The 7-6 2018 season has the Miami football program as an afterthought heading in 2019. The Hurricanes should be able to move up the rankings quickly this season.
Even if the Miami football team loses the season opener to Florida, the Hurricanes will have ample opportunity to move up the rankings quickly in 2019. Following the game against the Gators, the Hurricanes are likely to be favored at least in their next seven games.
Not until Miami travels to Pittsburgh on October 26 do the Hurricanes face the potential of being the underdog based on the 2018 season. Even then Miami thumped the Coastal Division Champions 24-3 in the final game of the 2018 regular season. That was in Miami, this season’s game is in Pittsburgh.
Miami finishes the regular season with a schedule against programs who are mostly rebuilding. Florida State, Louisville, FIU at Marlins Park and Duke close out the 2019 regular season for Miami. Several sites have early rankings out for 2019. A handful of those have been updated within the last month.
Athlon Sports did a pre-spring football top 25. The Hurricanes are below a few surprising programs and should be ranked higher by Athlon. The site best known for their annual magazines for various sports summarized the Miami football team’s outlook for 2019 before spring practice started.
The top of the Coastal Division should be a tight battle between Miami, Virginia Tech and Virginia this season. For the Hurricanes to return to the ACC title game in early December, more consistency is needed at quarterback, which could come in the form of Ohio State transfer Tate Martell.
Diaz dipped into the transfer portal for instant help on defense, which should bolster a unit that was already slated to return one of the nation’s top linebacker units and end Jon Garvin.”
Virginia, Utah State, Army, Boise State and Syracuse were the program most immediately ahead of Miami. The Hurricanes should be able to handle any of those programs. Unless it’s in a bowl game or the ACC Championship game against Syracuse the Hurricanes are not scheduled to play any of those teams.
ESPN last updated their ratings on February 19. Miami did not appear on their top 25. The Hurricanes were probably ranked too high at eight heading into the 2018 season. It now appears that the Miami football team is being forgotten entering this year. The Hurricanes likely belong somewhere in between.
A lot was made of Miami’s schedule last season. Other than the opener against Florida the 2019 schedule seems even easier. They travel to Florida State to play a rebuilding Seminoles program, the get Louisville at a time the Cardinals are as down as they’ve been in at least a decade and the Coastal is average at best.