Bowl Projections Aggregated

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 National Championship Alabama vs. FSU Alabama vs. FSU Alabama vs. FSU Alabama vs. FSU
Orange Bowl Clemson vs. Wisconsin  Clemson vs. Wisconsin  Clemson vs.  Wisconsin Clemson vs.  Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl Auburn vs. UCF Auburn vs. UCF Auburn vs. UCF Auburn vs. Fresno St.
Fiesta Bowl OK State vs. Fresno State  OK State vs. Fresno State OK State vs. N. Illinois OK State vs. UCF
Rose Bowl Ohio State vs. Stanford  Ohio State vs. Stanford  Ohio State vs.  Stanford Ohio State vs.  Stanford
 GoDaddy.com Bowl N. Illinois vs. W. Kentucky  N. Illinois vs. W. Kentucky  Bowling Green vs. Ark. St. Bowling Green vs. W. Kentucky
 BBVA Compass Bowl Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati
Troy vs. East Carolina Marshall vs. C. Michigan  Ark. St. vs. Rutgers
 Cotton Bowl Baylor vs. LSU  Baylor vs. LSU Baylor vs. LSU Baylor vs. Texas A&M
 Outback Bowl  Nebraska vs. S. Carolina Nebraska vs. Missouri Nebraska vs. Missouri Nebraska vs. LSU
 Capital One Bowl  Michigan St vs. Texas A&M Michigan St. vs. S. Carolina Michigan St vs. Texas A&M Michigan St. vs. Missouri
 Heart of Dallas Bowl  Maryland vs. Rice  Oregon St. vs. North Texas Oregon St. vs. North Texas Maryland vs. Rice
 Gator Bowl Michigan vs. Ole Miss Minnesota vs. Georgia Iowa vs. Ole Miss Minnesota vs. Ole Miss
 Chick-fil-A Bowl Duke vs. Missouri Miami vs. Texas A&M Duke vs. S. Carolina Duke vs. S. Carolina
 Liberty Bowl Marshall vs. Pitt Houston vs. Vanderbilt Houston vs. Vanderbilt E. Carolina vs. Vanderbilt
 Sun Bowl Va. Tech vs. UCLA Duke vs. Arizona State Va. Tech vs. UCLA  Va. Tech vs. USC
 Independence Bowl Oregon St. vs. Ga. Tech  Boston College vs. Ark St. Ga. Tech vs. Arizona Oregon St. vs. Ga. Tech 
 Holiday Bowl Arizona St. vs. Tex. Tech  K-State vs. Oregon Arizona St. vs. Texas Arizona St. vs. K-State
 Alamo Bowl Oklahoma vs. Oregon Oklahoma vs. USC Oklahoma vs. Oregon Oklahoma vs. Oregon
 Music City Bowl Boston College vs. Georgia  Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss Boston College vs. Georgia  Pitt vs. Georgia
 Armed Forces Bowl  Boise State vs. Navy Navy vs. Colorado State Boise State vs. Navy SDSU vs. Navy
 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Texas vs. Iowa Texas vs. Iowa Texas vs. Michigan Texas vs. Iowa
 Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville vs. Miami Louisville vs. Va. Tech Louisville vs. Miami Louisville vs. Boston Col.
 Belk Bowl Houston vs. North Carolina Cincy vs. North Carolina Cincy vs. North Carolina  Cincy vs. Miami
 Pinstripe Bowl  Notre Dame vs. Rutgers Notre Dame vs. Rutgers  Notre Dame vs. Rutgers  Notre Dame vs. Houston
 Fight Hunger Bowl  Washington vs. BYU Washington vs. BYU Washington vs. BYU Washington vs. BYU
 Texas Bowl Kansas St. vs. Minnesota Michigan vs. Texas Tech Kansas St. vs. Minnesota Michigan vs. Texas Tech  
 Military Bowl Syracuse vs. North Texas  Marshall vs. Maryland Maryland vs. Middle Tenn. N. Carolina vs. Midd. Tenn.
 Poinsettia Bowl SDSU vs. Buffalo   SDSU vs. Bowling Green SDSU vs. Ohio  Boise St. vs. Ball State
 Little Caesars Bowl Ball State vs. Wash. St
Ball State vs. Pitt Ball State vs. Pitt N. Illinois vs. Wash. St
 Hawaii Bowl  UNLV vs. Middle Tenn. UNLV vs. Middle Tenn. Colorado St. vs. Rice  UNLV vs. Marshall
 Beef O Bradys Bowl Toledo vs. East Carolina
Toledo vs. Rice Toledo vs. East Carolina  Toledo vs. North Texas
 New Orleans Bowl La-Lafayette vs. Tulane La-Lafayette vs. Tulane La-Lafayette vs. Tulane  La-Lafayette vs. Tulane
 Idaho Potato Bowl Bowling Green vs. Ark. St.  Buffalo vs. Wash. State UNLV vs. Buffalo Troy vs. Buffalo
 Las Vegas Bowl  Utah State vs. USC Utah State vs. UCLA Fresno State vs. USC Utah State vs. UCLA
 New Mexico Bowl  Colorado St. vs. Arizona Boise State vs. Arizona Utah St. vs. Wash St. Colorado St. vs. Arizona

