Game of the Week: Clemson vs. Florida State

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Clemson vs. Florida State ranks #2 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Can Jameis Winston take another step towards a Heisman trophy this weekend?

 

The Notre Dame-USC matchup is not the only game of interest this weekend. Florida State visits Clemson in a battle of AP Top 5 schools.

Why Clemson will win the (2nd) biggest game of week one:

Clemson is looking for revenge this season. The Tigers blew a 27-13 lead in Tallahassee last year and lost 49-37. Clemson players felt they should have beaten the Seminoles last season, so this is a payback game. QB Tajh Boyd is a Heisman Trophy candidate, and a victory this weekend could be the signature win he needs to sway the Heisman voters. The Tigers are a complete team – a high-powered offense complemented by an aggressive defense giving up just 16 points a game. This is the second Top 5 school Clemson has faced this season. The Tigers edged No. 5 Georgia in the season opener. Tiger faithful would like nothing more than to slay another Top 5 opponent on Saturday.

Why I could be wrong:

The Seminoles won’t be visiting Death Valley with an empty cupboard. Redshirt Freshman QB Jameis Winston has dazzled fans with his play and enthusiasm. Any reservations about who would replace first-round draft pick EJ Manuel have been put to rest by Winston’s play. If “Famous Jameis” can manage the game and avoid critical turnovers, Florida State can compete with the Tigers. The Seminoles have a solid offensive line and a running attack averaging 228 yards a game. If the Seminoles can run the ball and control the clock they could sneak out with the biggest victory of their season.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Saturday’s game marks the first matchup of teams ranked in the AP top five this season. This is only the fourth time two ACC teams have played each other while ranked in the Top 5 since Florida State joined the league in 1992. In each of the past four years the winner of this game has won the ACC Atlantic Division. With both schools in the hunt for the BCS Championship trophy, this should be an electrifying game, and TicketCity can help you with any last-minute tickets to catch the action.

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table. 

Game of the Week: Texas vs. Oklahoma

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Texas vs. Oklahoma ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Will Stoops lead his team to another blowout in the Red River Rivalry

Will Stoops lead his team to another blowout in the Red River Rivalry?

 

Why Oklahoma will win the biggest game of week one:

The Sooners come into this year’s Red River Rivalry feeling good about themselves. QB Blake Bell has settled in as the starter. He has six touchdown passes and no interceptions this season. No doubt he has to be excited about facing Texas after running for four touchdowns in last year’s game. Oklahoma has averaged 54 points in the last two Red River Rivalry games. The key to an Oklahoma win will be to assert themselves on the ground. Oklahoma is averaging 246 yards rushing, and will face a Texas defense prone to giving up huge chunks of yardage. The Longhorns defense has been gashed by BYU, Ole Miss and Iowa State. The Sooners will want to get the “Belldozer” rolling early to steal the momentum.

Why I could be wrong:

Texas’ Coach Mack Brown is in the hot seat. He may very well be coaching his last Red River Rivalry game. Lately his teams have not been competitive in this series. Most expect this game to be over by halftime.

But it’s a game like this that can sneak up and bite the Sooners. This Longhorn roster is loaded with talent. Texas has the horses to compete with Oklahoma. It all starts with the run game. Jonathan Gray, Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron will need to move the sticks. The offensive line needs to dominate the line of scrimmage and Major Applewhite needs to get creative with Daje Johnson to take advantage of his skill set. Texas will need to control the clock to keep its beleaguered defense off the field.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

It’s Oklahoma and Texas. Red and burnt orange-clad fans will patrol the State Fairgrounds under the watchful eye of Big Tex. Bragging rights for another year are at stake. Which the Texas team will show up? Can Case McCoy break the Sooner stranglehold? Will Oklahoma look past a struggling Texas team? Anything goes in a rivalry game, and TicketCity can help you be part of this year’s contest.

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table. 

Game of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Notre Dame vs. Arizona State ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Can Arizona State pull off a big win in Big D?

Why Notre Dame will win the biggest game of the week:

This is a must-win game for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame can still salvage a respectable season by beating the only ranked team on their schedule until Stanford in the season finale. This is a neutral site game, which could help erase the memories of last week’s home loss to Oklahoma. Notre Dame will need to put last week behind them in order to avoid a second straight loss. A bright spot for the Irish was RB George Atkinson III, who ran for 148 yards, including a nice 80 yard touchdown run. The Irish were able to generate a season-high 220 yards on the ground in the loss. Notre Dame will try to establish the run against an Arizona State defense that allowed two 100 yard rushers to USC last week.

