Monday, September 21, 2009

Hurricanes Gaining Respect

For the first time since 2005, the Miami Hurricanes jumped into the top 10 of the AP Poll. Miami's win over Georgia Tech was expected to move the Canes into the top 15, but such a drastic jump to 9 was a surprise.

Miami is vastly improved from last year's team, which couldn't find their identity. With Jacory Harris at the helm, the Canes are getting their swagger back. Although it might be a little premature, Heisman rumors are beginning to emerge.

With two big games ahead for Miami there is no time to get excited. Miami will visit #11 Virginia Tech before returning home for a showdown with #10 Oklahoma.

Virginia Tech struggled against Nebraska on Saturday, but don't take that game as a measure of the Hokies proficiency. Virginia Tech's ability to win close games is a threat Miami has to watch. The difference between the Canes being 2-0 or 1-1 was a dropped pass in the end zone by Florida State in week one. Miami is 2-4 in the past six meetings with Virginia Tech.

A convincing win this week might propel them up to #4 in the rankings. Ole Miss (#4), Penn State (#5), California (#6), LSU (#7) and Boise State (#8) are yet to play a ranked opponent. They are still riding the benefits of their pre-season rankings and easy schedules. The top three teams - Florida, Texas and Alabama - are not expected to fall anytime soon.

If Miami continues to play with the same level of productivity, a shot at the National Title is not out of the question. For now, let's take it one week at a time and shift our attention to Blacksburg, VA - the place where Miami will try to preserve their winning ways.

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