While nobody is expecting coach Mark Richt to vault the Miami Hurricanes back to National-Championship glory in Year 1, ESPN’s Phil Steele thinks their solid talent level across the board and weak schedule could feasibly land them in the College Football Playoffs.
“Miami has my No. 13 running back group, No. 21 receivers, No. 16 offensive line, No. 20 defensive line, No. 36 linebackers, No. 30 defensive backs and No. 15 special-teams unit. The Hurricanes are one of only 11 teams to rank in my top units in all eight position categories. They face only three teams that will be in the preseason top 25, and if they win the Coastal, beat the powerful Atlantic champ and have either zero or one losses, they will be headed to the playoffs.”
The Canes winning the abysmal ACC Coastal wouldn’t shock the world with Kaaya under center but the odds are strongly against them making national noise this early in Richt’s tenure. We’re talking about being a Top 4 team in the nation from a program that hasn’t tallied double-digit wins in 13 years.
The more likely best-case scenario is a Coastal crown with two or three losses in tow.