Why it is crucial for the Hurricanes to win the Orange Bowl

08 October 2016: University of Miami mascot leads the team unto the field before the game against Florida State University in FSU's 20-19 victory at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida.
Tomorrow night, the Miami Hurricanes will play another home game. Hard Rock stadium will be loud and full of turnover chain wearing fans once again. But this one means a little bit more.
It’s the Orange Bowl, a game rich in tradition for the Canes. And it’s a chance for them to exact some measure of redemption for the way the season ended. Just in case you forgot, Miami was 10-0 and ranked 2nd in the nation before losing their final two games to Pittsburgh and then to Clemson in the ACC title game. And not only did they lose that game to Clemson, they got trounced, shown up by a better team.
Some schools don’t take bowl games very seriously, some schools look at these games as just something meaningless and trite. Something for the sponsors and fans to consume. But for the Canes, they are undoubtedly reminding themselves that this game means much more to them than it may to some others who would be in their shoes.
They have one last chance to move onto the 2018 season on a high note. It is also one last chance to impress any remaining recruits that have held back their commitments until national signing day in February. They have a chance to show that this past season was not a fluke, but rather an indication. A storm warning if you will, that reads the Miami Hurricanes are back! And there is nothing you can do about it.
It’s the Orange Bowl, and the stakes are high. But for Miami, it is imperative that they seize this opportunity at redemption. To show the world that they are and will be a team to be reckoned with.


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