Game of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

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

Can Arizona State pull off a big win in Big D?

Why Notre Dame will win the biggest game of the week:

This is a must-win game for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame can still salvage a respectable season by beating the only ranked team on their schedule until Stanford in the season finale. This is a neutral site game, which could help erase the memories of last week’s home loss to Oklahoma. Notre Dame will need to put last week behind them in order to avoid a second straight loss. A bright spot for the Irish was RB George Atkinson III, who ran for 148 yards, including a nice 80 yard touchdown run. The Irish were able to generate a season-high 220 yards on the ground in the loss. Notre Dame will try to establish the run against an Arizona State defense that allowed two 100 yard rushers to USC last week.

Why I could be wrong:

As bad as the Fighting Irish looked against Michigan State two weeks ago, their effort against Oklahoma was even worse. QB Tommy Rees completed only 9 of 24 passes with three interceptions. This is the second straight poor showing from Rees. Arizona State put a whipping on USC 62-41, totaling 612 yards on offense. The Sun Devils are averaging 359 yards through the air against quality opponents. The defense will need to come to play after giving up 542 yards to USC. QB Taylor Kelly will look to test an Irish secondary that gave up 232 yards passing to Oklahoma QB Blake Bell. You know the Sun Devil wide receivers are chomping at the bit to showcase their talents on national TV.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Notre Dame tumbled out of the Top 25 following their loss to Oklahoma. The Irish need to bounce back in a prime time game at AT&T Stadium to right the ship. Arizona State has an explosive, exciting offense, but the defense has had difficulty stopping opposing offenses. Something will have to give Saturday night. How will Arizona State react to being in the spotlight? Will Notre Dame regroup and put last week behind them? This has all the makings of an exciting clash in Dallas. Who do you see coming out on top?

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. 

Game of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

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

Can the Irish fight off Oklahoma once again?

Can the Irish fight off Oklahoma once again?


Why Notre Dame will win the biggest game of week five:

The Fighting Irish looked bad against Michigan State last week. The offense could only muster 220 yards of total offense. After opening the season with three 300 yard passing games, quarterback Tommy Rees managed just 142 yards against the Spartans. As a team they committed eight penalties. But when it was all said and done, they found a way to win. Good teams have a knack for doing that. The Notre Dame defense stepped up to preserve the victory by holding the Spartans to just a field goal in the fourth quarter. Up next is an Oklahoma team it handled easily last year in Norman.

Why I could be wrong:

Oklahoma was embarrassed by Notre Dame last season. You know the Sooners want to come into South Bend and extract an amount of revenge on the Fighting Irish. Quarterback Blake Bell will try to establish himself and wear down the Irish defense. Bell made his first start last week and threw four touchdown passes in a victory over Tulsa. Known more for his running ability, Bell might catch the Notre Dame defense off guard with a balanced offensive attack. Oklahoma is averaging 490 yards per game, and the Fighting Irish defense has been gouged for some big plays this season.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Oklahoma is 1-9 all-time versus Notre Dame. The Irish have a veteran signal caller in Rees while Sooners quarterback Bell makes just his second start. This game has the makings of another easy Irish victory. But don’t count out the Sooners as long as coach Bob Stoops is patrolling the sidelines. Stoops has a history of pulling out games his teams shouldn’t have won. The chess match between Stoops and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly should make this one of the most entertaining games on Saturday. Who do you think will win this year’s game?

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. 

It’s A Week To Be Thankful For College Football

Thanksgiving week means it’s time to gore ourselves–but not on turkey and pumpkin pie! We’re talking about college football, and specifically this week’s rivalry week games. While other huge rivalries like Texas and Oklahoma or USC and UCLA are played out during other times of the season, this week gives us the opportunity to unabashedly wear our jerseys out to the store (or for more laxed environments, work) and have conversations with fans of the other team on how much their team, rich with history and tradition, isn’t good. Here’s a list of games we’re going to watch this weekend while our DVR works overtime recording the rest.

