T-Row's Top 25...No. 6 Miami

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:26 pm
By: News 9

Originally Published: Aug 30, 2010 10:40 PM CDT

One of the biggest matchups of the entire 2010 season comes in Week Two when Miami plays Ohio State in the Horseshoe. It will serve as an early elimination game for the Canes and Buckeyes.

Jacory Harris burst onto the scene a year ago in Miami and is back for bigger and better things this season. His athleticism and strong arm are a deadly combination. But Harris did throw 17 interceptions in 2009, a number that must be in single digits this time around for the Canes to be a legitimate national contender. Miami has perhaps the biggest receiving corps in the nation. Leonard Hankerson and LaRon Byrd are tough covers. Add to that small and speedy pass catcher Travis Benjamin and Harris has interesting choices in the pass game.

The Miami secondary is stout. Brandon Harris, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Vaughn Telemaque are quick and bring a punch. A strong offensive line may be able to run the ball against the Canes, but moving it through the air will be a challenge.

In his first year at Miami Randy Shannon won five games. The next year they improved to seven. And last year they improved to nine. I think that trend will continue. Miami will lose at Ohio State and then late in the season at home to Virginia Tech.

Prediction: 10-2