Jacory Harris appears ready and determined to lead Miami back to the Bowl Championship Series. However, the Hurricanes have to go through the proving grounds in order to get there.
The most talked about game on Miami's schedule is the feared #2 Ohio State Buckeyes. This first test on the road is the proving ground which will certainly set the tone for the entire season. Chances are they will make this game interesting and give the Buckeyes a real scare.
The match up of Jacory Harris against Terrelle Pryor presents a very intriguing challenge. How will Harris handle the Buckeye defense? He needs to be ready to make quick decisions because the Buckeyes will not give him much time to throw. Everything depends on Harris' ability to get rid of the ball in six seconds or less.
Miami is clearly the underdog, but it would be a surprise if this game ends in the fourth quarter. It should be close the entire way, but Miami will likely lose this game. Ohio State simply has too much firepower on both sides of the ball. Facing them on the road is just like facing Alabama in hostile territory. Asking Miami to win this game is a tall order.
The Buckeyes are only part of the rugged road that Miami faces on their path of redemption for last season's heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.
They have to travel on the road to face the next opponent, Pittsburgh, which will be an excellent early season measuring stick. However, Miami is the better team heading into this game and Miami should be able to win.
Florida State presents another challenge as well. This team has been regaining its lost power and looks to be a force to be reckoned with.
This is Miami's second home game and they should be able win this big time rivalry. Home field advantage for the Hurricanes.
How about the game against Georgia Tech?
This is certainly one of the most anticipated games of the season. They look to challenge the Yellow Jackets offense and this could turn into a fun, old fashioned shootout from the start. This is a tough road test, but Miami should have enough firepower to win this game.
Last but not least, we have the #6 Hokies. Virginia Tech is the second biggest game this year for the Hurricanes and it will be a dandy. Contrary to popular opinion, Miami should get the upset. Miami will end the year as a surprise team and will have only one loss to Ohio State. They could get a match up with a SEC team in the B.C.S. , which will likely be Florida.
End result: Miami ends season 11-1, faces Florida in the Orange Bowl.