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 Week in TicketCity Search – August 26th

TicketCity Week in Search

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Virginia Tech Football
2 2 Texas Longhorns Football
3 1 Justin Bieber
4 - Mindless Behavior
5 4 Mississippi State Football
6 - Georgia Football
7 3 Dallas Cowboys
8 - ACL Fest
9 7 Taylor Swift
10 - Texas A&M Football

The Hokies, out of nowhere, take the top spot this week. Fun fact: my dad was a “Hokie.” While I did not follow in his footsteps, it did make getting an acceptance letter from Tech pretty easy. They are followed by one of the usual suspects this time of year, the Longhorns, who hold onto the number #2 spot this week. We find the esteemed Mr. Bieber in the countdown at #3, followed by a newcomer to the countdown who posted a similar “out of nowhere” performance.

Mindless Behavior is a boy band, or so Wikipeida tells me. Doesn’t tell me much more than that. I guess they’re not quite Menudo, NKOTB, or ‘N Sync yet. They have an album, the charmingly titled #1 Girl, and have been the opening act on Janet Jackson’s recent greatest hits tour.

The reminder of the countdown is far more conservative. While the schools change, college football is a constant, as are the Cowboys, as this the point in the season where optimism abounds.

ACL Fest returns to the countdown. The festival kicks off September 16th, so we’re only three weeks away now. Be sure to stay cool out there, as the forecast is for more of the same toasty temps from the past few months. Better than rain, at least.

Football Powerhouses Also Make A Play For Top Party Schools

This week the Princeton Review released its annual rankings of the Top 10 ‘party schools’ in the US, as ranked by a survey of 122,000 co-eds at 371 colleges.  And how surprising is it that there seems to be some overlap when you also consider some of the top ranked college football teams is the nation?  Probably not surprising at all.

We compared the top party school list with the Preseason Top 25 College Football rankings by our parnter, Athlon Sports.  This is what we found.  All four of the top-ranking party schools were also ranked in the preseason Top 25 (top 14, actually) for football, and of the top 10 party schools, six also had ranked football teams.  Call it antoher testament to what we knew all along: football is life.

College Location Party School Rank College FB Preseason Rank
Penn State University State College, PA 1 7
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 2 1
University of Mississippi Oxford, MS 3 10
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4 14
Ohio University Athens, OH 5 -
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 6 -
University of Texas Austin, TX 7 3
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 8 -
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 9 15
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 10 -
University of Colorado Boulder, CO 11 -
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 12 23
Union College Schenectady, NY 13 -
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 14 -
DePauw University Greencastle, IN 15 -
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 16 -
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, TN 17 -
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND 18 -
Tulane University New Orleans, LA 19 -
Arizona State University Arizona State, AZ 20 -

Whether your school is a keggers’ convention, a football powerhouse – or both, you can find tickets to football games and great events in your area at www.ticketcity.com!