In July, the Miami Hurricanes had been picked by the media to win the Atlantic Coast Convention Coastal Division and meet Clemson within the league championship.
Certain sufficient, the Canes are assembly Clemson — within the penultimate regular-season sport for each groups at Memorial Stadium in South Carolina. And the one potential championship on the road is the nationwide championship, because the ninth-ranked Clemson Tigers should win their remaining two regular-season video games and ACC title sport to have a shot at advancing to the School Soccer Playoff.
The Tigers (9-1, 7-0 ACC) have already clinched the league’s Atlantic Division title and can face UM’s Coastal Division champion North Carolina on Dec. 3 within the league championship.
Miami (5-5, 3-3) is just not missing motivation. A win in one in all UM’s remaining two regular-season video games — Clemson or Pittsburgh within the Nov. 26 Exhausting Rock Stadium finale — would qualify the Hurricanes for a bowl sport.
However a UM win towards perennial powerhouse, 19 1/2-point favourite Clemson is nearly exhausting to think about, which might make it much more momentous for the Hurricanes after an particularly powerful first season for coach Mario Cristobal.
The Tigers are trying to win their fortieth consecutive house sport to increase the longest house successful streak in ACC historical past. No Clemson participant on the present roster has misplaced a house sport in his profession. Moreover, Clemson will try to increase its streak of 10-win seasons. The Tigers now have the third-longest streak of 10-win seasons — 11 — in FBS historical past.
Right here’s the excellent news for Miami: it’s an away sport.
The Canes are 3-1 on the highway this season, successful their previous three highway video games at Virginia Tech, Virginia and Georgia Tech and for essentially the most half enjoying nicely at Texas A&M on Sept. 17 in entrance of a crowd of 107,245.
Exhausting Rock? Not so good. UM has misplaced 4 consecutive video games at house.
“We’ve been speaking about that to see if there’s one thing course of smart,’’ Cristobal mentioned. “Unsure. You recognize, it’s exhausting to place a finger on. I do know that we now have began sooner on the highway. You all the time look into that. It’s type of humorous. If you go on the the highway, what have they informed you because you’ve been like knee excessive? ‘Hey once we go on the highway, it’s a enterprise journey.’ We’re taking what we do at house, or we’re making it as a lot as we will make it virtually an identical on the highway as once we do it at house.
“We’ve had success on the highway, notably in convention. And we’ve simply been working our processes. It’s been nothing magical. We’d prefer to have that type of success at house, clearly.’’
Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, often called Demise Valley, seats 81,500 however with standing room can accommodate greater than 86,000. UM final performed there in 2020, the COVID-19 yr, when Clemson received 42-17 behind future No. 1 decide Trevor Lawrence. The all-time collection is tied 6-6, and earlier than the 2020 sport, Clemson beat Miami 38-3 in UM’s solely look within the ACC title sport at Financial institution of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017.
Different Clemson historical past UM followers would fairly overlook: The Tigers handed UM its worst defeat ever — 58-0 at Solar Life Stadium in 2015. Miami coach Al Golden was fired the following day.
The Hurricanes beat the Tigers at Memorial Stadium in 2010 and in triple extra time in 2005 .
“It’s off the charts,’’ Cristobal mentioned of the ambiance, an ideal faculty atmosphere. You’ll be able to’t actually hear your self assume. The gang definitely performs an element, and also you’ve bought to arrange for it.’’
Cristobal mentioned Wednesday he wouldn’t reveal Miami’s beginning quarterback. Standard starter Tyler Van Dyke, final yr’s ACC Rookie of the 12 months, has missed two of the previous three video games with a shoulder harm. True freshman Jacurri Brown made his first collegiate begin final week at Georgia Tech, throwing for 3 touchdowns, including one other 87 yards on the bottom and main UM to a 35-14 win.
Most imagine Brown, who provides UM life along with his ft (particularly in mild of a number of accidents on offense), will begin as Van Dyke continues to heal his arm.
“I believe whenever you watch (Miami) in totality, yeah, you see quite a lot of various things as they only attempt to take their personnel and win that week,’’ Clemson coach Dabo Swinney mentioned this week. “However on the finish of the day, that’s all you may go on. They’ve had some accidents, misplaced two starters alongside the offensive line. Once more, the state of affairs at quarterback has been a problem for them. Make no mistake, they bought some dudes. They’ll get off the bus with anyone. They’re lengthy, bodily, can run, and an extremely athletic group.”
Clemson is led by 6-4, 235-pound junior DJ Uiagalelei, who’s 196 of 301 (65.1 %) for two,179 yards and 19 touchdowns, with 5 interceptions. He has run for one more 405 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Tigers even have vaunted sophomore working again Will Shipley, now with 899 yards and 12 touchdowns on 154 carries for a 5.8 yards-per-carry common.
Defensively, Clemson is nineteenth nationally stopping the run (111.6 speeding yards allowed per sport), 71st in passing yards allowed (229.2) and twenty eighth in scoring protection (21 factors allowed per sport). The Tigers are seventh in tackles for loss (7.9 a sport) and twenty eighth in sacks (averaging 2.7 a sport).
UM working again Jaylan Knighton, who had a season-best 118 yards speeding and a landing final weekend, was requested how a lot confidence the Georgia Tech sport gave the Hurricanes.
“We all the time had confidence,’’ Knighton mentioned. “We simply gotta apply it. We simply gotta come to play like we got here to play final week. Seeing… how all people is working, how all people is taking the sector, it’s going to be one other nice weekend.’’