Game of the Week: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan Wolverines

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

Why Michigan will win the biggest game of week one:

The Big House. More than 100,000 fans under the lights for a rivalry that dates back to 1887. The last time these two schools met in Ann Arbor, Michigan pulled out a 35-31 thriller. A solid running game will keep Notre Dame’s offense on the sidelines. Last week the Wolverines rolled up 242 yards on the ground versus Central Michigan despite having three new starters on the offensive line. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly caused a stir last Sunday when he said he didn’t think of Michigan as a rival. Although he did back down from this statement this should add to the game’s intensity.

Why I could be wrong:

Tommy Rees. The senior QB lit up Temple for 346 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 completions. The Fighting Irish needed Rees to step up following the announcement of Everett Golson’s ineligibility. Rees led Notre Dame to 543 yards of offense. Michigan QB Devin Gardner threw two interceptions last week against Central Michigan. Michigan turned the ball over six times in a 13-6 loss to the Fighting Irish last season. Ball security has to improve.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

This is most likely the final game played in the Big House in this storied rivalry. Notre Dame decided not to renew the series in 2015 due to their new ACC schedule. Michigan fans would love to send the Fighting Irish home with a loss and have bragging rights in what may be the series finale. If Notre Dame has BCS aspirations it cannot afford a loss in this evenly-matched game. Join me in prime time on Saturday night as I’ll be live-tweeting during the game. Follow @TicketCity and @JeffKubiszyn and share your predictions with us.

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. 

New Technology and the NFL

Technological advances shape the world around us, and this is especially true in football. Athletes have become bigger, faster and stronger, due in part to the overwhelming amount of new information that helps NFL teams and players understand the athlete’s body better. From sensory training to changes in padding on a football player, the advancements can be small and still have a big impact on the game.

Here’s an infographic we’ve created to help understand how technology impacts the game and where it might be headed in the near future:

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My Tailgating Wishlist

Since the glorious season of football is upon is, it seems only right to dedicate a post to one of my favorite aspects of this beloved sport: TAILGATING.

Tailgating is a wondrous pastime, and while many may dabble, there are few that have truly perfected it. Coming from LSU, a school known for its tailgating (some even say #1…), I like to think that I have learned a thing or two about what it takes to make a great tailgate. While not every team is lucky enough to have delicacies like boudin, gumbo, étouffée, and cochon de lait at its tailgates, there are still some accessories that you can add to your tailgate to step it up a notch or 12.

In no particular order, please find the top three items on my tailgating wishlist.

1. Motorized Ice Chest

If you’re a tailgater that starts early and stays late, chances are between visiting friends’ tailgates and participating in the wide variety of game day activities, you’re partaking in quite a bit of walking. This is where the Cruzin Cooler can change your life. Not only does this ice chest keep your beer cold, but it also transports you between tailgating destinations at a top speed of 13 MPH.

Nothing better on a hot day than a cold drink.

2. Gas Powered Blender

The Louisiana heat is not for the faint of heart. In addition to our sauna-esque humidity, temperatures on game day often reach triple digits. Dedicated tailgaters know that the number one way to cool down on a hot day is with an ice-cold drink. That’s where the TailGator Gas-Powered Blender comes in handy. You can whip up a pitcher of margaritas, daiquiris, or any other delicious, frozen beverage your heart desires without so much as a generator or extension cord.

Your Mike the Tiger tattoo is safe in the cool breeze of a misting tent.

3. Misting Tent

As mentioned in wishlist item number two, the Louisiana heat can be quite intolerable. For this very reason, I have included the Cool-Off low pressure misting tent. This 10′x10′ tent is decked out in enough misters to lower the temperature by 20-30 degrees. When you’re talking going from a blistering 100 degrees to a moderate 70 degrees, that’s a big ol’ difference. No longer will you have to worry about your Mike the Tiger tattoo melting off your face–oh no. The Cool-Off tent will change the entire tailgating experience as we know it.

These are just a few of the items on my tailgating wishlist. With each and every tailgate experience, I find new, innovative ways to make the day that much better. What’s on your wishlist, or what do you currently use that stepped your tailgate up?

UT’s Newest Longhorn

Recently, a BYU alum that now resides in Austin contacted TicketCity looking for tickets to the Texas versus BYU game. Since his alma mater was playing in Austin, he wanted to take his son to his first college football game to experience the excitement first-hand.

While our client’s son started off the game cheering for BYU, things quickly changed as the crowd joined in the “Texas Fight” cheer. Check out the video below to see how UT earned its newest longhorn. Looks like our client’s son may not be a second-generation BYU Cougar afterall. Enjoy!

TicketCity Time Out: What’s Your Favorite Thing About Football Season?


While the TicketCity staff is composed of a variety of different personalities, there’s one thing we all have in common: A passion for live events. And, since our office is located in Texas, it’s only natural that we have many football fanatics on our team. In this video, members of the TicketCity staff share their favorite things about football season.

What’s at the top of your list? We’d love to hear about it!