Miami football gaining respect moving to ninth in both polls

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19:(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19:(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Miami football team continued to build on momentum moving up to ninth in both polls following a 44-41 victory over North Carolina State on Friday.

After a legendary performance from D’Eriq King, the Miami football team moved up to ninth in the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches polls on Sunday. The Hurricanes moved up two spots in the AP Top 25 and one in the USA Today Coaches Poll. A loss by Georgia and second straight Wisconsin bye week helped Miami.

Miami moved up for the second straight week. The Hurricanes dropped in the polls two weeks ago following a 19-14 victory over Virginia. The Hurricanes moved up following their bye last week and continued to move up this week. Georgia dropped six spots in the AP and seven in the coaches poll following their loss to Florida.

Miami continues to be the third highest-ranked team in the ACC. Notre Dame moved up two spots to fourth in both polls following their upset win over Clemson. The Tigers fell to fourth and are still in contention for a college football playoff berth if they can win out. Miami is on pace for a New Year’s Six bowl invite.

The Hurricanes are a half-game behind Clemson for second in the ACC with a 5-1 record. The Tigers own the tiebreaker with a 42-17 victory over Miami last month. North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest who all remain on the Miami football schedule are one game behind the Hurricanes in the loss column.

Miami plays at Virginia Tech on Saturday in a noon kickoff that was announced on Saturday. The Hurricanes ranking of ninth is their highest this late in the season since the 2017 team started 10-0 and reached as high as number two in the country. Miami is currently 29th in the ESPN Football Power Index.

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The FPI projects Miami with a 37.8 percent chance to defeat Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Hokies lost to 38-35 to Liberty on Saturday. Miami is given an 88.7 percent chance to defeat Georgia Tech, a 52 percent chance against Wake Forest and a 51.8 percent chance to defeat North Carolina.