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

3 Jan 2002: DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
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The Hurricanes emerged from probation in 2000. After defeating defending national champion Florida State in October, the 2000 Hurricanes finished the season ranked second. After barely missing out on a berth in the BCS Championship game, Miami dominated the 2001 season and won their fifth National Championship.

The Hurricanes appeared in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl that was the BCS Title Game. Only an extremely late pass interference call prevented Miami from winning their second straight National Championship.

After defeating Florida State in the 2004 Orange Bowl, Miami didn’t play in another major bowl until the 2018 Orange.

Miami finished the 2000s eighth overall after falling off in the second half of the decade. The Hurricanes finished with 125 points for the decade.

Texas with 190 points and a 2005 National Championship topped the decade. Florida, USC and Nick Saban with LSU and Alabama all won two national championships in the 2000s.

The Hurricanes’ decline continued into the 2010s and contributed to their current ranking of 16th all-time in the AP accumulative rankings. Miami finished the 2010s with six points and ranked 52nd. The Hurricanes finished the 2016 season ranked 20th and 13th in 2017. The current decade is off to a better overall start.

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The Miami football team finished the 2020 season ranked 18th. The Hurricanes begin the 2021 season ranked 14th by AP. With the 11th ranked class in 2021, the future for the Miami football program is bright. The next step for Miami to move up into the top 10 is to win big games. Miami was ranked as high as seventh in 2020.