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Miami Hurricanes come in at No. 10 in initial College Football Playoff rankings

The Miami Hurricanes are No. 10 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, unveiled on ESPN on Tuesday night.

It’s the first time UM is in the CFP top 25 since the end of the 2017 season, when the Hurricanes had their last 10-win season and reached the Orange Bowl game, which they loss to Wisconsin. This past weekend, they were ranked No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the AP Poll.

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Miami (7-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) appears to be on the outside looking in for a spot in college football’s four-team playoff. The Hurricanes likely need to win out in the regular season, have either Clemson or Notre Dame slip up to open up a spot in the ACC Championship Game and then win the conference title.

ESPN’s playoff predictor gives UM a 1-percent chance to make the playoff.

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“Miami, you think about their schedule coming up, they’re still not technically out of it yet,” ESPN analyst David Pollack said. “They’re kind of forgotten, hadn’t played great football where you think they’re a playoff contender, but they’re still very much in the mix at 10.”

Miami will be on the second weekend of its two-week hiatus this Saturday as it looks to have its COVID-19 outbreak subside. The Hurricanes’ remaining regular-season schedule: at Wake Forest (Dec. 5), vs. North Carolina (Dec. 12) and vs. Georgia Tech (Dec. 19).

The rest of the CFP top 10 ahead of UM: Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati, Northwestern and Georgia, which was a surprise due to its two losses.

The two CFP semifinal games, the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, are scheduled for Jan. 1. Hard Rock Stadium will host college football’s national championship game, scheduled for Jan. 11.

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