Miami jump to second
The Miami Hurricanes remained unbeaten over the weekend with a 41-8 pounding of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Hard Rock Stadium in Southern Florida.
Travis Homer rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries, DeeJay Dallas scored twice while gaining 53 yards on 12 rushes and Malik Rosier completed 15-of-24 for 137 yards and a score in the one-sided affair.
The victory, and how dominant it was, not only elevated the Hurricanes, 15.00 to win the NCAAF Championship outright, from seventh to second in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, but also convinced four voters that Miami are the best team in the nation.
The other 57 disagreed and plumped for the Alabama Crimson Tide, 2.80 to win the NCAAF Championship outright, who avoided the upset against Mississippi State in Starkville.
Jalen Hurts connected on 10-of-19 for 242 yards and one touchdown, a 26-yard completion to DeVonta Smith for the winning score with under a minute to play as the Tide won 31-24. It was Smith's only reception of the game, but one that keeps Alabama on track for an Iron Bowl showdown with Auburn.
The Crimson Tide will first host Mercer in one of those embarrassing late-season mismatches that the SEC schedules before travelling to the Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn to face the Tigers. The Hurricanes are also in action in the next couple of weeks, first welcoming in the Virginia Cavaliers before heading up to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers.
Regardless of the outcome, Miami know that they will play Clemson in the ACC championship Game on 2nd December at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
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