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Nebraska fans known for traveling far and wide are mostly staying home from Capital One Bowl


FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, the east side of Memorial Stadium spells out "THANKS TOM" for retiring athletic director Tom Osborne during an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Osborne will retire as Nebraska's athletic director on Jan. 1, 2013, and end an association with the university that began in 1962. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Adam Wolffbrandt, File) LOCAL TV OUT, KOLN, KGIN, KLKN (The Associated Press)

Those Nebraska fans who famously travel anywhere to support the Big Red apparently are staying home in droves from the Capital One Bowl game against sixth-ranked Georgia.

The university's ticket office has unloaded less than one-third of its 12,500-ticket allotment for Tuesday's game in Orlando, Fla., and brokers have sold seats for as little as $9. Large blocks are available for far below face value.

Factors for the tepid interest? Could be the expensive air fares to Florida, the fact that No. 23 Nebraska is playing at the same bowl site for the second straight year or maybe all those road games this year left a lot of folks tapped out. There also appears to be a crisis of confidence among the fans since the Huskers' 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.