AMELIA ISLAND — Will the Hurricanes be top 25 team in 2016? Back in January, several websites interested in making such determinations said yes, they will be … at least to start the season.
Add ESPN to that list.
A poll posted by national college football writer Mark Schlabach on Tuesday ranked Miami at No. 24.
Schlabach, who did not rank Miami in his poll in January, joined CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd (had Miami No. 13 in January), USA Today’s Paul Myerberg (No. 21), the Post’s Tom D’Angelo (No. 23) and Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel (No. 25) in showing the Hurricanes some premature love.
Here’s what Schlabach wrote about Miami, which finished 8-5 (5-3 ACC) last year:
The Hurricanes will have to stay healthy and get a few breaks to make a lot of noise in Mark Richt’s first season coaching his alma mater. But with Brad Kaaya leading the offense and a formidable front leading the defense, there’s reason for optimism. Miami will have to solidify its offensive line and get some help from incoming freshmen and juco receivers. There are also concerns about depth on defense, especially at linebacker and in the secondary, where all four starters must be replaced. Early enrollees Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pinckney are expected to start at linebacker in coordinator Manny Diaz’s aggressive scheme.
What do you think?