The Miami Hurricanes have withstood a litany of distractions with 4th year head coach Al Golden looking forward to having a clean slate entering the season. 2014 Miami Hurricanes Betting Odds have Miami at +8000 moneyline odds to win the 2015 College Football Championship. Miami was Jekyll-N-Hyde last year coming out blazing with a 7-0 start only to go a dismal 2-4 down the backstretch. The ‘Canes have major question marks with replacing senior quarterback Stephen Morris the most glaring hole. Vying to replace Morris at QB is cast of young guns that are as green as freshly layed Bermuda grass. Our Expert Picks staff broke down “The U” to see if they will be back in contention for the 2015 College Football Championship. 2014 Miami Hurricanes Betting Odds have Miami 80 to 1 (Bet $100 to win $8000) at Carbon Sports
Expert College Football Picks Team Strengths: Continuity on the O-line with three quality starters returning. Excellent talent at the skill positions with gamebreakers in RB Duke Johnson (5’9” 190 4.39 40-speed), WR Stacy Coley (6’1” 175 4.45), WR Phillp Dorsett (5’10” 185 4.29!) and TE Clive Wolford (6’4” 245 4.60). Upside at QB with a pair of 4-Star recruits in Brad Kaaya and Kevin Olsen. Cannon-armed Californian Kaaya (6’3” 214 4.58) or athletic 2nd generation Hurricane Olsen (6’2” 190 4.50) will likely be under center but there is depth at QB with a pair of 3-Star recruits behind the front-runners. Potential 1st round NFL linebacker in middle linebacker Denzel Perryman (450 Lb. Bench-press 4.60 6’0” 243). Good special teams and coaching with 4th year Miami head coach Al Golden moving the program forward.
Expert College Football Picks Team Weaknesses: Inexperience behind center with the QB’s having thrown 8 total passes combined. Weak defensive underbelly that is especially vulnerable against the run. Ho-hum pass-rush with a front four that is long on potential and well short on production. ACC knockout puncher Florida State who is favored to repeat as national champs.
Expert College Football Picks Analysis: Miami has shown improvement but QB production will fall off with undervalued former QB Stephen Morris gone to the NFL (Free-agent JAX). The offense will have power but a defense that has not been consistent will not handle the NCAA’s better offenses. A soft schedule in the ACC Coastal will help a still rebuilding program that has overcome adversity but national title contention is still out of reach. Last year’s 9-4 mark is realistic with 10 win seasons on the horizon if the team sticks with coach Golden.
Expert College Football Predictions: 9-4