CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes are coming off their first bowl win in a decade. They finished last season ranked — 20th — for the first time since 2009. They return a lot of talent from that 9-4 team. They are hoping to play for an ACC title for the first time since joining the league in 2004.
Miami will start off that quest as a ranked team, officially.
UM was ranked 18th in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll, which dropped Thursday.
That is the Canes’ highest ranking in a preseason poll since 2010, when they were 13th in the AP’s version. They received votes the last three seasons.
UM has not spent an entire season in the polls since 2005. It appeared in every poll in 1984, from 1986-94, in 1996, and from 2000-05.
Alabama, the defending national semifinalist, was atop the poll, followed by Ohio State, Florida State, USC and last year’s champ, Clemson.
Aside from No. 3 FSU and No. 21 Virginia Tech, opponents of Miami who received votes include Notre Dame (30th in the voting), Pittsburgh (32nd), Georgia Tech (43rd), North Carolina (48th), Syracuse (54th) and Toledo (60th).
CANES CAMP 2017
Porter’s video recap, live chat
Perry ‘a passer, not just a thrower’
Injury updates: Burns could miss opener
Video: Perry runs through first drills
Day 1 practice notes: Perry batting third
Photos, videos: Practice footage, field under construction
10 big storylines, how to follow camp
Offseason features, news
A sit-down with Richt, Parts I-IV
Miami gearing up for QB battle
Perry learning, adjusting, impressing
UM’s offense will depend on Walton
Quarterman leading Miami’s defense
LBs motivated by UM’s ‘ghosts of greatness’
Richards hoping to be All-American
Berrios tired of hype
‘The Playmaker’ high on Richards
Winston: Perry’s going to be ‘really good’
Cager angling for a comeback
Richt on swag | Says ‘The U is back’
Richt has really strong sandwich takes
Willis takes leave | Gone: Mayes | Odogwu | Haskins
Other fun stuff
CanesFest set for Aug. 12
Analyzing the 2017 schedule
The Guide to Watching Miami Football
A visual history of Miami football stadiums
Exclusive look at UM’s new alternate jerseys
UM jersey numbers have meaning
The Glossary of Canes player nicknames
Thomas produces music for DJ Khaled
Fun facts from the 2017 media guide
Projecting Miami’s 2018 draft class
Miami’s over-under: 9 wins
UM picked to win the Coastal
Porter’s preseason All-ACC ballot, predictions