The Miami Hurricanes will head into the 2013 season with high expectations. According to Phil Steele, the Hurricanes return 19 starters—10 on offense, nine on defense.
So the 'Canes over/under should be at 10 wins, right? As Lee Corso says, "Not so fast my friend."
Last season, the Hurricanes defense was atrocious, finishing ranked No. 116—out of 120 teams—in total defense. While the defense struggled, the offense flourished at times, showing signs of great things to come.
The Hurricanes offense finished the season scoring 31 points per game (ranking them No. 49 in the country). Not bad considering it was Stephen Morris's first season as a starter and only one receiver returned with over 16 career catches (Allen Hurns).
But not all was roses for the offense as they struggled to put points on the board against Kansas State, North Carolina and Notre Dame—averaging just 10 points against them.
This upcoming season should provide us all with more maturity and a possibility to put up at least 40 points per game.
The real question will be how much the defense has improved over the off-season. Let's face it, offense wins games, but defense wins championships. The recent string of SEC National Championships proves that theory.
So what is my personal over/under for the 2013 Miami Hurricanes?
As good as the offense should be, the defense has too many question marks at the moment. Week two will be an interesting game against one of the best teams in the country, the Florida Gators.
If Miami wins that game, there is no doubt in my mind the Hurricanes finish with at least 10 wins.