– Protect Hard Rock: Win every home game. That’s what good programs do. And this season they face Bethune Cookman, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Duke, Florida St. and Pitt. Chances are that they will be favored in all of these.
– Win every ACC game: It seems for the past 15 years Miami fans have forecast wins against middle-of-the-road ACC foe, only to lose games on a regular basis against them. Check the records, Miami isn’t just losing to the elite teams, but plenty of mediocre ones as well. And it wasn’t that long ago that they lost in consecutive years to Duke. Yeah, Duke.
– Stand up to the bullies: Most fans have circled the calendar for two dates, Sept. 17th against the Aggies, and then November 19th at Death Valley with Clemson. Since that magical night in 2017 versus a highly ranked Notre Dame squad, Miami has consistently gotten their lunch money taken by the big boys of college football.
How will they hold up on the road facing two teams who are ranked in the pre-season top 10? Will they be respectable, and compete?
And if they somehow come out with a win in one of those games, 9-3 would feel like a disappointment, wouldn’t it?