interest down the line.   While who knows what the future holds, be sure to keep an eye on these guys! The 2013 Tour includes shows in Philadelphia, New York,  Freehold NJ, Boston, and two shows in Chicago.

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

2012-13 Bowl Game Schedule

The 2012-13 BCS National Championship Game will feature the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Updated 12/2/2012 8:25 PM (CT) – The day many event ticket marketers have been waiting for is almost here; College Football Selection Sunday!  On Sunday December 2nd, ESPN will broadcast the NCAA football bowl game selection show at 8:30 PM (ET).  During the show they will announce what teams received and officially accepted bids to each of the 35 bowl games on the schedule this year.

While we are waiting for the match-ups to be announced, we have provided you with a schedule of the 2012-2013 College Football bowl game.  Check back often as we will update this schedule are the teams are officially announced.

2012 – 2013 College Football Bowl Game Schedule

BCS Bowl Games

BCS National Championship Monday, January 07, 2013 Miami, FL Notre Dame vs Alabama/Georgia
Fiesta Bowl Thursday, January 03, 2013 Glendale, AZ Kansas State vs Oregon
Sugar Bowl Wednesday, January 02, 2013 New Orleans, La. Florida vs Louisville
Rose Bowl Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Pasadena, CA Wisconsin vs Stanford
Orange Bowl Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Miami, FL  Florida State vs NIU

Other Bowl Games:

BOWL DATE LOCATION MATCHUP Sunday, January 06, 2013 Mobile, AL Kent State vs Arkansas State
BBVA Compass Saturday, January 05, 2013 Birmingham, AL Pittsburgh vs Ole Miss
Cotton Friday, January 04, 2013 Arlington, TX Texas A&M vs Oklahoma
Heart of Dallas Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Dallas, TX Purdue vs Oklahoma State
Outback Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Tampa, FL Michigan vs South Carolina
Gator Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Jacksonville, FL Northwestern vs Mississippi State
Capital One Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Orlando, FL Nebraska vs Georgia
Sun Monday, December 31, 2012 El Paso, TX USC vs Georgia Tech
Music City Monday, December 31, 2012 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt vs NC State
Liberty Monday, December 31, 2012 Memphis, TN Tulsa vs Iowa State
Chick-fil-A Monday, December 31, 2012 Atlanta, GA LSU vs Clemson
Pinstripe Saturday, December 29, 2012 New York, NY West Virginia vs Syracuse
Kraft Fight Hunger Saturday, December 29, 2012 San Francisco, CA Arizona State vs Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings Saturday, December 29, 2012 Phoenix, AZ TCU vs Michigan State
Armed Forces Saturday, December 29, 2012 Fort Worth, TX Air Force vs Rice
Alamo Saturday, December 29, 2012 San Antonio, TX Texas vs Oregon State
Russell Athletic Friday, December 28, 2012 Orlando, FL Rutgers vs Virginia Tech
Meineke Car Care Friday, December 28, 2012 Houston, TX Minnesota vs Texas Tech
Independence Friday, December 28, 2012 Shreveport, LA Louisiana Monroe vs Ohio
Military Thursday, December 27, 2012 Washington, D.C. Bowling Green vs San Jose State
Holiday Thursday, December 27, 2012 San Diego, CA UCLA vs Baylor
Belk Thursday, December 27, 2012 Charlotte, NC Cincinnati vs Duke
Little Caesars Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Detroit, MI Western Kentucky vs Central Michigan
Hawaii Monday, December 24, 2012 Honolulu, HI Fresno State vs SMU
New Orleans Saturday, December 22, 2012 New Orleans, LA Louisiana-Lafayette vs ECU
Las Vegas Saturday, December 22, 2012 Las Vegas, NV Boise State vs Washington
Beef O’Brady’s Friday, December 21, 2012 St. Petersburg, FL UCF vs Ball State
Poinsettia Thursday, December 20, 2012 San Diego, CA SDSU vs BYU
New Mexico Saturday, December 15, 2012 Albuquerque, NM Nevada vs Arizona
Famous Idaho Potato Saturday, December 15, 2012 Boise, ID Toldeo vs Utah State

2011 College Football Bowl Game Projections

Oregon Ducks BCS Championship Tickets

The Oregon Ducks are nearly a lock to make the BCS Championship Game. Who will they play?

