JoePa visits the Bear’s house. The ‘Canes blow into the Horseshoe for a rematch of the 2002 national championship game. Florida State’s first big game post-Bowden takes place in Norman, Okla., a rematch of the 2000 national title game.
Hey, neither the Fighting Irish nor the Wolverines is ranked.
The Nittany Lions and Crimson Tide routinely squared off in the 1970s and early ‘80s, when Bear Bryant was stalking Alabama’s sideline. The Bear is gone now, but the Tide’s stadium is named after him. Meanwhile, the 83-year-old Paterno has 395 victories.
The last time Ohio State played Miami, it was the Buckeyes pulling off the upset.
Ohio State’s 31-24 double-overtime victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl kept the Hurricanes from repeating as national champions and made the Buckeyes champs for the first time in more than three decades. It was also the night official Terry Porter became famous for throwing a flag for pass interference on Miami that is debated to this day.
“It’s like everyone is making sure that we remember what happened,” said current Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, who are the underdogs this time to the second-ranked Buckeyes.
Since Bob Stoops took over at Oklahoma in 1999, the Sooners have been perennial contenders. But they haven’t won a national championship since Stoops‘ second season, when the Sooners beat Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles 13-2 in the 2001 Orange Bowl.
Stoops is still cranking out wins in Norman, but Bowden’s time at Florida State is over. It’s now Jimbo Fisher’s job to return the 17th-ranked Seminoles to elite status and beating No. 10 Oklahoma would be a giant step in the right direction.
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