Miami Hurricanes football: Toledo win keeps UM high in polls; FSU drops out

A view of Hard Rock Stadium before Miami faced Toledo on Sept. 23. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

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While it was off because of Hurricane Irma, the stumbles of other teams caused Miami to move up a couple spots in the polls.

After returning to the field, Miami is handling its own business.

The Hurricanes (2-0) remained at No. 14 in the Associated Press top 25, which was released Sunday. That came after a 22-point win over Toledo on Saturday. The 52-30 win was Miami’s first game since it beat FCS foe Bethune-Cookman 41-13 on Sept. 2.

Since Florida State (0-2) dropped out and Florida came in at No. 22, the Hurricanes are the top-ranked team in the state. According to Tim Reynolds of the AP, that’s the second time in the last seven-plus seasons the Canes have carried that flag.

Before this week, FSU had been in every AP poll since Nov. 27, 2011. The Seminoles, who were No. 3 when they lost to top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 2, were No. 12 before losing 27-21 at home to unranked North Carolina State.

The Hurricanes visit Tallahassee Oct. 7. The Seminoles travel to Wake Forest (4-0) this week.

If FSU doesn’t return to the poll and UM remains there, Oct. 7 will mark the first time since 1983 the Canes are the only ranked team in the rivalry game. The Canes, looking to break a seven-year losing streak to the Noles, have been unranked in seven of the last 10 meetings.

UM has appeared in every AP poll this season. The Canes haven’t done so for an entire year since 2005. They were ranked in every poll from 2000-05, in 1996, from 1986-94, and in 1984.

Duke (4-0), which the Hurricanes visit Friday (7 p.m., ESPN), received votes but was not ranked. The Blue Devils beat North Carolina 27-17 in Chapel Hill.

UM’s trip to Durham is its first since Oct. 31, 2015, when the Hurricanes produced one of the most memorable endings in modern college football history: the eight-lateral kickoff return that ended with Corn Elder’s 92-yard sprint to the end zone, and a 30-27 win.

The highest-ranked team on UM’s schedule is Virginia Tech, which visits Nov. 4. The Hokies (4-0) were ranked 12th. Notre Dame (3-1), which comes to Hard Rock Stadium the following week, entered the poll at No. 22.

Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Penn State, all 4-0, were the first four teams in the poll.

Elsewhere, Miami moved up one spot to No. 13 in the coaches’ poll. Virginia Tech (12th) and FSU (25th) were also ranked. Notre Dame (26th), Duke (27th), Georgia Tech (41st) received votes.

The Hurricanes’ return to the field Saturday was their first game in 21 days, a stretch which included a 10-day break without an official practice.

In an unprecedented move, UM evacuated campus Sept. 7 as it watched Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record, batter the Caribbean. Before the storm hit South Florida, UM canceled its Sept. 9 road game at Arkansas State, saying it wanted players and staff to focus on keeping themselves and their families safe.

The team practiced in Orlando from Sept. 16-21.

The ACC postponed the Sept. 16 UM-FSU game to Oct. 7, and moved Miami’s Oct. 12 home game against Georgia Tech to Oct. 14.

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