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Game Day – Three Keys for Miami vs. Clemson

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

The ACC Championship kicks off at 8pm ET with a trip to the College Football Playoff on the line for both the Miami Hurricanes and the Clemson Tigers. Canes coming off a devastating loss to Pitt last week that ended the nation’s longest win steak. Clemson handled their business against rival South Carolina last week. Here are three keys for Miami:

Malik Rosier Needs to Bounce Back Big

This will be the biggest stage of Rosier’s career. It’s the biggest game for everyone’s career for Miami for that matter. For Rosier it’s a chance for him to make up for a dismal performance against Pitt. There is no sugar coating it, but Rosier was just bad last week. So bad that Mark Richt benched him for a series in the 4th quarter which was kind of an odd move. This is a big stage and against tougher competition Rosier has shined. What a moment it would be for a man that was told he would never play QB for Miami. He’s going to have to do it without two major weapons in Chris Herndon IV and Ahmmon Richards who are both gone for the season. Luckily the Canes have a lot of firepower, but Rosier is going to have to make plays with his legs and his arm if they want any shot of winning this game.

Defensive Line Needs Pressure and Containment on QB Kelly Bryant

Bryant is a dual threat QB that can kill you off pressure if you don’t contain him. This is where Miami’s aggressive defense is going to have to be remain focused and stay on their assignments. If they can get the right amount of pressure and force Bryant into forcing some plays Miami can break out the turnover chain. Clemson is a dangerous team and Bryant has had a solid season, but he isn’t quite Deshaun Watson. This would be a great day for the Miami defense to expose this.

Need Big Day From Braxton Berrios

With Herndon and Richards out the Canes will need a big day from Braxton Berrios. Berrios has come up big all season in key spots. On Saturday night would be a wonderful time for Berrios to have a career day. The team is going to need it. Roiser and Berrios have had some great chemistry and always find a way to connect in key spots.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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