Being a fan of the Miami Hurricanes football team, I often think back to the days of undefeated seasons and national titles.
While I still hope for those days to come back and am hopeful that the Canes go 12-0 this season, there are five games in particular that I would really like to see the Hurricanes win in 2012.
Must-Have Win #1: Kansas State Wildcats
In 2011, the Hurricanes and the Wildcats played a game that was a nail-biter and also happened to be on my wife's birthday. We were at the game, and with seconds left on the clock, Canes quarterback Jacory Harris ran the ball in for what looked like the game-winning score. After a review, he was ruled down and the score came off the scoreboard, which was tough to explain to my 6-year-old who was then crying. In 2012, I am hoping for a little vengeance.
Must-Have Win #2: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Bethune-Cookman shouldn't pose much of a challenge to the Canes this season, as the score of last year's matchup was 45-14. However, this season, Bethune-Cookman is the first opponent that the Hurricanes face at home, which is a game I will be attending with my family, so a big win will be nice to see and great fun for the kids.
Must-Have Win #3: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame is a heated rival that is now back on the 2012 schedule for the Miami Hurricanes. The two teams face off in 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, and I am hoping for a little retribution from the last time that the Canes were embarrassed by the Fighting Irish losing 33-17 in the 2010 Sun Bowl. This is a game I wouldn't miss for the world.
Must-Have Win #4: Florida State Seminoles
If the Hurricanes win against the Seminoles in 2012 and lose the rest of their games, I'll still be somewhat happy. The Noles continue to be the top rival of the Hurricanes, in my opinion, and after last season's 23-19 defeat I badly want to see the Hurricanes come out on top of this contest in 2012. In fact, the Canes haven't beaten the Seminoles since 2009, so they are more than due.
Must-Have Win #5: Virginia Tech Hokies
The Hokies are on the same Coastal Division side of the ACC as the Hurricanes are. While the two teams usually play a great game, last season the Hokies got the better of the Canes, 38-35. It seems the Hokies are always a fly in the ointment for the Hurricanes and have actually had their number for the past few years with the Canes not winning the matchup since 2008. This year, I'll be looking for a little revenge.
Watching Them All
With an exciting schedule planned for 2012, the Hurricanes have no games listed that I won't be watching. As I do every season, I'll either be in the stands or glued to my television rooting for the Canes in every matchup and hoping for some big wins.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of "The U" since he was a child attending games at the original Orange Bowl. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Hurricanes games each season and enjoys writing about NCAA Football and the Miami Hurricanes in particular.
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