Huskers Set for Trip to Fiesta or Cotton Bowl
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the Big 12 Conference have announced that Nebraska and Oklahoma will fill the league's spots in those two bowl games.
The winner of Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game will earn the conference's automatic bid into the Bowl Championship Series and a trip to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be played on Monday, Jan. 1, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:45 p.m. CST.
The opponent in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be announced as part of Sunday night's BCS announcement show on Fox at 7 p.m. A trip to the Fiesta Bowl would be Nebraska's first since defeating Tennessee in the game following the 1999 season. It would also mark Nebraska's first appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game since the 2002 Rose Bowl. Nebraska would be making its sixth appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. In addition to 1999, Nebraska also played in the contest following the 1975, 1985, 1987, 1989 and 1995 seasons.
The Big 12 Conference runner-up will participate in the 71st Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 1 in Dallas. The Cotton Bowl will kick off at 10:40 a.m. CST and will be televised by Fox Sports.
The opponent in the Cotton Bowl will be a representative of the Southeastern Conference. That team will be determined following Saturday's SEC Championship Game. An appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic would mark Nebraska's first trip to Dallas for the New Year's Day game in 27 years, dating back to a loss to Houston in the 1980 Cotton Bowl. Nebraska also appeared in the Cotton Bowl following the 1964 and 1973 seasons.
Husker fans who are interested in attending Nebraska's bowl game will have an opportunity to place a request for tickets shortly after the conclusion of Saturday's Big 12 Championship games by visiting Huskers.com. Seat locations will be determined at a later date and will be assigned based on Nebraska's donor priority point system.
Nebraska's team allotment for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is 12,500 tickets, with tickets costing $135 each. Beyond the seats designated for the respective team allotments, the Fiesta Bowl is sold out. Nebraska will receive 12,500 tickets for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, with tickets costing $90 each.
Ticket requests for either bowl game will remain available at Huskers.com until the team allotment has sold out. The ticket office will also be open for special hours Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. to accommodate Husker fans wishing to place a request for tickets in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office (Stadium Parking Garage) or over the phone by calling 1-800-8 BIG RED.
Nebraska's bowl appearance will be the school's 44th all-time postseason trip, the fifth-most in NCAA history. Nebraska has played in several January bowl games in recent years, but this year will mark Nebraska's first bowl game on New Year's Day since a 24-17 victory over Miami in the 1995 Orange Bowl.