The ACC is starting to heat up and the Hurricanes wouldn’t mind a little help. Here is this week’s Miami Hurricanes Rooting Guide.
Friday, October 27
Florida State at Boston College, 8:00 PM (ESPN)
The Seminoles (2-4, 2-3 ACC) have fallen off the map in 2017. While the Eagles (4-4, 2-3 ACC) have surprised many with wins over Louisville and Virginia. Any Hurricanes’ fan in their right mind will be rooting for Boston College. Imagine a season where FSU didn’t make a bowl game? 2017 could be the year and the Eagles could play a part in the madness.
Saturday, October 28
#8 Miami at North Carolina, 12:00 PM (ESPN 2)
The game that all readers of this blog will be watching. Miami has made games stressful the past few weeks, but look for the Canes to really open this one up. North Carolina is riddled with injuries while the Hurricanes are putting their final preparations in gear before their pivotal matchup with Virginia Tech next week. Go Canes!
Louisville at Wake Forest, 12:20 PM (ACC Network)
An Atlantic Division showdown that doesn’t impact Miami too much. The Atlantic has turned into a two-headed race between Clemson and NC State with Louisville, Florida State and others out of the running. I’d say root for the Demon Deacons because they have five common opponents with the Hurricanes this season, which could play a factor in the Canes’ résumé later this season.
Virginia at Pittsburgh, 12:30 PM (ACC Network)
The Hurricanes will face both of these squads the final two weeks of the regular season. For Virginia, every game counts at this point as they are conceivably still in the Coastal race. It’ll be hard for the Cavaliers to win the Coastal with the likes of Miami, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech in front of them, but it is not impossible. Cheer on the Panthers to knock Virginia out of the running for the Coastal title.
#14 NC State at #9 Notre Dame, 3:30 PM (NBC)
Miami plays the Irish in about two weeks, a contest that could be College GameDay. Given the history between the Canes and Notre Dame, it’s challenging for the Hurricane faithful to root for the Catholics, but that is what should happen here. If the Fighting Irish keep winning and Miami holds up on their end of the bargain, Nov. 11 would be a big time top-10 showdown and the ESPN folks would come running to South Florida.
Duke at #13 Virginia Tech, 7:20 PM (ACC Network)
The Hokies are the Canes’ biggest competitors at winning the Coastal. If Virginia Tech loses to another team this season not named Miami, the Hurricanes’ could very well find themselves in the ACC Championship game. And if they don’t lose to the Blue Devils or another ACC foe the rest of the season, that Nov. 4 showdown at Hard Rock Stadium becomes even more important.
Georgia Tech at #7 Clemson, 8:00 PM (ABC/ESPN 2)
This is an interesting matchup and a questionable one on who to root for. Georgia Tech are hypothetically still in the Coastal race while the Tigers are favorites to win the Atlantic. The defending national champions would be as challenging as it gets for the Hurricanes in the ACC title game, so cheer on the Yellow Jackets to hand Clemson their second conference loss.