If you gave up an hour or two of sleep to watch the pants-wetting finale between Florida State and Miami last night, then you made a wise investment, my friend.
Hurricanes sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris introduced himself to the world last night, throwing for 386 yards and 2 TDs, and running for a third, as the Hurricanes beat Florida State, 38-34, in a Monday night barnburner, reminding us that this was the rivalry in college football during the mid-1990s.
That said, anyone saying that the Hurricanes are ready to retake their old place on the national stage is overly sleep-deprived. Yeah, it was a great game to watch and a solid win for that program on national television, but get serious. Florida State is still Florida State, still featuring the Southland’s version of the Dear-God-please-retire-already head coach in Bobby Bowden. And even with horrendous goal-line clock management by the Seminoles and a low would-be touchdown throw from the awesomely-named Christian Ponder, Miami still let FSU drive the length of the field and gave them a chance to win the game on the final play. And whose idea was that squib kick to FSU for that final possession? Let’s just give ’em the ball at midfield and see what happens. That’s not a decision that elite programs make.
But that aside, the real trouble for Miami lies ahead, where the ‘Canes will face three straight oppenents who all were ranked in the preseason Top 25. Miami now has nine days to prepare for the speakeasy triple-option attack from Georgia Tech, and then another nine days before rolling into Blacksburg for a shootout with Virginia Tech. And the week after that they play Oklahoma, who may be with or without their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Sam Bradford, whose had his shoulder popped in a sack against BYU Saturday like it was a 14-year-old Mormon girl.
If Jacory Harris and Friends are 4-0 coming out of that heap, then by all means, whip out the smoke machine and the camo and the orange jumpsuits. We’ll call Miami “back” then. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.