In spite of the demoralizing, humiliating and confidence shaking 28 point loss to Florida State this past Saturday at Sun Life Stadium your Miami Hurricanes still have a lot to play for this season.
With their toughest games likely behind them and what appears to be an easier stretch of opponents ahead of them, this Hurricane team can still achieve one of their goals for this season: Winning their first ACC title.
While the loss to FSU ended the Hurricanes' dreams of another National Championship in 2010 it did nothing to dampen Miami's chances of a conference championship this season. However, the 'Canes must show some resilency, put the loss to the Seminoles behind them and focus clearly on the remanining goals and games that lie ahead.
The next four games on Miami's schedule all appear to be winnable: @Duke, North Carolina, @UVA and Maryland at home. If Miami wins these four straight games they will be exactly where they need to be going into their last remanining difficult games against Georgia Tech in Atlanta and Virginia Tech at home.
If the Hurricanes can find a way to win out and emerge victorious in all of their remaning games they could possible face the Seminoles for the ACC title on December 4 in Charlotte, NC. And wouldn't that be a nice way to get some serious payback against a team that took away your dreams?
But first, Miami must sharpen their focus on the next four games to set themselves up for a meaningful late stretch run. To do that the Hurricanes offensive and defensive lines must improve, tackling must become more reliable and the UM wide recievers must learn to catch the ball more consistently.
The ACC title is still within reach this season.
Anything less would be unacceptable.