Auburn and Alabama (Alabama leads this series 40–33–1)
The annual Iron Bowl has a lot of intrigue surrounding it—and we’re not just talking about the players in the news. Auburn has already punched its ticket to the SEC Championship game against South Carolina. A loss to Alabama won’t prevent that, but it would put a huge damper in their quest for a national title. We’re sure that’s something Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would love to be thankful for this holiday season.

Notre Dame at USC (Notre Dame leads series 42-33-5)
USC lack of bowl eligibility and Notre Dame’s uneven season has pulled some of the glitz and glamour out of the proceedings. But even that can’t pull us away. We’re interested to see how Notre Dame’s first-year coach Brian Kelley handles the pressure of trying to “Beat ‘SC.” While USC’s Lane Kiffin is also in his first year as coach, at least he’s been there before, as a coordinator under Pete Carroll.

Mississippi State and Mississippi (Ole Miss leads the series 60–40–6)
Known as the Battle of the Golden Egg–or Egg Bowl–a golden egg has been awarded to the winner since 1927. All we know is that lately the losers have had plenty of egg on their faces as in the past two years the winning squad has crossed the 40-point plateau, with the 2008 41-0 drubbing of MSU surely not out of their memories yet.

Michigan and Ohio State (Michigan leads the series 57-43-6)
One of football’s greatest rivalries, this contest transcends the actual game. This week, students from both schools will compete in banner contests, food drives and blood drives. That last one is fitting considering Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez is 0-2 against the Buckeyes, so if it goes to 0-3, everyone in Ann Arbor will be asking for blood, too.

Which games do you think we’ll be missing out on? Let us know in the comments!

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 30th

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Make-Up Taylor Swift Pic For Last Week

A slightly premature Happy Halloween to all.  The shakeups continue, though Taylor Swift retains her commanding lead at #1, Miley Cyrus exits the countdown completely for the first time in a long time. Replaced by? Bon Jovi. The veteran pop rockers have a new album, The Circle, releasing in November, and a new tour to support it. The Circle Tour doesn’t kick off until February 2010, but long time fans are looking to get their seats early.

Aventura remains a steady 3, while the announcement of a new Garth Brooks show in Vegas put him back on the radar after his “retirement”. Interest is running high for his opening shows, though the engagement is for five years, so I wouldn’t worry too much if you’re not able to get in for the first few months. Like many Vegas acts, Garth is going to be there a while.

The World Series clocks in at #6, though maybe I should have just combined the numbers for it and the Yankees down at #8. The Turnpike Series is now tied 1-1 heading into Game 3. Squeezed in between is Notre Dame, who’s about engage to in the “San Antonio Showdown” with rivals Washington State this weekend. Tickets are still available for that game.

1 1 Taylor Swift
2 - Bon Jovi
3 3 Aventura
4 - Garth Brooks
5 8 Disney On Ice
6 - World Series
7 - Norte Dame
8 5 NY Yankees
9 7 U2
10 - Phish

College Football Updates:

Notre Dame has a new athletics director. Jack Swarbrick, a 1976 graduate of Notre Dame and Indianapolis lawyer, will be taking over the reins for the Irish’s previous AD, Kevin White. Swarbrick is largely responsible for drawing in the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis, an accomplishment that should look little more than pretty on paper for all those who doubt whether he can make big things happen for Notre Dame in the upcoming season. The fact still stands that Swarbrick has no previous experience as athletics director or even in athletics administration, which will make his AD tenure interesting to follow. Already off to a good start, Swarbrick will have the benefit of various infrastructure improvements (thanks to Kevin White and Bob Davie) with the brand spanking new $21 million Guglielmino Athletics Complex for football, Joyce Center renovations and plans for a new hockey facility. On top of all of this, he is of the Fightin’ Irish blood after all, and Notre Dame fans can be enthusiastic that he is one of their own.

Florida Gator fans will miss safeties Dorian Munroe and John Curtis. Both players have suffered season-ending ACL tears. Coach Urban Meyer sounds hopeful concerning Munroe’s future with the team post-surgery, but is a little skeptical about a return for Curtis, who has already had surgery twice before on the same knee.  Look on the bright side: This gives #1 DB recruit Will Hill a place to shine in the 2008 season.

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