ANN ARBOR, Mich. – By the time Iowa had clinched its fifth loss in a row, first losing regular season record since 2000 and first non-bowl experience since 2007, alternative ticket brokerages were buzzing.
Before Saturday’s 42-17 loss at Michigan, stubhub.com had 1,800 tickets on the market for Friday’s 11 a.m. Iowa-Nebraska game at Kinnick Stadium.
After the Hawkeyes’ skid reached their longest since the first five games 2000, that number jumped by 165, and the same trend happened at ticketliquidator.com.
Translated: Some Iowa fans are selling their tickets for what the Cornhuskers hope is a Big Red invasion of Kinnick Stadium.
“In today’s secondary market, a lot of fans buy season tickets and then sell them,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. “We don’t know yet how many Nebraska fans will show up in the stadium, but our fans are great.
“We have to play better to give them something to get excited about.”
It’s too late for that this season; the Hawkeyes take records of 2-5 in the Big Ten Conference and 4-7 overall into the game against a Nebraska outfit that can clinch a spot in the conference championship game against Wisconsin.
The Cornhuskers receive a trip to Indianapolis by winning Friday or if Michigan loses Saturday at Ohio State.
“We’ve got a huge game at Iowa. We’ve got to do what (coach) Bo (Pelini) tells us — (to) ignore the noise,” Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell said after Saturday’s victory against Minnesota.
“There’s so much noise — with who are we going to be playing in the Rose Bowl, or (in the) Big Ten championship.
“None of that really matters. We’ve got a big game this week against Iowa, and we have to go to their house.”
It will be a house that could include a lot of red, a result of fans purchasing brokered tickets.
“It happens throughout the country,” Barta said. “If it were just an Iowa phenomena, I might scratch my head and try to figure it out. I would say Iowa fans actually do less of it than many of the stadiums I see across the country.
“We have great fans. We’re going to keep working harder to give them something to cheer about.”
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