Miami Betting Odds Preview
After going 7-5 last year the Miami Hurricanes, once the terror of college football, are just 20-17 over the last three seasons, 13-11 in, let's face it, a weak ACC. U Nation has been waiting for a breakout campaign for about a decade, but this could be it. The 'Canes, with almost everybody back, will almost undoubtedly snap their two-year bowl drought, and should have a shot at double-digit victories. Which could put them in the hunt for a BCS bowl.
Miami only had 10 starters back last year from a team that went just 6-6 in 2011, so not a whole lot was expected. The Hurricanes actually got off to a 4-1 start, highlighted by a crazy overtime victory at Georgia Tech, marred only by that blowout loss at Kansas State. But the schedule got a little tougher, and the 'Canes lost three straight, to Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Florida State.
Miami then finished with three wins in its last four games, including an upset of Virginia Tech, but because of a self-imposed ban missed a bowl game for the second straight season. Miami also, rather quietly, was very good to its financial backers last year, going 8-3-1 ATS, and rather amazingly 7-0-1 ATS in ACC play. This year the U returns 18 starters, tied for the most in the ACC. Ten starters are back on offense, including senior QB Stephen Morris (21/7 TD/INT ratio last year), leading rusher Duke Johnson, leading receiver Phillip Dorsett, and the entire offensive line. And eight starters return on defense. However, that defense was terrible last year, ranking right near the bottom in all of FBS by allowing 486 YPG. So improvement on that side of the ball is imperative if the 'Canes are to contend for a big bowl berth.
As for the schedule, Miami gets Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Virginia at home, has to play at North Carolina, Florida State, and Pitt, and misses Clemson. From afar, the 'Canes should be favored in at least eight and possibly 10 of their games this season.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000