As expected, Miami was not among the Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll released Saturday.
However, the Canes did earn 85 points, good for what would be No. 29 in the poll. Ahead of them by one point, No. 28 Virginia Tech.
Miami finished 27th in the Coaches’ poll that was previously released.
UM gets a chance to knock off the No. 10 Florida Gators at Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 7 in the second game of the season, which would put the Canes among at least the Top 25.
Then, on Nov. 2, Miami faces FSU, which is No. 11 now but who knows by then?
Other UM opponents receiving points were Georgia Tech (6, for 38th place) and North Carolina (3 for 41st place).
Since 1997, no team in the BCS era has won the national title without being ranked in the preseason AP poll.
The lowest-ranked team to win it all was No. 22 Auburn in 2010.