For sale in the Appalachian State bookstore: "Showdown" T-shirts, for a mere $14.99.

It's just another example of how No. 25 Miami's trip to Boone, North Carolina on Saturday is a very, very big deal to the Mountaineers.

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Oddsmakers expect a close game, and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya said App State is getting the same level of respect and focus from the Hurricanes as a rivalry game would.

Saturday is the first time Miami and App State will meet in football. A record crowd at App State's Kidd Brewer Stadium is virtually assured.

"Nothing about them should be taken lightly," Kaaya said. "They're a legit college football team. I think they're one of the best teams on our schedule, honestly."