It is OBB Game Time Miami Hurricanes vs. Duke edition. After squeaking out a 20-14 win vs. the Virginia Tech Hokies last Saturday, the Canes look to continue the streak. Duke is currently listed as the 5th best team in the coastal division while the Hurricanes are 4th. This contest should be close so a full game performance will be required.
Currently the Miami Hurricanes have a 2 game winning streak over the Duke Blue Devils and lead the all time series 15-4. Miami has 42 Bowl Games vs. Duke’s 14. The Hurricanes boast 67 first round NFL draft picks (5th overall) while the Blue Devils only have had 8.
Game Time: Sat, Oct 22 at 12:30 PM
Location: Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, FL
TV: Regional Sports Network (Bally Sports Network)
Weather: 82 Degrees, Sunny
Duke Blue Devils (4-3)
Team Stats (2022)
Pass Yards: 237.0
Rush Yards: 205.9
Miami Hurricanes (3-3)
Team Stats (2022)
Pass Yards: 331.7
Rush Yards: 143.8
R. Leonard, 1557 YDS, 9 TD 4 INT
T. Van Dyke 1658 TDS, 9 TD 4 INT
GIVE ME THE KEYS – OBB GAME TIME- MIAMI HURRICANES VS. DUKE BLUE DEVILS
Spread Out. When the Hurricanes have slipped to 10th in conference with only 144.3 yards a game rushing, something is off. The Hurricanes should consider a healthier dose of running from spread looks to open up the box. When the Tennessee Volunteers gutted the Crimson Tide to the tune of 52 points, they favored pace and space. While the Hurricanes should not abandon the tight sets completely because diversity is still key, getting the run game going should take precedence. And it helps when you have only 5-6 in the box.
Contain their running game. Duke has the better rushing attack. Period and full stop. The Blue Devils average 205.8 on the ground and the Hurricanes cannot lose their run stopping ability this week. Quarterback Riley Leonard is the Blue Devil’s leading rusher and the 6th best rusher in conference. His 420 rushing yards make him a dual threat you absolutely have to game plan for. The Hurricane pass rush, which has been formidable, must also have contain elements and be disciplined this week.
Manage the game better. The Hurricanes simply cannot sabotage themselves moving forward with perplexing game day decisions. In a grind them out situation, snap the ball with next to no time on the play clock. Do not call unnecessary timeouts. Cut out the procedural penalties. Have a better midweek plan in the red zone and carry it forward to Saturdays. Mario Cristobal carries the reputation of a lower tier game day coach so it is time to change the narrative and flip the script. Simply do not make the same mistakes twice. When the talent gap isn’t where Miami needs it to be yet, the coaching needs to be even more on point.