This weekend an ACC Team lost the lead, and eventually the game, on the road against an unranked team.
It wasn’t a Louisville team whose only win entering this last weekend was against an FCS School; And it wasn’t Pittsburgh, who lost their best player arguably, and one of the best running backs in the nation for the season due to a knee injury.
It was the Miami Hurricanes.
On Thursday night, the Miami Hurricanes traveled to Nippert Stadium undefeated, only to be completely dismantled by the Cincinnati Bearcats 34-23.
The Miami Herald reported that donors to the football program were irate with the team’s performance, and called the University of Miami administration to express their displeasure.
To many, this criticism may be unfair to the 3-1 Hurricanes, but after all how could this happen?
How could a then undefeated Miami team only put up 23 points against a defense that allowed 53 points to the Memphis Tigers just one week before?
To most Miami fans the answer is simple, Al Golden.
This entire season banners have been flown over the stadium calling for his job, and his 31-23 record infuriates many who follow the program.
What might be the driving factor for this disapproval, however, is his record against the Hurricanes’ in-state rival; the Seminoles.
Four times Al Golden has led his team onto the field against the Seminoles, and four times he has left the field with a loss.
This year; however, the stakes may be higher than ever before.
Over the last two seasons the Miami Hurricanes have had an overall record of 2-7, and after the annual FSU game, the ‘Canes have gone limping into the off-season with two bowl loses.
To put it quite simply, in the past when Miami has lost to FSU under Al Golden, the team has deflated and given up any chance of winning its division. Whether that is Al Golden’s fault or not, the bottom line is that for two years in a row, the Hurricanes have gone into this game with high expectations, only to fall flat.
On Saturday night, the Hurricanes have a chance to turn the tide and change their season.
On the road in a hostile environment, nobody expects Miami to win this football game. Over the course of the year the coaching staff has been preaching unity, and that together they will succeed. This Saturday, that mantra will be put to the test.
The team has rallied around this coaching staff, but one can only wonder if they will continue to stay together after consecutive losses.
During the past two years, Miami vs FSU has marked the end of the Hurricanes’ efforts at a conference title.
Will this year any different? Only Saturday night will tell.
Game Prediction: Miami comes out with energy at the beginning of this game, and gives fans some hope. Yearby has success early on, and the Miami offense starts off playing well. I can see a reality where Miami wins this game, but I just can’t pick them. The past has become the present too many times with this team, and much like last year Miami’s hot start is silenced. The ‘Canes show they simply cannot keep up with the ‘Noles on the road, period.
Final Score: FSU 35 Miami 21