Miami finished 7-4 in the regular season, going 5-3 in the ACC. After a strong start for the Hurricanes, key injuries and poor play caused them to falter in the latter half of their season. Because of those struggles, their head coach Randy Shannon was fired after the regular season ended. This will be Miami's 11th bowl appearance in the last 12 years.
Notre Dame finished 7-5 in their regular season, ending their season with a big win over USC. The Fighting Irish were able to improve on their record from a year ago under first year coach Brian Kelly. It is Notre Dame's 18th bowl appearance in the last 24 years, with this being their first appearance at the Sun Bowl.