Miami Hurricanes Football: Previewing the Matchup vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Miami Hurricanes Football: Previewing the Matchup vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
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The University of Miami Hurricanes are back in action Saturday as they face the No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes in a battle of programs facing heavy NCAA scrutiny.

The Hurricanes and Buckeyes have both been hit hard for their respective scandals that have rocked the schools to the core and placed doubts on their future competitive chances as both institutions are waiting to see how hard the NCAA is going to hit them.

This game was billed as a highly anticipated matchup of two former national championship foes that are in the midst of rebuilding, until Terrelle Pryor left for the NFL, Jim Tressel was forced out and 72 former and current Miami players were fingered by Nevin Shapiro for accepting improper benefits.

The current versions of these teams are light years away from the colossal clash in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

In that game, the No. 2 Buckeyes got the best of the top-ranked Hurricanes by a score of 31-24, mostly in part to a still-controversial pass interference call that nullified a Buckeye incomplete pass on fourth down in the end zone and enabled the Bucks to claim their first national championship, while denying Miami back-to-back championships and the school's sixth overall.

This meeting has since been billed the "Ineligibowl" due to all of the suspensions that have rocked both sides.

Here are five previews that will be key on Saturday:

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