Miami Hurricanes getting a lot of accolades for 2018 season

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: De'Andre Wilder /
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The end of one season means looking ahead to which teams will be contenders in the next one. The Miami Hurricanes have been mentioned as a potential top-five team for 2018 from a few media outlets.

The Miami Hurricanes have suffered some attrition on defense and are losing several key starters on both offense and defense. They return the core of a 10-3 team that won its first ACC Coastal Division title.

A core of the Miami Hurricanes fanbase considered the 38-3 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship game an embarrassment.  Appearing in it for the first time was a huge accomplishment. The Hurricanes reached most of their preseason goals. They included living up to being preseason favorites in the ACC Coastal Division.

Miami should be the favorite to make a return trip next season. Clemson is likely to be the favorite once again in the Atlantic. That could set up a rivalry during the Richt and Swinney eras over the next five to ten seasons.

Miami and Clemson are not scheduled to meet again until 2022. Only this season’s incoming Freshmen who stay four years would play in that game.