The College Football News posted an examination of the “AP College Football Poll: 1936 to 2022 Final All-Time Rankings” that they published on Sunday. The Miami football program ranked 16th all-time 534 points. Florida State with 585 points is the only ACC team ranked ahead of Miami in the All-Time Poll.
The College Football News chose the AP Poll because in their opinion it has been “the most consistent and reliable since 1936.” The rankings are taken from the final AP Top 20/25 Poll at the end of each season. Miami finished the 1950 season 15th nationally. That was the first time Miami finished a season ranked.
Beginning with their 1983 inaugural National Championship, Miami finished every season ranked through 1996. The Miami football team began another long streak of being ranked in 1998 that culminated in the 2005 season. Miami last finished a season in the rankings when they were 22nd at the end of an 8-3 campaign in 2020.
The Hurricanes last finished back-to-back seasons ranked when they were 13th in the final AP Top 25 in 2017 and 20th in 2016. Miami has recently performed better in recent seasons when there were no expectations to begin the year. The Hurricanes were unranked entering the 2020 season.
Miami began the 2021 season ranked 14th and they were 16th entering 2022. The Hurricanes ended both of those seasons unranked. Miami was in the AP Poll for four weeks in 2022 and three weeks in 2021 before exiting the poll. Miami will have to earn their ranking this season. The USA Today Coaches Poll ranks Miami 41st.
It’s difficult to project where Miami will finish the 2023 season. Miami will have an opportunity to be ranked early this season. Miami will host Miami (Ohio) to open the season on September 1. Texas A&M visits Hard Rock Stadium on September 9. If Miami wins those two games they should be ranked entering week three.
Miami will conclude a three-game homestand to begin the season versus Bethune-Cookman on September 14. Temple hosts Miami on September 23. After a bye week, Miami will host Georgia Tech. Miami will almost definitely be favored in each of its first five games with the exception of Texas A&M.