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!

Cotton Bowl Seating Chart

Rumors are swirling that it will be Oklahoma State and Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl come January 2nd in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.  But according to the Cotton Bowl that won’t be official until the official announcement is made this coming Sunday during the BCS Selection Show.

As sales for Cotton Bowl tickets are on the rise, it’s clear some fans think the expected matchup is more than just a rumor.  So once you’re set to buy your tickets, the next decision is where to sit.  Below is a seating chart showing the Big 12 and SEC schools ticket allotment, as well as the club areas.

2010 Cotton Bowl Cowboys Stadium Seating Chart

2010 Cotton Bowl Cowboys Stadium Seating Chart

What does a club seat get you?  Club seats (C-sections) offer the best views in the stadium, but they also have roomier, cushioned seats, and provide you access to the private clubs for drinks and food.  TicketCity can help you find the perfect seats, whether club level or reserved seating.

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A Weekend of Upsets: Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin and Wake Forest Hit the Showers

Wow, what an intense weekend of college football.  I had more fun over at the local tavern this weekend watching the games with a mug of suds than I did when Texas whooped Arkansas (oh wait, that was this weekend too.)  The tides turned in the record books over the course of one long afternoon, and some top 25 teams let their true colors show.  The AP Poll is changing this week, and here’s why:

#8 Alabama defeated #3 ranked Georgia on Saturday, 41-30.  Yep, the Tide pretty much rolled all over Mark Richt and the Bulldogs in their own home stadium, making it look insanely easy.  In the first two quarters, the Tide rolled ahead by 31 points.  That’s just embarrassing – to have someone come in on your turf and lay down the smack.  Never mind my preseason predictions, Alabama is making itself the exception to the rule.  After the game, Bama Coach Nick Saban expressed true skeptic’s resolve when asked if his team is a contender for the national title: “After five games?  Let’s see when we get a full body of work at the end of the season.”

QB Jevan Snead led unranked Ole Miss over #4 Florida on Saturday, in a crucial upset win for the Rebels.  Snead threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another in Saturday’ s match up.  The Gators gave up the ball three time on turnovers during the game, and Florida QB Tim Tebow took all the blame:  “I’m Sorry, I’m extremely sorry,” said Tebow, who was hoping to lead his Florida team to an undefeated season.  The fact that Snead was a former Florida recruit (who backed out of his commitment when he found out that Florida was going after Tebow) made this game especially poignant for the Mississippi team.  Though not a blowout, the game was a nail-biter to the end, as the potentially tying extra point attempt was blocked to give Ole Miss the win.

All I remember about the Michigan – Wisconsin game this weekend was flipping the channel in the fourth quarter: I thought the game was already over.  Boy, was I wrong.  Michigan was trailing by 12, and all of a sudden the floodgates opened.  Brandon Minor ran for a 34-yard touchdown, followed by a 25-yard interception return by John Thompson to give the Wolverines the first lead of the night.  Five minutes later, Sam Mcguffie ran for 3 yards to give the Wolverines a 27-19 lead over the #9 Wisconsin team.  Wisconsin scored one final TD, but could not connect on the two-point conversion, and the upset was cast.

Navy showed Wake Forest where the end zone was located this weekend, more than once.  The Midshipmen handed a defeat to a ranked team for the first time in over 20 years, making this weekend’s game for Wake Forest an embarrassing matter.  The Midshipmen capitalized on six turnovers by the Demon Deacons, putting the ball in the end zone for three TD’s and the win.  #16 Wake Forest will be wishing it never let the ball leave its hands Saturday, as Navy celebrates an unbelievable win.

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