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Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Meet Miami Hurricanes in 2012

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One of the most forgotten about college football rivalries from the 1980′s will be renewed in 2012. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes are set to do battle three times during the next decade.

The two football powerhouses have not faced one another since 1990, and have experienced a drop-off in success since they last met. NCAA football point spreads will likely be very small due to the comparable talent on the two football clubs.

It remains to be seen who the impact players will be when the teams first meet on the frozen tundra of Soldier Field in 2012. The players, coaches, even front offices might change before their home-and-home series starts in South Bend, Indiana on October 8, 2016.

The series will wrap up in Miami Gardens, Florida on the Hurricanes’ home field in Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2017. NCAA football lines will surely be affected by the venues where each game played in the series.

The historic rivalry can be traced back to the 1950′s, but was most interesting during the 1980′s when the two schools were at the top of the college football landscape.

Notre Dame suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Miami in 1985. It was Gerry Faust’s last game as head coach for the Irish, and his team was blown out by a score of 58-7.

Faust was replaced by Lou Holtz, who vowed to be more successful against the Hurricanes. Notre Dame became a national title contender once again, and the annual rivalry game became must-see-TV during the late 80′s.

Miami countered by winning three national titles during that decade. Holtz redeemed the Irish by beating undefeated and No. 1 ranked Miami in 1988, a contest that has been nicknamed the “Catholics vs. Convicts” game. Former Notre Dame student Patrick Walsh is credited with coining the phrase, and put the slogan on t-shirts just before the game.

The Hurricanes scored a touchdown in the final minute to come within one point of the Fighting Irish. Instead of kicking an extra point to possibly end the game in a 31-31 draw, Miami head coach Jimmie Johnson decided to go for two with the reasoning that, “We always play to win.” The defending national champion Hurricanes failed to convert, and lost the game 31-30.

The Fighting Irish went on to win the rest of their games that season, including their last national championship to date. Their last meeting in ’90 saw the Irish victorious once again at the expense of the Hurricanes. The 29-20 result knocked the Hurricanes out of the national championship game that year.

The schools have not seen much success in the years since the rivalry ended, especially Notre Dame. They are in the midst of a national championship drought, and are set as the underdogs again this year for the 2011 BCS National Championship by NCAA football odds at +4000.

One of the most forgotten about college football rivalries from the 1980′s will be renewed in 2012. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes are set to do battle three times during the next decade.

The two football powerhouses have not faced one another since 1990, and have experienced a drop-off in success since they last met. NCAA football point spreads will likely be very small due to the comparable talent on the two football clubs.

It remains to be seen who the impact players will be when the teams first meet on the frozen tundra of Soldier Field in 2012. The players, coaches, even front offices might change before their home-and-home series starts in South Bend, Indiana on October 8, 2016.

The series will wrap up in Miami Gardens, Florida on the Hurricanes’ home field in Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2017. NCAA football lines will surely be affected by the venues where each game played in the series.