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UM leaps to No. 2 in AP, coaches polls for first time since 2003

Miami Hurricanes celebrate win over Notre Dame

The Miami Hurricanes celebrate their 41-8 victory over Notre Dame Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Hard Rock Stadium.
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The Miami Hurricanes celebrate their 41-8 victory over Notre Dame Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Miami Hurricanes have been saying they get no respect from the national media.

Well, they’re getting it now.

The Hurricanes, who overwhelmed Notre Dame on Saturday night with a 41-8 pounding at Hard Rock Stadium, leaped to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Amway coaches polls on Sunday to reach their highest ranking since 2003, the last season in which they finished with 10 victories.

Miami (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was No. 7 in the AP and No. 6 among the coaches going into Saturday’s game, but its dominant performance against former No. 3 Notre Dame (8-2), coupled with former No. 2 Georgia (9-1, No. 1 College Football Playoff) getting crushed by Auburn, put the Canes just one spot below perennial powerhouse Alabama (10-0), which scored in the last minute to defeat Mississippi State on Saturday.

The real test will come on Tuesday when Miami’s newest CFP rankings will be revealed on ESPN. UM is now No. 7 in the CFP rankings, which reward the top four teams on Dec. 3 with spots in the playoff to determine the national championship.

The Hurricanes clinched the Coastal Division title of the ACC on Saturday and will face defending national champion Clemson (9-1, 7-1), No. 4 in the AP and No. 3 among the coaches, in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We were on edge,” UM linebacker Shaquille Quarterman said after Miami’s victory. “I’ve never seen our players like that before, just with all the disrespect that we got, feeling that we were just overlooked constantly.”

Notre Dame dropped to ninth in both polls.

Wisconsin, at 10-0 one of three undefeated Power 5 teams that include Miami, is No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 5 in the AP.

Oklahoma (9-1) is one spot below UM at No. 3 in the AP and No. 5 among the coaches.

The Hurricanes next meet Virginia (6-4, 3-3) at noon Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. It will be the final home game of the season. After that, UM travels to Pittsburgh for the last regular-season game the day after Thanksgiving.

Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt talks to the media after defeating Notre Dame, 41-8, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Hard Rock Stadium.

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