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ESPN Names Miami A College Football Playoff "Sleeper"

The Hurricanes could make a run at the College Football Playoff.

Miami had a decent Year 1 under Mark Richt, going 9-4 in 2016 with a dominant bowl win over West Virginia.

What will Year 2 produce?

ESPN thinks a College Football Playoff run is possible.

The Hurricanes have been labeled a College Football Playoff "sleeper."

After a long dry spell, Miami may be returning to the group of teams with the ability to claim a national championship. The Hurricanes finished 2016 with five straight wins, the first Miami team to do so since 2001, and notched their first bowl since 2006.

It might seem difficult for the Hurricanes to keep that momentum going since quarterback Brad Kaaya declared for the 2017 NFL draft, but Miami is trending upward in a variety of ways that should allow it to more than offset the loss of Kaaya.

Figuring out the quarterback position is Miami's biggest task heading into the 2017 season, but if the Hurricanes can do that, they could make a surprise run at the ACC, challenging Clemson, Florida State and Louisville at the top of the conference.

Miami opens its 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman.

You can read ESPN's full story on Miami's "sleeper" College Football Playoff potential here.