The Miami soccer team enters the 2021 season with 19 returning starters and high expectations. Miami will be tested early with the season opener against Alabama in Atlanta on September 4. The Hurricanes are ranked 14th in the AP Media’s Top 25 preseason and 16th in the USA Today Coaching Poll.
With less than two weeks of opening weekend for most college footballers, the domestic previews have been spread across multiple websites. The Miami football team are expected to finish 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the ACC in 247 Sports. Miami is expected to lose to Alabama and North Carolina by 247.
North Carolina is expected to have identical records of 10-2, 7-1 by 247. The Tar Heels would win the tiebreaker to become the CCA Coastal Division champion with victory over the Hurricanes. North Carolina is expected to lose to Notre Dame and the State of North Carolina. Miami plays the Tar Heels, but not the Fighting Irish.
If Miami finished 10-2 in 2021, they would likely earn a spot in a New Years Six Bowl game. The Orange Bowl hosts one of two college football semifinals in 2021. The Cotton Bowl hosts the other. semi-final of the CFP. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis hosts the CFP National Championship game in January.
Prediction of the final record: 10-2, 7-1
Projected losses: Alabama, North Carolina
Word: Ten wins should bring Miami to New Years Six this fall, but that’s not where Hurricanes want to be according to quarterback By Eriq King. He expects the Hurricanes to win every game, evolving one of the most talented rosters in the ACC.
The toughest games on Miami’s calendar will face the top 10. No college football team has a more difficult start to the season than the Hurricanes, who faced reigning national champion Alabama in Atlanta.
But if Manny Diaz’s team somehow wins this game, you’ll see a meteoric rise in Miami’s Week 2 AP poll.
Miami is a prohibitive underdog against Alabama. If the Hurricanes can beat the Crimson Tide and get 11 wins, they would have a great chance for the CFP. Alabama won the national championship after the 2017 season although they did not win the SEC Western Division. King’s confidence changed the culture of Miami.
If the Miami football team separate from Alabama and North Carolina, they will be vying for a college football playoff spot. The Hurricanes need to stay focused every week. Miami has won every game they were expected to play in 2020. The next step for Miami in 2021 is to win games they are not favored or tossups.