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  2. Suddenly Hot Bruins Become Hot Ticket

    Today’s guest blog comes courtesy of Shannon J. Barbara, public relations coordinator, while Joellen is out.

    Week Twelve

    That didn’t take long! In their first week of being ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectfully, the Kansas State Wildcats and Oregon Ducks both dropped pivotal games over the weekend, essentially putting the nail in their National Championship coffins. As a result, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame sit atop the BCS rankings for the first time ever and make their long awaited return to No. 1 in the AP poll in nearly 20 years (last time was 1993). All that stands in their way is a trip to Los Angeles and a matchup with the suddenly vulnerable USC Trojans. And a week after getting upset in Tuscaloosa, it’s the Alabama Crimson Tide who reclaim their second life at a title. With Thanksgiving coming up, that means it’s time for multiple classic college rivalries, and those matchups highlight our StubHub Top 25 college football rankings.

    For fans of the UCLA Bruins, the past decade has been marred by mediocre football and apathy. Tickets to the Rose Bowl to see the UCLA football team were easy to get and in high supply. However, it seems like the winds of change are swirling around Westwood. The team is 9-2 this year and just dispatched their chief rival, USC, in thrilling fashion last weekend. As a result, their game with the surprising Pac-12 North leading Stanford Cardinal is at the top of the StubHub Top 25 this week in searches. With many rivalry games coming up, it’s surprising to see this team take the top spot. Securing the second and third slots respectfully are the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines.

    Despite their postseason ban, don’t think Buckeye fans aren’t itching at the chance to finish their season undefeated in The Big Game against Michigan. They host the Wolverines on Saturday and fans of both teams are clamoring for tickets. New to the Top 5 are the Clemson Tigers. After losing early in the season to Florida State, they’ve rattled off seven straight wins and host in-state rival South Carolina this weekend. Georgia rounds out the Top 5, and thanks to losses by Kansas State and Oregon last weekend, the Bulldogs have a renewed sense of National Championship hopes and will look to keep the season on track when they take on arch-nemesis Georgia Tech.

    For the full list and rankings, check out this week’s list: www.stubhubtop25.com.

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  3. Wolverines Top Charts for Second Week in Row

    Week Eight

    The national powers of the 2012 college football season are beginning to assert themselves. With Florida, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame notching impressive victories over the weekend, StubHub has continued to see incredibly high fan interest for these upcoming games. This weekend features a few Top 10 matchups as well as a classic Southern rivalry brimming with added intensity.

    After finally securing the Paul Bunyan Trophy from their rivals at Michigan State, the Michigan Wolverines once again top our charts with page views and overall demand. The Wolverines take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend and their primetime matchup is outpacing some of the other high-profile games this weekend. This is partially due to Michigan’s massive fan base and the tremendous traveling support the Cornhuskers receive on the road. Coming in second is another one of our partners, the USC Trojans, who will follow up a blowout win against the Colorado Buffaloes with a quick road trip to Tucson to take on the Wildcats. We suspect that many of the page views we’ve seen recently are due to fans looking ahead to the Trojans’ gigantic showdown with the AP’s No. 2 team, the Oregon Ducks. The Florida Gators come in at No. 3 on our list, after finishing off an impressive home win over South Carolina. The Gators will need to repeat that performance against arch-nemesis Georgia in the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” this weekend. With the game taking place in Jacksonville, many Gators fans seem to be looking to make the quick trip up state. Last, and most predictably, the Oklahoma Sooners, who host the highly-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame this Saturday, is getting a big look from fans. It’s a matchup that would garner national attention even without the stakes, but since both teams come in with a Top 10 BCS ranking, it’s grabbed the No. 4 spot on our scorecard!

    For the full list and rankings, check out this week’s list: www.stubhubtop25.com.

