Giglio top 25: Miami’s big move is good for the ACC

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 8, 2013 

Miami is the big mover after Saturday’s 21-16 win against then-No. 12 Florida. The Hurricanes climbed seven spots on my ballot to No. 12.

They were not ranked by The Associated Press in the preseason or after the first week but jumped in Sunday at No. 15 after the program’s most significant win under third-year coach Al Golden.

The most encouraging part of Saturday’s home win wasn’t the sizable crowd (although that was a bonus), rather the performance of Miami’s defense. The Canes ranked 112th against the run last season. Though Florida’s offense is a long way from the days of Steve Spurrier or Urban Meyer, it still has an effective ground game.

The Gators ran for 122 yards on 44 carries, just 2.8 yards per rush, and Miami’s defense also forced five turnovers.

Given the defensive issues across the board in the ACC, at least for the 12 schools north of Florida State, that’s a promising sign for Miami’s chances going forward in the ACC.

The ACC’s national identity is tied to Miami’s improvement. The primary reason for the first push of expansion 10 years ago was to add Miami, and in theory, add more money to the BCS bowl coffers.

The Canes ran roughshod over college football for the better part of a 20-year span from 1983 to 2003. Then they join the ACC in 2004 and turn into a pumpkin and NCAA pinata.

Between Clemson’s win over Georgia last week, which looked better after Saturday’s 41-30 win over South Carolina, and Miami’s stand against Florida, things are finally looking up for the ACC.

Giglio top 25

1. Alabama 1

2. Clemson 2

3. Stanford 4

4. Oregon 5

5. Ohio State 6

6. Texas A&M 7

7. Louisville 8

8. Florida State 9

9. LSU 11

10. Georgia 10

11. South Carolina 3

12. Miami 19

13. Michigan 16

14. Baylor 15

15. Oklahoma State 14

16. UCLA 20

17. Oklahoma 18

18. Florida 12

19. Northwestern 21

20. Notre Dame 13

21. Ole Miss 22

22. Nebraska 23

23. Northern Illinois 24

24. Washington NR

25. TCU 25

Out: Texas (17)

Giglio: jgiglio@newsobserver.com or twitter.com/jwgiglio

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