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The Miami Hurricanes Can Only Look Forward

Ari Russell



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The Miami Hurricanes dominant win over Pitt on Saturday took me out of my Howard Hughes like reclusive state. My nails are cut, I’m well groomed, I’m ready to go out in public, finally. With all kidding aside, we finally saw the Hurricanes focus up and take advantage of the talent gap. We finally saw the Hurricanes offensive line give QB Brad Kaaya time and it paid off in dividends. After a four game skid, the Canes prevailed and all they can do is look ahead.

This weekend the Canes will take on the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville. On paper the Canes should win this game by double digits. However if they fall into the same trap as they did during that dismal four game stretch of not protecting their QB, the game is up in the air. The Wahoos are 2-7 on the year, and have a four game skid they are looking to end.

After that the Canes take on NC State, followed by a game against Duke. If the Canes win out, they will end the season 8-4, which isn’t earth shattering, but it’s not terrible. For Canes fan, that’s the best case scenario. Win the games you are supposed to win, and win them convincingly and then go to a bowl game and win that. Then they can build for next season.

If the offensive line can continue to improve and build off the success they had against Pitt, not a single opponent is going to be able to handle the weapons of Miami. They have so much fire power on offense it’s sick. They have two stud WRs and a TE who could be first round talent. When Kaaya has time to throw the ball, he does a great job of getting it into the hands of his weapons. This isn’t rocket science we are talking about. It’s a basic concept, protect your QB, and you should be able to man handle UVA, NC State and Duke. Now they just have to get out there and do it.

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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