I_Bleed_Green&Gold Posted May 6, 2008 Group: Member Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 526 Reputation: 0 Days Won: 0 Joined: 12/11/2007 Share Posted May 6, 2008 Last season showed me 2 things. We are more than capable of winning the BEAST and playing in a BCS game. After all, we were just one play away from doing that in the UCONN game. However, we also showed in the bowl game that we aren't much of a match for the best teams in the country so we can't dream of winning the National Championship... NOT YET. Based on what i'm seeing in our recruiting, this year and beyond... I think we will get dramatically better over the next few years, even without MG. My BOLD prediction is...(drum roll please lol) We will WIN the NC within 5 years.Most of you don't remember how everyone thought Miami couldn't win their first NC. But even Nebraska didn't think so since they went for the win instead of the tie with a 2 pt conversion. That game ended Nebraskas' 22 GAME WINNING STREAK!Here is a nice capsule on Miami winning its first NC. Read it, then tell me that we can't do it within 5 years.1983 (11-1-0): The Miracle In MiamiMiami's First National Championship TeamLess than a decade removed from a period of uncertainty in which there was open talk of dropping the football program, the University of Miami Hurricanes stunned the college football world by defeating the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, 31-30, in the 1984 Orange Bowl Classic on January 1, 1984. The victory was monumental - for UM football and for college football in general. Monumental not only because the Cornhuskers were widely considered to be among the most powerful teams in college football history, but also it heralded the dawn of a new dynasty in the sport from a program that had been all but dead just a few short years earlier. That victory - combined with losses by second-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl and Illinois in the Rose Bowl - vaulted the Hurricanes into the top spot in the final national rankings. "It's unlikely that any team in the history of college football ever got higher for a game than Miami did for Nebraska," wrote John Underwood of Sports Illustrated. "And if you missed Monday night's game, you missed an emergence ... Down went Nebraska's 22-game winning streak, and up went the burgee of a team that may well be the next great name in the game." This was the first national title team without a single player making an All-America first team voted by AP, UPI, the Football Writers Association or the College Football Coaches Association. One of the keys was a melting pot offensive line - a Canadian (center Ian Sinclair), a Cuban-American (guard Juan Comendeiro), an African-American (guard Alvin Ward), an Italian-American (tackle Paul Bertucelli) and an Irish-American (tackle Dave Heffernan). Miami was only the second national title team to gain more passing yards than rushing yards. "It's a tribute to a lot of gutty players and a real team effort," said head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "We've got a lot of overachievers on our team - or else there has been a poor job of selection done by the All-American selectors." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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