Game Preview: Miami

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Game Eight: Pitt (5-2) vs. Miami (3-4)

Saturday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m.

Series Record: Miami leads 26-11-1

Last Game: Miami won 24-3 (2018)

Line: Pitt Favored by 6

This weekend’s opponent reminds me a lot of the team that Pitt went up against last week. Like Syracuse, Miami came into the season expecting to compete for a division title and a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes (and the Orange) things haven’t really gone according to script since the games started being played. After opening the season with a close losses to Florida and North Carolina, they got back to .500 with wins over FCS Bethune-Cookman and Central Michigan. Since then though they sandwiched an upset of Virginia with bad losses against the Techs. Against Virginia Tech they turned the ball over 5 times and fell behind 28-0 before coming back to only lose 42-35. Last week, they faced rebuilding Georgia Tech and lost in overtime to the Yellow Jackets. 

Miami now sits at 3-4 after a season that began with promise and one has to wonder if new coach Manny Diaz is in over his head. It’s also no guarantee that they’ll even qualify for a bowl given that their matchup with Florida International on November 23 looks to be the only remaining game that they’d be favored in as of now. It’s not a stretch to say that Miami may already be in must-win mode with barely half of the season played. That of course makes them dangerous when they come into Heinz Field for Homecoming this weekend. Between that and the fact that Miami remains a dangerous and talented team despite their record (just ask Virginia) makes this likely to be a closer game than it should be on paper.

Offense

Miami came into the season with a Quarterback controversy from Day 1. There were three realistic candidates to be the Hurricanes’ starting Quarterback this season. The favorite to win the battle was Ohio State transfer

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