The Miami Hurricanes didn’t need any last-minute heroics to remain undefeated this week. But the Hurricanes did play another close game, edging the Syracuse Orange at home, 27-19.
With the victory, the Hurricanes stayed at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after Week 8. The poll, which included four ACC teams, was released Sunday.
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 AP poll and then moved up two spots following a 41-13 victory against Bethune-Cookman on opening weekend.
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. The Hurricanes fell one spot in the AP Top 25 after not playing in Week 2 and then moved up three spots, to No. 14, after not playing in Week 3.
Miami returned to action after not playing for two weeks because of Hurricane Irma’s impact on the South Florida region and defeated visiting Toledo 52-30. Mark Richt’s squad stayed at No. 14 in the AP poll after that victory.
The Hurricanes then moved up one spot, to 13th, following their impressive 31-6 win against previously undefeated Duke.
Up next for Miami is another ACC matchup against a bad North Carolina squad that is 1-7 and hasn’t beaten a Power 5 team.
2017 college football AP Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Iowa State