Andy Staples of On3 moved the Miami football team from ninth to eighth in his update of “Top College Football Resumes” following week five games. Miami had a bye on Saturday before hosting Georgia Tech this week. The Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets will kick off at 8:00 PM ET on the ACC Network.
Staples ranks the Miami football team with the second-best resume in the ACC behind Florida State. The 48-33 Miami win over Texas A&M looks impressive with the Aggies off to a 4-1 start. Miami (Ohio) upset Cincinnati who was in the College Football Playoff two years ago. Temple has started 2-3.
The resume for Miami will continue to build with the ACC schedule commencing. Other programs that have played less challenging non-conference schedules will rise in the rankings with more difficult opponents in conference play as the calendar turns to October. Staples gave Michigan as an example.
The ESPN Football Power Index ranks Miami 13th nationally in its strength of record. Miami is 15th nationally overall in the FPI. Miami has the 102nd toughest schedule nationally according to the FPI. The remaining strength of schedule for Miami ranks 38th. After playing Georgia Tech the remaining SOS will be more difficult.
"8. Miami (4-0)“Auburn and Arkansas struggling to block Texas A&M’s defensive front only make Miami’s performance against that group look even better. The Hurricanes open ACC play this week against Georgia Tech, but the true challenge starts Oct. 14 with back-to-back games against North Carolina and Clemson.”"
In the FPI Game Control metric, Miami ranks 10th nationally. The Game Control metric “Reflects chance that an average top 25 team would control games from start to end the way this team did, given the schedule.” Miami ranks fifth nationally in Average in Game Win Probability. AVGWP is similar to Game Control.
Florida State and North Carolina are the only ACC teams ranked ahead of Miami in the ESPN Strength of Record. Florida State is second nationally in the SOR and North Carolina is 11th. The Seminoles who are 10th are the only team ranked ahead of the Miami football team in the FPI.
The FPI favors Miami in every remaining game with the exception of Florida State. Miami has a 35 percent chance to win at Florida State per the ESPN FPI. The other notable games for Miami are a 54.3 percent chance to win at North Carolina on October 14 and a 53.8 percent chance to defeat Clemson on October 21.
Texas A&M ranks 33rd nationally allowing 18.6 points per game. In the four games they did not play Miami, Texas A&M allowed 45 total points. The Miami offense should continue to thrive. Clemson is the only elite defense Miami plays the rest of the season. Expect Miami to continue to build its resume in ACC play.