Nebraska football has been in a funk – the Cornhuskers haven’t gotten to a bowl game since losing to Tennessee in the Music City Bowl in 2016. After a coaching change, the Cornhuskers enter 2019 with a little more consistency – head coach Scott Foster isn’t a rookie anymore and quarterback Adrian Martinez has a season of big-time football under his belt.
Demand for tickets to Memorial Stadium is up just over 13% over 2018, from $198 to $223, and the Cornhuskers are ranked No. 11 in terms of average asking price on the secondary market, according to secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ.com. Nebraska will host Ohio State for the first time since 2017, and that ticket, at $385, has the highest average asking price on the secondary market for a Cornhuskers home game.
Nebraska kicks off its season with three non-conference games before getting its feet wet in the Big Ten with Illinois on September 21. Nebraska will play seven home games this season.
Below is a look at each of those games:
August 31 vs. South Alabama
- Average asking price: $179
- Get-in price: $51
Nebraska has little history with South Alabama – the teams have played only once before, in 2015, and Nebraska won that game, 48-9. This matchup is the third cheapest at Memorial Stadium this season. This game is the season opener and the first of three non-conference games before Nebraska opens its Big Ten season at Illinois on September 21.
September 14 vs. Northern Illinois
- Average asking price: $164
- Get-in price: $43
The second cheapest home game this season, Northern Illinois has played at Nebraska three times, and this time around returns to defend its bragging rights. The Huskies beat Nebraska, 21-17, on September 16, 2017, to snap a two-game Nebraska win streak. The $35 get-in price is the cheapest for a regular-season home game.
September 28 vs. Ohio State
- Average asking price: $385
- Get-in price: $168
Ohio State has to be considered one of the premiere teams in the FBS right now — it won a national championship in 2014, and has gotten to a big-name bowl game in each of the last four seasons. That said, the Buckeyes have won all but one of the teams’ meetings in the 2000s, and this game is the priciest at Memorial Stadium by a long shot. Nebraska last won in 2011, and Ohio State is on a four-game win streak, including a 36-31 victory on November 3, 2018.
October 5 vs. Northwestern
- Average asking price: $199
- Get-in price: $61
Nebraska currently has a slight edge in this rivalry, 7-5. The teams first played in 1902, and Nebraska won, but there was then a 29-year hiatus until they played again. The teams have played consistently since 2011, and are 4-4 during that span. The $199 average asking price is the third highest among games at Memorial Stadium. Northwestern has won the last two meetings.
October 26 vs. Indiana
- Average asking price: $182
- Get-in price: $57
This series dates to 1936, and the teams played consecutively until 1947. They played on and off until 1978, and then there was a 38-year break before they met again in 2016, when Nebraska won 27-22 at Bloomington. This game will mark the first time Indiana has visited Nebraska since 1977. The Hoosiers hold a 9-8-3 all-time series advantage, but Nebraska has won the last five consecutive. In terms of price, this game falls right in the middle – it has the fourth highest – and lowest – average asking price. The get-in price is the second cheapest.
November 16 vs. Wisconsin
- Average asking price: $106
- Get-in price: $63
With the “Freedom Trophy” on the line, Wisconsin and Nebraska will meet for the 13th time dating to 1901. The game is the cheapest of any at Memorial Stadium on the secondary market. Wisconsin has won the last five consecutive, including a 41-24 victory at Madison on October 6, 2018.
November 29 vs. Iowa
- Average asking price: $258
- Get-in price: $69
The final Big Ten and home game of the season, this rivalry dates to 1891 and is traditionally played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The average asking price is the second highest behind only the Ohio State game. Iowa has won the last four consecutive, including a 31-28 victory on November 23, 2018, but Nebraska holds an all-time series advantage of 29-17-3.