On Saturday, they just might bring out the best in each other once again.
"We can't get caught up in the emotions surrounding the game," said Miami defensive back A.J. Highsmith, whose father Alonzo played in the heyday of the Irish-Hurricanes rivalry. "History's a big part of it, but it's a football game today. It'll get decided by teams doing what they do now, not what teams did 20 years ago."