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Big Ten Championship fan excitement less than 2011

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There may be less UW football fans heading to the Big Ten Championship game this year compared to 2011.

Wisconsin and Nebraska were each given 15,000 tickets to sell to students. While Nebraska returned a little more than 7,000 unsold tickets, Wisconsin athletics officials say they returned 8,000.

Ticket prices are also lower. According to a StubHub spokeswoman, the average ticket price for the championship game was $217 in 2011. So far this year, it's $99. Tickets sold on the site for as low as $19 Friday afternoon.

Nevertheless, a number of students remain optimistic. WKOW caught up with some members of the UW Marching Band as they packed up for Indianapolis.

"We're not as excited as last year but, you know what, things are different from last year," sophomore Ryan Baxter said. "Our team has struggled a little bit, some people have said maybe Ohio State or Penn State should have gone but we're excited to be out there no matter what," he continued. The team also has a 7-5 record this season.

Wisconsin Alumni Association President Paula Bonner is optimistic. She believes people are excited to see Wisconsin face Nebraska for the second time after the close game earlier in the season. "If you win this game, you go to the Rose Bowl and we're like the first Big Ten team to go three years in a row," Bonner said.

The Badgers will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.

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