After their beatdown against Notre Dame, the momentum for the Miami Hurricanes is rapidly rising.
Miami has climbed to No. 2 in the AP and USA Today polls thanks to the convincing victory over their long-time rivals.
But ESPN is making the case for why “The U” should be the No. 1 team in Tuesday’s edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.
ESPN reporter Heather Dinich gave her arguments for Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Wisconsin taking the top spot.
Here’s what she had to say in her assessment of the Canes’ chances:
The committee has been patient in its evaluation of the undefeated Hurricanes. “Miami was a team that the selection committee and all of us had seen a couple of their wins come in dramatic fashion, wanted to continue to watch and evaluate Miami,” Hocutt said last week. The Canes’ win against Virginia Tech was the first step in boosting Miami up three spots to No. 7 last week. Now they’ve added a win against what was the committee’s No. 3 team, Notre Dame — an even better performance over the Irish than the one that earned Georgia the No. 1 spot. Remember, the committee compares common opponents, and Georgia went on the road and beat Notre Dame by one point. Miami stunned visiting Notre Dame 41-8. Hocutt also has said how impressed the committee has been with Miami’s defense, which held the Irish to just 109 rushing yards and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions. Notre Dame had four interceptions all season entering Saturday. The gimmicky turnover chain is working — Miami is the first FBS team to force at least four turnovers in four straight games against Power 5 opponents since at least 2004. The Canes have the best turnover differential (plus-15) among Power 5 Conference teams, and only Wyoming at plus-17 is better in all of FBS.
A lot of compelling facts for the committee to chew on as they make their decision tonight.
ESPN analyst David Hale is currently projecting Miami to face Alabama in the national championship game.
Mark Richt’s Miami squad is 9-0 overall and on a nation’s best 14-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Miami hosts Virginia on Nov. 18 in a noon (EST) matchup that will be televised on ABC.