FSU Opponent Watch: Pre-Read On No. 77 Miami Hurricanes

Paul Myerberg of PreSnap Read gives you 4,000 words on the No. 77 Miami Hurricanes. Here are 400.

In a nutshell It's time for Miami to batten down the hatches. As the Hurricanes prepare for September, it's difficult to find many reasons why this team should be expected to contend in any way for bowl eligibility, and in no way, shape or form can this team be considered an A.C.C. contender. The first issue: Miami's schedule. The second: an offense with significant question marks surrounding quarterback - is Morris ready to go? - offensive tackle and receiver; this ignores running back, but that could be an issue if Johnson doesn't come prepared in August. The third: a front seven that could struggle against the run. The fourth: a troubling lack of consistency in the secondary. Add the concerns on offense and defense to this schedule and you have the makings of a fairly dreadful season. I don't think it'll be that bad - like 3-9 or 4-8, for example. I do think, however, that Miami is going to top out at five wins; this would give the program its first losing season since 2007 and only its third since 1980.

What reason do you have to think this team is going to better its six-win mark of a season ago? None, really. The bigger question for this program is whether it can weather this storm - one that could only grow darker should the N.C.A.A. hand down some harsh penalties - and come out stronger on the other side. One factor in Miami's favor: Golden. The program has a head coach well-versed in the trials and tribulations involved in playing the hand he's dealt, thanks to his time at Temple. I trust in his ability to keep Miami competitive through another year or two of roster turnover and development - but won't go so far as to say that he'll lead the program back to its glory days. Again, this is going to take patience. This isn't a very good team; Miami is too young, inexperienced and thin at several spots to be taken seriously. It's going to get worse before it gets better. Be patient.

Dream season Golden's coaching job trumps any of his work at Temple: Miami goes 9-3, 6-2 in the A.C.C., and thanks to tiebreakers takes home the Coastal division.

Nightmare season The year begins in the same way last season ended, with a loss to B.C., and only get worse from there. The Hurricanes beat only Bethune Cookman and Duke, winning only two games in a year for the first time since 1975 and losing 10 games for the first time in program history.

Now go read the whole thing on the No. 77 Miami Hurricanes! (Yes, I wanted to type No. 77 Miami Hurricanes one more time)

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