AP Top 25 Podcast: Humans vs. math in early 2021 projections
The people who put together the way-too-early rankings are more bullish on the Fighting Irish maintaining their recent run of double-digit victory seasons. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Bill Connelly, the brains behind the SP+ power rankings, joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the first projections for 2021. And why are the numbers more pessimistic about an Indiana encore and an LSU bounce back than the humans? How will the return to college football of dozens of players who would have otherwise been out of eligibility impact the coming season? ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Blake James sees Canes football season as a step forward
James was asked about the football team. Overall, it was a real step forward from the previous year, Manny’s first year as head coach. I don’t want to take away from the fact that as a program, I thought we took a step forward. James said, “I think he’s got already in a short window, a track record of showing that he’s willing to make changes. So far, the changes that he’s made have really worked out well.”James cited the Canes ability to clean up the punting and kicking game.
Miami QB D'Eriq King tore knee ligament, plans 2021 return
Miami quarterback D'Eriq King (1) looks for a receiver as Oklahoma State defensive tackle Sione Asi (99) rushes during the first half of the Cheez-it Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami quarterback D’Eriq King tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Hurricanes’ loss this week in the Cheez-It Bowl. The Hurricanes went 8-3 this season, the best record among the seven FBS schools in the state of Florida. King, in first season at Miami following his transfer from Houston, was a big reason for that. King completed 64.1 percent of his passes, the second-best single-season completion percentage for any Miami quarterback and one that qualifies him as, for now anyway, the most accurate passer in Hurricanes history. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King will have surgery for torn ACL
Miami quarterback D'Eriq King (1) is taken off the field after he was injured during the first half of the Cheez-it Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)MIAMI, Fla. – Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee in Tuesday’s Cheez-It Bowl loss to Oklahoma State, which will require surgery, according to the team. The procedure is planned for the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center and a timetable for his return will be determined after surgery, the announcement said. We can’t wait to see him back on the field leading our team in August.”The team announcement said they expect King to be ready for the start of 2021 fall camp. We'll be with you every step of the way, @DeriqKing_. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes, the second-best single-season completion percentage in school history.
Quaterback Keeper: Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King to return next season
Miami coach Manny Diaz congratulates quarterback D'Eriq King (1) after a touchdown pass against Duke during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Durham, N.C. (Nell Redmond/Pool Photo via AP)CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes are running a quarterback keeper. Canes QB D’Eriq King announced on social media Saturday that he will return to the University of Miami. King transferred to Miami prior to this season from the University of Houston. King started all 10 games for the Hurricanes, leading Miami to an 8-2 record. The 23-year-old threw for 2,573 yards and 22 touchdowns, with only 5 interceptions on the season for the Canes.
‘Is Miami back?’: Hurricanes may finally have a good answer
The annual question in Coral Gables — “Is Miami back?” — might finally have an answer Hurricanes fans will like. 9 Miami gets its first ACC championship, a drought that’s now 17 years and counting, but the Hurricanes (8-1, 7-1 ACC, No. Just finishing the right way, that’s really, really, really important. “We were taken away from each other for almost two weeks and didn’t really get back as an entire football team — I mean, not even an entire football team, but anything resembling a football team — until this past Monday. Odd as this sounds, that’s Miami’s second-longest ACC streak; the Hurricanes won 11 consecutive league games spanning 2016 and 2017.
No. 9 Miami rallies behind King, D to beat Va. Tech 25-24
D’Eriq King threw for 255 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, rallying the Hurricanes to a 25-24 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Miami announced it had 13 players unavailable before the game, including three starters and several offensive linemen. Hendon Hooker paced Virginia Tech, throwing for 201 yards and rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown. “I hurt for them,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said of his players. Virginia Tech: The Hokies travel to Pittsburgh — if the Panthers are ready to play.
Week 4 Preview: FSU-Miami has King in spotlight; SEC begins
Before Miami won easily last year, the ‘Canes and ’Noles played five straight games decided by five points or fewer. A pandemic-altered college football season has helped put FSU-Miami in the spotlight again this weekend. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are still at least a month away, but the college football menu is starting to fill up. 7-6 — Lane Kiffin's record in his one SEC season as coach at Tennessee. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
No. 17 Miami runs past No. 18 Louisville 47-34 in ACC opener
18 Louisville 47-34 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Miami (2-0) led 20-6 at halftime before Louisville (1-1) scored twice in a wild third to get within seven. Knighton also had a 3-yard TD run in the first half after King threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Will Mallory. The 'Canes had 10 chunk plays of at least 18 yards, including seven passing. The explosive plays, it was who we wanted to be.”Said Louisville coach Scott Satterfield, "Just too many big plays.
Week 3 Preview: ACC quarterback matchup tops light schedule
The college football schedule is still looking light, with the Southeastern Conference a week away from starting and the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference still just warming up. And the American Athletic Conference gets its chance to grab some of that shine that went to the Sun Belts last week. 18 LouisvilleThe only game matching ranked teams on the schedule gets the prime-time treatment from ESPN. 16 — Number of major college football games that have been postponed or canceled since Aug. 26 after two more were wiped off Saturday's schedule because of COVID-19 issues. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25More AP college football: http://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25