I have a confession to make.
I didn't vote for Miami in Bleacher Report's initial Top 25.
Or the next Top 25 either.
This week, that ends. Some of you may be asking yourselves why a self professed Miami Hurricanes fan and featured columnist would omit their beloved team, well, it's because I'm a fan that I didn't vote for them.
There are two reasons.
One, I'm ridiculously superstitious. The last few times the Hurricanes have jumped into the top 25 after a big game, they lost the very next game. Jinxes are real people. They're as real as lucky socks and baseball bats.
Two, I was a big emotional mess after nearly crying following the FSU win. I wasn't sure if I could in good conscience slip them into a coveted top 25 slot without being absolutely sure that I was voting with my head and not my heart.
I can honestly say that I no longer hold those reservations.
The University of Miami is not only a top 25 team but a top 15 team in my estimation. Last night's game against Georgia Tech answered the most pressing question for me after the thrilling win over Florida State: Yes, Jacory Harris and company are amazing, but what about that defense that got thrashed by Georgia Tech and Cal last season?
Miami's defense answered that by holding GT's runaway freight train triple option offense to 95 yards rushing. This is the same team that averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season and had already racked up 636 rushing yards coming into the Miami match up.
So now that the defense isn't giving as many heart palpitations it's time to talk about what's next.
Namely Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. VT plays Nebraska this week which could either soften them up for us or make them a tougher grittier opponent. Canes fans and players should watch this game taking notes on what Miami will see in Blacksburg on September 26.
Oklahoma is a different animal. Call me crazy but I fear VT more than Oklahoma. Losing current Heisman winner Sam Bradford to that shoulder injury makes them vulnerable. I'm also watching to see if they stumble at all against Tulsa. They might be looking ahead to the UM game and to the health of their star QB. It's a potential upset pitfall.
Speaking of Heisman, is it too early?
Jacory Harris makes his dream come true of accepting college football's most prestigious award in a diamond studded suit?
Perhaps it's a subject better broached after Oct. 3 once the Hurricanes have completed their early schedule gauntlet.
Oh and one last thing, special teams will be fixed by next game. Matt Bosher is too phenomenal a kicker to miss anymore chip shots like he did at the end of the Georgia Tech game. The kickoff coverage could stand to improve but I have confidence it will.
After all, I'm confident enough to be voting them into the top 15 this week and that can't backfire...right?
Oh man...I feel queasy...