Strong Hurricanes radiates warm local vibe

Cayman has a deep, long-standing connection with South Florida.

From family members being based there to Miami being host to many shopping trips it is fair to say Caymanians know and love the area.

In the sports world that link is equally profound with many locals supporting American football teams there.

Thus far it has not been an ideal time for Cayman fans, especially in the pro ranks.

The Miami Dolphins are struggling to find their winning ways at 0-3 while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a rebuilding mode with a 0-3 mark.

Only the Jacksonville Jaguars give Florida pro football some hope at 1-2.

However in the college ranks local fans can breathe a sigh of relief because many universities are rising to prominence.

For one the Miami Hurricanes are legitimate contenders in their division and for a national championship.

The team has a great quarterback now in Jacory Harris and the nimble defense that brings back memories of its glory days some 12 years ago.

Sure the Hurricanes lost over the weekend but that defeat came to a Virginia Tech team that has consistently been a force over the last decade.

Besides, the Hokies won by pressuring Harris, who is a young sophomore and was in just his second big game this year.

The season is young and Miami has the kind of schedule that can see them rack up the wins and make a serious case for one of the bigger bowl games.

The other team making noise is the South Florida Bulls, who have come out undefeated and look to be a big contender.

Their buzz intensified with this weekend’s beating of perennial power Florida State.

An impressive 17-7 win saw a new great quarterback emerge in B.J. Daniels and an aggressive defensive line that can give any quarterback problems.

The Bulls have an interesting schedule the rest of the way. Most of their games are winnable though teams like Cincinnati and West Virginia are far from easy games.

However the highlight of their schedule is an epic encounter for Florida football and Cayman fans.

On 28 November South Florida hosts the Hurricanes in a game that could have tons of meaning for both squads.

A win for either team would surely seal an appearance in a major bowl game like the Orange, Sugar or Cotton Bowl.

Granted in all of this hoopla the state of Florida has always been the sight of great college football in the likes of Florida State and Florida.

It is no secret both schools are routinely in the discussion of national title contenders and have two of the best recruiting programs in the country.

In fact the Gators seem set to overshadow both of the South Florida clubs with a serious run towards another national title.

However rarely in the last decade has the regions of Tampa Bay and South Florida had such a big part to play in the excitement.

No matter how good or bad the pro South Florida teams end up, one thing is certain. Cayman pigskin fans can enjoy following the Hurricanes and the Bulls every Saturday into Christmas time.

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