It took a big, big fight – and Miami had to wake up – but the Canes were able to get by Virginia and move on. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Final Score: Miami 44, Virginia 28
Prediction: Miami 27, Virginia 17
Line: Miami -19, o/u: 50.5
Miami showed it had the guts to go along with the flash.
The Hurricanes were getting hammered.
Kurt Benkert was dealing, finishing the game with 384 yards and four touchdown passes, spreading the ball all over the field for the Cavaliers against the Hurricane defense that’s able to turn things on a dime – or a chain.
But the offense that has been just okay all year stepped up.
Malik Rosier threw two interceptions, but he also threw three touchdown passes and ran for a late score.
Travis Homer was bottled up for most of the game, but he came up with the big touchdown and the ground game kept coming.
And when the defense had to step up and slow things down, it did just that in the second half to answer the challenge.
This has been a clutch team, it’s been a front-running team, and it has been a resilient team. Against Virginia, it showed it could be a gutty team.
Virginia is going to be solid over the next several years under Bronco Mendenhall. It’s never going to have the talent compared to the Miamis of the world, but it showed it could rise up and be a problem against one of the best teams in college football. That’s not going to be the last time the Cavs throw a scare into an ACC big boy.
You … can’t … turn the ball … over … against … Miami. Ever. The Canes live off of takeaways – it’s like spinach for Popeye – that energize everyone and get things going. And that’s going to be the key for Pitt and then Clemson. No matter what, hang on to the ball – even if defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and his boys have something to say about it.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Don’t look at how the cookies were made, and don’t get caught up into how it really is possible for a good passing quarterback to hit this secondary hard. Coming off the emotionally-charged win over Notre Dame, Miami won by 16 points with all the pressure on its side of the field.
No. 3 last week, the Canes deserve to be higher. That Notre Dame win is better than anything Alabama has done, and Clemson still has that loss to Syracuse.
It doesn’t matter for the Canes – win out get in.