Nebraska has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Ameer Abdullah. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)
Michigan isn’t the only Big Ten school struggling to sell football tickets to students.
With less than a month until the season opener, Nebraska still has 1,000 of its 8,500 student football season tickets for sale.
However, athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson said Friday the school still expects to sell out all 8,500 student tickets. All remaining tickets are for the south end zone.
Michigan is projecting student season-ticket sales of 12,000 – down from about 21,000 in 2012 and 19,000 last season. The Wolverines’ home schedule is less than ideal, with games at Michigan Stadium against Appalachian State, Miami of Ohio, Utah, Minnesota, Penn State, Indiana and Maryland. Michigan’s top three games – against Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State – are all on the road.
Nebraska’s Anderson said several promotions are planned for students. Among them are pregame festivities, a student rewards program and the ability to purchase guest tickets.
Ohio State, meanwhile, isn’t experiencing the same challenges as Michigan and Nebraska.
The Toledo Blade reported last month that the Buckeyes had sold full or partial season tickets to 29,614 students -- 16,553 for all seven home dates and 13,061 for Big Ten games only.