Miami is ranked 16th to start the 2022 college football season.
The Hurricanes, led by first-year head coach Mario Cristobal, rank one spot higher in The Associated Press’ preseason poll released Monday than the preseason coach poll it was published last week.
Miami is one of five Atlantic Coast Conference teams to earn a spot in the preseason rankings, but rival Florida State was not among them.
No. 4 Clemson is the highest-ranked ACC school, followed by No. 13 North Carolina State, Miami, No. 17 Pittsburgh, and No. 22 Wake Forest.
That’s the second most common behind the six-team Southeastern Conference.
Alabama is the highest-ranked team preseason for the second year in a row. It is also the seventh time in 15 years under Nick Saban that the Crimson Tide have started a season as the No. 1 team.
The SEC has three teams in the top 10 in the preseason poll. Defending champion Georgia is #3 and Texas A&M is #6.
No. 19 Arkansas, No. 20 Kentucky, and No. 21 Mississippi are the other three SEC teams.
AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
|2||State of Ohio||11-2|
|12||State of Oklahoma||12-2|
|13||State of North Carolina||9-3|
|fifteen||State of Michigan||11-2|
Alabama received 54 of 63 first-place votes. No. 2 Ohio State (6) and Georgia (3) were the only teams to receive first-place votes.
The Hurricanes were 7-5 last season and have won five of their last six games after a 2-4 start. But one devastating loss to the state of Florida Last November heralded the end of the Manny Diaz era.
Second quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is returning to Miami after throwing for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He capped the year with the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year award.
Christobal was rented away from Oregon to take his alma mater back to their glory dayswhen the Hurricanes won five national championships between 1983 and 2001.
Miami is the only school in the Sunshine State to start the season.
Florida and Florida State are both not ranked to start the season, which has not happened since 1974.
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