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We all know the ‘Canes have not lived up to expectations for the past decade or so but this could be the year in which they turns things around. Miami has started off the 2013-2014 football season with a 2-0 record. Considering they have only played two games thus far, it is too early to start making BCS Bowl assumptions. However, Miami’s recent 21-16 win over the then ranked #12 Florida Gators has a lot of critics and college football fans wondering if Miami can continue their success deep into the season.
Miami’s first win of the season was a 34-6 shellacking of Florida Atlantic University. Sophomore running back Duke Johnson had a terrific game with 186 yards and 1 rushing touchdown on just 19 carries. Johnson is regarded as one of the premier backs in not only the ACC but also the entire country. Senior quarterback Stephen Morris and his group of receivers had a solid day as well. Morris is rated as the #3 quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft by Scout’s Inc.’s Top 32. These factors are saying quite a lot about what Miami’s offense can accomplish this year.
Tons of talk has been in reference to the offense that Miami possesses but when the ‘Canes went up against Florida this past Saturday, the defense came up big. Really big! Thanks to two touchdown passes by Stephen Morris, Miami went up 14-6 in the first quarter but after that, the offense fell flat. The defense carried the entire team the rest of the way through. Miami was able to keep Florida out of the end zone for most of the game. The Hurricanes also forced the Gators to five turnovers and an abysmal 2.8 yards per rush. The secondary was great and guys were flying all over the field for Miami. With a strong defensive effort, Miami was able to hold on and get the victory over Florida.
The Hurricanes are currently ranked #15 in the AP Top 25 Poll . This marks the first time Miami has been ranked in the AP Top 25 since 2010. They do not have a tough schedule, so a 10 or 11-win season is a strong possibility. Even though, Miami is in the ACC, the conference is expected to have a down year. #10 Florida State is the only team on Miami’s schedule that is ranked higher than them. The November 2nd showdown between FSU and UM in Tallahassee should be a good one. Players on Miami are going to try their best to keep things running smoothly this season as they hope to restore pride to the tradition of the University of Miami football program. As of now, fans are proud to put up their hands and chant “It’s all about the U!”.