The 2014 Outback Bowl — Preview, Tickets and More

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The Outback Bowl has two iconic college football schools participating this year as the LSU Tigers will face the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1st at Raymond James Stadium. LSU finished the season at 9-3, with key victories over Auburn, Texas A&M and Arkansas. Iowa is at 8-4, and their biggest wins over the season came over Iowa State, Michigan and Nebraska. It was a tough Big Ten schedule for the Hawkeyes, as they finished 4-1 in the Legends division but drew games against the top two teams in the Leaders division as well.

LSU will be without their star QB Zach Mettenberger for the game, as the team leader went down with a torn ACL that ended his college football career. It’s a big loss for the Tigers, but Anthony Jenkins is a duel-threat quarterback that could give Iowa all kinds of problems as well. The loss of Mettenberger also puts more weight on the shoulders of running back Jeremy Hill, who has 1185 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season.

On the flip side, Jake Rudock has beed solid for an Iowa team that thought it might have some struggles at the QB position. The sophomore has 2281 yards and 18 touchdowns and has exceeded expectations. Both teams have a solid defense, and especially with Mettenberger out, this game could turn out to be dominated by the defenses.

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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.

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.

Strong field for 2009 College World Series

The field for the 2009 College World Series in Omaha is now set.  The last NCAA Super Regional that was yet to be decided was won by the Texas Longhorns over the TCU Horned Frogs.  The Longhorns will join the other Super Regional winners in having their ticket punched to Omaha.  The field for the 2009 College World Series includes:

2009 College World Series teams:
Arizona State
Arkansas
Cal State Fullerton
LSU
North Carolina
Southern Miss
Virginia
Texas or TCU (TBD)

2009 College World Series schedule:
The games at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha start this Saturday at 1pm.  Game 1 & 2 are Saturday, followed by two games per day through Tuesday, June 16th.   The 3-game Championship Series at the College World Series begins on Monday, June 22nd.  All of the CWS games in Omaha will be aired on ESPN or ESPN2.

You can buy 2009 College World Series tickets online or call 1.800.880.8886.  Also visit TicketCity to see a schedule of the games at the 2009 College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.