If Nebraska and Michigan's meeting five years ago at the Alamo Dome is any indication of what we can expect to see this weekend in Ann Arbor, be prepared for a thrilling four quarters of Big Ten football.
The stakes will be high on Saturday when the #18 Wolverines host the #16 Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium. Nebraska's first ever conference game in the Big House is an elimination contest of sorts as the two teams are battling for the right to challenge Michigan St. for first place in the Legends Division and a berth in the 2012 Big Ten Championship.
Fans started scooping up tickets to this game in early July and they haven't stopped. To date, the average ticket has re-sold for a little bit over $170, which isn't quite in the ballpark of U of M home games against Ohio State or Notre Dame, but is still a rather large premium for a typical Michigan conference game. Interestingly enough, most (nearly 2/3) of the fans purchasing tickets for this game live outside of the state of Michigan, with the number of orders from Nebraska zip codes nearly equalling local orders. Nebraska folks are excited.
It seems possible that the crowd this weekend could be more neutral than you would generally see at a Wolverines home game, and that could definitely work to Nebraska's advantage. Although Michigan State is certainly in the driver's seat to win the Legends Division with their final two games against Indiana and Northwestern, whoever emerges the victor in Ann Arbor tomorrow will put a lot of pressure on the Spartans. With so much on the line for both teams, you can count on these Big Ten powers to be at their best on Saturday.
Regardless of how the game plays out in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Nebraska will both end conference play the following weekend with a pair of high-profile matchups. Michigan will welcome their rival Ohio State Buckeyes to the Big House and Nebraska will face the formidable Iowa Hawkeyes in Lincoln. Buy your Michigan football tickets and Nebraska football tickets today to catch the dramatic conclusion to the Wolverines' and Cornhuskers' seasons.