It's 1988 all over again
The players on this years ND and Miami teams have only read about the rivalry that use to be. Most of them were born after the last meeting in 1990, in which the Irish took another victory from Miami 29-20. But the players have heard, read and listened to ex-players and are starting to get the idea that this series was a huge deal. The History Excites the young players on ND and it is building a new anticipated rivalry to follow.
The Irish are healthier than they have been in a few weeks and with the return of Riddick (Theo is back), the running game will be greatly helped. On the Defensive side of the ball, getting Ian Williams is back, should help solidify a defense that played pretty well the last 3 weeks of the season.
In order for the Irish to win, they will need to play very well on Offense. The Hurricane defense is Top Notch, and the Irish will have to make big plays to keep up.
The Irish are a 3 point dog in the game, but I have read a lot of people are taking the points for the Irish to cover and win outright.