Why the Hurricanes Will Bring the Magic Back to Miami in 2008

solarcane outhereContributor IAugust 11, 2008

For the first time in a number of seasons, there is reason for enthusiasm in Miami.

We Hurricane fans have had the optimism sucked out of us by the last pair of self-destructing quarterbacks, fraudulent coaches, and a team that quit on itself.

We have new quarterbacks coming in with the same superhero hype as their predecessors, but something feels different.

Robert Marve and Jacory Harris show poise and confidence that is uncanny for freshmen.

Having a pair of quarterbacks that would kill to get in the game is refreshing.  The last pair of signal callers we had were afraid they were going to get killed if they got in the game.

I admit, Kyle Wright wasn’t afraid—he was just bad.

These two new guys not only calm down the other players, they calm our coaches.

You don’t get that Randy Shannon Kool-Aid aftertaste when he speaks about either of them.

The rest of the recruiting class is recognized as one of the best in the nation.

Every Cane fan seems to have one or two favorites that they have confidence will be immediate contributors.  The upperclassmen are singing the praises of these newbies, something not often heard at a Canes practice.

If recruits do indeed play to their potential, the Canes will once again be deep at every skill position.

Miami will wind its way through a not-so-impossible schedule.

Predicating how many games we will win is always a favorite topic for debate, but making a prediction before the Florida game could be compared to picking the Academy Awards winners before the movies are made.

Speculation is what keeps the hit counter turning during the dog days.

Some opposing teams seem to have had our number in the past few seasons.

The Hokies are always a good football team.  If Virginia Tech is declining in talent at the same rate we are improving, we will beat them.

The Tar Heels are well coached, but their players aren’t the same caliber as the current Canes roster.  Butch Davis is the new ACC darling.  Nothing would satisfy Shannon more than beating his former mentor.

If Cooper had Marve or Jacory and some receivers that could catch in the huddle with him last year, we would have won in spite of our somnambulistic sideline coaching.

Texas A&M is a tough crowd but a not so tough team.  The A&M game was about as close to real Hurricane football as we could muster last season

If we can handle the Swamp, College Station won’t intimidate us—we win going away.  We blow up in the Swamp—then we die in College Station.

Georgia Tech is changing a lot of things on offense.  Earlier Jacket blogs conveyed the feeling the GT players weren’t thrilled with their coach or his offense.  We have a history of losing a couple we should have won, but I’m hoping we wipe up Atlanta—buzz off!

Wake Forest is for real.  Meeting them right after Duke is going to be interesting.  We cream Duke and get our heads swollen, and then Wake buries us...I couldn’t resist.

If we beat Texas A&M and UNC back to back, we should be sky high for FSU and trounce them.  Then again, we are talking about the roller coaster Canes.

There is no reason we couldn’t win the Coastal Division and very few reasons we couldn’t win the ACC.

Everyone that picked us as the ACC doormats is about to have a rude awakening.

“Roll up, and that’s an invitation, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour.”


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