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08:17 AM ET 11.21 | This week, Iowa may not provide a particularly hostile environment for Nebraska. [Should] the home team in a rivalry game have to worry about the opposing fans overtaking the stadium? "We don't know yet how many Nebraska fans will show up in the stadium," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta told the Des Moines Register, "but our fans are great." ... [The Hawkeyes'] first game against a ranked team this season didn't go well on Saturday -- a 42-17 loss at Michigan -- and folks in Iowa City apparently aren't expecting Friday's home game with No. 17 Nebraska to go much better. The availability of so many tickets, so close to game time isn't only a sign of Iowa's struggles, it's the perfect storm for a Big Red invasion.

Lincoln Journal Star

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November 21, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Maryland and Rutgers will come to town in the future. That'll solve things.

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November 21, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Kevin Costner got fans to come in droves to an Iowa cornfield for baseball, and now Iowa can't get fans to show up for a rivalry game? smh

November 21, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Maryland and Rutgers will come to town in the future. That'll solve things.

You're all just jealous we didn't ask you to th party.

November 21, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Kevin Costner got fans to come in droves to an Iowa cornfield for baseball, and now Iowa can't get fans to show up for a rivalry game? smh

Maybe the should surround the playing field with corn? I guarantee you there will be Shucker fans there to gobble those seats up!

November 21, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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You're all just jealous we didn't ask you to th party.

We don't have enough TV sets in West Texas. Not even the MWC wants us.

November 21, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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We don't have enough TV sets in West Texas. Not even the MWC wants us.

We would have been glad to take UTx, but they didn't like equal shares for all broadcast rights,

November 21, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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We would have been glad to take UTx, but they didn't like equal shares for all broadcast rights,

Yeah, and look what that got 'em. They've been more interested revenue generation than winning...except for Men's Golf. Seems like a lot of others are following their lead too....all about money instead of winning.

The rusty cow faithful have a lot of tv sets in DFW, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Corpus Christi, San Angelo, Abilene, etc, etc, etc....

...so do the agnuts.

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November 21, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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Yeah, and look what that got 'em. They've been more interested revenue generation than winning...except for Men's Golf. Seems like a lot of others are following their lead too....all about money instead of winning. The rusty cow faithful have a lot of tv sets in DFW, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Corpus Christi, San Angelo, Abilene, etc, etc, etc.......so do the agnuts.

There are several local columnists writing about the B1G expansion along this line. I think the bigger picture is finding ways to keep as many players in the game as possible. UTx will always have the $ to compete, but what about the Marylands, Kansasess, and Cals? The B1G's revenue model for generating and equally sharing is the way to go.

November 21, 2012  10:24 AM ET

They will do it to ,, the Sea of Red will fill that stadium up so fast Iowa what know what hit em.
They are very religious about their Husker football.

November 21, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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They will do it to ,, the Sea of Red will fill that stadium up so fast Iowa what know what hit em.They are very religious about their Husker football.

I'm never sure if it's all about the football team, or just an excuse to grt out of the state for a week-end.

November 21, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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I'm never sure if it's all about the football team, or just an excuse to grt out of the state for a week-end.

Get, not grt

November 21, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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Kevin Costner got fans to come in droves to an Iowa cornfield for baseball, and now Iowa can't get fans to show up for a rivalry game? smh

Yea but he had Shoeless Joe Jackson.

November 21, 2012  12:57 PM ET
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I'm never sure if it's all about the football team, or just an excuse to grt out of the state for a week-end.

I promise you it's not the lure of the sandy beaches of Iowa....

November 21, 2012  12:58 PM ET
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Kevin Costner got fans to come in droves to an Iowa cornfield for baseball, and now Iowa can't get fans to show up for a rivalry game? smh

conference created rivalry game...nothing we get too geeked over...

November 21, 2012  01:27 PM ET
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The B1G's revenue model for generating and equally sharing is the way to go.

I agree if the object is to keep as many in the game as possible. However, "sharing" is considered communism in Texas....and I'm not talking about UTx. I'm talking about the entire state. We don't even have equal funding for public schools. The amount of money spent to educate a kid in Texas is very dependent on the zip code he/she lives in. We got close to equal funding after a lawsuit several years ago, but now the gap has widened again.

Two schools 20 miles apart near where I live. One gets $5,000 a kid an the other gets $12,000 a kid! 20 frickin' miles apart so they ain't very much different except for this.

November 21, 2012  03:15 PM ET
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I agree if the object is to keep as many in the game as possible. However, "sharing" is considered communism in Texas....and I'm not talking about UTx. I'm talking about the entire state. We don't even have equal funding for public schools. The amount of money spent to educate a kid in Texas is very dependent on the zip code he/she lives in. We got close to equal funding after a lawsuit several years ago, but now the gap has widened again. Two schools 20 miles apart near where I live. One gets $5,000 a kid an the other gets $12,000 a kid! 20 frickin' miles apart so they ain't very much different except for this.

When schools, fans et al realize that the rivalry is on the field only, they will begin to get it. UTx is not enriched by aTm leaving the Big XII. From a competition stand point they are poorer for it. TCU vs UTx on Thanksgiving? Not quite the same thing, is it?

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