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OU Insider: Miami's rise could help Sooners

By Jake Trotter Modified: September 21, 2009 at 8:11 am •  Published: September 21, 2009

/> Along with USC-California, scheduled to be the ABC primetime game, OU-Miami will be the co-matchup of the day. Especially if the Hurricanes take down Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., this Saturday.

"I’ve been watching Miami on TV. They are a great team, with a great quarterback and a lot of great skill players,” said linebacker Travis Lewis. "There’s going to be a lot of hype with this game.”

The downside to Miami’s resurrection is that any loss eliminates the Sooners from national championship consideration. But beating a mediocre Miami team would not help the Sooners with the BCS in the end, either. Case in point: USC fell below the Sooners in the polls this week following its loss at Washington; but the Trojans would be right back ahead of OU in the polls — and eventually the computers — with a victory at Cal.

But the upside to Miami’s ascension? The chance to return this wayward season to the title path.

"I’ve been watching Miami,” Taylor said. "‘The U’ is back.”

Beat them, and the Sooners will be, too.

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