On Monday Irish head coach, Brian Kelly, talked about the Irish's New Year's Eve trip to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Coach recalled the rivalry that once existed between Notre Dame and Miami back in the 80s and described it as "fierce."
In terms of this year's face-off, Kelly explained it as "a matchup that has a lot of people interested."
Kelly also said that he hopes the game will be an opportunity to set a tone for the 2011 season.
The team has not yet looked at tapes of the Hurricane team, but it's on the agenda before the team starts practicing for again on Wednesday.
The showdown is set for 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve.