Roses are red and the Rose Bowl will be too.
ESPN reported Saturday that the Rose Bowl will be about 78% filled with Utah fans after Ohio State reportedly sold two-thirds of its allotment of tickets for the game.
In December, Utah announced it had sold more than 29,000 through its ticket office, selling out its original allotment of 27,800. With its fans snatching up seats, it added an additional 5,200 tickets to increase its allotment to 33,000.
With several of Ohio State's football players opting out of the game, the reason for the heavy Utah presence is understandable. And it's not just because Utah is closer to California or the fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The excitement of the Rose Bowl among the Utah program should be expected as the Utes are making their first appearance in the "Granddaddy of them All" on Saturday.
The Rose Bowl's capacity is 90,888.
Ohio State ticket issues in 2021?
A subplot to the Ohio State football season could be the ticket sales and other issues. Ohio State's game against Oregon was marred by a ticket computer malfunction.
How Ohio State made the Rose Bowl: The 2021 schedule
Sept. 2: Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31
Sept. 11: Oregon 35, Ohio State 28
Sept. 18: Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20
Sept. 25: Ohio State 59, Akron 7
Oct. 2: Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
Oct. 9: Ohio State 66, Maryland 17
Oct. 23: Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
Oct. 30: Ohio State 33, Penn State 24
Nov. 6: Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17
Nov. 13: Ohio State 59, Purdue 31
Nov. 20: Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7
Nov. 27: Michigan 42, Ohio State 27
Jan. 1: Ohio State vs. Utah, Rose Bowl
Ohio State football schedule 2022
Here is what next season looks like for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 3 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Arkansas State, Sept. 10 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Toledo, Sept. 17 in Columbus
Michigan State vs. Ohio State, Sept. 24 in East Lansing
Penn State vs. Ohio State, Oct. 1 in State College, Pa.
Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Oct. 8 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Iowa, Oct. 15 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Indiana, Oct. 29 in Columbus
Northwestern vs. Ohio State, Nov. 5 in Evanston, Ill.
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 12 in Columbus
Maryland vs. Ohio State, Nov. 19 in College Park, Md.
Ohio State vs. Michigan, Nov. 26 in Columbus
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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Utah Utes fans to outnumber Ohio State football fans in Rose Bowl