Miami Hurricanes 4-0 Start is Far From Perfect

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Running back Travis Homer
TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Running back Travis Homer /
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 7: Florida State Seminoles line up against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /

Every single team the past decade that has won a national championship played exceptional suffocating defense. The average of those championship winning schools collectively is 11th overall. Take out Auburn and the average would drop to top five.

Four games into the season, Miami of Florida is ranked 64th in total defense. Miami of Ohio actually ranks 58th. The Hurricanes opened the season with an FCS school, a mid-major school and Florida State’s offense is rated the second worst in the ACC.

The Hurricanes are far from perfect. Yet here they are. On the verge of winning its tenth straight if it can derail Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack this Saturday. Richt and Company can position themselves in the Coastal Division driver’s seat with another coastal win.

You feel the palpable pulse in Richt’s ability to platform Miami into a national contender. The progression is starting to materialize. Baby steps. Recruit well. Winning record. Win a Bowl. Beat your Rival. Then you catapult your program with conviction by winning your division, your conference and beyond.

Arguably, the most impressive aspect of the third-longest winning streak in America is in the matter the Hurricanes accomplished it. The Canes did it while being imperfect and flawed. The Hurricanes did it without championship level depth. Miami did it without championship level statistics.

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