Spirit Pass Tickets Now Available For The 2017 AdvoCare Classic

With limited tickets remaining for the 2017 AdvoCare Classic between the University of Michigan and the University of Florida on September 2, 2017, standing room only Spirit Pass tickets have been made available for purchase for $29.

Tickets are almost sold out with only limited $100 and $200 tickets and Spirit Passes available. Both can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Prior to kickoff, AT&T Stadium will host the AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest in the Miller Lite West Plaza. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on September 2nd, fans can enjoy pregame festivities including performances by Reckless Kelly and Judah & The Lion, a live DJ, and promotions & giveaways from AdvoCare, Allstate, Dr Pepper, Heinz and Cap N’ Crunch. Access to the AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest is included with your AdvoCare Classic game ticket.

The 2017 AdvoCare Classic continues a tradition at AT&T Stadium and will once again kick off the college football season with a marquee matchup featuring two of college football’s preeminent programs. This showdown between the Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators will mark the first ever regular season meeting between the two programs.

The Wolverines will make their second appearance in the series and, for the second time, face an SEC foe. Michigan opened the 2012 season at AT&T Stadium and fell to eventual national champion, Alabama, 41-14 in front of a huge crowd of 90,413, the largest crowd to ever see a college football game in AT&T Stadium. Making their first appearance in the AdvoCare Classic and playing their first ever game at AT&T Stadium, the Gators look to make a statement against the Big 10 team.

For more information on the 2017 AdvoCare Classic, visit AdvoCareClassicFootball.com. For more information on AT&T Stadium and its upcoming events, visit ATTStadium.com.

TICKETS FOR THE 2017 ADVOCARE CLASSIC ON SALE NOW

Reckless Kelly to perform at pregame AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest
in Miller Lite West Plaza

Tickets for the 2017 AdvoCare Classic between the University of Michigan and the University of Florida on September 2, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will go on sale on Friday, June 16th at 10am CDT.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Prices begin at $100 per ticket for the matchup, with variable prices for other levels of the stadium. AT&T Stadium parking, priced at $50 per vehicle, will also be available for purchase through Ticketmaster beginning on Friday.

Prior to kickoff, AT&T Stadium will host the AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest in the Miller Lite West Plaza. Beginning at 10:00 a.m on September 2nd, fans can enjoy pregame festivities including a performance by Reckless Kelly, a live DJ, and promotions & giveaways from AdvoCare, Allstate, Dr Pepper, Heinz and Cap N’ Crunch. Access to the AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest is included with your AdvoCare Classic game ticket.

The 2017 AdvoCare Classic continues a tradition at AT&T Stadium and will once again kick off the college football season with a marquee matchup featuring two of college football’s preeminent programs. This showdown between the Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators will mark the first-ever regular season meeting between the two programs.

The Wolverines will make their second appearance in the series and, for the second time, face an SEC foe. Michigan opened the 2012 season at AT&T Stadium and fell to eventual national champion, Alabama, 41-14 in front of a huge crowd of 90,413, the largest crowd to ever see a college football game in AT&T Stadium. Making their first appearance in the AdvoCare Classic and playing their first-ever game at AT&T Stadium, the Gators look to make a statement against the Big 10 team.

For more information on the 2017 AdvoCare Classic, visit AdvoCareClassicFootball.com. For more information on AT&T Stadium and its upcoming events, visit ATTStadium.com.

SEC Network’s SEC Nation to Open Season in Arlington, Texas, September 2

  • Special three-hour edition set for site of Florida vs. Michigan in the AdvoCare Classic
  • First season debut from a neutral site game
  • Les Miles as guest analyst; Steve Spurrier to stop by
  • Lauren Sisler joins SEC Nation as reporter; Laura Rutledge debuts as host

SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, SEC Nation presented by AT&T, is back for its fourth season on Saturday, Sept. 2, in a special three-hour edition (9 a.m. – noon ET) from Arlington, Texas, site of the AdvoCare Classic where the Florida Gators will face off with the Michigan Wolverines for both teams’ season openers. The show marks the first time SEC Nation has opened the season from a neutral site game and only the second time the show has aired from a neutral site city during the regular-season.

The show will include live reports, analysis and features surrounding all the Week One SEC football action.

Laura Rutledge will make her debut as host of SEC Nation. Returning as analysts for a fourth straight year are Paul Finebaum, Marcus Spears and Tim Tebow. The season premiere will also mark the debut of new reporter Lauren Sisler, an award-winning journalist who takes over the role vacated by Rutledge. Sisler, a familiar face on SEC Network’s gymnastics coverage and ESPN’s football sidelines, brings significant experience covering SEC football for Al.com. Ryan McGee, senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, returns as a contributor to the show as well.

