The Miami Hurricanes didn’t need any last-minute heroics to remain undefeated this week. But the Hurricanes did play another close one, edging the Syracuse Orange at home, 27-19.
But curiously, the Hurricanes dropped to No. 8 in the Amway Coaches Poll after Week 8. The poll, which included four ACC teams, was released Sunday. Last week, Miami was No. 7, but they switched spots with Clemson.
Miami improved to 6-0 and stayed with its third straight one-possession victory. Syracuse pulled to within 1 point with under 5 minutes left in regulation when the Hurricanes put together a very impressive 9-play, 85-yard drive to give themselves some breathing room.
Still only up 8 though, the defense needed one final stand to seal the victory. The Orange almost moved the ball to midfield, but at their own 47-yard line, the drive stalled to end the game.
Each of the last two weeks, Miami won in very dramatic fashion against Florida State and Georgia Tech. Against the Seminoles, the Hurricanes scored the game-winning touchdown with six seconds remaining. Then versus the Yellow Jackets, the Hurricanes kicked the game-winning field goal with under 10 seconds to play.
Miami opened the season at No. 18 in the preseason coaches poll and then moved up one spot after a 41-13 victory against Bethune-Cookman.
Since then, the Hurricanes’ season as been a whirlwind. Miami cancelled its Week 2 game against Arkansas State and postponed its Florida State matchup in Week 3 because of Hurricane Irma.
Despite not playing, Miami moved up to No. 14 in the Coaches Poll after Week 3. They climbed one more position once they beat Toledo in Week 4, and since then, it’s been three straight ACC victories, including the two recent dramatic ones for the Hurricanes.
Miami moved up one spot again to 12th after beating previously undefeated Duke in Week 5, and they were No. 11 once they ended their losing streak to the Seminoles.
Up next for Miami is a trip to Chapel Hill to face the North Carolina. The Tar Heels have yet to beat a Power 5 opponent and are 1-7 this season, but with No. 13 Virginia Tech looming the following Saturday, the Hurricanes will have to be warily of falling in what is setting up to be a classic trap game.
Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- South Florida
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Texas A&M
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