On October 24, 2015, the Miami Hurricanes' program hit rock bottom. Clemson came to Miami and delivered an unimaginable 58-0 ass-beating to the Hurricanes that sent head coach Al Golden to Detroit to coach tight ends for the Lions, and Mark Richt to Miami to begin a complete rebuild of a once-storied football program.
Two years later, here we are again: But this time, it's No. 7 Miami versus No. 1 Clemson, with an ACC championship, college football playoff berth, and potential national championship at stake. The Hurricanes are a long way from the team Clemson whooped in 2015, and this Saturday night, they'll get their shot to prove it.
For Miami, sweet payback is on the horizon. The Canes cooked up full menus of cold-dish revenge for a long list of foes this season, and they've all been served except for the Clemson Tigers.
Avenging one of the worst losses in school history won't be easy, though. Because the Hurricanes are missing future NFL running back Mark Walton, breakout senior tight end Chris Herndon, and up-and-coming sophomore star receiver Ahmmon Richards due to injury, the odds are against the Canes. Vegas has UM as 9.5-point underdogs Saturday night. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee dropped the Canes to seventh place after their upset loss a week ago to Pittsburgh.
No matter, though. The Hurricanes are about to complete a revenge tour, whether or not the odds are with them. The Canes are primed to upset Clemson and punch their ticket to the NCAA's football version of the Final Four. Come Saturday night, Miami will have shocked the world, sent the defending champion Tigers back home with their tails between their legs, and made it impossible for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee to ignore UM.
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This isn't about the Tigers. They're a fantastic team. They've beaten five teams that were ranked this season, including an Auburn squad that looks unbeatable at the moment. This is about Miami — a team of destiny, a team that had everything going against it two seasons ago and has made all the right moves to get where it is today.
The Canes have already proven they play best under the bright lights this year. Unfortunately, they've also proven they play up to their competition as well as down to it. People doubted the Hurricanes' chances against Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame, but Miami won all three. In primetime. With everyone watching and everything on the line.
Tomorrow night, it's all on the line again for the Canes. They have a chance to play up to their competition, get revenge, and punch a ticket that will give them a shot at their sixth national
Don't bet against them.