Is the U back? It’s question perpetually asked about the Miami football program. For the Hurricanes to turn around their football program defeating the teams they are expected to is a key way to start.
One of the biggest reasons that the Miami football program is not contending for ACC Coastal Division titles on an annual basis is their inconsistent play against teams they are supposed to defeat. Winning the vast majority of the games they are expected to win will give the Hurricanes a far greater margin of error.
In 15 seasons in the ACC Miami is 5-10 against Florida State and 7-8 against Virginia Tech. Up until the last two seasons Florida State has been one of the best programs in college football. The record against the Seminoles needs to improve but is somewhat understandable. The record against their ACC Coastal rival Hokies is acceptable.
What has hurt the Miami football program repeatedly are losses in Coastal division games to Duke, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and North Carolina when none of those programs were ranked. Playing a stretch of three out of four games on the road in 2018, the one home game in November against Duke figured to be a win
Miami ran for 300 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown run by DeeJay Dallas against the Blue Devils last season. Dallas’ run came 1:34 after Duke’s Deon Jackson opened the scoring 12 seconds into the game with a 75-yard touchdown run. Playing in a driving rainstorm two lost fumbles doomed Miami in a 20-12 loss.
Playing better against the lesser programs in the ACC and particularly the Coastal Division is critical for the future success of the Miami football program. The Hurricanes have only an 8-7 record against North Carolina and Virginia since they joined the ACC. Virginia Tech is 27-3 in the same time span.
Miami and Virginia Tech were expected to rule the ACC when they joined the conference for the 2004 football season. The Hokies have won six coastal titles and four ACC Championships in 15 seasons. The Hurricanes have one Coastal Division title and are still searching for their first conference title.
Miami is just 9-6 against Georgia Tech in 15 ACC seasons. They have fared better with a 5-2 record against Pittsburgh in the ACC and dominated the Blue Devils going 13-2 as conference foes. If the Hurricanes are going to become one of the ACC’s elite football programs they need to dominate the ACC Coastal.