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  4. Despite Lackluster Seasons, Michigan Rivalry Still Huge Draw

    While the Red River Rivalry wasn’t as close as expected, we still had a crazy week in college football. South Carolina, last week’s hot ticket item, lost on the road to LSU and we had the first BCS polls released. We’re going to keep it old school and still use the AP Poll for our rankings – plus I don’t want to get in between the Florida/Oregon controversy! Most of the top teams are on the road this week so it’s a traditional favorite that takes our top spot.

    If you asked fans of Wolverine and Spartan football if they thought this college football season had been a disappointment so far, I’d imagine they’d both would agree with you. However, it hasn’t stopped passionate Michigan and Michigan State backers from frantically searching for tickets to this year’s in-state rivalry game. The matchup next weekend dominates our chart, even with both teams failing to crack the Top 20 in any poll.

    Moving up to the second spot, which has been a recurring theme for them this week, is the Florida Gators. After jumping over Oregon in the first edition of the BCS polls released Sunday, the Gators’ upcoming matchup with SEC-East foe South Carolina is the second-most searched game on our list. South Carolina lost a tough battle in Death Valley last week and look to rebound in Gainesville. 

    Ohio State continues their winning ways and fans are looking up tickets for their next home date with Purdue in great numbers. Buckeye fans have kept Ohio State near the top of our list all year and since the Buckeyes aren’t eligible for the postseason, it looks like fans are jumping at the chance to see their team’s successful season. Rounding out the Top 5 are traditional powers Notre Dame and USC which are both ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll and have home games this weekend.

    For the full list and rankings, check out this week’s list: http://www.stubhubtop25.com.

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  5. Red River Rivalry Demand Tops Week Six Chart

    After another thrilling week of college football, we are starting to see some new teams emerge into the national title race. However, it’s a classic rivalry that takes the top spot in this week’s rankings.

     

    Despite a thrilling shootout loss to West Virginia last week, it still hasn’t deterred Longhorn fans from snatching up tickets to their annual showdown with heated rival Oklahoma. The Red River Rivalry is the most searched and highest demanded game of the entire college football weekend. Both teams are looking for a foothold in the Big 12 and thousands of Texas and Oklahoma fans will descend upon the Cotton Bowl for this pivotal clash. Every year the Red River Rivalry is one of our top events on StubHub and that hasn’t changed in 2012. The average ticket price is hovering around $361 for this game and over 80 tickets have been sold over $1,000 per seat. For those who are curious, the highest priced ticket sold for this game was $1,729 for seats in the lower sideline and lowest priced ticket sold was still $100!

     

    Coming in second this week is Ohio State. Buckeye fans, following their 63-38 victory over Nebraska, are incredibly excited about the new Urban Meyer era and are flocking in droves across state lines to see the Buckeyes in Indiana. Tickets in Bloomington are a little more accessible than those at the Horseshoe and many Buckeye fans are probably taking advantage of this opportunity. Rounding out the top 5 are three schools that all saw themselves jump into national title contention with huge wins over the weekend. Notre Dame, which demolished Miami, welcomes another challenging threat to South Bend in Stanford. South Carolina, which won arguably their biggest game in school history, will have to repeat that performance at LSU and Florida, which dispatched the previously mentioned Tigers last weekend at the Swamp, will look to continue their success against Vanderbilt.

     

    For the full list and rankings, check out this week’s list: www.stubhubtop25.com.

     
     
  6. Texas-Sized Showdowns Highlight Week 5 Rankings

    College football has been nothing short of spectacular this year, but we really haven’t seen the heavyweights take each other on head-to-head. All that changes this week with many teams squaring off in marquee matches.

    As the calendar moves into October, several things are clear: the new Big 12 likes offense. Topping this week’s new slate of games is the showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Big 12 newcomers, the West Virginia Mountaineers. This primetime clash between unbeatens may have garnered hundreds of thousands of page views, but its only the second most impressive number to the combined 111 points both of these teams scored last weekend. Fans in Austin expect to see video game offenses and the demand is reflecting that.

