College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: Miami Needs Ohio St. Win for Respect
Miami has been largely unsuccessful in its attempt to return to its glory days and it decided to start over once again this year by firing head coach Randy Shannon.
New coach Al Golden is charismatic and certainly has a proven track record, but he faces a tough challenge in trying to rebuild the Hurricanes.
Jacory Harris is still very questionable at quarterback and he doesn’t have a good backfield to help him out. In addition, the defense, like its quarterback, must be more consistent.
However, the offensive line is completely intact and the receivers are experienced enough to give Harris some help.
Miami comes in at No. 29, but it has a chance to jump into the top 25 if it can pull out a win at home against an Ohio State team that will be breaking in a new quarterback and will be without its suspended stars.
The Hurricanes likely won’t compete for an ACC title this season, but a win against the Buckeyes and a jump into the rankings would raise their confidence and potentially get the program headed back in the right direction.
-- Kevin Trahan
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