Your Miami Hurricanes rolled into the ACC Championship game for the first time in conference history and ran full speed ahead into the mighty Clemson Tigers.
The Hurricanes wound up stumbling over their own two feet and then proceeded to show everyone exactly how to execute a perfect face plant.
We scored it a perfect 10.
The Canes got mauled without mercy by the Tigers 138-3. OK, OK, I know the real score was only 38-3 and that was bad enough because the game was never even close as Miami was held scoreless until late in the game. In fact the tough loss felt even worse than that for the fans who had bought into the hype of this turn around season brought to you courtesy of the "Turnover Chain".
And even though it may have ended on a sour note, a turn around season it was as the Canes did not lose a game until the final week of the season, won the Coastal Division and played for an ACC conference championship.
That my friends IS progress.
It became clear against Clemson that your Miami Hurricanes are indeed at least 2-3 years away from possessing the talent and depth and the confidence (read: Swagger) that comes with knowing you can compete with and beat anyone. At least that is what most people believe and what everyone is telling us.
The defense and Manny Diaz led the way in the Canes big improvement in 2017. Now the offense and Mark Richt must do what the defense did; get better, and get better fast if the Canes will to climb back into the National playoff picture.
The 2017 Miami squad reached as high as #2 in the Country before being exposed by two really good defenses and by revealing a seriously challenged offense that needs both better play calling and better play at every position across the board, especially at quarterback.
Sure, the ending is not what the fans would have wanted nor what the coaches and players would have chosen. But like it or not it is what it is until the next haul of talent reaches Coral Gables in the form of the 2018 recruiting class.
Until then we will prep for the bowl game that remains TBA but is likely an Orange Bowl invitation. But hang tough Canes fans, all that we learned is that the "Turnover Chain" can only take a turn around season so far.