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UM not ready for prime time

The Sports Brothers | 11/14/2013, 9 a.m.

Reality slapped the Miami Hurricanes in the face this past Sunday and during that process, the Virginia Tech Hokies did some slapping of their own. The end result was a 42-24 dismantling of the Hurricanes in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. The Canes were dominated in their own stadium in a game they absolutely had to have. As much as it pains me to say this, the Miami Hurricanes were exposed as a fraud. Sadly they are not the top ten team that we all thought they were. A victory would have kept ACC Coastal division championship hopes alive and a possible second shot at Florida State. That possibility remains but it’s a long shot at best now. So bad was this loss that it made an opportunity at a major BCS bowl game seem less likely and an invitation to some irrelevant dot com bowl more probable. Yes Canes fans we were fooled, hoodwinked, led astray. The Canes are not back and do not yet belong among college football’s elite. They are on the right path but we all were apparently getting just a little ahead of ourselves believing that the 11th-ranked Hurricanes (once as high as No. 7) were ready for the big time. So eager are we to return to national prominence that it all blew up in our faces again. One day we will be back, that day has not come as yet. Maybe the Canes were ranked too high which increased our expectations to an unrealistic level. Their defense, which we all said was much improved, reverted back to the inept crew we saw last season, allowing 549 total yards and making Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas look like Joe Montana. It is a nightmare we would all like to forget, no wonder they wore black uniforms. Miami, Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2), Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2) and the Canes’ next opponent Duke (7-2, 3-2) all have two losses in the Coastal Division, making the Hurricanes’ final three games must-wins for them to have a remote chance at sniffing the Coastal and advancing to the ACC Championship Game to be FSU's sacrificial lamb.

At this point even if the Canes win out, they would need Virginia Tech to lose at least one of its remaining games against Maryland (5-4, 1-4) and Virginia (2-8, 0-6). Do you believe in miracles?

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