Miami Hurricanes 12th in combined CBB, CFB hoops and helmets rankings

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

After the basketball team reached the Elite Eight and the football team was invited to the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, the Miami Hurricanes finished 12th in the annual hoops and helmets rankings from The College Football News. The rankings are a combination of how basketball and football programs perform nationally.

The Miami football team recovered from a 2-4 start in 2021 to finish 7-5. A covid outbreak cost Miami a chance to exercise past demons in the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The Miami Hurricanes basketball surprised after a 3-4 start. Miami won their next nine games. That included starting 5-0 in the ACC.

The rankings are of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision programs plus their basketball teams. College Football News placed an emphasis on programs that won their conference titles in football and tournament titles in basketball. The next category were programs that played in a bowl game and/or the NCAA Tournament.

The Miami Hurricanes were one of four programs that earned a bowl berth and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina is the only college football program to make the 2022 Final Four and a 2021 bowl game. The other two bowl eligible and Elite Eight programs were Arkansas and Houston.

"12. MiamiFootball: 7-5 overall, 5-3 in conference, 2nd in ACC CoastalBasketball: 26-10 overall, 14-6 in conference, 4th in ACC2021: 60 2020: 78 2019: 83 2018: 8Category: Bowl Game, NCAA Tournament“Miami was just okay in football, and it had to cancel its Sun Bowl appearance, but it rallied to win five of its last six to get bowl eligible after a winning campaign. The basketball team was just okay, but it got hot late and made a nice run in the NCAA Tournament.So why so high in the rankings? In the true spirit of Hoops and Helmets, it’s one of just four schools to be be bowl eligible and get to the Elite Eight.”"

The Miami football team finished second in the ACC as projected in the preseason. Miami overcame the losses of starting quarterback D’Eriq King, running back Cam’Ron Harris, center Corey Gaynor and left guard Jalen Rivers. Tyler Van Dyke replaced King and won the ACC Rookie and Rookie Offensive Player of the Year.

The Miami basketball team was picked 12th in the ACC in the 2021 preseason. Miami finished 14-6 and fourth in the ACC after a 5-0 start. The Hurricanes advanced to its first ACC Tournament semifinal since 2016 and their first Elite Eight. Miami had arguably its best basketball season in program history.

dark. Next. Miami 2022 roster 15th by average recruiting class rankings

The future is bright for the basketball and football programs. Jim Larranaga signed the 18th best class with all four signees 6’6 or taller. Mario Cristobal and the Miami football programs signed the 15th best class and added seven transfers who could all be impactful in 2022. Miami should be high on the list again in 2022-23.