Canes Must Regroup After First Loss With Championship On The Line

Curtis & Perk
November 29, 2017 - 3:49 pm

It was not a good holiday weekend for the Miami Hurricanes. For the first time this season, and for the first time in 15 games they found themselves in a losing locker room.

There is no other way to put it other then they played poorly in all aspects against Pittsburgh. Their inability to run the football, and not being able to capitalize offensively in the passing game, were the two biggest factors in the loss. In doing so it was by far their lowest point total of the season. Quarterback Malik Rosier who has provided clutch throws when his team needed them most simply could not connect with his receivers. The most frustrating thing is the fact that Miami had open runners throughout the game. As poorly as they played, they still had a chance to scrape out a road win if they could just muster one solid touchdown drive. They could not.

So what now? They haven't experienced this feeling in quite a while. Well, it does you no good on focusing on what you lost, but what you can gain, moving forward. Miami has a Championship game to play Saturday night in Charlotte against the defending National Champions. If that doesn't get you refocused and excited, nothing will. An ACC Championship is something that has eluded the program since they joined the conference over a decade ago.

It will be the first time they will play in the game as Coastal Division champions. With Miami's loss, it has opened the door for a variety of possibilities regarding the College Football Playoff.  The bottom-line is, if the Canes beat a highly ranked Clemson team, they should be right back in the top four. A lot will depend on some other outcomes on Saturday, but with a win, Miami will have a great case to be in. Going undefeated is never easy. Some of the greatest Hurricane teams of all time suffered a misstep here and there. However, every team recovered and finished strong. That is the challenge Mark Richt and his team will face this week. It won't be easy.

During the Pittsburgh defeat they lost starting Tight End Chris Herndon with an injury. He will not play again this year. That is another key offensive player that Miami will have to try to replace.  If they win they deserve a shot at a National Title. To do that, Miami will have to contain the Tiger's explosive offense. Also the Hurricanes offense line will have to play much better then it did last week. If I could make this game about one area, it would be whose Defensive Line will shine. We might be seeing the two best defensive fronts in the country Saturday night. Whichever unit is better will control the game and most likely the outcome. It is all still within grasp for Miami. Find a way to beat Clemson and everything else will take care of itself. It should be a great game for the Conference title, and the end result could be special when the smoke clears on the College Football season. Miami has put themselves in a unique situation.

Usually when a team loses this late in the year to a team with a losing record, they are automatically eliminated from the playoff conversation. That is not the case for the Canes as they are still in the hunt, which makes for a great stage in Charlotte.

Go Canes! -Curtis

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