Hey everyone, the secret is out, the Canes are supposed to be really good this year. After a 10-3 record in 2017, Miami has huge expectations to be even better this fall. However, there are always, always those teams that love to sneak up on the Hurricanes.
For this article, I'm not going to include teams like LSU, FSU or Virginia Tech. Why? Because those are really good teams, and Miami could go into those games as potential underdogs, depending on the situation.
However, lets take a look at the sleepers on Miami’s schedule.
1. North Carolina Tar Heels 9/27
The first trap game for Miami is at home against North Carolina in late September. The Tar Heels will roll into Hard Rock Stadium for a Thursday night game. If, or when Miami beats LSU to open the season, the Canes have three straight cupcake games before hosting Carolina.
True Miami fans know the dangers of the Tar Heels. Going back to 2004, when Miami visited Chapel Hill, ranked fourth in the country, and lost on a game-winning field goal. Since then, UNC has defeated Miami six times.
Last year, in classic Miami fashion, going up to Chapel Hill to face the lowly Tar Heels, they nearly squander a then perfect record against a team that would go 3-9.
Though UNC is looking at another rebuilding year, Miami fans will most likely be looking past this game to the week after this, when Florida State comes to town on October 6th.
2. Boston College Eagles 10/26
These two teams haven’t played since 2012, a Miami victory up in Bean Town. This game will be played on Friday night up in Chestnut Hill.
BC is a team that won five of their last six conference games in 2017, and is a real contended to knock off Miami if they are injury free, and Miami isn’t on their A-game. The Eagles have a running back A.J. Dillon, remember that name.
3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 11/10
This is the game that scares me most of all, mostly because Georgia Tech scares the living daylights out of me to begin with. Going into the Tech game last year, I told all my friends that they’d play Miami tough and don’t be surprised if they pull an upset.
Thanks to Darrell Langham, that didn’t happen.
However, this game in 2018 is in Atlanta, and just by North Carolina, Miami has struggled against Georgia Tech as well.
Back in 2005, Miami was ranked third in the country, hosting Tech on a November night in the Orange Bowl, and was upset. Since 2004, Miami has lost to the Yellow Jackets five times.
That being said, Miami has won the last three matchups, and Georgia Tech is coming off a 5-6 record in 2017. Still, Taquon Marshall is back at quarterback for the Rambling Wreck, and remember what happened to FSU when they went to Atlanta in 2015....
Since 2004, Miami has lost 11 eleven games to unranked teams while they themselves have been ranked (weird stat I know). You can have magical years like 2001, when you survive a scare at Boston College. Or you can have 2017, when you have your Thanksgiving hangover increased and perfect season destroyed at the hands of Pitt.