Miami’s regular portion of the 2018 schedule is finally over and, despite a season that saw the football program take two steps back after one step forward, some enthusiasm could be salvaged during a two game win streak.
The Hurricanes earned their second straight win and perhaps their most impressive one, in defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers for a wire-to-wire 24-3 win. It was an ugly game offensively but the Canes extinguished the Panther’s run-oriented offense, consistently blowing up plays in the backfield. Despite playing without a TE and Jeff Thomas, Miami found ways to score, as the running backs picked up the offensive workload. Deejay Dallas redeemed his past fumbles with a big punt return TD and another score later on in wild cat, while Travis Homer was great all night long.
Despite the utter domination of the Coastal Champs, Miami didn’t receive a single vote from poll voters in this week’s third-to-final rankings. Is Miami an above average team? I would be tempted to say no, as the coaching and execution has not matched the talent level all year long. But to see teams like Pittsburgh, California and App State get more love from voters is still somewhat insulting.
On talent alone Miami is a top-25 caliber team. Hopefully a semi-quality bowl will be awaiting the Canes and they will have a chance to make it onto the final 2018 season polls, trending in the right direction for next season.