It’s the first Sunday of the college football season and there’s no AP Poll yet, which means we’re relegated to using ESPN FPI (Soccer Power Index) until after Monday night’s Clemson vs. Georgia Tech contest.
After a 70-13 bombardment from (FCS) Bethune-Cookman, Miami Hurricanes fans are wondering where their team ranks among the best in the nation.
The 57-point victory in head coach Mario Cristobal’s opener catapulted the Hurricanes to a seat in the FPI’s top 10, ranked 9th.
The Wildcats were an FCS opponent, and admittedly not a very good one, but Miami took care of business and looked like a true Power 5 juggernaut.
Their ninth-ranked status makes the Canes the second-highest ACC team on power index, with Clemson sitting at No. 4 so far. The next closest ACC team is Pittsburgh, which sits 25th after its own opener win over West Virginia on Thursday.
Miami is also the highest-ranked team in the state right now, with Florida at 24th and Florida State at 36th. It’s still very early days, but this has got to be something Canes fans will love to look forward to. UM faces a tougher test next week when Southern Miss (0-1) comes to town, but another storm-force performance is expected from the Hurricanes.
The first game under Cristobal must be considered a success. Hard Rock Stadium was unusually full and the Canes, at times, looked like they could become a legitimate contender for the ACC crown this season.
With the announcement of a 12-team playoff format beginning in the coming years, it is imperative that Miami make themselves a top 10 mainstay. This may not be a playoff year for Cristobal and the Canes, but with the way they’re recruiting and the buzz around the program, you have to think it might not be far off.
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