Notre Dame-Miami matchup harkens to glory days (Nov 11, 2017)

Don’t look now, but the 1980s are calling college football fans.

That’s the feel around Saturday night’s clash between Notre Dame and Miami in the Hurricanes’ Hard Rock Stadium home. The teams are ranked No. 3 and No. 7, respectively, in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.

It is the first time since 1989 that both teams have been ranked in the top 10 at the time of their meeting (though there have been only four meetings since then). That season marked the third consecutive year they had met as top 10 teams. Miami was No. 7 and won 27-10 over then-No. 1 Notre Dame in the final game of the regular season.

That win propelled Miami to the No. 2 national ranking going into bowl season, and the Hurricanes won their third national championship of the decade by beating Alabama 33-25 in the Sugar Bowl.

Interestingly, the Hurricanes (8-0) are hoping a victory in this meeting with the Irish (8-1) will have a similar impact. It wouldn’t put them in the national title game or even assure them of one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. But it will keep them going in the right direction.

That’s pretty much all coach Mark Richt could expect.

Even before the second week’s CFP rankings were

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