Miami coach Mark Richt is fairly confident that his team is on the right path to contending for a national championship despite winning two of the last three weeks in comeback fashion.
The art of winning close games can be a very frustrating learning process, as the outcome seems right for the taking, but final quarter miscues or turnovers are quickly turn into points by the opposition. Suddenly, you’re on the losing end of a close battle without any signs of when the momentum changed in the game.
This season, the Hurricanes have become the ‘cardiac kids’ with two unbelievable come-from-behind wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech in consecutive weeks. Richt feels these type of victories are a clear sign that the football program is headed in the right direction and making its own case to considered a College Football Playoff candidate, but the team’s immediate goal is to capture an ACC crown first.
“Three of our four losses last year, we probably lost three games by the same margin,” Richt said during his weekly radio appearance as reported by Miami Sun-Sentinel reporter Christy Cabrera Chirinos, “I’ve always said that teams that win close games have the chance to be champions. We’re still in the running. We know we have a lot of meat on the bone, so to speak, before we can start claiming that we’re going to go to Charlotte (site for ACC Championship Game). But that’s where we want to go and when we get there, we want to win it. But you have to earn it every week.”
Richt was referring to last October’s disastrous stretch that saw Miami lose to the Seminoles, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. The difference in the outcome of three of those four games were 11 points combined.
Miami travels to North Carolina on October 28, with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.
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