Fresh Off A Program Turning Win, The Hurricanes Seek a College Football Playoff Appearance
In the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, the Miami Hurricanes (8-0, 6-0 ACC) moved up three spots due to their win against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
With the Big Ten Conference imploding, games against No. 3 Notre Dame Saturday night and No. 4 Clemson in the ACC Championship Game will help the Canes breach the top four.
Miami will not stop their quest; the Fighting Irish bring their fifth-ranked rushing attack and sixth-ranked scoring offense to Hard Rock Stadium. Canes head coach Mark Richt spoke on the renewed rivalry.
“We like it when we’re competing in games like this late in the year. It just so happens this Saturday night is going to be meaningful for both teams,” said Richt.
The Remaining Schedule
- The Hurricanes host Notre Dame Saturday night in the biggest game since November 19, 2005, when the No. 3 Canes were upset by Georgia Tech. The following season caused then head coach Larry Coker to be fired. Randy Shannon took over in 2007 and was let go in 2010. Then Al Golden and the Nevin Shapiro Scandal sent Miami to the bottom of the college football world. With the guidance of Richt, the Canes will be back with a win Saturday night.
- If the Hurricanes are victorious against the Fighting Irish, they will host a surprisingly good Virginia Cavaliers (6-3, 3-2) team. No one expected the Cavs to have six wins thus far, Miami cannot overlook this team as an ACC Coastal title will be in there grasp. A win will help Miami in the Strength of Schedule and Strength of Record metrics with CFP committee.
- The Canes finish the regular season on the road at the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-5, 2-3). Miami should take care the Panthers easily coasting into the ACC Championship Game, vs., No. 4 Clemson.
The Canes will end up in the top four next week with a win over No. 3 Notre Dame. No. 5 Oklahoma hosts No. 6 TCU so Miami will leapfrog the winner due to their unblemished record and two big-time wins.
The Canes has no margin for error. If they lose one game, they will not get into the playoff due to the low ranking now. However, if Miami wins out getting into the playoff, the stigma of Miami Hurricanes Football is exactly what college football needs.