Why I could be wrong:

As bad as the Fighting Irish looked against Michigan State two weeks ago, their effort against Oklahoma was even worse. QB Tommy Rees completed only 9 of 24 passes with three interceptions. This is the second straight poor showing from Rees. Arizona State put a whipping on USC 62-41, totaling 612 yards on offense. The Sun Devils are averaging 359 yards through the air against quality opponents. The defense will need to come to play after giving up 542 yards to USC. QB Taylor Kelly will look to test an Irish secondary that gave up 232 yards passing to Oklahoma QB Blake Bell. You know the Sun Devil wide receivers are chomping at the bit to showcase their talents on national TV.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Notre Dame tumbled out of the Top 25 following their loss to Oklahoma. The Irish need to bounce back in a prime time game at AT&T Stadium to right the ship. Arizona State has an explosive, exciting offense, but the defense has had difficulty stopping opposing offenses. Something will have to give Saturday night. How will Arizona State react to being in the spotlight? Will Notre Dame regroup and put last week behind them? This has all the makings of an exciting clash in Dallas. Who do you see coming out on top?

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table. 

Game of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Notre Dame vs. Michigan State ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Can the Irish fight off Oklahoma once again?

Can the Irish fight off Oklahoma once again?

 

Why Notre Dame will win the biggest game of week five:

The Fighting Irish looked bad against Michigan State last week. The offense could only muster 220 yards of total offense. After opening the season with three 300 yard passing games, quarterback Tommy Rees managed just 142 yards against the Spartans. As a team they committed eight penalties. But when it was all said and done, they found a way to win. Good teams have a knack for doing that. The Notre Dame defense stepped up to preserve the victory by holding the Spartans to just a field goal in the fourth quarter. Up next is an Oklahoma team it handled easily last year in Norman.

Why I could be wrong:

Oklahoma was embarrassed by Notre Dame last season. You know the Sooners want to come into South Bend and extract an amount of revenge on the Fighting Irish. Quarterback Blake Bell will try to establish himself and wear down the Irish defense. Bell made his first start last week and threw four touchdown passes in a victory over Tulsa. Known more for his running ability, Bell might catch the Notre Dame defense off guard with a balanced offensive attack. Oklahoma is averaging 490 yards per game, and the Fighting Irish defense has been gouged for some big plays this season.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Oklahoma is 1-9 all-time versus Notre Dame. The Irish have a veteran signal caller in Rees while Sooners quarterback Bell makes just his second start. This game has the makings of another easy Irish victory. But don’t count out the Sooners as long as coach Bob Stoops is patrolling the sidelines. Stoops has a history of pulling out games his teams shouldn’t have won. The chess match between Stoops and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly should make this one of the most entertaining games on Saturday. Who do you think will win this year’s game?

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table. 

Game of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Notre Dame vs. Michigan State ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Why Notre Dame Will Win The Biggest Game Of Week Four:

The Fighting Irish rebounded from their loss to Michigan by beating an inspired Purdue team. Notre Dame rallied with 21 fourth quarter points to spoil a Boilermaker upset. Quarterback Tommy Rees paced the offense with his second 300 yard passing game this season. The defense held Purdue to just 38 yards rushing and scored a touchdown to seal the win. They will be in for a test with a Michigan State team that ran for 277 yards against Youngstown State.

Why I Could Be Wrong:

NCAA Football: Michigan at Notre Dame

Notre Dame hopes to avoid its second loss of the season to the state of Michigan

Michigan State may have found their quarterback. Sophomore Connor Cook passed for 202 yards in his first start of the season. The Spartan defense has been opportunistic by scoring four touchdowns in the first two games. Michigan State will be playing their first ranked team of the season and would love to hand the Fighting Irish their second loss to a team from Michigan. Notre Dame managed only 91 yards rushing against Purdue.

Why You Don’t Want To Miss This One:

Notre Dame starts a four game home stand with a Spartan team they have beaten three out of the last four years. Will the Irish be looking ahead to next week’s clash with Oklahoma? Michigan State faces its toughest challenge of the young season and can make a statement with a victory. The Fighting Irish will match its 16th ranked passing attack against the Spartans 12th ranked scoring defense. Something will have to give in this clash of gridiron powerhouses in a series that dates back to 1897. Who do you think will win this year’s game?

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table.