When Miami football is playing well, everyone knows about it, hears about it, and reads about it. There’s an excitement that comes with the association with the U and football. Last year, en route to bringing them all the way to the top where the Alabama’s, Ohio State’s, Clemson’s of the world sit, Miami generated a buzz for themselves that no team has done since Miami had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was thanks to the turnover chain approach to defense. Cornerback’s coach Mike Rumph went to a jeweler to have a gold Miami-designed chain created. The way it worked was if anyone ever caused a turnover, they would be awarded with the chain on the sidelines, and the players bought in a big way.
Mark Richt’s turnout at Coral Gables has been astonishing and had the nation buzzing last year. In the weak ACC, Richt was able to quickly turn Miami into a national contender while breezing through the regular season minus an outlier loss in the season finale against Pitt. The encore to this game was no better when Miami took a drubbing from Clemson in the ACC title game. They then made it three straight when the Hurricanes fell at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers in the Orange Bowl. The reason for optimism? Miami returns the central core of its nucleus, including starting quarterback Malik Rosier Jr, who now has experience under the lights in the big games. They also return a fierce defense who will have the nation talking all year long about that “Turnover Chain.” If Richt can have his guys prepared to take care of business in week one against a tough LSU squad, Miami should be able to cruise to an 11 win season with the possibility of 12 if they can beat Virginia Tech. The Hokies and the Hurricanes are the only real threat to stopping Clemson’s dynasty-like run in the ACC. That week 12 matchup will likely determine Clemson’s opponent in the finale.
Record: Wins 11, Losses 1
Week 1: Miami 23, LSU 16 (W)
Week 2: Miami 49, Savannah State 10 (W)
Week 3: Miami 30, Toledo 16 (W)
Week 4: Miami 44, FIU 13 (W)
Week 5: Miami 21, North Carolina 6 (W)
Week 6: Miami 27, Florida State 20 (W)
Week 7: Miami 42, Virginia 26 (W)
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: Miami 28, Boston College 17 (W)
Week 10: Miami 24, Duke 21 (W)
Week 11: Miami 30, Georgia Tech 18 (W)
Week 12: Miami 19, Virginia Tech 22 (L)
Week 13: Miami 27, Pitt 17 (W)