When Mario Cristobal was named head coach of Miami most fans celebrated. After the elation of the hire wore off and the schedule came out, week three immediately jumped out. How could it not? Fisher has not coached at FSU in some time but we still associate him there. The Miami Hurricanes never beat Jimbo Fisher while he was the head coach at Florida State.
And who can forget Fisher taking down his former mentor last year? The Aggies stunned the Saban-led Tide 41-38 at Kyle Field. TAMU then paid their way, excuse me, signed their way to the number one recruiting class in the country last year. You add the customary SEC preseason bump bias and suddenly the Miami Hurricanes were enroute to face the sixth team in the nation.
The matchup had everything the Miami Hurricanes hoped for. Mario Cristobal’s first real road test against a head coach who has been a proverbial pain in the ass. And it was going to be against a top ten opponent and ESPN’s Game Day was going to be there. It was going to be grand.
Mario Cristobal vs Bethune Cookman
There is a healthy fraction of the fan base who predicted a loss this week. Let the Orange Bowl Boys dynamic be the microcosm that proves it. 2/3rd’s majority had the Miami Hurricanes losing to Texas A&M during its preseason predictions. For the record I had a little more faith and I was the minority voice who felt that Mario and staff had something to prove. Reminder, this was even before that pesky team from Boone ruined our Game Day chances.
I am willing to bet that all those fans who predicted 10-2 (There are many of you) with one of those losses being to TAMU, they might be hedging a bit. If App state can go into Kyle Field and win, then the Miami Hurricanes have absolutely zero excuses not to win. But you have to know that is not sound rationale if you have followed college football for any length of time.
College football is good at one thing. And that is not making sense. It did not make any sense seeing a top ten team lose at home. But it still happened. If the Hurricanes go on to lose this game, what App State did is completely and unequivocally irrelevant to that fact. The Hurricanes performance will stand on its own two feet. It has too.
Still, you can’t erase the fact that suddenly this matchup became more winnable after last week. The Hurricanes win and the narrative is Texas A&M was overrated. And no big deal, every year several SEC teams are. But if the Hurricanes lose, suddenly the Hurricanes are perceived overrated. Because if App State was able to beat them…..App State put pressure on Mario whether we liked it or not.