Miami Hurricanes in a post-Florida State letdown (again)
In a span of three weeks, the Miami Hurricanes have fallen from No. 10 in the country to 4-3 and likely out of the ACC Coastal Division race. That's what three consecutive losses will do to you. It's also what happens after the ‘Canes play Florida State.
I touched on it last week in the Baker's Dozen, but let's look deeper:
2016: Miami lost 20-19 to FSU thanks to a blocked extra point in the closing minutes.
After that... Miami couldn't overcome a 17-point deficit, falling 20-13 to North Carolina. Five days later, the ‘Canes gave up eight sacks in last night's 37-16 loss at Virginia Tech.\
2015: Miami gave up a late score in a 29-24 loss in Tallahassee.
After that... Miami beat Virginia Tech 30-20 the next week but got trounced 58-0 the week after that by Clemson. The debacle cost Al Golden his job.
2014: FSU scored with 3:05 left to cap off a 16-point comeback in a 30-26 win at Miami.
After that... Miami lost by 17 points to a five-win Virginia team, then lost their final two games after that to finish 6-7.
2013: FSU blew out Miami 41-14 in a top-10 showdown on the Seminoles' way to the national title.
After that... The ‘Canes fell out of the rankings with back-to-back 18-point losses (to Virginia Tech and Duke).
2012: FSU earned a 33-20 win in October.
After that... Miami topped Virginia Tech the next game but lost 41-40 at Virginia the week after.
2011: FSU edged Miami 23-19 in Tallahassee.
After that... A 6-3 win at USF wasn't exactly what the ‘Canes expected. A 24-17 loss to Boston College six days later was even worse.
2010: Miami was No. 13 in the country before getting blown out 45-17 by the ‘Noles.
After that... The ‘Canes won the next two weeks (at Duke and against UNC) but lost four of their final six games to finish 7-6 (and get Randy Shannon fired).