Notre Dame-USC is Still A top Draw

It’s now the part of the college football season when teams need to reach a little deeper to get the victory. That’s because it is rivalry week with several major rivalries popping up on the college football schedule this Saturday. One of the biggest rivalries occurring this week will be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish visiting the University of Southern California Trojans.

Both squads are coming off of very disheartening losses and sit at 7-4 on the season. While both teams were also nationally ranked at one point this year, and even in consideration for the first ever college football playoffs, Notre Dame and USC are no longer in the Top 25 and will be playing solely for pride this Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Currently, fans looking to go to the game will find the average price on the secondary market for Notre Dame vs. USC tickets to be $229 with a get-in price of $88. It is one of the ten most expensive games of the week, but the price has dropped considerably over the course of the season since both teams have fallen out of the race for playoff consideration.

USC had arguably the most impressive win of the early year when they visited Stanford and won 13-10. It was a good early sign for rookie coach Steve Sarkisian and a sign that USC may be ready to compete on the national scene this year. But a week later, they fell 37-31 to a woefully under talented Boston College team. Since then, they’ve lost three other games, including last week’s 38-20 drumming by the hands of the Bruins of UCLA.

Notre Dame began the year 6-0 and headed to Tallahassee to face an undefeated Florida State Seminoles team at Doak Campbell Stadium. An offensive pass interference penalty nullified an Irish touchdown in the final moments and Notre Dame lost 31-27 in heartbreaking fashion. Since then, they’ve won just one game – a 49-49 victory over Navy – and have lost three straight with the two most recent losses coming in South Bend. This past Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Louisville was a difficult pill to swallow, with the Irish missing a field goal with less than a minute left to tie it, but several young players had impressive games, leading one to believe the future is bright for Notre Dame.

Whenever these two teams get on the gridiron together, it is always an exciting and entertaining event. Last year, the Irish won a tight one 14-10 in South Bend and the last time these two teams faced off in California, Notre Dame pulled off a 22-13 victory en route to an undefeated 12-0 regular season. Everyone remembers Notre Dame’s dismal appearance in the national title game against Alabama, but the Trojans gave ND quite a scare in that final game with a Notre Dame goal line stand being the difference in the game. The Trojans haven’t won this game since 2011 with back-to-back losses, so this would be a good final chapter to Sarkisian’s first regular season at the helm.

So even though the Irish and the Trojans aren’t in the national title hunt this year, chances are this could end up being the best game of the entire weekend.



TicketCity Becomes Title Sponsor of the Cactus Bowl


TicketCity is proud to be the new title sponsor of the Cactus Bowl. The Ticketcity Cactus Bowl will be played on January 2, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. MST, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cactus Bowl has been around for over 20 years and has grown into one of the most beloved games of the college football bowl season.

Why Is TicketCity Sponsoring the Cactus Bowl?

TicketCity has been committed to serving sports fans for over 24 years and we are excited to align ourselves with a similar organization. After the success of the TicketCity Bowls of 2010 and 2011, we knew it was vital to continue these sponsorships with the right partner. The Cactus bowl is a premier bowl game and the perfect partnership for TicketCity as we both have over two decades of history providing college football fans with memorable experiences.

Who will play in the 2015 TicketCity Cactus Bowl?

In 2013, the Pac-12 and Big-12 agreed to send teams to the TicketCity Cactus Bowl for 6 seasons. The game will feature the 6th selection form the Pac-12 against the 5th selection from the Big-12. In the event that either (or both) the Big-12 and Pac-12 send a team to the CFP, the game will pick the next highest team from those conferences, or choose another premier opponent. The matchup will be officially announced on December 7th, 2014.

TicketCity Cactus Bowl History

The Ticketcity Cactus Bowl was founded in 1989, and was originally known as the Copper Bowl. The game was played in Tucson at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona. The Cactus Bowl would continue to be played in Tucson until 2000, when it was moved to Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona. The game would move again in 2006 to Tempe, where it has been played for the last 8 years. The Cactus Bowl has featured a number of different names over the years, including the Copper Bowl, Insight bowl, and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Previous Winners

Over 30 different schools have made appearances in the TicketCity Cactus Bowl, with 20 schools claiming victories. Kansas State, Minnesota, Arizona, California, Texas Tech, and Iowa State have all won the Ticketcity Cactus bowl multiple times. Minnesota and Kansas State are tied for the most appearances at 3.

Results from the previous 5 Cactus Bowl Games:

2013 Kansas State 31 – Michigan 14
2012 Michigan State 17 – TCU 16
2011 Oklahoma 31 – Iowa 14
2010 Iowa 27 – Missouri 24
2009 Iowa state 14 – Minnesota 13