Danny Coale's 80-yard catch against Nebraska set up the game-winning score in Virginia Tech's 16-15 win — and a big showdown with resurgent Miami next Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Since its 33-17 dismantling of Georgia Tech on Thursday night, Miami has stirred up talk about whether “The U” is back in championship form.
Through their first two games, the Hurricanes have been the most impressive team in the ACC. The offense has been firing on all cylinders, and after a shootout against Florida State in the season opener, the defense effectively shut down the Yellow Jackets’ option attack. The national press has certainly taken notice, moving Miami up to No. 9 in the most recent Associated Press poll.
But let’s also keep some perspective. Florida State was a dropped pass in the end zone away from winning the opener, and Georgia Tech was playing its third game in 12 days. Miami also has two huge games coming up against conference favorite Virginia Tech and national title contender Oklahoma.
The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote gives a pretty good summary of where Miami football is at the moment:
[T]here is early speculation about a national championship and even a Heisman for [QB Jacory] Harris. The key word there is “early.” Let’s see how Harris and UM get through the next two games, at Virginia Tech and vs. Oklahoma, before we start clanging those bells. Say this, though: Miami has put itself in a position to think national title and Heisman.
Canes’ strong start also has brought on much talk about whether UM football is “back.” What do we mean by that? To me, the program will be “back” when every opponent on the schedule seems beatable, when the ACC crown is in play every year. and when UM is a top-10 fixture in the national-title hunt most every season.
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