Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/16/11
There are 120 schools in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for NCAA football. They consist of colleges, universities, and technical institutes, but there is only one "U". Any sports fan will know exactly what you mean when you say, The U. The University of Miami Hurricanes have become The U over their past 30 years of dominance.

From 1983 to 2006 the Hurricanes won 267 games and lost only 69. During this run they also won 5 championships: 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001. They should have repeated to win in 2002 against Ohio State but the refs seemed to have a different plan. They did not win these championships with class and sportsmanship. They won with cocky attitudes, taunting, unsportsmanlike play, flashiness, and relentlessness. You either love them or hate them.

Here are their 5 biggest bowl wins in school history:

5. Peach Bowl: January 2, 1981 - Miami 20 Virginia Tech 10
In Howard Schnellenberger's second season as head coach for the Hurricanes, he led them to their first bowl game since 1967. After being irrelevant for so long Schnellenberger put them on the map and it started with this bowl game. With this win the team and city started gaining confidence toward the future. Miami was relevant again.  Top prospects wanted to come and play for Schnellenberger. This bowl win helped Schnellenberger start recruiting the players he needed to become a national powerhouse.  

4. Orange Bowl: January 1, 1992 - Miami 22 Nebraska 0
This team finished the regular season with it's second ever undefeated record and would take nothing other than a victory. No. 11 Nebraska was once again no match for the talented Hurricanes who shut them out to earn their fourth National Championship. This title gave Miami their 4th Championship in 8 years. They put the "nasty" in dynasty, that's for sure.

3. Orange Bowl: January 1, 1988 -  Miami 20 Oklahoma 14
This championship was advertised as the "Game of the Century". That year Jimmy Johnson led the Canes to its first undefeated season in their history. A then-record 12 Canes would be taken in that year's NFL draft. This is the type of dominance and talent the "U" was known for and took pride in. This type of team built a reputation and led the way for other Miami teams such as the one listed at #2.

2. Rose Bowl: January 3, 2002 - Miami 37 Nebraska 14
Nebraska was controversially chosen to play for the national championship by the beloved BCS computers after getting smacked by Colorado the week prior. Miami would show them they did not belong. With a 34-0 lead at halftime, the Canes cruised to a 37-14 victory behind the arm of Ken Dorsey and hands of Andre Johnson. This was such a big victory for the program for the simple fact of pure dominance. This was arguably the greatest college football team of all time. 17 players from this championship team got drafted, a record 10 got drafted in the first round. At the running back position they had Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis, and Frank Gore. Analysts laugh when people ask if a college team could beat an NFL team because they don't have NFL players at each position. In this case, the Hurricanes had multiple NFL talents at each position.

1. Orange Bowl: January 2, 1984 - Miami 31 Nebraska 30
The Hurricanes ranked 5th in the nation playing the No. 1 undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers who were favored by 10.5 points. Nebraska had the Heisman trophy winner at running back, No. 1 pick in the NFL draft at wingback, and All-American at quarterback. They battled back and forth tying and each taking the lead throughout the game. Nebraska brought the score to 31-30 in the final moments. Head coach Tom Osborne decided to go for the win rather than the tie. Miami broke up the pass on the 2 point conversion, won the game, and were later voted No. 1 earning their first AP National Championship. This victory put them on the map; players wanted to play there and coaches wanted to coach there. This was the spark that started the Miami program who dominated for so long.

"The U" would like to thank Nebraska for being the victim in the majority of these major bowl victories. Hopefully, these recent violations do not bury the Hurricane football program and they can soon return to dominance. They have been one of the top 3 programs in the past 30 years, if not higher. Love em' or hate em', you couldn't help but watch them. These bowl games are how they made it so big.
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