Canes Climbing Back to College Football Prominence

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Miami Hurricanes football in the 1980’s and 1990’s was one of the more significant stretches for a college football program in the sport’s history. The old Canes unique style and swagger matched with their top tier talent made them one of the more fascinating college football programs in recent memory.

Between 1983 and 1991 the Canes won four national titles under three different head coaches. They were the cream of the crop in college football at the time. Glory continued into the 90’s as Miami dominated the ACC, winning the conference five out of six years from 1991-1996, and winning four straight later from the 2000-2003 seasons.

Unfortunately for fans of college football, the past few years Miami had fallen into irrelevancy. The program was in a long recovery period from the underwhelming era of Al Golden as head coach.

After firing Golden a few years back, Miami made hired Mark Richt, coming over from the Southeastern Conference and Georgia Bulldogs. Richt is an unassuming guy who is extremely low maintenance.

He has flown under the radar during his Miami tenure due to his quiet personality, but he has proven to be a magnet for top recruits wherever he’s gone, and shown an ability to coach his players on a high level.

Richt and this Miami team have been red hot this year, with an undefeated 9-0 record, folks are starting to take notice of “The U” once again. However, outside of beating Virginia Tech, up until this past Saturday night Miami hadn’t beaten anyone worthy of taking them seriously.

Miami has the longest win streak in FBS with FOURTEEN.

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The Canes avoid the other national championship contender in their conference this regular season in Clemson on the schedule, so luckily Miami got a prime time matchup on it’s home field against long time rival Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Saturday night however was not the classic “Catholics (Notre Dame) vs Convicts (Miami)” match ups of old times. The Canes separated themselves as the men from the boys in Notre Dame, winning on their home turf handily by a score of 41-8.

Defense highlighted the night for Miami, turning Wimbush over three times, holding him to 5.7 yards per completion and just 24 rushing yards. The turnover chain, a prop Miami’s defensive players proudly wear after forcing a turnover, was very active Saturday night.

On the offensive side, sophomore running back from right down the road in West Palm Beach, FL, Travis Homer, averaged an outstanding 8.1 yards per carry, totaling 146 yards on just 18 carries.

Other tailback Deejay Dallas also had a solid game, finding the end zone twice and rushing for 53 yards. Lastly signal caller Malik Rosier had a memorable day under center, totaling 181 yards and scoring a rushing and passing touchdown.

Up next Miami takes on the University of Virginia in their last home game of the season. Tomorrow night we’ll see where Miami falls in the college football top 25 rankings. With teams ranked ahead of them in Georgia, Notre Dame, and Texas Christian University losing badly, expect Miami to make a significant jump in these rankings.

The Canes still have some of roadblocks ahead, and are no guarantee to make the final four. However, college football has plenty to be excited about knowing Miami is in the hunt for a national championship once again, which is great for the sport as a whole.

 

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