Two years ago, top-ranked, defending national champion Miami opened its season on the road against a team with one game under its belt. The result: BYU 28, Miami 21.
While the opponent will be different Saturday, the circumstances will be almost identical when the Hurricanes play Iowa.Once again, Miami is defending national champion, ranked No. 1 and starting its season on the road against a team that already has played a game. The only difference is that Iowa lost its opener to North Carolina State in the Kickoff Classic, while BYU came into the game with a victory over Texas-El Paso.
Miami coach Dennis Erickson is aware of the striking similarities between the 1990 and 1992 openers.
"We've reminded our players of what happened last time we were in this situation," he said. "We know we can't afford to be overconfident."
Although Iowa was unimpressive against N.C. State, Miami has several reasons to be concerned about its first game, including the loss of its top rusher and receiver.
Fullback Stephen McGuire will miss the game because he still hasn't recovered from knee surgery and receiver Lamar Thomas, recently indicted in a financial aid scandal, will sit out until his case is resolved.
And that's not all. Injuries have decimated Miami's offensive line and Hurricane Andrew forced the team to move its pregame practices to Vero Beach.
Still, the Hurricanes have too much speed, too much talent and too much big-game experience for the No. 23 Hawkeyes. Quarterback Gino Torretta is back to direct the offense, while the defense is led by one of the best linebacking trios in the country.
Iowa has all-Big Ten center Mike Devlin and standout wide receiver Danan Hughes, whose two TD catches againt N.C. State made him the Hawkeyes' career leader in that category. But they won't be enough to beat the Hurricanes, a two-touchdown favorite whose 18-game winning streak is the nation's longest.
No. 2 Washington (minus 18) at
Arizona State down to fourth-string quarterback . . . WASHINGTON 48-14.
No. 3 Notre Dame (minus 34) at Northwestern (Soldier Field)
First Irish game at Soldier Field in 50 years . . . NOTRE DAME 52-21.
Duke (plus 30) at No. 4 Florida St.
Seminoles' first ACC game . . . FLORIDA ST. 45-10.
No. 7 Texas A&M (minus 9) at LSU
Aggies have lost three straight at Death Valley . . . TEXAS A&M 21-14.
No. 8 Penn St. (minus 27) at Cincinnati
Nittany Lions won 81-0 squeaker last year . . . PENN ST. 38-21.
Vanderbilt (plus 22) at
No. 9 Alabama
Tide has won 21 of last 22 meetings . . . ALABAMA 38-7.
No. 10 Syracuse (minus 10) at
Orangemen avenge last year's 23-20 loss . . . SYRACUSE 35-21.
Utah (plus 27) at No. 11 Nebraska
Derek Brown and Calvin Jones give Huskers dynamic duo at tailback . . . NEBRASKA 42-21.
Colorado St. (plus 25) at
No. 12 Colorado
Buffaloes have won three straight Big Eight titles . . . COLORADO 35-14.
Ball St. (no line) at No. 13 Clemson
Tigers' offensive line averages 301 pounds . . . CLEMSON 32-7.
No. 14 Georgia (minus 81/2) at
Bulldogs welcome Gamecocks to SEC . . . GEORGIA 27-21.
Louisville (plus 17) at
No. 17 Ohio St.
Louisville tries to rebound from 2-9 season . . . OHIO ST. 35-21.
Appalachian St. (no line) at
No. 18 N. Carolina St.
Wolfpack coming off Kickoff Classic win over Iowa . . . NC ST. 42-10.
San Jose St. (no line) at
No. 19 California
Keith Gilbertson debuts as Cal coach . . . CALIFORNIA 38-14.
No. 21 Mississippi St. (plus 21/2) at Texas
Bulldogs' first trip to Lone Star State since 1980 . . . MISSISSIPPI ST. 21-17.
SW Louisiana (plus 21) at
No. 22 Tennessee
Vols open season without ailing coach Johnny Majors . . . TENNESSEE 31-0.
Maryland (plus 15) at No. 25 Virginia
Cavs get rare win over Terps . . . VIRGINIA 21-14.