Alabama vs. Texas A&M is a Real Rivalry

Bryant-DennyStadium2014Today will be the first matchup of the Texas A&M Aggies vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide in the post-Johnny Manziel era of Aggies football.  The season began with a blast for Texas A&M as they opened up the season on the SEC Network and beat then 9th-ranked South Carolina on the road 52-28.  The Aggies went on to win their next four games, though some chinks in the armor appeared in their fifth game as they narrowly defeated Arkansas 35-28 on overtime.

The Aggies followed up that win with a loss to Mississippi State on the road 48-31 and also fell to Ole Miss this past weekend 35-20 at home.  The two Mississippi schools are currently ranked #1 and #3 in the nation, so there’s certainly no reason to suggest the Aggies are in trouble.  Nonetheless, it doesn’t take the sting of losing away.

The Crimson Tide suffered their first loss of the season two weeks ago, falling to Ole Miss 23-17 on the road. They visited Arkansas this past weekend and left with a win, but just barely, holding on for dear life 14-13.  Head coach Nick Saban blasted the media, fans, and anyone who was upset with the one point victory, claiming disappointment in a victory is ridiculous.

So now the two teams who were the early favorites to take home the SEC West are going to battle it out.  A loss would be devastating for either squad, more so for the Aggies since they already have two conference losses.  With Ole Miss and Mississippi State undefeated in conference play at 3-0, and Auburn lurking behind at 2-1, it’s fair to say that Alabama will be in huge trouble if they lose this week, as well.

Currently, the median ticket price for Texas A&M vs. Alabama football tickets is $225, making it one of the most expensive games of the week, and the season. The cheapest tickets available on TicketCity begin for just $66, however, so you can find bargains for the game.

After Bama, the Aggies have just one remaining ranked opponent on the schedule in the 6th ranked Auburn Tigers.  If Kenny Hill and company can pull off the upset this week, they’ll have a very good chance of finishing the season at 10-2, at worse 9-3 which could get them very close to a New Year’s Day bowl game.

Alabama does not have as easy a schedule with road games at Tennessee and LSU, as well as a remaining matchup against Mississippi State.  They’ll finish the season against Auburn for the Iron Bowl on November 29th. They will most likely have to run the table to make the first ever college football playoffs, as several teams remain undefeated.  Luckily, at this point there can only be a maximum of three undefeated teams from the power conferences as Mississippi State and Ole Miss will have to face off, as will Notre Dame and Florida State who play this week. So a one loss team is guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

For that to happen, the Crimson Tide need to take care of business this week against Texas A&M.

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2014 World Series Matchup Full of Intrigue

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The 2014 MLB World Series matchup is set and the story lines for this year’s Fall Classic are endless. 2014 marks the 110th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series and pits two teams with drastically different histories against each other. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals have been absolutely dominant since the start of October with the two clubs combining for just 2 losses so far in the 2014 MLB Postseason.

The 2014 World Series by the numbers:

Kansas City Royals

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The Royals have won 8 postseason games in a row, that is the most consecutive postseason wins by a team in a single postseason in MLB history.

 

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Kansas City last played in a World Series game in 1985, giving the Royals fans 29 years of anticipation for the 2014 World Series

 

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The biggest reason the Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series has got to be the play of their bullpen. There were questions coming into the postseason as to whether or not Kansas City’s relievers could play well enough to help put the team over the top. Lets just say those questions have been put to rest as the unit boasts a .96 ERA collectively since the start of the ALDS.

 

San Francisco Giants

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The San Francisco Giants have made 20 World Series appearance in the history of their franchise. San Francisco’s appearance in the 2014 World Series pushes the Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals for 2nd on the all-time World Series appearances list.

 

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In the past 5 seasons the Giants have qualified for 3 World Series. The first 2 (2010, 2012) trips to the Fall Classic ended in titles for San Francisco.

 

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San Francisco’s ace Madison Bumgarner has given up a total of 5 earned runs in 4 postseason starts, including a complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh pirates in the NL Wild Card Series.

2014 World Series Preview

The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals may have had drastically different histories, but the two teams have found success in 2014 in very similar ways. Both rely heavily on pitching and defense. The Giants probably have an edge in the starting pitching category, while the Royals bullpen has been untouchable. The Royals and Giants pitching has been helped by a pair of all-star catchers in Buster Posey and Salvador Perez. Aggressive base running and small ball were big parts of the Giants and Royals league championship victories, but running will likely be tough against these two top tier catchers.

The Giant and Royals met 3 times in the regular season, with Kansas City sweeping the series at Kauffman Stadium. That regular season series is long forgotten as both teams enter the World Series playing at their absolute peaks. Chances are that the 2014 World Series will see playoff pitching at its very best and both teams will put a premium on scoring early in games. Whether the upstart Royals or the stalwart Giants win the 2014 World Series is yet to be seen, but if the matchup is any indication, the fight for baseballs crown will be one of the ages.

2014 World Series Schedule with median ticket prices:
The 29 years of waiting has pushed up ticket prices for games in Kansas City to over $850, while the median ticket price for the games in San Francisco are between $550-$600

  • World Series Game 1: October 21, 2014 at Kansas City
    $850
  • World Series Game 2: October 22, 2014 at Kansas City
    $853
  • World Series Game 3: October 24 at San Francisco
    $545
  • World Series Game 4: October 25 at San Francisco
    $605

If necessary:

  • World Series Game 5: October 26 at San Francisco
    $546
  • World Series Game 6: October 27, 2014 at Kansas City
    $936
  • World Series Game 7: October 28, 2014 at Kansas City
    $1050

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