Predicting the Hurricanes' 2014 Season
Mixed with excitement and anger, Miami fans outlook is spread out across the board.
The excitement comes from the NCAA cloud finally being lifted from the Coral Gables’ sky. The anger comes from terrible performance in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl (36-9 loss to Louisville), along with the return of defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio.
Golden’s loyalty to his coaches can go unquestioned, but that loyalty may put him on the hot seat if the Hurricanes don’t produce this season.
I’ll share my prediction of the Hurricanes’ 2014 season.
9/1 AT Louisville: W
Sweet revenge? Maybe. Papa John’s Stadium will be rocking on Labor Day Night, but the pressure could get to first-year quarterback Will Gardener—even though whoever is taking snaps for Miami will also be experiencing plenty of butterflies. Petrino will undoubtedly outcoach Golden’s staff, but the talent level should favor Miami.
9/6 Florida A&M: W
This will be a quick turnaround for the team but I think four days to prepare for the Rattlers will be enough for the Hurricanes. You’ll probably see plenty of new faces in this game to keep guys fresh.
9/12 Arkansas State: W
Arkansas State is coming off a win in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl against MAC power Ball State, but Miami has much more speed than the Red Wolves are accustomed to seeing.
9/20 AT Nebraska: W
The last time Miami traveled to the Midwest it got ugly, losing to Kansas State 52-13. But quarterback Taylor Martinez is gone and I have a feeling that the Hurricanes will rally around quarterback Ryan Williams, who is eyeing this game as his return from his knee injury.
9/27 Duke: W
Duke laid it on Miami in 2013 and ultimately took the Coastal Division from the Hurricanes, but 2014 will be a different outcome. Miami has a “Duke” of their own and I expect running back Duke Johnson to run up and down the field at will.
10/4 AT Georgia Tech: W
Miami’s defense hasn’t been great the past few years but it knows how to stop Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense. Golden and his staff have made the defensive line a priority in recruiting and the position is beginning to gain some depth. If the front seven performs on defense, Miami should win handedly.
10/11 Cincinnati: W
Head coach Tommy Tuberville does have a good quarterback in Gunner Kiel, but the program isn’t there yet. Miami has a very talented receiving core and I expect them to torch the Cincinnati secondary. As long as the Hurricanes don’t beat themselves with turnovers, this should be a win.
10/23 AT Virginia Tech: W
The Hokies destroyed Miami in Coral Gables last season 42-24, but Virginia Tech may suffer on offense this year. Frank Beamer is still looking for a quarterback and this defense did lose some major pieces. The Hurricanes should be motivated to avenge the defeat of last year and I expect them to do so.
11/1 North Carolina Tar Heels: W
The run stops here, I’m a big believer in quarterback Marquise Williams and this Tar Heel football team. Head coach Larry Fedora had this team playing as well as anyone down the stretch in 2013 and I’m predicting for that momentum to carry into this season. But I’m giving Miami a slight edge in this one playing at home. This game should determine the Coastal Division.
11/15 Florida State: L
Miami doesn’t have the depth and talent that the Seminoles have, or a Heisman-winning quarterback. Jameis Winston had his way with the Hurricane defense last season and I’m not seeing a reason why he won’t again.
11/22 AT Virginia: W
The Hurricanes will need to stop the bleeding after seeing the Seminoles and a game against the Cavaliers is just what the doctor ordered. Virginia is offensively challenged and that will be a great thing for Miami’s defense to see after playing North Carolina and Florida State.
11/29 Pittsburgh: W
With it being senior day at home, this will certainly be emotional. The Hurricanes have more talent than Pittsburgh and it will show. Could this be Duke Johnson’s last home game?
12/6 ACC Championship (Florida State): L
Once again, the Hurricanes aren’t on Florida State’s level just yet. If the Seminoles can win in Miami, it’ll be even easier in Charlotte.