Miami could make a BCS run

Why Hurricanes' win over Florida wasn't a fluke, could lead to bigger things

Updated: September 10, 2013, 8:17 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Stephen Morris, Shayon GreenAP Photo/J Pat CarterStephen Morris led Miami to a win Saturday, but needs to cut down on his mistakes.

In 1983 the Miami Hurricanes posted a very rare achievement of going from being unranked at the start of the season to winning a national championship at the end of it.

That feat has been accomplished only twice since then (1984 Brigham Young and 1990 Georgia Tech), but after an impressive 21-16 over the Florida Gators, it is clear this year's Miami squad has a chance not only to win its division but also come close to replicating its predecessors' achievement by earning a berth to a BCS game. This would require the Canes to catch a few breaks, and it's too early to call them national title contenders, but after taking a closer look at the game tape and metrics from their victory over Florida, it's clear that the potential for a BCS run is there.

One of the more impressive elements of the Canes' win Saturday was how Miami's defense won the battle of the line of scrimmage versus the Gators' offense.