The Miami Hurricanes at No. 25 in the 2016 Rankings Countdown. Here are five things that matter heading into Miami’s 2016 season.
The Miami Hurricanes came in at No. 25 in the CFN college football rankings countdown of all 128 programs. With a new head coach and a veteran quarterback under center, the pieces are in place for Miami to start regaining some swagger.
As we zoom toward the season, here are five things you need to know with regards to the Hurricanes, and why they’re No. 25 in our college football rankings.
Mark Richt is it
The former Miami quarterback is at the exact right gig. He did a wonderful job at Georgia, but it was time for a change for both the coach and the program. Miami also needed a fresh start, and getting an elite guy to come in and take over appears to have given The U the attitude and shift it needs – at least according to the players
The offense is loaded in the backfield
Brad Kaaya is rolling up the NFL scouting charts and could turn into this year’s Jared Goff. Under Richt – a terrific quarterback guru – the numbers and efficiency should be even better. The three-headed attack of Joseph Yearby, Mark Walton and Gus Edwards should balance out the running back position. Finally, Miami once again has a running game.
Get ready for the defense to rock and roll
It might not be the late 1980s and early 1990s, but the Canes should be far tougher defensively. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz doesn’t have the talent to work with, but the linebacking corps should be fantastic and there’s terrific potential up front.
The pass rush needs to show up
It’s been a big problem for the Hurricane defense, coming up with just 18 sacks last season and not doing nearly enough to scare opposing backfields. The new coaching staff will look to ramp up the pressure right away, and there’s a killer up front in Al-Quadin Muhammad. Still, the stars need to emerge.
What’s going to happen?
9-3 would be a solid season, especially if it ends with a Coastal Division title (a first for the program). The Florida State game will be the most fun, but that’s an interdivisional game. The showdowns at Virginia Tech and Notre Dame in back-to-back weeks will be a big deal, but overall, if the offense does what it’s supposed to, Cane fans should be through the roof.