"Homefield advantage is a thing, but the Shoe the last few years has been noticably quieter, probably just because of the lack of big games"
I more or less contribute it to a couple other things as well.
- Ticket prices have priced out a lot of the true fans and we have some fair weather fans that jumped on board after the national championship.
- nooner games are tough to get up for. it is always a better atmosphere at 3:30 games or later even against lesser competition.
- the fickell defenses of the past 4 years have given up way to many plays on 3rd down which take the momentum out of the crowd. As well as making freshman and inexperience QB's look like Heisman contenders when we play them