It should come as no surprise that the Miami Hurricanes did not garner a single vote in the AP Poll following a 28-25 defeat that saw the Canes fall to 0-2 to start a season for the first time since 1978. North Carolina did see an uptick in votes, up to the 48 after beating Miami in a sold-out Saturday night game and starting the Mack Brown 2.0 era 2-0, appropriately enough. Still, UNC is not in the top 25 just yet.
Reaction from the loss ranged from, “don’t hit the panic button yet” to some being ready to get rid of the entire staff and start all over again. Regardless what your thoughts are, Miami will be out of the polls for some time - and good reason. Frankly, there are better teams right now in the CFB landscape with Miami sitting at a brutal 0-2 hole. They should get to 2-2 after Bethune-Cookman and Central Michigan visit Hard Rock, and then the meat of the schedule starts. Miami will battle two of the teams that ought to give them the most trouble in securing the Coastal crown; Virginia Tech and Virginia. These back to back games will remain in the comfort of the Rock and will no doubt indicate whether this is a successful season or not.
Poll-wise, Miami will continue to receive few, if any, votes at least until they get to ACC play. From there, it’s up to the Hurricanes to prove to everyone, fans and voters, that they are worthy of being in the Top 25 conversation.