The last time a Volunteers team played at the Orange Bowl stadium, the Vietnam War was still being fought. Look for a battle of different sort this time. Last season’s game left U.T. shell shocked, and the team never really recovered. This time, look for s difference in attitude from the Vols. The Hurricanes are just as formidable as last year, in spite of RB Willis McGahee’s early departure, and Ken Dorsey’s graduation. Former Florida Gator Brock Berlin is the Canes’ QB, one which the Vols defensive staff has prior knowledge of, and while he is a very good signal caller, he does not have the knack that Dorsey had to get out of a jam.
The Volunteers’ defensive backs will need to be on their toes all days. Perennial All American Kellen Winslow, Jr. is one of the nation’s top players, one who has handled the pressure cooker expectation of Miami fans without breaking a sweat. Still, the Vols come into this game with nothing to lose, and much to gain. Miami is expected to be in the top 10 at this point of the season, and a Big Orange win could do much in determining who goes where in the BCS standings!
Miami’s 2002 record 13-1 (7-0 in the Big East)
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