Auburn Looking For Improved Defensive Unit To Vault Them Into College Football Playoff In ’15

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The Auburn Tigers want to party like it’s 2010. You know, like when they went 14-0 and won the national title. While it might not feel like Auburn is on the cusp of another amazing run like that, they might actually be a lot closer than people think. Auburn saw a drop-off in terms of actual success after going 8-5 in 2014, but still had an elite offense that helped them get off to a hot 5-0 start, perhaps exhibiting promise that a monumental run is in store. That’s one reason fans are amped to get their Auburn Tigers tickets for the upcoming campaign.

That offense stuck around beyond their shot at perfection, too, but unfortunately the Tigers couldn’t survive a defense that caved at the completely wrong moments. Mississippi State dropped 38 points on them in their first loss of the season and after losing an insane 41-38 shootout with Texas A&M, these Tigers just were never the same. From that point on, the offense was still strong, but the defense couldn’t keep things together, surrendering 30 or more points in six of their last seven games. That’s not going to get the job done no matter how good the offense is.

There is light at the end of the tunnel in 2015, as a ton of turnover (Nick Marshall, Sammie Coates and Cameron Artis-Payne have all departed) gives way to even more talent on both sides of the ball. There’s no guarantee it will translate and help the Tigers march on to another historic season, but getting back to their 2013 ways, when they went 12-2 and made it to the national title game, could be a realistic goal. And with the College Football Playoff now a thing, simply getting into that four-team haven is a win in itself.

The best part about this potentially wild ride? The insane value in Auburn Tigers tickets this year. This is a team that has been in two national title games since 2010, and has had only one truly bad season during that span, yet tickets to Tigers games are going for just $183.15 on average, according to Razorgator.com. Fans are going to see the value inside the SEC more than anywhere else, but we probably can’t expect much savings for killer showdowns with the Alabama Crimson Tide ($524.29 on average, $240 for the cheap seats), the LSU Tigers ($256.68, $113), Texas A&M ($265.61, $100) and the fierce rival Georgia Bulldogs ($257.55, $152). All of those games are going to be massive clashes with conference foes and will play a huge role in determining just what kind of a season Auburn will ultimately have.

Just as good as those intense matchups is the value Tigers fans can find in some of the lesser battles, as Auburn Tigers tickets free fall to just $56.57 ($13 to get in) for a matchup with the Idaho Vandals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Additionally, two more home battles with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks ($87.72) and the San Jose Spartans ($96.20) both register as absolute bargains and sweet values for the hometown fans, as each game is a likely win for Auburn.

Ultimately, Auburn’s title hopes hinge on two things: their run through the SEC and what comes of their defense. Even with changes at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, there’s still a solid chance the offense won’t miss a beat. But winning in the brutal SEC and finding a way to turn a shaky defense into a strength will be key to Auburn’s College Football Playoff hopes.

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Cincinnati Bengals Start Preseason Tonight; Look To Extend Postseason Streak in 2015

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It’s another season and another opportunity for the Cincinnati Bengals to take a step forward in the NFL postseason picture, as the franchise is riding a seven-game playoff losing streak. The Bengals have lost six straight in the Wild Card round, with defeats in 2005, 2009, and in each of the last four seasons spanning from 2011-2014.

The process of teammates getting comfortable with each other is over and done with, but there’s always an extra chemistry component that can be built upon and the Bengals are hoping something new starts developing in the upcoming set of preseason games. With information on secondary market Bengals tickets provided by RazorGator.com, below are the average ticket prices and get-in prices for their schedule prior to Week 1 of the regular season.

8/14/2015 | Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants | Paul Brown Stadium | Average Price: $87.35 | Get-in Price: $17

8/24/2015 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals | Raymond James Stadium | Average Price: $38 | Get-in Price: $4

8/29/2015 | Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears | Paul Brown Stadium | Average Price: $67.61 | Get-in Price: $23

9/3/2015 | Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals | Lucas Oil Stadium | Average Price: $33 | Get-in Price: $4

The Bengals’ preseason opener is their most expensive game during the four-game slate, as they host the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium tomorrow night. The average ticket price is $87.35 with a get-in price of $17. The Bengals then hit the road to play the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jameis Winston, and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

The most valuable preseason game is in Week 3, when the starting position players from each team usually play the most. It is typical for the starters to come out and play a series or two after halftime to get into that routine again and back into rhythm. The average ticket price for this affair against the Bears is $67.61 with a get-in price of $23.

The preseason finale is surprisingly the Bengals’ least expensive game, as Cincinnati travels to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The starters are unlikely to play much in this contest, as both teams are expected to be playoff contenders after both making the postseason again a year ago and don’t want any last-minute injuries before the games start to count. Interestingly, it was Indianapolis that knocked out Cincinnati last year in the Wild Card round.

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Arizona Cardinals Have High Hopes For Season, Low Prices For Preseason Tickets

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The Arizona Cardinals will use the 2015 preseason schedule to find out more about their defense that went through some major changes during the offseason. First, they lost the man on the sidelines making the calls, as former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles accepted his first NFL head coaching job with the New York Jets. Secondly, the Cardinals lost Darnell Dockett and Antonio Cromartie, two key members to last season’s strong defensive unit.

