A New Chapter in a Rich History with the Hurricanes
For a team that Nebraska's only played 10 times, Miami has sure been a memorable opponent. In fact, it might be fair to call it the most significant rivalry for the Huskers not involving a team that it's shared a conference with. The two teams will meet in Lincoln in September.
After a 1950's home and home saw each host claim victory, the two teams next met in the 1962 Gotham Bowl. NU eked out a 36-34 victory in their first ever bowl win (and only their third bowl appearance) in their first season under head coach Bob Devaney in a back and forth contest. A pair of games took place in Lincoln in 1975-1976 seasons that the Huskers won over an unranked Hurricane squad.
The fireworks really started when the two teams met with the national championship on the line in the 1984 Orange Bowl (which happened to be Miami's home stadium). Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne opted to attempt a 2-point conversion as the game ended for an outright victory when a near certain PAT kick would have delivered him a national championship . A rematch in that stadium five years later went solidly in favor of the 'Canes, as did one three years after that which produced another national title for Miami. The Huskers finally turned the tables as the visiting team in 1995, claiming Tom Osborne's first national championship. The schools met one final time in the Rose Bowl (again for the nation's crown) only to see the Hurricanes cruise to an easy win.
Neither program appears anywhere near a title contender. Both schools finished 9-4 a year ago and will be breaking in young quarterbacks. They also each have a standout running back and kick returner coming back. If we look at computer ratings for the teams a year ago, we see the Huskers might have been a touchdown favorite at home. That's in part due to a bad 2-4 finish for Miami after winning 7 games to start the season. As usual, the Hurricanes recruit well so they'll bring a good amount of talent to Lincoln.
Hard to say this far out whether this game will be a gem or one of the more forgettable outings in the storied series. At this point, it appears to be the most attractive home game on the schedule. Who wouldn't prefer a ticket to this one over Florida Atlantic, McNeese State, Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue, or Minnesota?