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UM Plays Top 25 Opponents in Three of Next Four Games

Canes Could Climb Quickly In New AP, Coaches Top 25 Polls

Yes, Miami is ranked No. 17 in this week’s AP Top 25 thanks to its 31-14 victory over Alabama-Birmingham. But according to the new polls, which don't include inactive Big Ten and Pac-12 schools, UM has a tremendous opportunity to make a statement because its schedule now includes five AP Top 25 teams and four schools ranked in the Amway Coaches Poll. 

In fact, the newly-released polls mean three of Miami’s next four games are against Top 25 opponents – Saturday at No. 18 Louisville, Oct. 10 at No. 1 Clemson, and Oct. 17 at No. 25 Pitt. 

Overall, five of Miami's 10 remaining games are against Top 25 opponents.

The 17th-ranked Hurricanes begin their Top 25 march at No. 18 Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cardinals Stadium. ESPN's GameDay will broadcast its weekly pregame show from Louisville.

So even if Miami loses at Clemson, as expected, it could be a Top 15 team in late October if it takes care of business against its other Top 25 opponents.

The ACC has seven teams in the AP Top 25 – No. 1 Clemson, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 17 Miami, No. 18 Louisville, No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Pitt.

The ACC has six teams ranked in the Coaches Poll – No. 1 Clemson, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 16 Louisville, No. 18 Miami and No. 19 Virginia Tech.

Miami’s last victory over a Top 25 team was last season’s 17-9 home victory over No. 20 Virginia to even the Canes’ record at 3-3 overall and make them 1-2 in the ACC. 

In 2018, Miami also defeated a Top 25 opponent when it knocked off No. 25 Pitt in the regular season finale, 24-3, to improve to 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the ACC.

The last time UM was in the AP Top 25 and defeated a fellow Top 25 opponent was 2017 when the No. 7 Hurricanes crushed No. 3 Notre Dame, 41-8, at Hard Rock Stadium.