Let me set the scene. New Year’s Eve 2010 started like any other day in the quiet town of El Paso, Texas. The sun was shining, there was a bite in the late December air, and the world was beginning to pull itself out of the recession (I think?). The citizens of El Paso would soon learn, however, that this would be a New Year’s Eve that they would never forget.
For that fateful day in December, the 7-5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish would be facing off against the also 7-5 Miami Hurricanes in the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl. In a game that college football personalities and experts everywhere had already written off as a battle between two has-been programs, one man silenced his haters. Not for good, but for as long as the game went on.
That man was none other than #11 in blue, Tommy Rees. The offense EXPLODED like a roman candle and caught the lackluster Hurricane defense totally asleep. Rees went off for an overwhelming 201 yards passing and two TD’s to Michael Floyd, who probably drove to the game drunk. The Irish won the game 33-17 in a game that proved to be the perfect start to what would go on to be a fuzzy new year at best.
Since that historic Sun Bowl victory, the Irish have yet to lose to Miami (go ahead, look it up). This so-called “rivalry” is about as lop-sided as Michael Scott’s mattress with his diary beneath it. And in a year where the Irish could find themselves in the College Football Playoff for the first time since its creation, guess who’s the QB coach. That’s right, Tommy Rees.
People are warning me to be wary of this Miami team, to not get too ahead of myself, but listen — as long as we have good ole Tommy Rees up in the booth I have ZERO doubt in my mind that Notre Dame wins this game Saturday.
Don’t get me wrong, the start of this game will suck. Miami will force an early turnover, flaunt the turnover chain, and for the first time in a long time, Miami fans will arrive on time and be LOUD. But that energy won’t last. Notre Dame will do what they’ve done all year and wear down the Miami defense with a balanced attack, before delivering the final blow with their punishing ground game.
So I’ll let the Miami fans chirp me, try and get in my head. But the reality is I’m much more scared of this Navy game next week than I am of this Miami team. In a rematch of the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl, Notre Dame will win by the EXACT. SAME. SCORE.
Notre Dame: 33 Miami: 17
Go Irish. Beat Miami.