June 15, 2021
2021 Miami-Florida Hurricanes Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
The Hurricanes moved to an up-tempo, spread attack for the first time in program history, and QB D'Eriq King had some decent performances under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. The Canes won way more games than they lost in 2020, falling only to Clemson and North Carolina in the regular season, before a narrow loss to Oklahoma State in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29.
Miami won its first four home games, including a 52-10 drumming of rival Florida State, and it looked like the 'The U' might officially be back. But Trevor Lawrence and Clemson had other ideas on Oct. 10, dealing the Canes a 42-17 slap, showing just how far Miami is from being elite. UNC also treated Miami rudely at Hard Rock Stadium on Dec. 12, winning 62-26, setting all kinds of records, and not the ones you want, in another marquee matchup dud.
King is a question mark heading into the new season, as he suffered a torn ACL in the bowl game setback to the Cowboys in late December, although all indications suggest he'll be at or near 100 percent for the new campaign, which would be quite remarkable. If he isn't ready, then Miami will have some issues early on, and challenging North Carolina for the top spot in the Coastal Division looks unlikely. That's the biggest question.
Miami's defense also must improve, as they coughed up 27 points per game in 2020, and 5.8 yards per play, including a school-record 62 points allowed to UNC at home, the team they're chasing for the division title. The defense must be better if they want to be considered elite. The days of getting drummed in marquee matchups has to be over, or another trip to a second-tier bowl will be happening yet again.
For me, Miami has too many question marks, and not enough definitive answers. King must be healthy, and the murky running back picture must see a clear-cut and effective leader. The linebackers must be better, the defense cannot allow teams to run all over them, and 'The U' must show up better prepared in big games. We'll find out a ton about Miami and their readiness with Alabama as the opener on a neutral site Sept. 4.
Even if everything remains basically the same as last season, this is a team which should be able to toss up at least nine victories, assuming non-conference wins against Appalachian State and Michigan State in September. If they fall to the Tide, which is expected, and lose to either App State or Sparty, 'The U' is most certainly not back. Still, I like UNDER 9.5 wins here, as I am just not seeing double digits with all of these question marks with Manny Diaz's bunch.
Preseason Best Bet: Under 9.5 wins -125
2021 Miami-Florida Hurricanes Schedule
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Miami-Florida Odds to win 2021 ACC Championship
Miami will be battling North Carolina for the Coastal title, but I think the Hurricanes are a lot closer to third-place and the group of the Virginia schools, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh than they are to the top right spot, at least right now. And there is no way Miami gets into the ACC title game and then shocks Clemson.
Miami-Florida Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
This question will likely be answered very early on. A loss to Alabama on a neutral field doesn't necessary exclude Miami from the CFP convo, but it really depends on how they lose. A narrow loss keeps hope alive. The game to watch is in mid-October in Chapel Hill. If the Tar Heels take care of the Canes at Kenan, it's light out for Miami, and another trip to a lower-level bowl. That's what I expect, as Miami is a lot closer to a return to a Cheez-It-type bowl game than it is to the bright lights of the CFP.
Miami-Florida Heisman Contenders & Odds
D'Eriq King +1600
King was impressive running Lashlee's offense, and he helped Miami beat the teams they should, but he was god-awful in games where Miami needed big performances. He also threw too many interceptions, and needs to chop down his miscues significantly if he wants to be one of the best in the nation. King is good, but not great. Look elsewhere for your Heisman pick.
2020 Miami-Florida Hurricanes Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Miami-Florida Hurricanes
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