The first in-season AP rankings will be released around noon today.
The Hurricanes (1-0) have a decent shot of squeaking into the Top 25, which would make Saturday's game against the current No. 10 (before the new rankings come out today) Florida (1-0) a battle between two ranked teams. If UM should then beat the Gators, they'd definitely be entrenched (for at least a couple weeks) in the rankings, likely among the Top 20.
The Hurricanes were unranked in the 2013 preseason AP poll, meaning they were not in the Top 25.
The last time UM was ranked was heading into the Virginia Tech game in late November 2010. The Canes were ranked 24th by the AP going into that game and 21st by the coaches. But they lost to Virginia Tech and fell out of the rankings, and haven't been back.
However, the Canes did earn 85 points in the recent preseason AP poll, good for what would be No. 29 in the poll. Ahead of them by one point was No. 28 Virginia Tech.
Miami finished 27th in the preseason Coaches’ poll, which also will be released today.
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.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN