Miami football fourth in 247 Sports 2023 ACC Power Rankings

Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team is fourth in the 247 Sports “ACC preseason power rankings: Teams poised for national attention, those with questions ahead of 2023 season.” Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina are the only teams ranked ahead of Miami in the 2023 247 Sports ACC Power Rankings.

Miami plays at North Carolina on October 14, hosts Clemson on October 21 and travels to Florida State on November 11. Miami also plays at North Carolina State on November 11. The Wolfpack are fifth in the 247 Sports 2023 ACC Power Rankings. Miami’s 2023 schedule might prevent them from contending for an ACC title berth.

The Miami football team should be able to get off to a good start this season. The Hurricanes host Miami (Ohio) in the season opener on September 1, Texas A&M on September 9 and Bethune-Cookman on September 14 before traveling to Temple on September 23. Miami has a bye week on September 30.

ACC play will begin for Miami on October 7 versus Georgia Tech before a seven-game gauntlet to finish the 2023 season. Miami also hosts Virginia on October 28 and Louisville on November 18 before finishing the season at Boston College on November 24 which is the day after Thanksgiving.

"4. MIAMI HURRICANES“Tyler Van Dyke is back under center and looks to rebound from a lackluster 2022, marred by a recurring shoulder injury. The offensive line should help keep him healthy, too.Starters Zion Nelson and Jalen Rivers are back at left tackle and right guard, respectively, and the Hurricanes built around them with two transfers and 5-star talent Francis Mauigoa, who could be a day-one starter at right tackle.Safety Karen Kinchens is Miami’s first All-American to return on defense since 2006, but the Hurricanes have to replace both starting cornerbacks from last season. Improvement along the defensive line will be key next season, and the Hurricanes return six players who notched over 2.0 sacks a season ago, including team leaders Akheem Mesidor (7.0) and Jahfari Harvey (5.5).”"

Grant Hughes wrote the article about the ACC Power Rankings. Guard Javion Cohen and center Matt Lee will be day-one starters for Miami. Cohen and Lee provide Miami with experience and production on the offensive line. It is unknown if Nelson will be ready to begin the season. Rivers could play LT if Nelson is out.

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Miami brought in Central Florida transfer Davonte Brown and Jaden Davis from Oklahoma to start at CB this season. Harvey and Mesidor provide Miami with a pair of experienced bookend edge rushers. Leonard Taylor will help anchor the defensive line entering his junior season. Kinchens leads the Miami secondary.