By Andrew Jones
If No. 12 Miami is going to pull off the upset of No. 2 Ohio State before 105,000 Buckeyes fans Saturday, it must perform nearly flawlessly.
The Hurricanes have been building toward this moment ever since Randy Shannon replaced Larry Coker four years ago. Coker went 59-16 and won a national championship in his first season at the helm, but recruiting stagnated and the program had clearly lost its bite. Shannon was assigned the responsibility of restoring order to a program that won five national titles from 1983-2001, and reached the title game following the 2002 campaign, where it lost to Ohio State.
A gigantic step in that direction could take place at the Horseshoe. A Miami victory wouldn