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How many Iowa Hawkeye fans do you think would be heading to Indianapolis, this weekend, IF the Hawkeyes were playing?
Maybe 40 or 50,000? Yeah.
Very interesting to read that the Big Ten championship game's ticket sales are very slow.
Pretty interesting that both the BadCheezers and Cornholers are apparently 'tapped out'
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I'd go...its by far the closest the Hawks would play to me....3-1/2 hours away.
I would try to go assuming I could afford the tickets. I would consider sacrificing food and beer for a chance to see them play in Indy.
Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
Which one gets cut first - the food or the beer?
This is not a question I was prepared to answer. Stop testing my will power!
I think the Badger fans are demoralized and don't feel they have much of a chance. They need to remember that they gave away that game in Lincoln back in October.
Great point. I actually think Wisconsin wins this game, and if not, I think it'll come down to the wire.
Agree with Todd, here.
The Cornholers did not exactly look like 'world-beaters' in Kinnick, last week.
And if Iowa and any semblance of an Offensive attack, the game would NOT Have been close.
I think Monte Ball scores his normal 4-5 TD's and Wiscy wins by 13 points.
I said this in another thread, but Wisconsin fans have to be a little "burned out," after going to the Rose bowl the last two years, then the B10 championship game last year too. Especially the fans who actually went to all those games, that stuff can't be cheap.
Still, whoever goes to Pasadena is going to have a tough time against Stanford.
Did anyone notice that pathetic, Northwestern-like crowd, for the PAC-12 championship game last night in Palo Alto?
Stanford is definitely a quality team, but I think both B1G teams would have a solid shot of winning that game.
And you're right - the crowd wasn't what you'd expect for such a big game. One issue is that Stanford doesn't necessarily have a huge fan base. Just speculating, but I assume the bigger issue was the weather. Having lived out in the Bay Area for a few years, I'm not surprised that the weather likely kept so many people away. I think it was in the 50's and raining, which wouldn't be a big deal in the Midwest. But there, that's considered a miserable night.
Todd is exactly right about the Stanford fanbase and the weather. The PAC-12 has it right, having their championship game on campus. I really like it.
I like that as well. I would love for the B1G to do that, but I doubt it'll ever happen because that would mean the game would be outdoors. I'd love that, but can't see the B1G doing it.
I'm going to assume that your biggest arugement for the game to be indoors is the weather.
Weather forecast for today (I know, it wasn't yesterday, but I couldn't find yesterday's anywhere yet) in Lincoln, Nebraska is 53 degrees, sunny, and with a 5mph wind. Damn thats way to cold to even think about going outside, let alone play a football game outside.
I would absolutely love for the game to be played outdoors, regardless of temperature. I think that would help set the B1G apart from the other conferences by playing the game how it's supposed to be played - in the elements.
I was just saying that, based on the B1G's decision to hold the game in Indy, it seems like they aren't willing to play the game outdoors.
I was mostly being sarcastic. I don't understand the decision to have any conference championship game off campus. Only benefit that I see is the ad space/corporate sponsorship that those off-campus facilities can provide.
Why should they reward fans, teams, and schools for having successful seasons?
Gotcha - just wanted to make sure others understood where I was coming from.
I'd be all for a conference championship game being played on campus. The only potential problem I could foresee with that would be in regards to deciding which team hosts it. If it's the "top seed," what would the B1G do in the event that the two teams playing each other didn't play each other during the regular season, and have identical conference records? This will become even more of an issue as more teams are added to the conference, which will lead to less overlap on the schedule. And financially, the difference in seating capacity between places like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan versus places like Northwestern, Indiana or Purdue could present some issues as well.
Just wanted to highlight the fact that both Todd and I called this game.
If Nebraska couldn't put up more than 1 TD against the Hawkeyes a week ago, how in the
freakin world could you pick them against a Monte Ball lead offense?
Answer: You Couldn't
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