National website poll picks Miami football 4th in ACC

Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team is picked fourth among ACC programs in a preseason poll from 247 Sports among the reporters from all their websites. Florida State is picked to win the ACC by the 247 Sports Writers with 298 points and 12 first-place votes followed by, Clemson, 296 (10), North Carolina, 242 and Miami, 219.

Miami has a challenging 2023 schedule that is mostly back-loaded. Texas A&M plays the second half of a home and home at Miami on September 16. Miami plays at North Carolina on October 14 and Florida State on November 11. Clemson travels to Hard Rock Stadium for Miami’s biggest 2023 home game on October 21.

The ACC Coach of the Year voting was led by Mike Norvell of Florida State with 11 votes, followed by Jeff Brohm of Louisville and Mike Elko of Duke with four and Mario Cristobal with two. Miami had a pair of mentions as a team that could challenge Clemson and Florida State for a spot in the ACC Championship Game.

The official preseason All-ACC picks should be announced on Friday. A preseason All-ACC team was not named by 247 Sports. Jordan Travis of Florida State was picked as the 247 Sports preseason ACC Player of the Year to match Norvell. A few Miami players should be on the preseason All-ACC team.

The Miami football program dominated the Pro Football Focus preseason All-ACC team with nine players selected. Nine Hurricanes were selected to the Pro Football Focus first-team All-ACC. Running back Henry Parrish was the sole Miami represented on the Pro Football Focus preseason All-ACC second team.

Center Matt Lee and guard Javion Cohen who transferred to Miami during the offseason are among the preseason Pro Football Focus All-ACC players. Miami needs Cohen and Lee to peform up to expectations for the offensive line to improve significantly from 2022. Lee and Cohen are both expected to be leaders in 2023.

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The first five game provide Miami with an opportunity to set a foundation for the remainder of the 2023 season. Miami hosts Miami (Ohio) in the season opener on September 1, followed by Texas A&M, Bethune-Cookman on September 14, at Temple on September 23 and hosting Georgia Tech on October 7.