Miami moved to the top 10 in the Coaches Poll, and one spot out of the top 10 in the AP Poll on Saturday. The rankings bump comes after the Canes snapped FSU’s seven year winning streak in the in-state powers’ rivalry game.
Miami’s rankings were expected to be near the top 10 after the win on Saturday, and this ranking seems fair for Miami based on the season so far.
Georgia Tech, the Canes’ next opponent, received a large amount of votes in both polls, but remained unranked heading into Saturday’s game. Tech is a very solid opponent, and because of the triple-option scheme they run this presents as a very tough game for Miami to prepare for.
Elsewhere in the ACC Clemson remained ranked at No.2 in the nation in both polls following a solid win over Wake Forest, despite the Tigers’ loss of QB Kelly Bryant. Virginia Tech came in at 15th in the AP Poll and 17th in the Coaches Poll following a 23-10 win over Boston College to recover from last week’s loss to Clemson. NC State also continued to move up in the polls after beating Louisville, moving up to 20th in both polls.
Future opponent Notre Dame came in at No.16 in the AP Poll, and No.19 in the Coaches Poll. The Fighting Irish’s move up in the rankings came after handling North Carolina 33-10 on the road. With Notre Dame looking more and more like a solid opponent every week, it sets up a two-week gauntlet in early November for Miami, who faces Virginia Tech and the aforementioned Irish in consecutive weeks.
If Miami continues to win expect to get more and more respect in the polls, it will be especially interesting to see where Miami would be ranked in the first College Football Playoff Poll on October 31st, if Miami remains undefeated up until that point. It should be noted that if Miami was ranked in that first poll, it would be the first time Miami has ever been ranked in the Playoff Poll.
The Canes’ face Georgia Tech on Saturday at 3:30pm on ABC, until then let’s enjoy this victory against FSU...