Miami football named one of 3 most underrated AP top 25 teams shows potential

Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; . Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; . Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team being named by Pro Football Focus with Mississippi and Nevada as one of the three most underrated teams in the 2021 AP Media Preseason Poll hints at the potential the Hurricanes have this season. The high ceiling for the Miami offense is why PFF values the Hurricanes as underrated.

Miami returns 10 starters on offense led by quarterback D’Eriq King. PFF also mentions that “another key area to monitor is the performance of wide receiver tandem Charleston Rambo and Mike Harley.” Harley is returning to Miami for his fifth season and Rambo transferred from Oklahoma for the 2021 season.

PFF stated in its list that “Miami should have been a top-10 team in the AP Poll.” The Hurricanes are ranked ninth in the PFF rankings posted on Monday. In addition to the trio of King, Harley and Rambo, PFF stated “There’s a lot of potential with the quartet of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, King, Rambo and Harley.”

The three most overrated teams according to PFF are Iowa State, Oregon (coached by former Miami offensive lineman and coach Mario Cristobal) and Arizona State. The ninth ranking PFF has for the Miami football team is about five spots higher than the consensus has the Hurricanes. Miami has a high ceiling in 2021.

The biggest test for Miami in 2021 will be against Alabama in the season opener on September 4 in Atlanta. Miami cannot be judged in 2021 based on how they perform against Alabama. Other than Alabama and the October 16 game at North Carolina, Miami will be expected to win every other game on the 2021 schedule.

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Miami will have to improve on defense in 2021 to prove they are one of the three most underrated FBS teams. Head coach Manny Diaz is calling the Miami defense for the first time since 2018. The Hurricanes return nine defensive starters and added cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and defensive end, DeAndre Johnson, as transfers.