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You're not going to believe this, but the ACC Coastal Division is up for grabs.
Miami (Florida) was narrowly selected as the preseason favorite to win the division this season, per Chip Patterson of CBS Sports, despite having some potentially major question marks on both sides of the ball.
It starts at quarterback, where the Hurricanes have an answer—sort of.
Ryan Williams was projected to be the starter, but a torn ACL during the spring has sidelined him indefinitely. Miami's coaching staff brought in Kansas (and BYU) transfer Jake Heaps to boost the quarterback competition and provide some depth.
As of the latest depth chart, courtesy of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Heaps is listed as a co-starter with Brad Kaaya. The Hurricanes are loaded at the skill positions and have a stout offensive line, but a quarterback has to make that offense go.
The Canes also lost one of their better defensive players recently. Head coach Al Golden confirmed this week that defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins would miss the season with a chronic back injury.
On that subject, Miami's defense will be under the microscope after finishing at or near the bottom of the ACC in pass defense and rush defense the previous two seasons. The Canes have a great defensive leader in linebacker Denzel Perryman, who led the team with 108 tackles a year ago; the rest of the defense needs to elevate its play to match his.
The Hurricanes have yet to make an appearance in the ACC Championship Game since joining the conference, though self-imposed postseason bans have played a role in that as well. But if Miami can't take the next step this year, when can it?
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All stats courtesy of CFBStats.com.