As you know The Dive Bar backs the Miami Dolphins during pro football season. We also happen to be a bar that shows college football, and when we do, it’s THE CANES BABY aka the Miami Hurricanes! Things might be turning around for the ‘Canes as they have been picked by experts to finish second in the ACC Coastal division of the conference.
For the first time in three years, the ACC media did not project the Hurricanes to win the 2019 Coastal Division title.
The ACC released its media poll Monday, and Virginia, which defeated UM 16-13 last season in Charlottesville, is projected to win the Coastal.
Miami was predicted to finish second, followed by Virginia Tech, University of Pittsburgh, Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.
The Atlantic Division (the other division in the ACC) was projected to be won by defending National Champions Clemson, followed by University of Syracuse, Florida State, NC State, Boston College, Wake Forest and University of Louisville.
Clemson was projected to beat Virginia in the ACC title game by a landslide. Clemson, who finished 15-0 in 2018 after pummeling the University of Alabama in the National Title game, got 170 of 173 votes to win the conference championship. Syracuse got two votes and Virginia, one.
UM finished 7-6 last season and 4-4 in the conference. Not exactly a great season.
The voting was done by 173 media members credentialed for last week’s ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hurricanes got 55 first-place votes (992 points) for its division finish, while the Cavaliers got 82 first-place votes (1,003 points). The Hokies got 20 first-place votes (827).
Each of the seven Coastal teams got at least one first-place vote. Pitt got eight first-place votes (691), Duke got six (566), and North Carolina (463) and Georgia Tech (302) each got one.
The only other Atlantic Division team other than Clemson (1,209 points) that got any first-place votes was Syracuse (913), which received two. FSU, which meets UM Nov. 2 in Tallahassee, had 753 points, followed by 666 for NC State, 588 for Boston College, 462 for Wake Forest and 253 for Louisville (Nov. 9 against the Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium).
UM’s starts the season Aug. 24th, 2019, against the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
In 2017, when Miami finished 10-3, it won the Coastal and lost 38-3 to Clemson in the league title game.
We are ready for the college and pro football seasons. Come down to watch the Canes and Fins at The Dive Bar. All we have is great pub grub, karaoke all week, live bands all month long, lot’s of cool and happy people, great vibes, stiff cocktails, and the best staff this side of the Mississippi. We hope to see you down here ASAP. We will save a stool for you.