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. 

Get Pumped Up: The BCS National Championship with Alabama and LSU

Tonight marks the final game of the 2011-12 college football season. After all the wins and losses, upsets and surprises, it all comes down to this one game. Tonight LSU and Alabama will face off in the New Orleans Superdome to find out who is number one, once and for all.

Alabama and LSU is a rematch of the defensive battle these two schools waged in the regular-season; a game the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime. The big questions are whether LSU can defeat Alabama twice in one season and whether either team will score a touchdown in the Championship Game. Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban is playing for his 3rd championship ring, while Tigers head man, Les Miles, is trying to win his second ring with LSU.

As we speak, these two great fan bases are living it up in the Big Easy, knowing that tonight the champion will be decided steps from Bourbon Street in the New Orleans Superdome.

Below are some videos we’ve found on YouTube to get you pumped up for the game. Who do you think will emerge victorious?

 

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BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Seating Chart

Many fans have been asking about team sections for the BCS National Championship game between SEC Champion, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Big 12 Champion, the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  Texas’ allotment has been confirmed to be in Sections 26-28 and Sections 1-4, basically the Southeast corner of the stadium, with the Texas bench in front of Sections 4 and 5.  With that, it is expected that Alabama’s allotment will be sections 12-18 in the Northwest section of the stadium and the Alabama bench in front of sections 18 and 19.  Here’s a seating chart that may be helpful.

Rose Bowl Stadium 2010 BCS National Championship Seating Chart

It is expected that donors and season ticket holders will find out this week if they did in fact get tickets.  Given that, you may want to secure your tickets soon before another rush of demand for BCS Championship tickets could push prices further North.  As of December 8th, average prices in the secondary market are around $1500 – about $950 on the low-end and more than $2,500 on the high-end for premium seating.

Whether it’s the BCS Championship Game or another bowl game you’re interested in, make plans to follow your team and secure your college football bowl tickets now!  Visit TicketCity online or call 1.800.880.8886 and get advice and superior Customer Service from our sales associates.

Georgia Dome SEC Championship Seating Chart

We’ve had a great number of inquiries about SEC Championship Tickets for the game in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Dome.  Fans want to know which sides or sections will be for Alabama and which will be for Florida.  Below is a seating chart and legend to help you out, but basically it’s pretty easy…  The SEC East team, Florida, has the East side of the stadium, and the SEC West team, Alabama, has the West side of the stadium.

Tickets allotted to Florida are in sections 124-135, 333-347.  Alabama allotment includes 101-107, 136-140 and 301-310, 348-352.  If you assume the natural split of the remaning sections will follow that would be:

University of Florida Gators

Sec 116-135

Sec 222-247

Sec 322-347

University of Alabama Crimson Tide

Sec 101-115, 136-140

Sec 200-221, 248-251

Sec 301-321, 348-352

2009 SEC Championship Seating Chart Georgia Dome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

So now you know what seats you want.  Your next step is to buy them – and quick!  Of course TicketCity can help you out, just visit www.TicketCity.com or call 1.800.SOLD.OUT for SEC Championship Tickets, Big 12 Championship Tickets, and bowl game tickets, including the BCS Championship!

Week 13 Recap – Anticipating the BCS Championship

Week 13.  Just when you thought it was getting hot, it just scalded your face.

Oklahoma blew the top off Texas Tech this weekend in a stomping that should have made any spectator recoil in pain.  The Oklahoma defense was impenetrable and ravenous, eating Graham Harrell for dinner with four sacks on the night.  Tech just stuck their thumbs in their mouths, and cried.  How embarrassing.

Now that Tech is no longer in contention for the BCS title, lets look at our possible BCS Championship contenders:

Alabama is still #1 in the BCS standings, but they will need to prove their clout against upcoming opponents Auburn and Florida.  The Gators have one of the strongest offenses in the SEC, and are on pace to demolish any team standing in their way to a BCS Championship berth.  I give my vote to Florida for the BCS Championship berth – Alabama is going to have one heck of a time trying to overcome the Gators in the SEC Championship.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma and Texas are sitting pretty with Tech still gasping for breath after this weekend.  Oklahoma will face a ranked Oklahoma State team this coming weekend, and will need to seal the win to capture the Big 12 Championship berth.  If the Sooners are upset by the Cowboys, then Texas Tech will have another opportunity to see the Big 12 title game.  Texas will face Texas A&M this coming weekend, and the Horns are heading into the game as strong favorites over the Big 12 cellar-dweller.  Despite the clear schedule for week 14, nobody knows which way the vote will swing when it comes down to Texas and Oklahoma for the Big 12 title bid.

If both Texas and Oklahoma can defeat their opponents this weekend, then it is likely Oklahoma will pull ahead in the polls due to a tougher schedule.  In that case, It is likely we will watch Oklahoma in the BCS title game.  However, the Longhorns have a way to pull off the unimaginable, so my vote is solid for the Longhorns.

My prediction for the BCS Championship game:
Florida Gators vs. Texas Longhorns