Canes Respond to Preseason Ranking

Preseason college football rankings are overrated. Everyone knows that. However, they still exist and on Friday, the Canes found out where they'll start. Read on for the reaction coming from the Miami camp.

The Hurricanes finished last season with a 7-6 record. Anytime that happens, no matter how many returning starters you have, it's going to be difficult to obtain a high preseason ranking.

The Hurricanes found that out on Friday, as the Preseason Coaches Poll has the Canes ranked 28th -- also known as "not ranked" or also known as "also receiving votes".

Head coach Randy Shannon isn't too concerned about the ranking of his team.

"Never looked at them," Shannon said. "I didn't look at the rankings and I never look at them. I just know we're going to do a great job this season."

All-American defensive end Calais Campbell said the team can use the low ranking to its advantage.

"It's definitely motivational because it gives you a chip on your shoulder and motivates you to play well," Campbell said. "We have confidence in our coaches and they have confidence in us. We just go out there and do what they tell us to do and we'll be fine."

Despite the low initial ranking, Campbell is confident the team will rally to have a strong season.

"I definitely feel like we have all the talent in the world and great coaches," he said. "We're going to be a great team."

Southern Cal started out ranked No. 1. Oklahoma is UM's highest ranked opponent at No. 8. Virginia Tech is the highest ranked ACC team at No. 9. Arch-rival Florida State started out at No. 21.

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