The Associated Press poll no longer holds great significance — come November, it’s all about the College Football Playoff rankings — but Miami is as high as it has been in the AP poll in quite some time.
The Hurricanes (8-0, 6-0 ACC) checked in at No. 7, ahead of their showdown with Notre Dame (8-1) on Saturday.
That’s Miami’s highest AP ranking since it climbed to No. 7 for two weeks in 2013. Before that, Miami hadn’t been higher than that in the AP poll since 2005.
The Canes spent 42 weeks in a row No. 7 or higher from 2000-03, including 22 of them at N0. 1.
The Irish, who visit at 8 p.m. Saturday (ABC) are No. 3 in the AP poll this week.
Miami is behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia — both of whom are 9-0 — the third-ranked Irish, No. 4 Clemson (8-1), No. 5 Oklahoma (8-1) amd No. 6 Wisconsin. The rest of the top 10 includes No. 8 TCU, No. 9 Washington — both 8-1 — and No. 0 Auburn (7-2)
Notre Dame and Miami were fifth and sixth in the coaches’ poll, respectively.
Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) dropped four spots to 17th after losing Saturday in Miami Gardens.
The CFP rankings are released Tuesday after 7 p.m. (ESPN). UM was No. 10 last week, its first time in the three-plus seasons of the playoff system.