Miami Football: Predicting Where the Hurricanes' Rank in the AP Preseason

David MayerCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes hands the ball off to running back Mike James #5 during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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This is a no-brainer—the Miami Hurricanes will be the No. 1 ranked team in the country when the AP Preseason Poll comes out on August 18.

The Hurricanes return a plethora of talent on both offense and defense—12 total returning starters to be exact (including the punter and kicker).

So isn't it obvious they will be voted the top team in all of college football?

OK, you got me. Please sit down while I tell you the shocking news: Miami will not be ranked in the preseason top 25.

All joking aside, the Hurricanes have the athletes and coaching to turn their season into a top 25-type year, but until they prove it, they don't deserve a ranking higher than 40.

The Hurricanes will still be a little raw heading into the season and have too many question marks at multiple positions.

Don't get me wrong, I honestly believe the Hurricanes will be a much-improved team and better their 6-6 record from a year ago.

Head coach Al Golden has the team playing with much more confidence and it has shown so far this offseason. 

The spring season started out strong and the fall session is becoming very competitive. There have even been reports that true freshman Tracy Howard has been sporting a black jersey at practice—black representing a starter.

Overall, the improvement of the defense along with good playmakers on offense could vault the Hurricanes into the top 25 at some point this season.

The Hurricanes are a very young team and if they can finish with eight or so wins, there is no doubt in my mind they could start the 2013 season in the top 10.