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Hurricane Warning: The Cornhuskers Are Coming


Now that Nebraska’s in the Big Ten, rivalries are budding, but nothing like the respectful Oklahoma games or the building hatred of the Texas Longhorns have emerged.

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Many accuse Husker fans of living in the past, but if there’s one element of it that still lives today, it’s that Nebraska doesn’t like the Miami Hurricanes and the feeling is mutual.

The series tie was broken last season during a 41-31 brawl that was as entertaining as it was billed to be and there was even some extracurricular activity.

Well no, street basketball is an extracurricular activity. They fought (repeatedly) and I even back up then-head coach Bo Pelini’s argument that there was no roughing of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, but that’s another story.

The Hurricanes were actually booed out of Memorial Stadium. Anyone who has ever been to Lincoln or heard of Nebraska fans’ hospitality knows that’s worth raising eyebrows over.

The forecast in Miami calls for temperatures near 90 and possible precipitation. While the Big Red needs to make sure handoffs are made properly and the football is secured, they must not channel the ghosts of the 1994 Orange Bowl or even last year.

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Having the Hurricanes blow into Memorial Stadium was a fantasy matchup for both sides. Now Miami gets to return the favor of host as a flood of scarlet and cream prepares to fill Sun Life Stadium.

Attendance at Hurricane home games is often sparse, but a magnet of red and orange may clash in the stands a la the Red River Rivalry this Saturday.

Consider this an advisory to everyone wearing the Huskers’ colors on Saturday: If a Hurricane fan talks trash (or even worse), walk away. The authorities will always catch the person who retaliates.

Interestingly, I can see Mike Riley doing exactly what Tom Osborne did back during that 1994 Orange Bowl — giving that same “Turn the Other Cheek” talk, especially if ACC referees are present.

Be one with the football game, Huskers. BYU and Memphis already made headlines with a Miami Beach Brawl. There needn’t be a second involving the Sunshine State residents.

As ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “Silence is a source of great strength.”

Who knew he was a football fan?

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and Periscope (eightlaces), and like his Facebook page.