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Most important game: Miami

Our “most important game” series continues today with Miami. If you’re just joining us and still need an explanation beyond the title, you must be looking for the SEC blog …

Miami

Most important game: Oct. 17 at North Carolina

Why it’s important: Because it’s a nationally-televised Thursday night game on ESPN that could determine the Coastal Division winner. Neither of these teams was eligible for the postseason last year, but both were in contention to win the division, and should be again. They are both well-coached programs on the rise with veteran quarterbacks looking to build upon last year’s success. Last fall, Miami started off as one of the ACC’s biggest surprises at 3-0 and suffered its first league loss at home to UNC. Had those teams been eligible, that game would have been the difference in a trip to Charlotte to play for the ACC championship. In fact, North Carolina has self-proclaimed itself 2012 Coastal Division champs, and even purchased rings as proof. This will be a tough test for Miami because it will be the first game of the season they have to leave the state for. While home field advantage will work in the Canes’ favor early, their most important game will also be their first out of state.

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