MiamiHerald / Few could have imagined this scenario coming into Saturday’s University of Miami football game at home against Syracuse: a top-10 Hurricanes team after back-to-back, last-second victories over Florida State and Georgia Tech, facing the unranked Orange after an awe-inspiring upset over defending national champion Clemson.

“Football has a lot to do with belief,” Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said a day after the Orange’s 27-24 slaying of Clemson. “There’s no question they’re believing they can beat anybody in America, because they just did.”

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, No. 8 UM (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), one of only eight remaining undefeated teams in the nation, will clash at Hard Rock Stadium with Syracuse (4-3, 2-1), suddenly the darling underdogs of college football.

The victory over then-No. 2 Clemson marked the first time the Orange has defeated a No. 2 AP team in 128 years of football. But the Orange isn’t the only program believing.

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