Between 2000 and 2003, Miami’s last four seasons in the Big East, the Hurricanes won 11 or more games each season including a national title in 2001. Since their move to the ACC in 2004, though, they have yet to hit double-digit wins once. Miami has played well enough to make a bowl every year since 2007, but didn’t in 2011 or 2012 as part of a self-imposed bowl ban from exposed recruiting violations. The 7-5 2012 team showed a ton of potential for the future, though. Quarterback Stephen Morris, entering his senior year, threw for 3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions and is considered a Heisman candidate this year. Running back Duke Johnson had a ridiculous 6.8 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns, and that was in his freshman year. The three leading receivers in yardage (WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Rashawn Scott, and TE Clive Walford) all return. This offense could be absolutely explosive. On defense, the story is a little messier. One of the youngest units the nation gave up 30.5 points per game (84th best) last season, so Miami hopes a year of experience will help. Four-star defensive recruits, like defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace, help a ton. Miami, with 10 four-star recruits, has the second best recruiting class in the ACC behind Florida State. An early test comes at home versus Florida on September 2, but most of the rest of the schedule is manageable until a November 2 game at Florida State.
The Miami Hurricanes are based in Coral Gables, Florida at the University of Miami and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hurricanes are one of the most decorated football programs in college sports and since their first season in 1926, they have claimed 5 national titles, 9 conference titles, and boast 3 undefeated seasons. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes went undefeated to win the national championship and are considered by many to be one of the greatest teams of all time. 53 NFL players in 2012 played college ball at Miami, by far the most of any college. The Hurricanes play their home games at Sun Life Stadium, the same stadium as the Miami Dolphins. Some of Miami’s biggest rivals are Florida, Florida State, and Notre Dame. Gold Coast Tickets has the best tickets for “The U” all season long!