We’re back with another week of the SB Nation and State of the U Fan Pule Top 25 rankings. Here is what the national picture looks like:
LSU and Alabama remain 1-2 heading into their Game Of The Century Of The Year This Week this Saturday. Yeah, there are plenty of other ranked teams playing this week, including Penn State at Minnesota, but LSU-Alabama is the game everybody’s looking at.
Let’s check in with how things look in the SOTU FanPulse top 25 this week:
The SOTU rankings (you know, the ones YOU voted for) are largely the same as they were before. The major change is we finally joined the group and ranked LSU #1, after having Alabama up top for the duration of the year. And that’s good and fine, and proves that you watch a bunch of CFB and know what you’re talking about. BRAVO!!
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So, yeah. HOW BOUT THEM CANES??!?!?!
Manny Diaz’s team continued their mid-season resurgence with a resounding 27-10 win at Florida State, a game which could have easily been a MUCH larger margin of victory. Miami dominated the Noles with 16 TFLs and 9 sacks, hit 2 long TD passes, held FSU to their 2nd lowest yardage total in program history (with the lowest being last year’s game against Miami), and it took 1 gimmick/gadget driven drive for FSU to score their only TD of the game. Yeah, the Canes “only” won by 17, but the game wasn’t even that close, to be honest. It was such an ass-kicking that FSU fired Willie Taggart the day after the game.
In light of the paragraph above, it should be no surprise that this week’s confidence poll is sky high. At an impressive 90.3%, the confidence poll is at its highest number since week 1 after the opener against Florida.
After consecutive road wins at Pittsburgh and Florida State, Miami is now 5-4 (3-3 ACC) and a win away from bowl eligibility. And, the performance of the team is starting to match with our expectations, which is the major push in the increase in the confidence poll.
While they were once looking to be completely out of the race for the ACC Coastal Division, the Canes have A CHANCE to get to the ACC Championship Game down the line if things work out right. Our Ian Hest had this piece with the scenarios for you:
All of this is great, especially beating Florida State, but it would all be for naught without a strong effort and win against Louisville this weekend on the combination Homecoming-Senior Day home finale for the Canes. So, it is incumbent upon every coach and every player to make sure things don’t slip or suffer a letdown after beating that rival school up in Tallahassee last weekend.