But the Cardinals welcome back Carson Palmer, a steadying force at the quarterback position after injuries made last season’s offense hard to watch at times. The preseason will be an opportunity for both units to grow, as they look to earn a spot in the playoffs for the second straight season.

With the action getting underway this weekend, below is secondary market information for Arizona Cardinals tickets provided by RazorGator.com.

8/15/2015 | Arizona Cardinals vs. Kansas City Chiefs | University of Phoenix Stadium | Average Price: $34 | Get-in Price: $4

8/22/2015 | Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers | University of Phoenix Stadium | Average Price: $41 | Get-in Price: $5

8/30/2015 | Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals | O.co Coliseum | Average Price: $36 | Get-in Price: $7

9/3/2015 | Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals | Sports Authority Field At Mile High | Average Price: $123.59 | Get-in Price: $32

The Cardinals kick off their preseason with two home games against the Chiefs and Chargers. The second home game against the Chargers clocks in a bit more expensive with an average ticket price of $41, compared to the $34 average ticket price for the Week 1 game against the Chiefs.

With the first two games at home, it’s only obvious that the Cardinals hit the road for the final two preseason games. The game in Oakland is the least expensive road game of the two with an average ticket price of $36 with a cheap get-in price of $7. The last and final game is also the Cardinals’ most expensive, as the average ticket price for entrance into Sports Authority Field At Mile High is $123.59, with a get-in price of $32.

The Cardinals are facing some pretty dynamic quarterback and receiver passing duos in their preseason schedule, which should be useful for a defense that is trying to define a few roles before Week 1 of the regular season rolls around.

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Meet Shania Twain On Her Summer Tour

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Meet the legendary queen of concert at an upcoming concert with a backstage tour and an inside look into where the pre-show magic happens for Shania Twain’s performances at the Honda Center in Anaheim on August 19, as well as for her performance on August 22, at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Get this experience exclusively from Razorgator & IfOnly right from our @Razorgator Twitter account.

The Experience

Are you ready to party with Shania? In June, Shania Twain kicked off her Rock This Country Tour — her first in more than 11 years — with an unforgettable performance and all of the hits you love. Shania is offering a one-of-a-kind concert experience to benefit Shania Kids Can (SKC) and its work helping at-risk children reach their full potential. You and your guest will take a seat in the first ten rows and also have an inside look at Shania’s wardrobe and much more. Don’t forget about your exclusive meet and greet backstage with Shania. Enjoy VIP hospitality in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, offered exclusively through Razorgator and IfOnly to benefit SKC.

Details:

  • Two (2) premium tickets in the first 10 rows
  • Personal meet & greet with Shania
  • Behind-the-scenes tour led by Shania’s personal team
  • Pre-show soundcheck party with the band and a special appearance by Shania
  • Photo with VIP guests and Shania on stage
  • VIP cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres
  • VIP gift bag

Please Note:

  • After placing your order, an IfOnly Concierge will follow up with you to coordinate logistics
  • May require a background check
  • This item is non-refundable once purchased
  • Meet and greet time dependent on luminary’s schedule and may take place up to 5 hours before or 2 hours after the event
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USC Trojan Football Ready To Take On Pac-12 With High Preseason Expectations 

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Steve Sarkisian’s return to the USC football program felt like the perfect move for a team looking to regain its identity. For the upcoming season, Sarkisian’s expectations for the Trojans are sky high, with USC an early favorite to earn one of the four spots in the second College Football Playoff.

The projections are high because of the players returning. As far as college football goes, USC will have a veteran team that returns 30 starters from offense, defense and special teams. Even with losing two top-20 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, this skilled, senior-laden team is prepared to make a splash before going after their NFL dream.

As usual, USC has some major games on their schedule that will be must-watch television due to their high preseason ranking. With secondary market ticket information provided by RazorGator.com, below are a few of the most expensive average prices for USC football tickets this season.

10/17/2015 | Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC Trojans | Notre Dame Stadium | Average Price: $449.13 | Get-in Price: $200

USC is going for two wins in a row against Notre Dame, who play for the Jeweled Shillelagh. Last year, Kessler threw for six touchdowns in a Trojans rout, 49-14. This game will probably carry College Football Playoff implications, as this is the most important matchup between the two teams since the 2012 season, when a preseason-unranked Notre Dame team entered the game as the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

11/28/2015 | USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Average Price: $220.78 | Get-in Price: $82

The in-state battle of these two California-based teams has rose to prominence with the emergence of the UCLA Bruins football program in the past few years. Now on basically equally footing in terms of national spotlight, USC will look to avenge last season’s 38-20 loss at the Rose Bowl.

11/21/2015 | Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans | Autzen Stadium | Average Price: $192.25 | Get-in Price: $95

USC did not face the Oregon Ducks last season with the Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who wound up losing in the National Championship. This regular season matchup may be a Pac-12 Championship game preview for a spot in the final four. Oregon returns a majority of the team that reached the final game, but has a new on-the-field leader at the quarterback position that may take some getting used to.

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