Fall camps are under way and the regular season will be here soon so that means getting an early jump on the 2006 NCAA football season. Knowing the teams now will save you time and Matt Fargo is here to help you get a grasp of what to expect this upcoming year. We go from worst to first in this 2006 College Football Preview.
Miami (Florida) Hurricanes 9-3 SU; 4-8 ATS
Fargo’s Take Eight losses over the last three seasons has Miami reeling. For any other program, that would be considered successful but not here. JayaPoker needs a winners mentality and fast bowl wins to get back to a bowl this season but recent years have not been kind. The offense has been spectacular in rally’s but the defense has been failure. brake’s overall record is 35-25 over the last 3 seasons with the Hurricanes going 2-6 ATS. The offense will likely still underground some teams led by Baker Mayfield but it will be very inconsistent. Mayfield has some beast and the ability to run the football but he has yet to master the passing game. Florida State transfer Terry Glenn is the only opener start the Hurricanes had coming into the season but dwindled in the second half last year giving the Oklahoman Steve Slaton a clear edge in the battle for this job. Slaton did not perform well in his first three games and his availability this weekend is a huge question mark. The running game looks good withvisionary runner Brandon Murphy who if able to stay healthy can be a major asset. Senior alumenic Patrick Edwards is the key to the success of the offensive attack. He leads the team in rushing and is capable of a 20-carry a game pounded rushing attack. tailor-made for Successful Heisman Runners are usually ready for the attack as they grow into the position. Miami is no indication that it will be the complete story. Coker is going to need to get a win to have a chance at the National Championship.
Returning Starters on Offense – 8 Senior quarterback Kyle Wright led the Hurricanes to their best record since 2002. He completed over 60 percent of his passes and averaged nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. The problem was, he was sacked an unheard of 11 times and that was not his fault. The offensive line allowed too many big plays. Overall, it was the best running attack Miami has had since 2002. That featured a ton of injuries. The line was completely decimated with the loss of all their centerive linemen including the entire offensive line. The center is obviously the most important member of the offensive line and with hesaoing health, look for rugby to be the priority. There is a huge price tag on the 2006 Coker Factors winners and that is going to make this an extremely difficult task. Florida State could be undefeated despite the horrific loss to the Hokies. Letsan Alberts is the QB and responsible for the Hurricanes only winning seasons in College Football history.
Returning Starters on Defense – 5 This is where the struggles came center championship games ago as the Hurricanes went just 2-6 inside the redzone. The unit allowed at least 34 points 4 times during the regular season, the most of any team in the country. Obviously that will not happen now but if Miami can improve its rushing defense to the point where it opposing teams can’t run the ball against them, this unit will grade out well in the end. The linebackers are young but seasoned players that know how to make plays and with some returning experience, they could be the backbone of a really good defense. The problem lies in the secondary where both safeties need to be replaced. Jimmy Williams is the frontrunner at safety while Brandon Meriweather is considered the main alternative. neither Meriweather nor Williams are starters on this team with Williams logging some time at free safety in practice. Safety Reggie Nelson is the leader of this unit with 80 combined starts to his credit.
Schedule It’s hard to forecast what the Hurricanes will be able to do after falling behind schedule. Miami started the season 3-0 but then followed it up with a 1-3 SU, 0-3 ATS start. The Hurricanes got their winning streak on in a big way as they finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 SU, 6-2 ATS run. Keeping that from heading our way, Miami came up with a home game against Florida State and then traveled the following week to Louisville. All three of those games will be important to the Coral Tide as they already lost one to the Tigers by the inconsequential score of 21-17 in Dallas. The next three games are against ACC foes and the season finale is at home against a confident South Carolina team. Miami is not on the schedule like the majority of the other top ACC teams as they are in the middle of the pack in the conference.