A lot of uncertainty surrounds the Miami Hurricanes' football program and a black cloud has come over Coral Gables before the season has had a chance to start.
After the firestorm Yahoo! Sports report surfaced a little more than two weeks ago, a lot of opposing fans, media "experts" and even the man responsible for all of this, Nevin Shapiro himself, have all made their opinions that the Hurricanes deserve the destructive "death penalty."
With all the uncertainty and no timetable for when all of this will be resolved, the Hurricanes must move forward.
The team has declared eight players ineligible at the present time, including senior quarterback Jacory Harris and junior star linebacker Sean Spence.
The school has since submitted reinstatement paperwork to the NCAA, but as the Sept. 5 date with the Terrapins creeps ever closer, the Hurricanes know they can only take things one day at a time while the investigation plays out, and they have a season to start.
I will break down five critical matchups for the 'Canes versus the Terrapins that will go a long way in deciding who starts the college football campaign with a critical "W."