The AP Poll for 2013 was just released, and as expected, Miami was not among the Top 25 teams.
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).
From the AP's stats maven Tim Reynolds: "Fun fact that many will steal as if they looked it up: 1983 Canes didn't get a single vote in the first 4 polls, and still won it all."
From ESPN stats: No team in the BCS era (since 1997) has won the BCS title without being ranked in preseason AP poll. Lowest ranked? No. 22 Auburn in 2010.
The Canes have a favorable schedule this season. That Florida game will tell us a lot, though it is still really early.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN