Miami football ranked 16th best all-time not indicative of achievements

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Miami did not finish in the Top 25 in the accumulative 1960s AP Top 25. The Hurricanes 17 points in the 1960s which under others receiving votes ranked 39th.

The 1970s was almost a black hole for the Miami football program. After the basketball program was dropped in 1971, the same fate was considered for football.

Miami was ranked in only six polls during the 1970s. Miami achieved its highest ranking of 15 week seven in 1973.

The Hurricanes did not receive enough points to reach the rankings of the 1970s. The 1980s changed the direction of the Miami football program. Miami finished second in the 1980s rankings.

Nebraska who Miami upset in the 1984 Orange Bowl topped the list despite not winning a national championship. Miami won the 1983 National Championship after defeating Nebraska and added titles after the 1987 and 1989 seasons. Nebraska finished the 1980s with 190 points to Miami’s 174.

Miami began the first 88 weeks of the 1990s ranked. The Hurricanes won the 1991 National Championship and lost in the 1993 Sugar Bowl to Alabama that prevented the Hurricanes from winning the 1992 National title. Miami finished the decade seventh with 137 points and only finished out of the rankings in 1997.