If you measure it on the degree-of-difficulty scale, Al Golden's mediocre record in four seasons as Miami Head Coach is better than it seems. Even though the "U" has its historic appeal, the recent NCAA investigation has undoubtedly chased lots of top shelf talent away. Still, 28-22 makes this anything but the "Golden" age of Hurricane football...especially when five National Championship banners hang in clear view and a trip to the ACC title game hasn't happened under his watch. If Golden gets anything beyond a 5th year in Coral Gables, it will come from the arm of gunslinging quarterback Brad Kaaya. Last season's ACC Rookie of the Year will have to produce with an offense that lost quality talent to the NFL Draft. The sophomore signal-caller best have his top weapons picked out and tuned up by October when games against FSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Duke fall in four consecutive weeks. In meteorological terms, the Canes' cone of uncertainty forecast is wide. But 7-5 may be the best the south peninsula can hope for with what was once a Category-5 strength program, but which now more resembles a tropical depression.
***Tomorrow in Part 4 of my Sunshine State 2015 Previews... UCF aims for double-digit wins in 2015.