A 9-4 record in the first year under new head coach Mark Richt was just what the Miami Hurricanes and their fans needed. A lot of people were saying that Richt would be lucky to reach that record his first year, but the Canes were able to pull it off, including the program’s first bowl victory in ten years. Me, I wasn’t that impressed with the team, only because Miami started 4-0, then proceeded to lose four straight, knocking them out of the hunt for a birth in the conference championship game. There could be many fingers to point for the mid-season collapse, but there is one thing that must happen, if Miami wants to become the prominent program they should be, its very simple, beat Florida State.
The team that knocked Miami from the unbeatens this past year, was FSU, and it was one point, and frankly a game they should have won. If Miami wins that game, who knows what would have happened the rest of the year, we may be talking about a completely different outcome for the 2016 Hurricanes. In the last three meetings with the Noles, Miami has lost by a combined 10 points. If there are those that say that this rivalry doesn’t mean anything, think again. In 2014, after FSU defeated Miami, the Canes went on to lose the last three games of the season. In 2016, following their week five loss to the Seminoles, Miami went on to lose three straight after the FSU defeat, completely turning their season in the wrong direction.
Its been a long eight years since Miami has downed their rivals from the north, and ever since that matchup, the two programs have gone in two different directions. From the year 2000 up until the 2009 victory over FSU, Miami went 8-3 over the Noles. Since 2010, the Seminoles have won every meeting in the rivalry. Since 2009, FSU has gone 6-2 in bowl games, three conference championships, and added a national championship in 2013. Miami on the other hand, has gone 1-5 in bowl games, and not even an appearance in the conference championship game.
Its pretty obvious who owns the Sunshine State right now, in the results in the game and also in recruiting. For example, Dalvin Cook, who has destroyed Miami the last three years is a native of the 305. For the Hurricanes to get their confidence back, they have to win, simple as that. 2017 will be an interesting year without quarterback Brad Kaaya, but I do believe that the Canes can be a team to be reckoned with. Will we see a resurgence of the U? Or will the Garnet and Gold continue their dominating ways. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait too long to get the results, the Canes travel to Doak Campbell Stadium in week 3 of the 2017 season, and a possible rematch in the ACC championship could be a very real possibil