Today may be the biggest game Miami plays this year. Usually Virginia Tech or FSU would be considered the biggest game. In most years I would agree, but since this is such a major transition this year it’s different. Coach Golden made a comment this week that this will be the toughest opponent they have faced this year. Especially, with Quinton Coples on the defensive line. Former UNC Coach Butch David left a lot of NFL team on this roster. Miami has never won at UNC; it will be difficult today too.
If Miami wins this game on the road in Chapel Hill, this may start a run for the rest of the season. Yes, I do mean run the table. If Miami loses, the season could be wash and maybe they can upset Georgia Tech or FSU.
As for the game breakdown, the key will be running the ball on both sides. If Miller was on a top 10 team, he would be a top 5 Heisman candidate. For UNC, redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard had a big 2nd half again Louisville. Whoever controls the ground game and the line of scrimmage will win the game. Miami has used over 20 different defensive of players so far this season. Miami’s defensive line is mostly true freshman and sophomores. Miami linebacker, Sean Spence is going to need to have a good game if Miami is going to have chance. UNC’s quarterback, Bryn Renner has a good arm, but he can also run. Miami has been getting killed the last few weeks with running quarterbacks.
Jacory Harris has surprised me with improvement over the past three games. The last time he was at UNC, he threw 4 interceptions, with two of them for touchdowns. He is going to need to play a perfect game for Miami to win. If he can get the ball to Hurns, Streeter, and Benjamin and let them make plays with their speed. I’m still wondering if Byrd is going to show up this season. Long as the offensive line protects him and opens holes for Miller, Miami has a chance. Jacory said it best, about not waiting till the 3rd quarter to get the offence going.
Coach Golden has been working hard to get this team to believe they can win. They are starting to buy into it the program now. I have seen improvement since the beginning of the season. Golden took a lot of flak for the fake field goal against Virginia Tech. Not for call, as much using Whipple to fake the kick. It would have made more sense to run the ball, and make a statement. I would have kicked the field goal, and got points on the board.
I am taking Miami to win 28-24 over UNC.