When your Miami Hurricanes travel north to the Windy City to face Notre Dame this weekend the two teams' series history will either repeat itself or possibly a completely new story will be told.
In spite of their relatively few meetings in the past 30 years many significant and storied games have been played between these two teams in the course of modern college football.
This week once again they will meet for the first time in many years during the regular season. Here are a few of the story lines going into this big game:
• After a thrilling win over NC State, the Miami Hurricanes hit the road for the fourth time in six games to face the No. 9/10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT at Soldier Field in Chicago and will be aired on NBC.
• Saturday will be the 25th meeting between the programs, with Notre Dame owning a 16-7-1 series edge. The Irish have won the previous neutral site meetings, including in the 2010 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
• Miami is 41-27 all-time against AP Top 10 teams and 104-130-2 against Top 25 teams.
• With its win over NC State, Miami has its first three-game winning streak under second-year head coach Al Golden and its first since the 2009 season. The Canes’ 4-1 start is also their best since they were 4-1 in 2009.
• The Hurricanes have posted their first 3-0 ACC start since 2004 — their first season in the conference.
• Sophomore WR Phillip Dorsett reeled in a career-high 191 yards and two TDs on seven catches against NC State following his 184 yards on nine catches at Georgia Tech for back-to-back 100-yard games. Dorsett’s 191 yards are the third-most single-game receiving yards in UM history. In the last two weeks, Dorsett has racked up 375 receiving yards. In the first 15 games of his career, he had recorded 236 reception yards.
• With 651 yards of total offense against NC State, the Canes have recorded more than 400 yards of offense in three straight games. The 651 yards are third-most in UM history, trailing 689 vs. UCLA in 1998 and 655 vs. Boston College in 1984.
• Saturday’s rivalry renewal between Miami and Notre Dame will be televised nationally at 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC. Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) will call the action.
• Miami is 7-16-1 all-time against Notre Dame, but has won five of its last seven meetings with the Irish.
• The series opened in 1955, with the Irish beating the Canes 14-0 in the Orange Bowl.
• From there, Miami won the next meeting in 1960 (28-12). The two teams tied 0-0 in 1965 before Notre Dame won 11 straight meetings from 1967-1980. From 1981-1989, Miami went 6-2 before the Irish won the last two meetings, 29-20, in 1990 and 33-17 at the 2010 Sun Bowl.
• A win this week would give the Hurricanes their first four-game winning streak under Al Golden and first since the 2008 season.
• It would also give the Hurricanes their first win over a Top 10 team since defeating No. 8 Oklahoma in 2009.
• An upset victory over Notre Dame in Chicago would give the Hurricanes their first 5-1 start to the season since 2009.