How do experts view the Miami Hurricanes compared to the rest of the ACC going into the 2022 football season?
One interesting way to quantify this is by looking at the inter-conference unit rankings available in Athlon’s annual college football preview magazine.
Each year, Athlon ranks the top units first to last at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, and defensive back.
For the ACC unit rankings, the best unit receives a one and the worst unit receives a 14.
How would the ACC teams be ranked if the total unit rankings for each team was added up? Here is a look at the totals:
– 1. Pittsburgh: 26
– 2. Clemson: 29
– 3.NC State: 29
– 4. Miami: 38
– 5. Wake Forest: 41
– 6. Florida State: 41
– 7. Louisville: 44
– 8. Boston College: 54
– 9. Syracuse: 57
– 10. North Carolina: 60
– 11. Virginia: 69
– 12. Virginia Tech: 72
– 13. Georgia Tech: 80
– 14. Duke: 95
It is surprising to see Pittsburgh at the top of this list, but it is worth mentioning that these unit rankings are a bit outdated because Athlon ranks the Panthers with the number one receiver group in the conference. That is no longer the case now that Jordan Addison, the reigning Biletnikoff Award, has transferred to USC.
Pittsburgh does have the top ranked offensive line and the second ranked defensive line, however.
Here is a look at how Athlon ranked the top ranked school at each position group as well:
– Quarterback: Wake Forest
– Running Back: Syracuse
– Wide Receiver: Pittsburgh (Wake Forest 2nd)
– Offensive Line: Pittsburgh
– Defensive Line: Clemson
– Linebacker: NC State
– Defensive Back: Clemson
Pittsburgh won the ACC in 2021, ending a six year run by Clemson in which they won the ACC.
The highest ranked unit for Miami was running back with the Hurricanes group ranking third in the conference. The lowest ranked group for UM is at linebacker with that position group ranking 12th. The quarterback group ranked fourth, receiver group sixth, offensive line fourth, defensive line fifth, and defensive back group fourth.
Miami has never won the ACC and made it to the ACC Championship game just once since joining the conference in 2004.
Athlon ranks Miami as the No. 20 team in the country in their preseason rankings.