Miami Hurricanes' Empire Poised to Strike Back

L LCorrespondent INovember 14, 2008

With their longest win streak since 2005, the Miami Hurricanes have won their fifth game in a row with Thursday’s defeat of the Virginia Tech Hokies, 16-14. Miami rode the victory into first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.

Thursday’s game was like the Dolphin Stadium School of Defense for both teams. Both sides were great defensively. Offensively? Not so much. The reason: The defenses were very talented and too quick for arguably predictable offenses.

Miami’s defense shut Virginia Tech down in the second half by making impressive plays, especially in the third quarter, when the Hokies failed to pass their own 20. Quite the feat for a team as young as the Hurricanes.

Miami is making a tremendous turnaround this season, which is why I believe they are on the brink of being a dominant force in college football in the upcoming years. Even if the Hurricanes fail to reach the ACC game in Tampa on Dec. 6, they still have made great strides in this season so far—just compare them to last season’s 5-7 (2-6 ACC) record.

I suppose we have no choice but to wait until Saturday’s North Carolina-Maryland game to decide who is (and isn’t) at the top of the Coastal Division.

By no means am I declaring that the Hurricane Empire is back after one win (or five—for that matter), but if Miami can keep this streak up, the future is very bright in sunny Miami.