The Hurricanes are back in the top 10 of the AP poll for the first time since November 2013. They are ranked No. 10 going into this week’s game against arch rival Florida State, who dropped to No. 23 after losing close one at home to North Carolina.
Miami has not fared well against ranked opponents in recent years, but now that Mark Richt has entered the fold, there can be reason for hope.
Since 2002, Miami has gone 23-32 against ranked opponents. The last Miami coaching staff managed to only beat four ranked opponents in five seasons. They lost 11 of 15 games against ranked teams.
In Mark Richt’s 15 seasons at Georgia he managed to win 39 games against ranked opponents. But from 2011 to 2015, Georgia struggled losing 17 of 30 games against ranked teams.
While at Georgia, Richt coached against an average of five ranked opponents per season. Although the ACC continues to improve, that should not be the case for him while at Miami.
Miami has not beaten Florida State since 2009, but most of those games were close, despite the lack of quality coaching from Miami’s standpoint.
In Richt’s first four games as Miami’s head coach, the ‘Canes have played better than they have in arguably five seasons if not more. There is no reason that should not continue as the season progresses.