The college football world reacts to Desmond Howard’s ‘Sleeper’ team


BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: Desmond Howard and Rece Davis of ESPN on set during College Gameday before the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Every once in a while, an unexpected college football program sneaks into the college football playoffs.

During Thursday’s episode of First takeESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard named his “sleeper team” ahead of the 2022 season.

“I love the Miami Hurricanes,” Howard said. “I believe the ACC is wide open…I really like the Canes having a pretty good season.”

The college football world took to Twitter to react to this take from Howard.

“Everybody wants Miami to be good so bad. College football needs that!” a fan wrote.

“He picked us before. Every time we had bad seasons. Hopefully this time it will be different,” added another.

“Yes sir! Canes bound for a great season,” said another.

The Hurricanes enter their first season under new head coach Mario Cristobal. The program also added offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Former veteran head coach Charlie Strong is also a member of the defensive staff.

Howard believes this stacked roster of coaches will help Miami have a strong season in 2022.

“They’ve got an All-Star coaching staff… They’ve got a terrific coaching staff,” Howard added.

Miami will kick off its 2022 season with a game against Bethune-Cookman on September 3. The team’s first real test comes with a game against Texas A&M in Week 3.


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