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Will Miami Finally Get Over The Hump, Or Will The Schedule Win?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Randy Shannon of the Miami Hurricanes looks up toward the scoreboard while taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Dolphin Stadium on November 13, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated Virginia Tech 16-14.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Last year's Miami Hurricanes showed signs of greatness all year long. Three of their six losses were by seven points or less.  They had a tremendous showing against the eventual Champions Florida Gators at The Swamp, yet the year was still a failure to many.

Maybe the domination of past years still lingers? 

Maybe it's the high hope Canes fans received when ESPN listed Miami as having the best recruiting class for 2008? Whatever it was, this year will decide whether or not Miami truly is a great team like those of early 2000, or will it?

The problem with this year's bunch has nothing to do with the players. The talent and coaching is finally there. The bigger issue arrives and that is the brutal schedule Miami is taking on this year. The first four games of the year are at FSU, vs. Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech, and vs. Oklahoma.

Many of the Hurricanes are dismissing the hard schedule and pressing on, as well they should. The die hard Canes fans down in Miami are also staying very positive, I,  am not. 

The schedule would be killer even without the added pressure of a new Offensive and Defensive coordinator, a "new" starting QB, and a coach that no matter what anyone says, is on the hot seat.

If these young Canes can come out of that 4 game stretch at 2-2, it will be a tremendous feat under all the circumstances at The U. 

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I personally see them going 1-3 or 0-4. 

Now I am not saying that Miami is a horrible team, that's not the case at all. This team is loaded with talent and now with Whipple controlling the offense, this team is going to make tremendous strides this year compared to years past. 

The only thing holding this year's crop is game time. One year experience is not what you consider "true experience". These young kids need to develop more, be smarter, and control themselves. Given the pressure that is under this team, I see them pulling another 7-6, or 8-5 year.

Think what you want, I am not a hater. 

I have been a huge fan of the Miami Hurricanes for 20+ years, but unlike a lot of fans, I am also a college football fan as well. I will not sit and tell you what I "want" to happen, Ill tell you what I "think" will happen.

If Miami can pull a 2-2 out of their hats to begin the season, than they will be an 11-2 or 10-3 football team, but these kids are just that, kids.

Let them grow, than you will see that team from early 2000's, because there are not a lot of teams out there with this much talent and next year, you will understand what I mean. 

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