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Gameday – Three Keys to Miami vs Syracuse

Ari Russell



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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.

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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  1. kalinis

    October 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    the canes play Syracuse in Miami dude. at least get where they play right. its hard to overlook that big mistake u are right playing on road is hard but they are at home th is week vs the cuse and on road vs nc next week. another game should win easily.

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