In July, the Miami Hurricanes have been picked by the media to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division and meet Clemson within the league championship.
Sure sufficient, the Canes are assembly Clemson — within the penultimate regular-season sport for each groups at Memorial Stadium in South Carolina. And the one potential championship on the road is the nationwide championship, because the ninth-ranked Clemson Tigers should win their remaining two regular-season video games and ACC title sport to have a shot at advancing to the College Football Playoff.
The Tigers (9-1, 7-0 ACC) have already clinched the league’s Atlantic Division title and can face UM’s Coastal Division champion North Carolina on Dec. 3 within the league championship.
Miami (5-5, 3-3) isn’t missing motivation. A win in one among UM’s remaining two regular-season video games — Clemson or Pittsburgh within the Nov. 26 Hard Rock Stadium finale — would qualify the Hurricanes for a bowl sport.
But a UM win in opposition to perennial powerhouse, 19 1/2-point favourite Clemson is nearly onerous to think about, which might make it much more momentous for the Hurricanes after an particularly powerful first season for coach Mario Cristobal.
The Tigers are trying to win their fortieth consecutive home sport to increase the longest home profitable streak in ACC historical past. No Clemson participant on the present roster has misplaced a home sport in his profession. Additionally, Clemson will try to increase its streak of 10-win seasons. The Tigers now have the third-longest streak of 10-win seasons — 11 — in FBS historical past.
Here’s the excellent news for Miami: it’s an away sport.
The Canes are 3-1 on the road this season, profitable their previous three road video games at Virginia Tech, Virginia and Georgia Tech and for essentially the most half taking part in properly at Texas A&M on Sept. 17 in entrance of a crowd of 107,245.
Hard Rock? Not so good. UM has misplaced 4 consecutive video games at home.
“We’ve been speaking about that to see if there’s one thing course of sensible,’’ Cristobal stated. “Not positive. You know, it’s onerous to place a finger on. I do know that we’ve began sooner on the road. You at all times look into that. It’s type of humorous. When you go on the the road, what have they advised you because you’ve been like knee excessive? ‘Hey once we go on the road, it’s a enterprise journey.’ We’re taking what we do at home, or we’re making it as a lot as we will make it nearly an identical on the road as once we do it at home.
“We’ve had success on the road, significantly in convention. And we’ve simply been working our processes. It’s been nothing magical. We’d prefer to have that type of success at home, clearly.’’
Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, often known as Death Valley, seats 81,500 however with standing room can accommodate greater than 86,000. UM final performed there in 2020, the COVID-19 12 months, when Clemson gained 42-17 behind future No. 1 decide Trevor Lawrence. The all-time collection is tied 6-6, and earlier than the 2020 sport, Clemson beat Miami 38-3 in UM’s solely look within the ACC title sport at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017.
Other Clemson historical past UM followers would relatively overlook: The Tigers handed UM its worst defeat ever — 58-0 at Sun Life Stadium in 2015. Miami coach Al Golden was fired the subsequent day.
The Hurricanes beat the Tigers at Memorial Stadium in 2010 and in triple additional time in 2005 .
“It’s off the charts,’’ Cristobal stated of the ambiance, a nice faculty setting. You can’t actually hear your self suppose. The crowd definitely performs a issue, and also you’ve bought to arrange for it.’’
Cristobal stated Wednesday he wouldn’t reveal Miami’s beginning quarterback. Usual starter Tyler Van Dyke, final 12 months’s ACC Rookie of the Year, has missed two of the previous three video games with a shoulder harm. True freshman Jacurri Brown made his first collegiate begin final week at Georgia Tech, throwing for three touchdowns, including one other 87 yards on the bottom and main UM to a 35-14 win.
Most imagine Brown, who offers UM life together with his ft (particularly in gentle of a number of accidents on offense), will begin as Van Dyke continues to heal his arm.
“I believe while you watch (Miami) in totality, yeah, you see a lot of various issues as they simply attempt to take their personnel and win that week,’’ Clemson coach Dabo Swinney stated this week. “But on the finish of the day, that’s all you’ll be able to go on. They’ve had some accidents, misplaced two starters alongside the offensive line. Again, the state of affairs at quarterback has been a problem for them. Make no mistake, they bought some dudes. They can get off the bus with anyone. They are lengthy, bodily, can run, and an extremely athletic group.”
Clemson is led by 6-4, 235-pound junior DJ Uiagalelei, who’s 196 of 301 (65.1 %) for 2,179 yards and 19 touchdowns, with 5 interceptions. He has run for one other 405 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Tigers even have vaunted sophomore working again Will Shipley, now with 899 yards and 12 touchdowns on 154 carries for a 5.8 yards-per-carry common.
Defensively, Clemson is nineteenth nationally stopping the run (111.6 speeding yards allowed per sport), 71st in passing yards allowed (229.2) and twenty eighth in scoring protection (21 factors allowed per sport). The Tigers are seventh in tackles for loss (7.9 a sport) and twenty eighth in sacks (averaging 2.7 a sport).
UM working again Jaylan Knighton, who had a season-best 118 yards speeding and a landing final weekend, was requested how a lot confidence the Georgia Tech sport gave the Hurricanes.
“We at all times had confidence,’’ Knighton stated. “We simply gotta apply it. We simply gotta come to play like we got here to play final week. Seeing… how all people is working, how all people is taking the sector, it’s going to be one other nice weekend.’’