Hurricanes host the Irish

09 November 2017 00:43:20 GMTPlus11

The Miami Hurricanes welcome in the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame this weekend in one of three match-ups between teams in the Top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

Georgia is in Auburn to play the Tigers and Oklahoma and TCU clash in Norman, but the Irish and the Hurricanes is the one that fires the imagination.

The Catholics vs. Convicts it was dubbed in 1988 when the two teams met in South Bend in what ultimately would be an undefeated national title-winning season for Notre Dame. Not since then have the two teams met with so much on the line.

The Irish come into the game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami with an 8-1 record. The lone loss was by a single point to the Georgia Bulldogs, a result that has so far gotten better with age, as the unbeaten winners have moved up to second in the AP Top 25 Poll.

That and solid wins over Michigan State, USC and North Carolina State has vaulted Notre Dame up the rankings after opening the season unranked in the AP Top 25 Preseason Poll.

Miami on the other hand was ranked 18th to open the campaign with expectations that they Georgia and Florida were a little under ranked.

While the Gators have fallen by the wayside spectacularly, the Hurricanes and Bulldogs have soared into national title contention.

Notre Dame's rise has been fuelled by a strong offensive line and a rushing attack that is fifth in the nation, behind only Army, Navy, Georgia Tech and Arizona.

The Irish face a Miami side that has averaged 170 yards conceded on the ground and it seems likely that it will be in that battle that the game will be won or lost.

Notre Dame are 101.00 to win the NCAAF Championship, with the Hurricanes 15.00 and Clemson 3.25.

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