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Miami Hurricanes: Forecasting the 2011 Season
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The Miami Hurricanes are coming off of a 7-6 season which saw them lose the Sun Bowl to Notre Dame by a score of 33-17. 

Randy Shannon was fired after the team's loss to in-state rival South Florida, and Al Golden was hired to take his place to try to rebuild the Hurricanes and get them back into the country's top echelon in college football.

Golden has made an impact on the program, as he has stocked some talent for the coming seasons and has ushered back in a new attitude around Coral Gables, FL. 

The Hurricanes enter the 2011 season outside the top 25.  In-state rival, Florida State, has received a No. 5 ranking in the early polls that have been released by the coaches. 

The Hurricanes want to prove that last season was a fluke, and that they are ready to rejoin the ranks of the elite.

Here are three keys for Miami's season in 2011 if they want to get back to the promised land:

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