We put together the bowl projections from ESPN, SI, CBS and SB Nation so everyone could have an idea of what the general consensus is so far. Lots of agreeing in the BCS games, no so much elsewhere. Personally, I think a Baylor-LSU in the Cotton Bowl and Michigan State-Texas A&M in the Capital One Bowl would both be pretty great. Lots of interesting possibilities.

TicketCity NFL Pick Em! Week 11

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Falcons vs. Bucs Falcons -1 Falcons -1 Falcons -1 Falcons -1
Jets vs. Bills Bills – 1 Bills – 1 Jets +1 Jets +1
Lions vs. Steelers Steelers +3 Steelers +3 Lions – 3 Lions – 3
Redskins vs. Eagles Eagles -4.5 Redskins +4.5 Eagles -4.5 Eagles -4.5
Ravens vs. Bears Bears +3 Bears +3 Bears +3 Bears +3
Browns vs. Bengals Browns +6 Bengals -6 Bengals -6 Bengals -6
Raiders vs. Texans Raiders +7 Texans -7 Raiders +7 Texans -7
Cardinals vs. Jaguars Jaguars +8 Cardinals -8 Cardinals -8 Cardinals -8
Chargers vs. Dolphins Chargers -1.5 Dolphins +1.5 Chargers -1.5 Chargers -1.5
Packers vs. Giants Giants -6 Giants -6 Giants -6 Giants -6
Vikings vs. Seahawks Seahawks -13 Seahawks -13 Seahawks -13 Seahawks -13
49ers vs. Saints Saints -3 49ers +3 Saints -3 49ers -3
Chiefs vs. Broncos Chiefs +8 Chiefs +8 Chiefs +8 Broncos -8
Patriots vs. Panthers Panthers -1 Patriots +1 Panthers -1 Patriots +1

Three way tie for 1st place between Ryan, Randy and Matt with 7 correct picks each. It’s actually a pretty good score considering two games ended up at PUSH (Ravens vs. Bears, 49ers vs. Saints). At this point in the season, 4 people are tied for the overall lead with 66 points each, including three of the above players. It’ll get even closer as teams no longer have byes at the end of the season — still anyone’s game.

Game of the Week: Auburn vs. Georgia

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 LSU vs. Alabama ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

 

Why Auburn will win the biggest game of the week:

What a difference a season can make. Last year Auburn struggled through a 3-9 season. The Tigers went winless in SEC play. Fast forward to 2013 and Auburn is just two wins from playing for the SEC Championship. Head coach Guz Malzhan has brought a new attitude to Auburn.

