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Miami should be a top-10 team

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There's no reason Miami shouldn't be ranked among the top 10 teams in the country this week. They are in my book. Here was my top 10 for this week:

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. Alabama

4. LSU

5. USC

6. Ohio State

7. Boise State

8. Virginia Tech

9. Miami

10. Cincinnati

I have a problem with Boise State.

I know they beat Oregon. The Broncos are a good football team, and I won't take that away from them. But it troubles me to keep them ranked so high when Miami comes off a win over No. 8 Oklahoma and the Broncos beat ... UC Davis? They're a 5-0 team and deserve credit for that, but I'm a strong believer in strength of schedule and will have a hard time keeping them ranked above teams like Miami, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.

Yes, I know Cincinnati is 5-0, and Tony Pike is worthy of Heisman consideration, but unlike the Hokies and the Canes, they haven't defeated a ranked opponent.

As for Miami ...

Just about everyone who talks about college football talked this summer about how difficult Miami's opening four games were. To come out of that stretch with a 3-1 record is one of the most impressive accomplishments in the country so far. No, Florida State isn't the team we thought it was or could be when it played Miami on Labor Day, but it was the opening week of the season, FSU was ranked, at home and that win meant something. Had they lost, the Canes might be the ones trying to figure out which end is up right now.

Virginia Tech had a similar opportunity to make a national statement in its game against Alabama and couldn't do it. Is Alabama a better team than Oklahoma? Yes, but Miami still knocked off a team that was playing for the national title a year ago in that very same stadium. The Sooners have one of the best defenses in the country. Yes, they were missing key injured starters, but so was Miami.

Heading into that Virginia Tech game, Miami was ranked No. 9. After a 3-1 start, there's no reason it shouldn't be deserving of that spot now.