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Top all time Orange Bowls for the Miami Hurricanes

Ari Russell



(USA Today- RVR Photos)

On Saturday night the Miami Hurricanes will play the Wisconsin Badgers in the Orange Bowl which is a game that has quite the history for the Canes. Let’s take some time and reflect back at some of Miami’s best Orange Bowl performances:

4January 2nd 1992

#1 Miami would take on #11 Nebraska for what would prove to be a national title for the Canes provided they beat the Cornhuskers. Miami would come in unscathed after a great season that included a 17-16 win over then #1 FSU and a 26-20 win over #9 Penn State. In this contest Miami dominated completely shutting down Nebraska en-route to a 22-0 victory.

3. January 2, 1989

#2 Miami would face #6 Nebraska where Miami came in 10-1 their only loss that season of course happened against Notre Dame in the famed Catholics vs. Convicts match up. Anyways Miami would prove dominant again in this one winning 23-3

2. January 1, 1988

In the previous year #2 Miami tangled with #1 Oklahoma. This was important as people were starting to question whether Jimmy Johnson could deliver a national title. After taking over in 1984 Johnson hadn’t delivered a title to Miami. The 1987 team came in with moderate expectations, however by year’s end they would prove to have one of the most dominant seasons in history. When Miami took down Oklahoma 20-14 they would end up knocking off six ranked opponents by an average of 23.9 points only allowing a total of 125 all season.

1.  January 1, 1984

This was huge match up between #5 ranked Miami and #1 ranked Nebraska. Miami would come in 10-1 with their only loss was to Florida in the first game of the season. This was a battle with Miami being led by QB Bernie Kosar. On the other side of the ball were the dominant Cornhuskers with QB Turner Gill and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier. This is considered one of the greatest football games ever played with Miami winning after a failed two point attempt by Nebraska at the end of the game. Miami’s win would propel them to their first ever national title.

Of course all these games mentioned were played in the actual Orange Bowl which has a special place in every Miami Hurricanes fan’s heart. This one is in Hard Rock Stadium of course, which became quite the home field advantage this season for Miami.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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