Miami in the Top 20 and 18-1 in NCAA Online Betting

The Miami Hurricanes will begin the college football season ranked in the Top 20 and they are 18-1 in NCAA online betting to win the national title this season.

Those college football betting odds are probably too low considering the Hurricanes have a very difficult schedule.

NCAA football betting odds early in the season will be interesting to watch on the Hurricanes. They should easily win their opener against Florida A&M but then in Week 2 they have a huge game at Ohio State. If they can upset the Buckeyes they would vault right into the national title picture.

The Hurricanes have improved under head coach Randy Shannon in every season.  They have gone from 5-7 to 7-6 to 9-4.  Winning 10 games and continuing that improvement will not be easy this season.  The Hurricanes have a brutally tough three-game road trip that includes that Ohio State game.  They have to go to Pittsburgh and Clemson following that contest.  The Hurricanes have the talent to win those three games though.  Jacory Harris is a quarterback who has a lot of talent and he leads a potent Miami offense. He threw 24 TD passes last season but he also threw 17 interceptions. The running game for Miami also looks good with Damien Berry and Mike James. The receiving corps is loaded led by Leonard Hankerson. The key for the Miami offense will be replacing three starters on the offensive line.

The defense returns a lot of talent including Allen Bailey who has led the team in sacks for two seasons. Marcus Robinson also returns upfront.  The team gets Sean Spence back at full strength this season. A year ago Spence had trouble due to a knee injury.  He was the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year so his return could be huge. The secondary is solid with Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke.

The schedule for Miami does not offer them that many breaks but at least they do have some relatively easy games against Virginia, Maryland and Duke.  They will need those games since they have to face tough teams like North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in addition to their tough road contests at Ohio State, Pitt and Clemson.