OBB Game Time: Middle Tennessee vs. Miami Hurricanes
It is OBB GAME TIME: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. YOUR Miami Hurricanes. ‘Canes fans are in hangover mode after witnessing their first loss of the Mario Cristobal era. And all the eyes are on the offense this week after the field goal party on Kyle Field. Will the passing game pick up?
The Blue Raiders lead the series all time two games to none. Middle Tennessee last played the Hurricanes in 1932 and won the matchup 25-0. The Blue Raiders have had a career 13 conference championships to Miami’s nine. The Hurricanes however have had an all time 68 weeks at the number one spot in the AP poll while the Blue Raiders have none.
A few #BlueRaiders are standing out in the national rankings…
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— Middle Tennessee FB (@MT_FB) September 20, 2022
Game Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Weather: 87 degrees chance of thunderstorms
Team Stats (2022)
Pass Yards: 207.0
Rush Yards: 116.3
Team Stats (2022)
Pass Yards: 265.3
Rush Yards: 218.0
C. Cunningham 592 YDS, 4 TD 2 INT T. Van Dyke 673 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT
GIVE ME THE KEYS: OBB GAME TIME: Middle Tennessee KEYS TO THE GAME
Clean it up. The offense was riddled with enough self inflicted paper cuts that it exsanguinated right there on Kyle Field. Get you route relationships right, stop the drops and get your quarterback footwork right. If the Miami Hurricanes were able to do the little things right last week, they would be 3-0 and ten thousand more fans probably show up this Saturday.
RPO and the Red Zone. The red zone touchdown efficiency was non existent last week and you might need more options down there. If the Miami Hurricanes offense is content on a pound them out running game and multiple play drives, it needs to be ruthlessly efficient where it matters most. RPO’s can open up some avenues down there and you can’t be content running into the teeth of defenses.
Tune out the Noise. Or lack thereof. The Hurricanes quarterback made headlines this week calling out the fans (atmosphere) attendance issues. Do not let it be a distraction. The fans will come when the wins stack up and that is the unique challenge of South Florida sports teams. We expect a scrimmage game atmosphere this Saturday with around 70 thousand less people watching. It doesn’t matter. Wins matter.
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Highsmith has already talked about the stadium experience when playing for the Miami Hurricanes. Win, and people come. There’s no captive audience like in college towns. They come whether you win or lose. They usually have huge alumni bases.