Colorado fans are busy bragging about the fact that they are likely going to just barely outnumber Nebraska football fans on Saturday.
While some people claim that the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oklahoma Sooners rivalry is one born out of mutual respect (it’s actually not) no such claim is made about the rivalry between the Huskers and the Colorado Buffaloes.
The two teams’ fanbases simply do not like each other. Back when the Nebraska football team was regularly taking on the Buffs, it was clear the players didn’t like each other much either.
Because of the deep dislike between the two sides, the rivalry has taken on many forms. One form is bragging rights over attendance.
This week, the attendance feud reached a new weird crescendo when a Colorado beat writer bragged about how the Buffs were going to have just over half their stadium full of CU’s own fans. The Denver Post article, titled “Coach Prime 1, Nebraska 0: CU fans will outnumber Big Red faithful at Buffs-Huskers, ticket site predicts” just begs for ridicule.
Nebraska football has fallen a long way from its glory days. There are some who will claim Husker fans have no room or reason to mock any other fan base. And the points would be valid.
But can you imagine a Nebraska football beat writer proudly crowing about Memorial Stadium being 51 percent full of Husker fans for a big game against a hated rival? Outright admitting that the opposing fans will take up almost half the seats?
I’ve talked before about Colorado bragging about a sellout for this game, while leaving out it’s a sellout because Nebraska football fans bought tickets en masse.
Nebraska football fans still showing out
In order to continue beating their chest about the attendance for Saturday’s game, the Post quoted someone it only credits as a fan from way back, Ben Cary as saying there will likely be more Buffs fans than Husker fans.
"“I think this year it’s going to be close to 50-50, and I think CU fans will barely outnumber Nebraska (supporters),” Cary said. “(It will be) 51-49% gold. I’m optimistic. I really do think there’s huge hype with Coach Prime.”"
“Optimistic” that there will be more Colorado fans than Nebraska football fans at the biggest game in the last decade for the Buffaloes. I’m not sure I’d count that a win just yet