The Miami Hurricanes are entering a much ballyhooed season with high hopes. For the first time in 7 seasons the Canes have legitimate National Title aspirations.
This is due in large part to Head Coach Randy Shannon being able to reel in the kind of talent Miami used to get. While his coaching decisions leaves some scratching their heads there is no doubting Coach Shannon's ability to recruit.
For Miami to reach the BCS championship game they will first have to survive one of the nations most difficult schedules. One which includes a daunting road trip to Columbus, Ohio on September 11th. If Miami is able to beat the highly ranked Buckeyes they will still face several other potential speed bumps the rest of the way.
It may not be an easy road to travel but seldom are things of such desire obtained without a grueling journey.
The Hurricanes must finally show that the talent which has been amassed is capable of translating into on field success. This can't be another 10-3 season. This can't be another year of falling to the likes of North Carolina or Clemson. Miami must finally win the ACC title and get back into a BCS bowl game.
This will be a more than feasible task considering the skill players which have been stockpiled along with a resurgent defense which figures to be dominant this year.
It's actually an eerily similar blue print to championship caliber Canes teams of the past. You have a quarter back capable of throwing the long ball, combined with a great group of wide receivers. A stable of talented running backs. An imposing defensive line which will wreak havoc in the opposing teams backfield. A solid set of line backers and a potentially strong defensive backfield.
Forget about the Offensive line not being a meritorious one. Besides 2002 when has Miami ever boasted a top ranked o-line? All the Canes need is for the group to be slightly above average. If that happens then the stars will be able to shine just fine.