Game of the Week: Ohio State vs. Penn 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 Ohio State vs. Penn State ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

OSU’s Braxton Miller could be holding a Heisman trophy when it’s all said and done this season.

 

Why Ohio State will win the biggest game of week one:

If Ohio State didn’t know the Big Ten would be difficult, they do now. The Buckeyes had a wakeup call last week against Iowa, needing a second-half rally to beat the Hawkeyes 34-24. Coach Urban Meyer will have his troops focused against a Penn State team starting a true freshman at quarterback. Running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 106 of his 143 yards after halftime as Ohio State controlled the line of scrimmage and the clock in the second half. More importantly, quarterback Braxton Miller looks to be recovered from his knee injury. Having the dual-threat Miller healthy makes the Buckeye offense even more explosive.

Why I could be wrong:

The Nittany Lions picked up their first Big Ten victory last week with a thrilling 43-40 four-overtime win against then-ranked #18 Michigan. Coach Bill O’Brien has done a magnificent job rebuilding the Penn State program. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg continues to grow into the role as the leader of the offense with 11 touchdown passes. The Nittany Lions should look at taking a page from the Ohio State game plan and establish the run game to keep the potent Buckeye offense off the field. Running back Bill Belton was the workhorse last week, carrying the ball 27 times. Expect a similar workload from Belton this weekend. O’Brien has his players believing in themselves and the program, and that makes them a dangerous team.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Sitting at #4 in the first BCS rankings of the season, Ohio State knows that close victories won’t cut it if they want to contend for the BCS Championship game. The Buckeyes need to start winning convincingly. Miller and Hyde lead an explosive Buckeye offense, while the defense will look to key on the Nittany Lions young quarterback. Ohio State also wants to keep the nation’s longest unbeaten streak intact, currently sitting at 19. Meanwhile, Penn State brings a young team to the Horseshoe. The future will be on display and college football fans will get to see the continued resurgence of the Penn State program under O’Brien.

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. 

NCAA Day One Buzzer Beaters

There are few greater gifts that the NCAA tournament gives us that the thrill of a buzzer-beating shot. The first day brought us those in spades with a full quarter of the games won on a last-second bucket. Hopefully the second day is filled with the same excitement, but if not, at least we’ll have these to live in posterity (or until YouTube pulls them down!). Let us know your favorite!

Juan Fernandez of 7th seeded Temple hits an off-balanced shot to beat #10 Penn State.

Why yes, he does have enough jump: #4 Kentucky’s Brandon Knight staves off the super-upset by #13 Princeton.

Demonte Harper of the #13 Morehead State puts the dagger in from outside to knock off one of the Big East’s best in #4 Louisville, which might have been the upset of the day.


Matt Howard of #8 Butler follows up a miss to put them over #9 Old Dominion. Is slipper back on the Cinderella team from last year?

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 -

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