Miami’s stay in the top 10 was brief.
A 20-19 loss to rival Florida State dropped the Hurricanes (4-1, 1-1 ACC) from No. 10 to No. 16 in the Associated Press top 25.
(I ranked the Hurricanes 15th on my AP ballot.)
The Seminoles (4-2, 1-2) jumped from 23rd to 14th.
Miami continues an important stretch of games this week, facing North Carolina (4-2, 2-1) at home (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2). UNC, which beat FSU on a last-second field goal in Tallahassee two weeks ago, were the preseason ACC Coastal favorite and were ranked as high as 17th. They dropped out after last week’s loss to Virginia Tech.
After playing UNC, UM rests for four days before visiting Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on a Thursday (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The Hokies are 17th in this week’s poll.
The Hurricanes have a 10-day break before a visit to Notre Dame (2-4) on Saturday, Oct. 29 (3:30 p.m., NBC). The Irish were ranked 10th in the preseason poll but their only wins are over Nevada (3-3) and Syracuse (2-4). Notre Dame lost to one ranked team, Michigan State, that was 12th at the time and is now 2-3 and out of the poll.
Miami spent two weeks in the top 10 in 2013, rising to No. 7 before its Oct. 26 game against Wake Forest and remaining there before its next game, against Florida State. UM was in the top 10 for three weeks in 2009, two of them consecutive. Miami hasn’t been a top-10 program three weeks in a row since 2005.
The Hurricanes spent 42 straight weeks in the top 10 from 2000-03, with 22 of those weeks at No. 1.