The Miami Hurricanes get ready for another conference showdown and take on the Syracuse Orange in yet another important ACC Coastal division match up. For the Orange they are coming off a truly stunning upset over the Clemson Tigers, who were ranked #2 in the country. This week they take on their second top 10 foe in Miami, who’s looking to move to 6-0. Here are three keys to the game for Miami:
Break Out the Turnover Chain Early and Often
Miami forced no turnovers against Georgia Tech last weekend and still came out with a victory. They can’t however keep operating like that and expect to win this division. On Saturday they are going to have to force takeaways, especially early in the game to set the tone. You know the defense is chomping at the bit after having no player sport the infamous turnover chain against the Yellow Jackets last week. They are going to be coming out aggressive. Perhaps the best way to avoid a let down loss after back to back emotional wins is for the defense to force turnovers. The earlier the better to set the tone and let Syracuse know who’s in charge.
Malik Rosier Needs Four Solid Quarters
Well we already know that Malik Rosier is one of the most clutch players in the country at this point. Now what he needs to do is have a consistent game for four quarters. It would be nice to see some big plays early in the game, perhaps after a defensive player sports a turnover chain. What Miami needs from Rosier is to just be steady throughout. Playing against any team on the road is always a challenge, so consistency this week is key. Plus it will be nice to see Ahammon Richards and Darrell Langham out there together swapping first half TD catches from Rosier.
Time for Some Special Teams Big Plays
This is a perfect week for Miami to put together a complete game to shut any of the doubters up about whether Miami is a legit. We’ve already established the importance of creating turnovers and for Rosier to string together four solid quarters. The next part to make this a complete game is for Miami to create a big play on special teams. It can be one of three things that would be great. Either they take a kickoff or a punt return to the house or they block a kick. Any of these three would be huge just to show that Miami can beat you any which way. Teams vying for conference titles need to have a complete arsenal. Showing off on special teams would be a great way to tell the nation that Miami football is officially back.
Kickoff is set for 3:30pm ET.
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