Miami football 24th in AP Top 25 out of USA Today Coaches Poll

Sep 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Richard Graulich-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Richard Graulich-USA TODAY Sports /

Following their 25-23 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday, the Miami football team fell two spots in both polls. The Hurricanes dropped from 22nd to 24th in the AP Top 25 and to 26th and out of the USA Today Coaches Poll after the Hurricanes were ranked 24th last week. Miami was passed by several teams in both polls.

Number 20 Arkansas and 23 BYU who were unranked entering the week were among the teams passing the Hurricanes. The Miami football team received 177 points in the AP Poll to slot behind the Cougars who had 213 and Michigan who entered the poll with 163. Auburn, BYU, Arkansas and Michigan are all new to the Coaches Poll.

When Miami plays Michigan State on Saturday it will be the 13th consecutive game Miami plays as a ranked team. That is the longest streak Miami has had since playing 19 straight games as a ranked team in 2017 and 2018. Miami is the fourth highest-ranked ACC team in both polls this week.

Clemson is sixth in both polls. Virginia rose to 15th in both polls. North Carolina is 21st in the AP and 19th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Michigan State who Miami plays on Saturday is 29th in the AP Poll and 30th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The winner between Miami and Michigan State should move up next week.

Miami has to focus on each game. The rankings will come if the Hurricanes keep winning. Over-reaction is common in the polls. Miami getting a tight win over unranked Appalachian State following by dropping two spots in each poll is not surprising. Miami plays Central Connecticut State following Michigan State.

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Virginia Tech and North Carolina are the only ranked teams on the Miami football schedule for the remainder of the season. Pittsburgh is the only team that received votes on the Hurricanes schedule in the AP Poll. The Panthers and North Carolina State both received votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.