It would be a crushing disappointment if Miami doesn’t find a way to win the ACC Coastal title.
Sure, I should be past all of this now that the Hurricanes are 1-2 in conference play, but none of this adds up.
North Carolina, after all, is the only team in the division that is ranked in the AP Top 25, and that’s at No. 22. We’re talking two spots below Western Michigan and two above Navy.
For that matter, Florida State is the only other ranked team on Miami’s 2016 schedule. The Hurricanes have the benefit of missing out on Clemson and Louisville this time around. If you’re wondering how important that is, the last time Miami played those two teams it didn’t turn out so well, with Clemson winning 58-0 and Louisville winning 31-13.
What’s more, Thursday night’s showdown at Virginia Tech really shouldn’t be the nightmare that everyone’s making it out to be. Miami has a two-game win streak going against the Hokies, and each time the Hurricanes scored 30 points.
Is there no way for all this to work itself out so that Mark Richt, the most reliable head coach since the national championship years, can win the ACC’s weaker division?
The best route would be for North Carolina and Virginia Tech, each 2-1 in the conference, to lose a few more games each. It’s not inconceivable, regardless of the competition. Already the Tar Heels have lost to Georgia, which it turns out is no great shakes, and the Hokies have lost to Syracuse, a team that yielded 50 points to Notre Dame and 45 to South Florida.
Miami also could beat the Hokies, meaning that the two-loss teams on top of the division could be caught in some kind of tiebreaker merry-go-round. The Tar Heels might not come out so well in that once their 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech gets factored in.
All right, so I don’t know all the tiebreaker rules. You got me there.
The best thing is just to play it all out, figuring that the worst of Miami’s schedule is over. That may seem like quite a reach with a Blacksburg Thursday night coming up, but you Can’t give up on something illogical happening in favor of the Hurricanes, since what already has happened makes no sense to me at all.