"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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Quick note on point 3 about Montana from a I-AA fan.
The biggest reason that Montana (and a lot of I-AA teams) sell out all year long and don't in the playoffs is due to the NCAA's cut. For home games the schools keep the gate revenue. For playoff games the NCAA takes a cut of the paid attendance. So teams that "sold out" all year long suddenly count their numbers much more carefully because they owe the NCAA money for every ticket sold. This same stat can be shown for most of the "big time" I-AA programs and happens every year (Montana, App. St., Delaware etc). Just as many people were at those playoff games as regular season games but there is incentive to not pad your attendance to keep as much money in your own pocket.
Playoffs will pack the stands.