Not this year, at least.
Beating the Seminoles is always a season goal for the Hurricanes, but this is no longer the 1980s or 1990s. Knee-deep in a rebuilding project, Miami must baby-step its way back to national prominence, and that starts first with conference relevancy and then supremacy.
Miami joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004 and has yet to reach the ACC title game. From the get-go, the Hurricanes were thinking Charlotte this year, not Pasadena.
Until that elusive ACC title is won, it’s foolish to daydream on a national level.
Virginia Tech defected from the Big East the same season as Miami. Since then, the Hokies have claimed four conference championships and topped the Coastal Division six times over a nine-year span. Their record against the Hurricanes since the conference jump sits at 6-3.
Still want to debate that Florida State was Miami’s “Game of the Year”?
Miami’s road to an ACC title game berth runs through Virginia Tech. It’s been the Hurricanes’ same roadblock every year, as the Hokies have taken care of business while the Canes have been tripped up or got in their own way.
Virginia Tech has played Miami tough since 1995, when the Hokies earned their first win over the Hurricanes. Since that inaugural victory, Virginia Tech is 12-6 against Miami—having taken five of the past six meetings prior to UM’s home win last year.
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