The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Capital One Bowl committee members didn’t even want these two teams in the game. The paper reported that the bowl wanted Texas A & M and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, but the SEC squashed that idea and proposed Georgia. Then the Cap One Bowl wanted Northwestern instead of a return trip by Nebraska. They felt a different Big Ten school and the new team to the SEC with a Heisman finalist at the time would have helped boost the local economy, but the bowl met the requests of both conferences in hopes of keeping that relationship solid for future games.
Selling bowl tickets can sometimes be very difficult for schools. The bowls force schools to pay for a large allotment of tickets at premium prices, but fans can use the secondary market to buy cheaper tickets for often better seats. Looking at Big Ten teams in the postseason, tickets sales way off. For example, the Huskers had sold fewer than 4,000 of their 12,500 tickets to the Capital One Bowl game against Georgia. Georgia has reportedly sold more than 10,000 tickets to the game.