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CFB Preview: Notre Dame and Canes Both Try to Get Back on Track

This Saturday’s game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes has plenty of history and hype from years past. The famous rivalry started with Norte Dame wanting revenge for the 1985 game at the Orange Bowl. Miami fans started to dislike the Irish when local TV anchor Jack Nolan, compared  Miami’s 58-7 rout to a car running over a “cute little baby deer”. Just like any college rivalry, its going to be a big game for both teams. This year is a different story with both teams struggling of late.

The Canes

The Miami Hurricanes (4-3) started its season off strong with four straight wins, but then came a one point loss to Florida State followed by a tough loss to North Carolina. Then another loss to Virginia Tech. In that 37-16 defeat Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya went 23-of-38 for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Joseph Yearly led a great running game with nine carries for 59 yards. Ahmoon Richards led the Hurricanes in receiving with three catches for 78 yards, and overall Richards is the top dog in receiving with his 20 receptions, 437 yards and one touchdown. With three losses in a row, the Hurricanes hope to redeem themselves with Norte Dame.

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The Irish

For Norte Dame (2-5), three weeks ago the Irish lost to North Carolina State 10-3 and two weeks ago to Stanford at home 10-3. Then recently Notre Dame lost to Stanford 17-10. During the Stanford game, quarterback DeShone Kizer posted a 14-of-26 line for 154 yards and two interceptions, while leading the Irish in rushing with 11 carries for 83 yards and a score.

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With recently having an off week, hopefully this will give him time to prepare for this weekend’s game.

Head Coach of Norte Dame Brian Kelly says “To be 2-5 and to outscore your opponents has got to be one of the craziest stats in America.” Head Coach of the Miami Hurricanes Mark Richt says after Miami’s third straight loss, “I say continue to work hard, continue to be (loyal) to your teammates and continue to fight. It starts with a great coaching.”

Looking to this game, a lot is at stake for both teams. They fight through their current bad play and both want bragging rights as well.

Action starts at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.

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