Playoff picture: Miami Hurricanes football rises to No. 2 in AP/coaches polls

Trajan Bandy wears the Turnover Chain after his pick-six against Notre Dame. (Andres Leiva/The Palm Beach Post)

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Not quite to the top, but almost there.

Miami (9-0, 6-0 ACC) earned four first-place votes in the Associated Press top 25, but finished No. 2 behind Alabama.

The Hurricanes earned that spot — and a No. 2 place in the coaches’ poll, too — after a 41-8 dismantling of third-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday. UM was seventh in the polls before that.

The poll that truly matters — the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings — comes out Tuesday evening. Miami is expected to be in the top four for the first time in the CFP rankings’ three-plus years as the game’s postseason selection format. The top four teams in the final rankings (Dec. 3) are placed in playoff semifinal bowls.

Miami’s last shot to impress the committee comes when it faces Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 in Charlotte.

This is the first time Miami has been No. 2 in the AP poll since 2003, when it was No. 2 for a six-week stretch ending with a Nov. 1 loss at 10th-ranked Virginia Tech. It is the first time UM has received first-place votes in the AP poll since Oct. 26 of that year.

The last time Miami was ranked No. 1: Dec. 8, 2002.


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