The Miami Hurricanes finished their 2011 season with a disappointing 6-6 record and no bowl appearance. They’ll be looking to rebound quickly with a bunch of new players, despite an NCAA investigation that could lead to sanctions.
Bovada has them listed at 75-to-1 odds of winning the BCS National Championship and those seem generous.
They have a tough schedule and a number of positions to figure out before they can make any noise.
Keep reading to find out everything about their upcoming spring game and some thoughts on the 2012 season.
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.
When: Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Watch: CSS will televise replay on April 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Live Stream: ESPN3.com (subject to blackout)
Radio: 560 WQAM, 90.5 WVUM
Position Battle to Watch: Quarterback
Ryan Williams, Gray Crow and Preston Dewey are all battling to start on opening weekend for the ‘Canes.
Stephen Morris is out for the spring but still has a chance to reclaim that spot eventually when he returns in the fall.
Williams is a University of Memphis transfer that has been making dazzling first impressions. He’s got a real shot at winning the war and Morris’ back injury isn’t doing him any favors.
Crow and Dewey are likely to redshirt if Williams can prove he is capable of the starting job.
Area in Need of Most Improvement: Quarterback
Now that Jacory Harris is gone, the U can work on grooming a new QB to bring them back to prominence.
The team was unable to get much done through the air with Harris under center, averaging just 232.1 yards per game and scoring just 26.5 points a contest in 2011.
Miami is hoping that Williams or Morris can step up and lead this team to glory, as their fans and alumni expect them to.
What to Expect in 2012
Miami has the hardest strength of schedule in the conference, according to the 2011 F/+ ratings from Football Outsiders.
They have to get past Notre Dame, Kansas State and South Florida, while dealing with conference foes Florida State and Virginia Tech.
Unless they can get some excellent play from the QB position, the Hurricanes are in for a rough season.