Miami Hurricanes football: UM moves up to No. 16 in latest AP poll

Malik Rosier smiles during UM’s win over Bethune-Cookman. (AP)

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The Hurricanes’ opening-week performance, though not graded an ‘A’ by its coaches or players, was enough to move UM up in the poll.

Miami (1-0) is No. 16 this week in the Associated Press top 25, after opening the year at No. 18. The Hurricanes have not been ranked in consecutive weeks since a five-game stretch beginning the second week of last year, and ending after an Oct. 15 loss to North Carolina.

The Hurricanes beat FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman 41-13 on Saturday. Redshirt junior Malik Rosier, making his first home start at quarterback, went 17-for-28 for 217 yards and three touchdowns. UM’s running backs also shined. Junior Mark Walton produced 148 yards and two scores, while Travis Homer rushed for a career-high 103 yards on 11 carries.

UM faces unranked Arkansas State (0-1) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPNU), a team that nearly upset Nebraska on the road in its opening game.

Florida State, UM’s opponent next Saturday, slipped from No. 3 to No. 10 after losing 24-7 to top-ranked Alabama. The Seminoles also lost quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending knee injury.

Alabama remains No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson — which moved up from No. 5 — Penn State and Oklahoma.

Aside from FSU, the Hurricanes’ future opponents in the rankings this week are No. 18 Virginia Tech (up three spots after beating West Virginia in a neutral-site game) and No. 24 Notre Dame (previously unranked).

Pittsburgh was the only other future UM opponent to receive a top-25 vote. The Panthers had one.

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