Water Cooler: 10 Things To Know About the BCS National Championship Game

It’s the finale year of the BCS National Championship, one of the most memorable and controversial periods in college football. Here’s 10 facts to keep you in the know this bowl season:

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$30,000: The value of the American Football Coaches Association Trophy

1. The winner of the BCS National Championship Game means its state will finish with the most BCS championships in the system’s 16-year history. The states of Florida and Alabama each have four BCS championships.

2. About 60 percent of bowl teams spend more to play in these games than they receive in payouts for their participation.

3. The last time the SEC didn’t win the BCS championship Johnny Manziel had just turned 13 years old.

4. The Associated Press quit letting the BCS use its weekly coaches’ poll as part of the BCS standings formula in 2005. The AP reportedly didn’t think a subjective ranking should be the basis for a major athletic competition.

5. The BCS has proven to be the longest-standing and most expansive national-championship formula to date.

6. Thanks to the BCS, the top two teams have played each other 15 times in 15 years by BCS measurements and 12 times in the last 15 according to the AP poll — including the last nine years in a row.

7. The BCS is the most wide-reaching attempt to unite the traditionally strongest six Division I-A conferences with the top four bowl games.

8. There are the more than 7,000 student-athletes who have taken part in the BCS National Championship game…more than 13,800 band members and more than 100,000 additional performers who take part in the entertainment and other productions associated with the games…more than 1,280 cheerleaders who support their teams and fan bases…more than 1.8 million fans who celebrate their teams, the games, the bowls and the traditions created every postseason.

9. $30,000: The value of the American Football Coaches Association Trophy, awarded to the BCS winner.

10. 77% of people polled by ESPN think the four-team playoff announced on June 26, 2012 was the right move for college football.



Top 25 Biggest College Football Rivalries in 2013

Conference realignment and scheduling changes associated with the new direction of college football means the rivalry landscape has changed. With many traditional rivalries are joining the list of has-beens, other major college football rivalries have gained traction in recent years.  In order to identify the top match-ups that will dominate discussion this season, TicketCity created a unique algorithm that quantifies the popularity, notoriety, history and competition of 95 Division 1 college football rivalries across 14 variables.  The result is a data-driven ranking of the 25 biggest rivalries in college football in 2013.

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According to the data, Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers is the biggest college football rivalry in 2013.  We’re on another collision course for these two teams to be undefeated when they meet this year in Tuscaloosa. Although their first meeting was 112 years ago, this rivalry didn’t scream for attention until LSU’s recent decade of dominance.

Alabama vs. LSU is just one of 19 of top 25 rivalries that are intra-conference, half of which are SEC.  But despite the SEC’s dominance of the list, it’s the Big Ten that lead in terms of attendance at rivalry games.  With some of the largest stadiums in American football (Michigan Stadium, Beaver Stadium and Ohio Stadium) Big Ten rivalries hold 4 of the top 5 spots for game attendance in 2012.

What do you think about the results?  Is Alabama vs. LSU a bigger rivalry in 2013 than Ohio State vs. Michigan?  Are there other rivalries you’re surprised to see included in the top 25? Let us know in the comments.

TicketCity Now Offers Free Shipping On All Tickets

Our team is very excited today to announce that TicketCity now offers free shipping. We believe this is another step forward in continuing to offer the best ticket buying experience for our customers.  So what does free shipping mean for you? Here’s a quick cheat-sheet we’ve pulled together.

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Tuesday Football Trivia

football triviaYesterday for Tuesday Trivia, we tested your football trivia knowledge from events that occurred over the weekend.

Q: This NFL’er had his best game on Sunday, leading his team with the most catches, but may not be on the field for the rest of the season…how many catches and why might he not show up under the lights?

A: Player: Nate Buleson. Number of Catches: 6. Reason he is out?: broke his arm in a car accident (saving pizza no less!)

Q: The #Jets had what franchise-breaking record vs. the Bills on Sunday? Reply w/ the correct answer to win a $25 gift card. #TuesdayTrivia

A: The most penalties in one game (20 – whoa!)

Both Barry P. and Nick B. were smart enough to answer correctly! Congratulations!

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A Guide to Texas A&M vs. Alabama 2013

The game on Saturday between Texas A&M and Alabama is by far the biggest of the season in college football as two of the strongest units in the country last year face the burden of proof in College Station.  Here’s a quick snapshot of how this game compares to last year’s epic showdown. Can the Aggies beat the Tide again?

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TicketCity has been the fan’s choice for college football tickets for 20+ years.  Get great deals on tickets to see the Crimson Tide or the Texas Aggies in the 2013 football season.

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