With selection Sunday just a little over a week away, rumors are flying regarding who will be playing in each of the 2010-2011 BCS Bowl games.  Not to be left out on all the fun, we will add to the excitement by breaking down the scenarios and predicting who will play in each of the 5 BCS Bowl Games:  Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and the BCS Championship.

Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl will feature the Big 12 Champion (unless they are in the BCS Championship game) against the final at large bid.  The Big 12 is a bit of a mess this year with both Texas and Oklahoma having down years.  We think this year the Big 12 Champion will be the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  OSU has an extremely underrated QB in Brandon Weeden with solid play makers in running back Kendall Hunter and wideout Justin Blackmon.  For the final at large bid we like West Virginia.  If WVU beats Pitt on Friday, they would likely be a lock for the Fiesta Bowl.

Prediction: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl features the ACC Champion against the 2nd at large bid ( the first at large bid going to the Sugar Bowl).  The ACC Champion is almost certainly going to be Virginia Tech.  The Hokies opponent will be the runner up in the Big 10.  For this we like Ohio State.  Call us a believer in conspiracy theories but OSU will find a way to wiggle in ahead of Michigan State.

Prediction: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. The Ohio State Buckeyes

Sugar Bowl

The SEC Champion will receive an automatic berth in the Sugar Bowl.  Since Auburn (if they can beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl) will likely to earn a trip to the title game, the runner up will represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl.  LSU is the logical replacement here as if they beat Arkansas they would have only 1 loss.  SEC representative will play the first at large team selected.  An undefeated TCU Horned Frog team will be hard to turn down for this game.

Prediction: LSU Tigers vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl traditionally matches up the PAC-10 and Big 10 Champions.  However, with Oregon virtually a lock to make the BCS Championship game, tradition will be thrown out the door.  Wisconsin should end up winning the Big 10, but should Oregon and Auburn win out and make the Championship game, then the BCS would have to choose Boise State.

Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Boise State Broncos

BCS Championship

We are not really going out on a limb here by predicting that Oregon will face Auburn in the BCS Championship but that is the mostly likely scenario.  This game would feature 2 of the highest powered offenses in the country and would certainly be an exciting game.  However, it would still be great if Boise State could somehow sneak in as it would guarantee that one team would win their first National Championship.  It wouldn’t be much of a stretch as Auburn would just need to lose to either Alabama in the Iron Bowl or South Carolina in the SEC Championship game- either could realistically happen.

Prediction: Oregon Ducks vs. Auburn Tigers

College Football Set To Take Center Stage

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means college football is on the mind of many sports fans and ticket buyers alike.  For many NCAA teams this upcoming week signals the end of the regular season and the beginning of the bowl and championship season.  After the conclusion of Saturday’s games, the participants in the major conference championships are set and tickets are a hot commodity.

In the SEC, the Florida Gators will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the title game on December 5th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  More than the SEC Title is on the line as the winner will likely earn a birth in the BCS Championship game.  Ticket to the SEC Championship are already one of the most search for tickets at Free Ticket Classifieds.

The Big 12 will feature two college football powerhouses in the Texas Longhorns and Nebraska Cornhuskers.  This year the title game will be held on 12/5/2009 at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas.  Longhorn fans are sure to be abundant with the game being played in their home state.  If the Longhorns win they will likely face the winner of the SEC Championship in the BCS National Championship.

For the ACC Championship,  the Clemson Tigers will square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on December 5th, 2009.   The game is big as the ACC Champion will go on to the Orange Bowl.

Although the Big 10 does not play a championship game,the Ohio State Buckeyes pulled out a victory over Iowa last Saturday and will head to the Rose Bowl to play the PAC-10 Champion.   The PAC-10 Champion will be decided on December 3rd as the Oregon State Beavers will take on the Oregon Ducks in Eugene.

Tickets for the above mentioned games are already in high demand and will be dominating the ticket market for the next few weeks.  We expect strong traffic and sales for these games that will lead us to selection Sunday.  For those veterans of the secondary ticket market, Selection Sunday is the #1 day for sales for the entire year as frenzied college football fans are ready to make holiday travel plans to watch their favorite team shoot for a National title.