College football is at its best when programs like University of Southern California Trojans, Texas Longhorns and the University of Miami Hurricanes are included in the National Title talk.

Nowadays, the University of Miami is the program trending towards relevancy. USC opened with sky high expectations following the return of Sam Darnold, potentially the first QB off the board in the 2018 Draft.Texas has been stuck in reverse for nearly 10 years since they beat USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl to be crowned National Champions.

13 W’s and looking good

The Hurricanes join the conversation owning the nation’s longest winning streak at 13 games. This isn’t a ‘Canes team that has garnered respect like many of the great teams that came before it. Its starting to look like they found some of that famed swagger that defined the great UM teams of the 80’s and 90’s.

7th in the latest CFP rankings with an undefeated record

This has set the stage for a heavyweight match-up with a long-time rival Notre Dame led by Heisman contender Josh Adams who has torched teams on the ground all season long with a number 3 ranking to boot. Not to mention their assistant coaches too.

Miami hasn’t dominated their schedule by any stretch of the imagination. It promises to be a great game.

Regardless, they are undefeated and have a chance to make a big statement nationally that The U is back. Miami is backed by a stingy, opportunistic defense that is allowing under 18 points per game.  Junior quarterback Malik Rozier leads an offensive unit that has done just enough to win games all year.

Saturday in a primetime game that will make many reminisce of tales from football yesteryear. We will find out if Miami is indeed a legit contender and if they are ready to reclaim their spot at the table with the juggernauts of college football.

This week’s matchup with Notre Dame certainly has title implications for many teams vying to make the College Football Playoff. A loss for either team likely ends their title hopes.

The U looks ready, the question is are you?