One of the reasons for Auburn’s resurgence is the running game. The Tigers average 320 yards per game, third in the country. Runningback Tre Mason has scored seven touchdowns in Auburn’s last two games. Quarterback Nick Marshall, a Georgia transfer, rushed for 214 yards and two scores last week against Tennessee. Georgia ranks 31st in the country in run defense, giving up 138 yards per game.  If Auburn can run the ball, and keep Georgia’s offense off the field, the Tigers should go into the season finale against Alabama with a shot at winning the SEC West.

Why I could be wrong:

Georgia has battled injuries throughout the season. The Bulldogs have been missing key playmakers on offense. Keith Marshall and Justin Scott-Wesley were lost for the season in the Tennessee game. Runningback Todd Gurley has missed three games. Wide receivers Chris Conley and Michael Bennett have missed multiple games. Despite all of the injuries, Georgia has kept fighting. Quarterback Aaron Murray has been the constant in the lineup. Murray set the record for career touchdown passes in the SEC during Georgia’s win over Appalachian State last week. Murray should get Conley and tight end Arthur Lynch back for the Auburn game. With some of his injured weapons returning, Murray gives Georgia a chance on Saturday. Auburn’s pass defense has been suspect, ranking 91st  in the country while giving up 252 yards passing per game.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Auburn can’t look past Georgia towards the upcoming Iron Bowl. The wounded Bulldogs still have fight left in them. Georgia has dominated this series, winning six out of the last seven meetings. They would love to spoil Auburn’s magical run this season.

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.

The Other Lead – Your Sports Weekend in GIFs, Pics and Video

Starting on Saturday in Lexington, Mizzou‘s Dorial Green-Beckham decided he wanted to win the game all by his lonesome, and he pretty much did just that. The wideout caught seven passes for 100 yards and FOUR touchdowns. The TDs weren’t boring either, here’s one where the cornerback pretty much became non-existent:

 

Later that night, the big Alabama-LSU game was what everyone had their eyes on, and it was close and rowdy early on. While Alabama went on to beat up on the Tigers in the second half, this LSU fan had fun doing his dinosaur impression after a touchdown. GEAUX T-REX, GEAUX:

 

In the NFL, there’s no doubt what the play off the week was. Whether it’s bad defense, blind luck, or just divine intervention, this A.J. Green touchdown on a hail mary as time expired was amazing:

 

This is a Jaguars player celebrating. The Jaguars won. The end.

Game of the Week: Alabama vs. LSU

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 LSU vs. Alabama ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Why Alabama will win the biggest game of week one:

Alabama can’t look past this game against LSU if it wants to play for the national championship. There are too many other schools just waiting for the Crimson Tide to slip up. No, Alabama will focus on the Tigers and keeping their record unblemished. Nick Saban has veteran leadership to make sure there is no November stumble like the previous two seasons. Quarterback A.J. McCarron has the experience to put the game on his shoulders if necessary. For the season, McCarron is completing nearly seventy percent of his passes and has an impressive 16:3 touchdown to interception ratio. T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake lead the rushing attack and have a combined 17 rushing touchdowns. Alabama is so balanced on offense it has given the defense time to grow up and become dominant again.

Why I could be wrong:

Zach Mettenberger. The senior signal caller has 19 touchdown passes so far this season. He is just 119 passing yards away from eclipsing his total for last season – with four games left to play. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has transformed Mettenberger into a complete quarterback. Of course, it helps when you have weapons like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry at wide receiver. The Tiger’s passing attack has dramatically improved this year. Why is this important? LSU lost quite a bit of talent on the defensive side of the ball last year, so it will be up to Mettenberger and the offense to pull off the upset. The wildcard is every Italian American’s favorite head football coach, Les Miles. He always has a gadget play up his sleeve for big games.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Something will have to give on Saturday. The goal is crystal clear for Alabama: win out and play for the BCS National Championship. On the other side of the ball, LSU has its eye on an at-large BCS bowl game. The Tigers would like nothing more than to play spoiler to Alabama’s run at a third national championship. The Crimson Tide can show they are still the team to beat with a victory. There will be a lot of future NFL talent on display at Bryant-Denny Stadium in what should be an exciting clash of SEC powers.

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.