While your Miami Hurricanes were at home resting, healing and watching some high impact games on their high definition TVs on their week off from college football, things were just beginning to get interesting at the midway point of the 2013 season.
Seven ranked teams dropped big games and a shocking number of them (4) lost to un-ranked teams. As a result, Miami jumped three spots in the polls and move up into the top 10 for the first time since the 2009 season.
And all for doing absolutely nothing, well, maybe nothing except for planning and preparing for their next game on Thursday in Chapel Hill against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
1. The 5th Ranked Stanford Cardinal lost to Kyle Whittingham and the unranked Utah Utes 27-21.
3. The 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners lost to un-ranked Texas 36-20 saving Mack Brown's job.
4. The 16th ranked Washington Huskies were routed by the 2nd ranked Oregon Beavers 45-24.
5. The 17th ranked Florida Gators got hammered by Les Miles and #12 LSU by the score of 17-6.
6. The 18th ranked Michigan Wolverines lost in quadruple OT to un-ranked Penn State 43-40.
7. Lastly, 19th ranked Northwestern got smacked down badly by un-ranked Wisconsin 35-6.
As the games played out on Saturday and we all sat on our sofas to watch the upsets piling up, things really started falling into place for Miami and the ACC. After week 8 of the 2013 college football season the ACC is tied with the SEC at three teams apiece in the Top 10.
The ACC boast #3 Clemson, #5 FSU and #10 Miami in the top 10 while the SEC counters with #1 Alabama, #6 LSU and #7 Texas A&M. The Atlantic Coast Conference is finally getting some serious national respect that it greatly deserves and desperately needed.
While yesterday proved that no players or coaches on any team should ever get caught over-looking any opponent or looking ahead to a rivalry game, we as fans are afforded that luxury.
Assuming that Miami takes care of business on Thursday night in Chapel Hill against unranked UNC and then beats Wake Forest at home on October 26 the game on November 2nd against FSU in Tallahassee looms large on the horizon as a matchup of top 10 ranked teams.
A huge game late in the season between Miami and FSU with National Championship implications on the line once again? Why yes, it does appear that things are indeed falling right into place for the Miami Hurricanes during the 2013 college football season.
Click here for a link to the AP Top 25 Poll for week 8: