The Huskers to Face Pitt in the BCS National Championship? Says Unlikely Matches Have an Effect on Ticket Prices

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The Lincoln Star Journal reports on the likely Fiesta Bowl game pitting Big 12 favorites Huskers against Big East winners Pittsburgh. The controversial ranking system of the BCS is blamed for such set-ups while reports that matches of such a nature usually create enough buzz to hike up ticket prices.

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As reported in the Lincoln Journal Star by Brian Christopherson, the unconventional BCS ranking system will be pitting the Big 12 Champions against the Big East Champions at the Fiesta Bowl this New Years Day. According to Brian, it looks pretty sure that the Nebraska Cornhuskers will walk away with the Big 12 trophy this year and go up against the Pittsburgh Panthers who have had an easy time in a Big East Conference that has no other teams in the rankings. With a two-game edge in a no-competition conference, the Panthers are pretty much on their way and Nebraska’s upcoming title game looks like a clean ticket for them in to any one of the BCS Bowl games, if not the Fiesta Bowl. According to Scott Briggs from, this type of match that pits two unmatched teams against each other causes “erratic hikes” in ticket prices as people rush for a chance to see their teams playing a new opponent. Scott went on to say that “BCS tickets 2011 are one of the hottest item on the market near the end of the year and the prices as well as demand for these will really skyrocket near Christmas, usually irrespective of what teams are playing. The only scary thing about matches like the predicted Fiesta Bowl is that there is no way to judge how fans would react to their teams playing an unlikely opponent”.

The reason this match is being picked on is that the Cornhuskers are currently 8-1 in the Big 12 North and are most likely to finish 11-2 if not the Big 12 champions or with the 2011 BCS championship. On the other hand, the Panthers will have to finish the season with at least 3 losses and the only reason they will make it to a Bowl is that there are no other ranked teams in their Big East Division. The Fiesta Bowl gets to take the Big 12 champion team this year but when picking the team to face the champions, they get the final pick among all BCS Bowls. The final pick this season is looking to be Pittsburgh with their 3 existing losses and more speed bumps expected before the season is over. Fiesta Bowl spokesman Andy Bagnato commented on the situation by saying “There's a lot of projections out there. We're just trying to take a good look at as many options as we have but with the last pick, sometimes there's a team that has to be taken.”

While the opponents might dampen the spirits of the Fiesta Bowl, the officials know that the inclusion of Nebraska in the game will mean that Huskers fans will take over BCS in Glendale, Arizona before the match kicks off at 7PM on the 1st of January. NU has a good sized alumnus based in Arizona and their illustrious history with the Fiesta Bowl makes their appearance a special occasion. They have had 6 appearances since their first one in the 1975 season which includes their 62-24 National Championship win against Florida in the 1995 season. Bagnato exclaimed that "Nebraska's a team, with their following and tradition, that is sort of any bowl's dream," reports that tickets for the 2011 Fiesta Bowl are expected to be second in demand after the BCS championship 2011 tickets.

About the BCS Championship

The BCS Championship series is a series of matches that pit 10 teams from all six of the BCS conferences and four other conferences against each other in a total of four bowl matches. The bowl matches are the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California, the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida. The teams are picked according to their rankings as judged by a computer program that rates them according to win percentage and other factors.

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