For the record, the first “is Miami a national title contender?” article of the offseason (please send us a message if we missed one) dropped on Feb. 28, 2017.
ESPN’s K.C. Joyner, in an series naming those with realistic hopes to win it all, wrote about the Hurricanes and their hopes to win the program’s first national crown since 2001. He calls Miami a “sleeper,” saying if the Canes can get over the hump with Florida State in Week 3, the combination of returning talent and a favorable schedule means a College Football Playoff spot is an attainable goal.
The Hurricanes’ 2017 schedule includes contests against Duke, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia, four teams that posted a combined 14-34 record last season. Add games against non-Power 5 foes (Bethune-Cookman, Arkansas State and Toledo), and more than half of Miami’s games will be against subpar teams.
Miami does have a tough road matchup at Florida State, a team it hasn’t defeated since 2009, but the rest of its ACC opponents posted a combined 20-12 conference mark last season. Add it up, and this is definitely the type of schedule that lends itself to potential national title contention.
The Hurricanes have everything in place to post a double-digit win total for the first time since 2003. The jump from there to the College Football Playoff will likely require an ACC championship game win over either Clemson or Florida State, but given the talent level Miami brings to the table this year, that should be considered an attainable goal for this legitimate national title contender.
You can read the whole article here.
In this view, at this too-early juncture: there are approximately 0.000 reasons Miami can’t contend for the ACC title. Each of the position group meeting rooms in the football facility has enough talent. If someone sufficiently answers the quarterback question, the Hurricanes have the players, coaching and schedule to win 10-plus — if not more.
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