Hurricanes face two crucial games

03 November 2017 03:57:28 GMTPlus11
Miami head coach Mark Richt.

The Miami Hurricanes will host the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this week and next in a couple of games that could boost the team up the rankings and into the national title debate.

Undefeated and ranked ninth in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Hurricanes, 5/1 to win the NCAAF Championship, have so far swept all before them beating Bethune-Cookman, Toledo, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and North Carolina.

Unfortunately the triumph over the Seminoles has not resonated as would have been anticipated given Florida State's stunning free-fall into mediocrity this year.

As such, Miami lead the Coastal Division on the ACC with a potential championship game showdown with North Carolina State on the cards if the Hurricanes win out. The game against 7-1 #13 Virginia Tech is crucial in that the head-to-head tiebreaker would go to the Hokies if Miami slip up.

And that is always possible with the game against fifth-ranked Notre Dame looming. While this version may not match the intensity and importance of the infamous 1988 game, known as the Catholics vs. Criminals when the Irish handed the Hurricanes their only defeat on the way to Notre Dame's national title, both teams returning to national prominence is a big deal.

Miami close out the regular campaign with games against Virginia and at Pittsburgh, both of whom should not be overlooked.

All in all it's a tough four-game stretch, which will define the Hurricanes' season as they push to be the Coastal Division representative at the ACC Championship Game on 2nd Decemberat the home of the Carolina Panthers, the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

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