Contrary to false reports, Miami did sell all of their 4,000 allotted tickets for the game. So there will be some ‘Cane fans in the corner of the North End Zone of the Horseshoe.
That’s about all the support they can expect to heart among the more than 100,000 other fans that will be cheering on the Buckeyes.
Here’s an interesting fact: the last time Miami played in front of a six-figure crowd was in 2002 in Neyland Stadium at Tennessee. Coach Randy Shannon downplayed the atmosphere to the Columbus Dispatch.
"You're not (awed) by it because of what we see when we go out," said. "You may see Alex Rodriguez or one of the Wayans brothers, or you may see Dwyane Wade. Those are big-name guys. When you go to places that are traditional like Ohio State, Michigan, places like that, you've been in awe already. I think that kind of helps us out."
I’ll agree with Shannon on this, I doubt his players will be awed, a lot of them are highly-rated recruits used to all sorts of pressure and high-profile environments. But there’s a difference between awe and apprehension. The ‘Shoe gift-wraps the Silver Bullets a few offensive procedure penalties during a big game like this due to the noise level in the stadium.
And although school in is not in session, the student allotment of tickets for this showdown sold out in minutes. Most of the current Buckeyes will be rocking and rolling in the South End Zone. The closer the game is down the stretch, the harder it will be for the Hurricanes to hear anything but the voices inside their head.