Rejoice football fans! Real, actual games that count towards something are finally starting. Tonight, the college football season will begin with a full slate of games, including a big game between No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina. This season will be full of great games with fans everywhere heading through the turnstiles to check the game out in person. I decided to take a look at which games have been the top selling at TicketNetwork.com, and needless to say, our Top 10 games are full of incredible matchups:
1. Advocare Texas Kickoff: LSU Tigers vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The top-selling game on our list pits two of the top 25 teams against each other at NRG Stadium this Saturday, August 30. Not a huge surprise to see this game at the top of the heap, LSU fans are known as one of the best traveling fan bases in college football, and Houston is only a four hour drive from the LSU campus.
2. Cowboys Classic: Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wherever Florida State goes this season will be a big deal, and their season opener at AT&T Stadium in Dallas against the Oklahoma State Sooners is the biggest. Just like LSU in our top-ranked game, OSU has a rabid fan base and will be out in full-force to see if their Cowboys can take down the top-ranked Seminoles.
3. Chick-fil-A College Kickoff: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide are among the favorites to win the National Championship come January. Their journey starts at the Georgia Dome this Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
4. Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame is the only team to be featured on our list three times, which is not surprising with fans spanning coast-to-coast. On September 27, the Fighting Irish will take on the Syracuse Orange at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Notre Dame often likes to schedule games in the NYC area so their east coast fans can attend.
5. Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Auburn was just a few seconds away from being crowned National Champion last season, and they are looking to come back even stronger this season. South Carolina is also gearing up for the college football playoff themselves, which makes this game incredibly important. A win in this game could give either school a big lift in the rankings.
6. Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Florida State's match-up against Notre Dame is the most anticipated home game on the defending champ's schedule. Expect Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL, to be rocking when they see those gold helmets of Notre Dame take the field on October 18.
7. Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Rutgers officially joins the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Their game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 13 will be their first Big Ten Conference game ever, and it just so happens to be at their home stadium in Piscataway, NJ. Fans have been excited over the Rutgers move to the new conference, which should be a boost to the football program.
8. Texas Longhorns vs. UCLA Bruins
Since Jerry's World (a.k.a. AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys) opened a few years ago, the Texas Longhorns have played a few games at the massive football stadium. This year, that game is against the No. 7 ranked UCLA Bruins on September 13. The game will be in prime time and will be the most hyped game of that week.
9. Tennessee Volunteers vs. Florida Gators
Neither Tennessee nor Florida is ranked in the Top 25 to start this season, but that does not matter to fans for this game. The Tennessee-Florida rivalry is one of the best in the SEC, so when the Gators visit Knoxville on October 4, it won't matter what the teams' records are. The only thing that will matter is who wins that day.
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Michigan Wolverines
One of the annual fixtures on the college football schedule has been the Michigan-Notre Dame game. Unfortunately, the almost-yearly series is coming to an end (at least temporarily) after this season. The game on September 6 will be the last time fans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN, will have a chance to see the rivalry, which has made this game a can't-miss event for either school's fans.
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