    Two other massive games take place down South in SEC country with Georgia heading up to Columbia to take on South Carolina and LSU travelling into the Swamp to battle Florida. Not only are both games highly searched, but tickets from the visiting team are also high on our chart! The close proximity of these schools and the intensity of the visiting fan bases help explain why Georgia and LSU are both in our Top 10 despite NOT having a home game. Notre Dame and Ohio State round out the top five as they each welcome high profile schools to their friendly confines with the Miami Hurricanes visiting the Golden Domers and Nebraska traveling into Columbus to take on the Buckeyes.

    Check out this week’s list: www.stubhubtop25.com.

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  7. Florida State Chops Its Way to Top of the Charts

    It was another exciting week in college football, with some teams coming back into the national spotlight, like the Seminoles and Fighting Irish. Fans are proving unpredictable as teams are bouncing up and down the list week to week. While most fans seem to rally around teams with wins, we have seen some surprises with teams dropping down the list despite scoring big victories.

    If Saturday’s primetime matchup proved anything to the nation, it’s that the Florida State Seminoles are back! Once the dominant team of the late 1990s, early 2000s, the Seminoles have faded a bit from the National Championship scene. Last week’s thrashing of the Clemson Tigers not only put Florida State back in our collective consciousness, but it put them on top of the StubHub Top 25 for the first time this season.

    Coming in second this week were the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who leapfrogged several teams to go from 10th to 2nd. The Irish are another team that have revitalized their fanbase with their recent play and last week’s defeat of the Michigan Wolverines have brought the fans back to make their pilgrimage to visit Touchdown Jesus. The USC Trojans also bounced back into the Top 5 after their home date with Cal and showing USC’s further drawing power, Stanford, which finished 6th last week, dropped all the way to 23rd despite upsetting the Trojans!

    Check out this week’s list: www.stubhubtop25.com.

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  8. STUBHUB TOP 25: WEEK 3 

    Michigan And Ohio State Continue To Hold Off Stiff SEC Competition

    This past week of college football saw some incredible upsets, most notably our hometown Stanford Cardinal taking down the USC Trojans for the fourth straight time. However, despite a topsy-turvy AP Poll, the StubHub Top 25 stayed relatively stable.

    For the second week in a row, the Michigan Wolverines are the top team in the StubHub Top 25. Their upcoming game against the revitalized Notre Dame Fighting Irish is drawing a lot of interest from fans in the area. These rivals are already steeped in tradition and is normally a huge draw anyway, but with both programs coming in highly ranked, it’s garnering extra attention. Ohio State, despite playing their fourth home game in a row, maintains its hold on the second spot this week showing the tremendous support the Buckeyes get in the area, while the Florida State Seminoles climb up to No. 3. In its three games this year, Florida State has given up a grand total of three points, but face their first true test of the year as they welcome ACC-foes Clemson into town. Fans in Tallahassee are ready to host the Tigers and give them a warm Tomahawk welcome. Also, the Georgia Bulldogs are a new entrant to our Top 5 after several weeks of great victories. They’ve risen all the way from 12th on our list and play Vanderbilt this weekend between the hedges. 

    For the full list and stats, check out the rankings of the StubHub Top 25 at www.stubhubtop25.com.

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  9. Michigan Unseats Alabama To Become Top Searched Team

    What another exciting week of college football! The top teams in the AP Poll saw no change, but there was much turmoil in the StubHub Top 25. We had some new programs take the top spot.

     

    Funny what a winning week will do. After dispatching Air Force in thrilling fashion, the Michigan Wolverines became the new top team in the StubHub Top 25. Fans of Big Blue must have circled next week’s contest against FBS newcomer UMass as a great opportunity to score some affordable seats and many Wolverine fans are flocking to our site to find them. Behind Michigan are their bitter rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes. After starting the season out 2-0, the Buckeyes have a renewed excitement about their team as they welcome their Pac-12 opponent, California, in what should be a fun, inter-conference matchup.

    For the full list, check out the rankings of the StubHub Top 25 at www.stubhubtop25.com.

     

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