Athlon’s Outrageous Predictions Says Miami Hurricanes Will Lose Five Games

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28: Malcolm Lewis
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28: Malcolm Lewis /

A lot is expected of the Miami Hurricanes this season. Miami is coming off of a 9-4 season and their first Bowl win in ten years. There are a lot of question marks entering the season and one injury in the wrong position could have them slip from last season’s production.

A lot of the players that fueled the Miami Hurricanes success are now on NFL Rosters. Replacing quarterback Brad Kaaya, wide receiver Stacy Coley, and tight end David Njoku on offense and having to rebuild the secondary on defense will be keys to the 2017 season.

The new starting quarterback, depth at running back and tight end and rebuilding the secondary are all vital to the success of the Miami Hurricanes this season. Former Miami Quarterback Gino Torretta appearing on the Hoch and Crowder show on WQAM today mentioned that he is concerned about running back behind Mark Walton.

Chris Herndon is the only proven tight end Miami has. The receiving core behind Ahmmon Richards is extremely talented and deep, but not very experienced.

Defensively, the secondary only returns nine career starts split between rover Jaquan Johnson and corner Malek Young.

The Athlon article by J.P. Scott came with a few disclaimers. He makes sure to help readers understand that these are OUTRAGEOUS. Scott says:

"“For better or worse, it’s time once again for some OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions heading into the 2017 slate… I’m here to pump the brakes on the ACC hype train and get you ready for the unthinkable to unfold on the East Coast.”"

Scott’s outrageous ACC predictions have North Carolina State winning the Atlantic, Florida State with four losses and the Miami Hurricanes racking up five losses this season. Here is a look at his outrageous prediction of the Miami Hurricanes.

"Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2017Miami loses five gamesSorry Canes fans, you don’t lose a collegiate signal-caller like Brad Kaaya and think you’re going to be a serious contender in what might be the nation’s deepest conference the following season.It’ll start to get ugly early on against Florida State in Tallahassee. Road games to Duke and North Carolina will be lost on the sidelines to guys who will simply outcoach Mark Richt.Good luck moving the ball against what should be an elite Virginia Tech defense, followed by a a visit from a Notre Dame team every bit as talented and again, probably better coached. That’s five already.In case Miami steals one of those, the Hurricanes still will need to leave the warm confines of South Florida in late November for a trip to a likely frigid Pittsburgh to take on the feisty Panthers."

The 2017 season is going to hinge on a lot of things to be successful. The defense should be one of the most elite in the nation. If the secondary isn’t able to play as well as they did last season, the defense could be susceptible to giving up big plays.

Miami is going to need a quarterback who can at the very least be a game manager. Kaaya and the offense made very few mistakes and took care of the ball last season.

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Richt has repeatedly stressed that whoever earns the starting quarterback job will have to be one that takes care of the ball. Miami tied for second nationally last season with only ten turnovers.

For Miami to be successful again they have to be able to avoid turnovers. That starts at quarterback.

The depth behind Mark Walton at running back and Christopher Herndon IV is unproven. If either of them goes down there is no way to know the impact that could have on Miami’s season.

None of the tight ends behind Herndon have ever recorded a reception in their college careers. Behind Walton Sophomore Travis Homer has seven career carries, Trayone Gray is coming off a torn ACL and Freshman Robert Burns is expected to miss the opener with an injury.

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A lot would have to go wrong for Miami to lose five games. Their defense should be able to keep them in almost every game. Four losses are not out of the question if the question marks are not answered on offense.