Longtime LSU head coach Les Miles will serve as a guest analyst for the season opener. In addition to his extensive SEC background, Miles was a player and coach at Michigan. Miles’ former running back, Derrius Guice, will be featured in an in-depth story reported by Rutledge. Also, former South Carolina and longtime Florida head coach Steve Spurrier, and additional guests, will stop by the set throughout the telecast.

“Like all SEC fans, we’ve been counting the days until the return of football, and we have a show worthy of bridging the final few hours until kickoff,” said Tom McCollum, ESPN coordinating producer. “We’re thrilled to be at one of the very best opening weekend games and excited to see Laura, Les, Lauren and our all-star set of analysts in action.”

 

On Site
Fans hoping to catch the show in person will find the SEC Nation set in Lot #3 outside AT&T Stadium on Saturday morning and can park in Lot 4 via AT&T Way starting at 7 a.m. local time. In addition, all five hours (2-7 p.m. ET) of The Paul Finebaum Show will be live from the set on Friday, Sept. 1.

 

SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN launched SEC Network on August 14, 2014.  The network televises over 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and other events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth analysis and storytelling in studio shows such as SEC Nation, daily news and information with SEC Now, original content such as SEC Storied and SEC Inside, and more. Hundreds of additional live events are available for streaming exclusively on SEC Network’s digital companion, SEC Network+, via the ESPN app and SECNetwork.com. The network is also available in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa via ESPN Player, ESPN’s sports streaming service in the region.

 

 

Alabama Runs To Victory in 2016 Advocare Classic

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ARLINGTON, Texas — While Nick Saban wants to see improvement, top-ranked Alabama was pretty impressive in the opening of its national-title defense — without a proven quarterback and with Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Derrick Henry in the NFL.

That Crimson Tide defense, down four players taken in the first two rounds of the NFL draft last spring, is still physical and dominating, too.

On the season’s first Saturday, when two top-five teams lost, freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to ArDarius Stewart and ran for two more scores in a 52-6 victory over No. 20 Southern California on Saturday night.

“We got off to a little bit of a shaky start in the first quarter, especially on offense,” Saban said. “We scored a lot of points, made a lot of big plays, but still our consistency in execution needs to be much improved. … My focus with our team right now is what can we do better.”

At least the Tide is 1-0, unlike No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 5 LSU after their losses Saturday. And No. 16 UCLA lost as well.

USC coach Clay Helton sees Alabama a little different than Saban after the Trojans were held to 194 yards in their most lopsided loss since a 51-0 setback to Notre Dame in 1966.

“Obviously one game does not make a season. We played a very good team,” said Helton. “They played to their potential. The cold hard truth is we did not play up to ours.”

Stewart was wide open in the end zone behind the secondary when Hurts hit him for a 39-yard score midway through the second quarter that made it 7-3 and put Alabama ahead to stay. They hooked up on a 71-yard touchdown right after halftime for a 24-3 lead, and Hurts later had TD runs of 7 and 6 yards.

“Hopefully it’s a statement we’re still going to fight, still going to play,” Stewart said about the team’s performance.

The season-opening win came at AT&T Stadium — the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys — was also where the Crimson Tide started their 2012 and 2015 national championship seasons with victories.

The Tide are 10-0 in season openers under Saban, including seven non-conference games at neutral sites against Power Five teams that they have won by an average margin of 23 points.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: The Trojans may be targeting their first Pac-12 title since 2008, but they weren’t ready to compete with the defending national champions.

USC was held without a touchdown in a game for the first time since 1997, and for the first time in a season opener since 1960. It was the fewest points since a 10-6 loss to Utah in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.

Junior quarterback Max Browne waited three years for his first start, and had a tough time against the overwhelming Alabama defense. He was 14 of 29 for 101 yards with an interception. It certainly didn’t help him that receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had 89 catches for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, had only one catch for 9 yards when targeted five times.

ALABAMA: While the Tide are still unproven at quarterback after playing two freshmen, the biggest hole on offense was left by Henry’s absence. Sophomore Damien Harris showed the ability for some big plays with runs of 46 and 73 yards. He finished with nine carries for 138 yards.

STOMP AND YOU’RE GONE

Southern Cal defender Jabari Ruffin was ejected from the game late in the first half when at the end of a punt return he stomped his foot into the groin area of Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was on the ground. The play happened right in front of referee Reggie Smith, who immediately threw a flag. When announcing the penalty, Smith said, “No. 40 has disqualified himself from the game.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

USC: The Trojans will almost certainly be unranked before playing their next game. They still have a lot to prove to voters.

ALABAMA: There shouldn’t be any questions about Alabama staying the No. 1 team when the new poll comes out Tuesday.