CORAL GABLES - Miami coach Randy Shannon doesn't want the Hurricanes reading too much into a three-game winning streak. Not with a game at Virginia this week.
Not only has Virginia beaten Miami in each of the past two seasons, the Cavaliers are 27-3 at home against unranked ACC teams since 1997. A month ago, the Cavaliers were 1-3 and rumors were swirling over coach Al Groh's job security. Now Virginia has won four straight and has the inside track on representing the Coastal Division in the league championship game.
"It's a huge challenge for us," Shannon said. "It's a road game, it's a conference game, Virginia's on a roll now and playing very well, they're not turning the football over and defensively they're playing sound football. This is going to be a different front than we've ever seen, a three-man line. We don't face three down linemen, ever, until we face Virginia."
To Shannon, being 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the ACC isn't cause for celebration. His goal is making sure his young club realizes the rebuilding isn't finished quite yet.
"We've got to go back to the drawing boards and get these guys back focused on football and not everybody patting them on the back, saying how great they are," Shannon said. "They're not great yet. They're just guys right now."
A 16-10 win over Wake Forest on Saturday gave the Hurricanes back-to-back wins in the ACC for the first time in two years.
"As the guys grow up, we can do a lot more, and that's what we're doing now," running back Javarris James said.