2. LSU 33, Miami 17
That’s four in a row.
There was the meaningly loss to Pitt to close out the regular season (whatever), the blowout loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship (forgivable), the pounding from Wisconsin in a home field Orange Bowl (okay, fine), and now this.
For a Miami program that was on a 15-game winning streak including dominant wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, four straight double-digit losses put everything right back down to into the land of the mediocre.
Of course there’s still time to come up with a huge season, and losing a non-conference game isn’t the end of the world, but there were a whole lot of problems.
The defense was fine. There weren’t any takeaways, but LSU didn’t do much with the passing game down the field, and outside of one big run, there wasn’t too much from the ground game.
But the offense …
Granted, LSU is loaded with future NFL starters, but Malik Rosier was off – mostly because he never had much of a chance – the running backs didn’t go anywhere, and outside of two big plays plays, there wasn’t much explosion.
The losing streak will stop at Savannah State, and the Canes should be 4-1 before dealing with Florida State, but the offense has to find something that consistently works by the second half of the season when there’s a stretch of four road games in five dates.
But this tough one is out of the way. Going to Virginia Tech won’t be easy, but Miami doesn’t have to deal with LSU again.