Viva la Sun Bowl! Notre Dame vs Miami: Game preview

Only few would have properly predicted the location of the old west Texas town of El Paso for the reunion, but nonetheless, the famed Notre Dame/Miami rivalry reignites on New Year’s Eve near the Mexican border.

Bowl games are a great reward for the teams as the players and coaches get to enjoy a few days of activities and events leading up to the game, but once the ball is kicked, no one will care that Coach Kelly took the team shopping for new boots.

Yes, that did happen.

Both teams thought they were set at the quarterback position going into the season, but entering the bowl game, that is not the case for either squad.

Jacory Harris has been wildly inconsistent all season, and the injury to the Irish’s Dayne Crist has thrust untested Tommy Rees into more action his freshman year than anyone anticipated.

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Showdown Letdown: OSU Report and Review

As sequels often do, last Saturday’s showdown between the Miami Hurricanes and the Ohio State Buckeyes failed to live up to the promise of the original—the original, of course, being the two team’s classic 2003 Fiesta Bowl BCS National Championship game. It might have been unreasonable to expect a preseason game to matched one of college football’s greatest title games in intensity, big hits, and twists of fate, but no one expected the snoozer that ended up with a 36-24 Ohio State victory. If it wasn’t for the 2 and the 12 beside their names on the TV scoreboard, it would have been easy to forget that both team are members of college football’s 90th percentile.

By: Hans Hetrick

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