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Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing145.7 (67th)161.9 (63rd)
Passing232.1 (60th)198.0 (26th)

Hurricanes report: Inside slant

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Inside slant · Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel

Miami won't be playing in a BCS bowl, but the Hurricanes' matchup against LSU in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 in Atlanta has a BCS feel about it.

In fact, the Peach Bowl is one of only three post-season games that will pair Top 10 teams, according to the BCS rankings.

Miami (9-2, 6-2 ACC) holds the No. 8 spot in the final rankings, LSU the No. 9 spot.

In BCS bowls, No. 1 Southern California plays No. 2 Texas in the Rose Bowl, of course, and the Fiesta Bowl has No. 4 Ohio State against No. 6 Notre Dame. But in the Sugar Bowl, Georgia comes in at No. 7 to West Virginia's No. 11 ranking, and Florida State, which upset Virginia Tech in the ACC title game, comes in at No. 22 to Penn State's No. 3 ranking.

Getting LSU, which lost to Georgia in the SEC championship game, for an opponent fills Miami's desire to play the highest-ranked team available in the post-season.

"I really believe with the Sugar Bowl being a couple days later between West Virginia, we have the better game," Miami athletic director Paul Dee said in making the announcement.

The Sugar Bowl, of course, has been moved to Atlanta because of damage to the Superdome in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.

"People watching television will want to watch this game," coach Larry Coker said in a statement.

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