Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Miami is back in the postseason after missing it last year, a small but important step in getting the program back to where it needs to be. The Hurricanes have depended on young playmakers all season, and the defense has struggled in the Canes' past two losses against Georgia Tech and NC State. They'll have to improve their running defense to stop talented sophomore Jahvid Best, who has 1,394 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns this season.
Maryland was able to hold Best to just 25 yards on Sept. 13 in a 35-27 win, but this time, Cal won't have to travel across the country. Miami has the No. 2 scoring offense in the ACC, but has been inconsistent behind the play of quarterbacks Robert Marve and Jacory Harris. The young receivers have also had a few drops this season. Miami has 19 interceptions and 20 touchdowns, and will face the Pac-10's leader in interceptions (21) and the No. 2 scoring defense. The Canes have been at their best when Graig Cooper and Javarris James get the ground game going. Cal finished its seasons with back-to-back wins, while the Hurricanes lost their final two. The Canes lead the series 2-1.