It had all the makings of historic heavyweight slugfest.
Two proud schools with a ton of history reviving a rivalry that was one of the most intense during the historic rise of the Miami Hurricanes during the '80s.
The Sooners, a perennial top dog, recently wounded against a young brash team skyrocketing up the rankings looking to restore the lore of "The U".
But Alas, it was not meant to be. While the Sooners held up their part of the bargain with a dominating defense that shutout the most prolific offense of the past two years in their last game before the match-up, the Hurricanes fell apart at Virginia Tech, barely even showing up in an embarrassing loss that demonstrated none of the prowess of the previous two games.
If anything, the "U" looked like it stood for uninspired. There was none of the infamous Miami swagger in Blacksburg this weekend as the Hurricanes were dominated in every possible facet of the game.
It would be appealing for Sooner fans to write off the Hurricanes as any easy win after that horrific performance, but as any handicapper knows, teams perform much better the week following an embarrassing loss.
The Sooners will be on the road, and with the history of the rivalry, this is the game Miami has been looking forward to ever since they realized how good they are. Reports are team members had "Beat OU" written in their locker room before they ever left for Virginia. Maybe "Beat VT" banners would have served them better.
Miami will be looking forward to restoring their reputation against the Sooners. The problem for Miami is that the Sooners are already on the road to redemption themselves after their first week loss to BYU.
For Oklahoma, this once-big game is now a virtual no-win situation. Oklahoma will be favored by more than road teams usually are and nothing but total domination will impress the pollsters. And domination is much harder to come by on the road.
Sam Bradford is likely to come back after consulting Dr. James Andrews for clearance, and if he does, he will need a quarter or two to re-calibrate with his receivers.
One thing that remains the same for the Sooners is that this game is a must-win even if the win will not be as impressive. But now the same thing can be said for the Hurricanes.
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