When did Notre Dame and Miami last play each other as ranked teams?


The rivalry game between Miami and Notre Dame used to be one of the most heated in all of college football.

Between 1987 and 1990, Miami and Notre Dame faced off as top-10 teams every single season. And in 1987, 1988 and 1989, the winner of their game went on to win the national championship.

So, the game today between No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 7 Miami is sort of a big deal.

They play every season these days, but in 1990 was the last time the Hurricanes and Irish have played as ranked teams–when the top-10 teams played each other in South Bend, Ind. and Notre Dame won 29-20. Rocket Ismail had 100 yards rushing as well as a 94-yard kickoff touchdown return.

The game followed some of the most heated games ever played in the history of college football, including the 1988 classic today still known as the “Catholics vs. Convicts” game that pitted two undefeated teams against each other and saw the defending national champion Hurricanes get beat 31-30 b the Fighting Irish. (The game is often considered the greatest of all Notre Dame victories, as was voted upon as such in a 2005 poll.)

The 2017 version of the game is the most anticipated since the heydey of the rivalry and has major College Football Playoff implications.

The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. Central Time from Miami; it will be televised on ABC.

Cheryl Wray covers college football and other sports for Alabama Media Group. She can be found on Twitter @cwray_sports and by email at cwray@al.com.


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