Hurricanes ranked 16th in the AP preseason poll

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.

Mario Cristobal speaks to reporters after being introduced as the Miami Hurricanes head soccer coach on December 6, 2021 in Coral Gables, Florida.

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

ranking team Record 2021
1 Alabama 13-2
2 State of Ohio 11-2
3 Georgia 14-1
4 Clemson 10-3
5 Notre-Dame 11-2
6 Texas A&M 8-4
7 Utah 10-4
8th Michigan 12-2
9 Oklahoma 11-2
10 Baylor 12-2
11 Oregon 10-4
12 State of Oklahoma 12-2
13 State of North Carolina 9-3
14 Southern California 4-8
fifteen State of Michigan 11-2
16 Miami 7-5
17 Pittsburgh 11-3
18 Wisconsin 9-4
19 Arkansas 9-4
20 Kentucky 10-3
21 Mississippi 10-3
22 guard forest 11-3
23 cincinnati 13-1
24 Houston 12-2
25 Brigham Young 10-3

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.

Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke struggles in the second half of his...
Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke battles Florida State in the second half of their rivalry game on Saturday, November 13, 2021 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State defeated Miami 32-28.

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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