The Miami Hurricanes started fast in the 2012 season, but three consecutive losses have brought disappointment to South Beach.
Though a 4-4 record is not what the coaches, players or fans want to see, there are plenty of encouraging factors due to a weak Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Hurricanes are again tied for the division lead after the Florida State Seminoles dismantled the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday.
Another favorable sign is that Miami's remaining schedule is not against top-tier teams. Opponents include the Virginia Tech Hokies, Virginia Cavaliers, South Florida Bulls and Duke.
With Stephen Morris, Duke Johnson and Denzel Perryman nursing small injuries, Miami's bye week could not have come at a better time.
Thursday's contest against the Hokies will likely decide the Coastal Division crown, but here are five ways that the Hurricanes could finish the season.