Miami QB Malik Rosier scores a TD.(Photo: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The turnover chain saved popping out, the Miami Hurricanes saved scoring and a conventional energy that spent 15 years within the wilderness made its greatest badertion but Saturday night time.
Though the ultimate rating was No. 6 Miami 41, No. 5 Notre Dame Eight, it didn’t even appear that shut. The Hurricanes (No. 7 CFP rankings) had been charged up from the beginning, led 14-Zero after the primary quarter and punctuated a 27-Zero half with a 65-yard interception return, its third takeaway of the half.
Miami just about performed the second half on cruise management and completed with a 74-261 edge in yards (plus 4 turnovers).
Here are 5 takeaways from Miami’s victory.
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1. So, Miami’s again…for actual this time?
Let’s put it this manner: After so many overwrought moments of hope through the years that rapidly light into embarrbadment, this feels completely different. We can argue what “back” means at The U — successful a nationwide title can be a very good place to start out — however the Hurricanes are right here to remain as a consider school soccer, this season and past. And that’s a very good factor for the game. Though Miami has some challenges as a program — it doesn’t have the most important finances or finest services and performs at a stadium 40 minutes from campus — the basics are nonetheless fairly easy.
When Miami is run competently, nice gamers from South Florida need to play there, and thus it’s not that arduous to win. Under Mark Richt, Miami appears like a big-time program and it certain appeared like plenty of enjoyable Saturday night time to be a part of it because the Hurricanes did just about no matter they happy towards Notre Dame (No. three CFP rankings).
2. It nonetheless defies logic that Miami is 9-Zero
Make no mistake: This taking place a minimum of a yr early. Nobody anticipated this type of run from a crew that started fall camp with loads of quarterback questions and misplaced star working again Mark Walton to damage halfway by means of the yr. Heck, simply two weeks in the past, Miami was in very actual hazard of dropping to a foul North Carolina crew, held on for pricey life towards Syracuse and wanted consecutive last-possession landing drives to beat Georgia Tech and Florida State.
A crew that wins 4 video games in October by a mixed 18 factors over some mediocre competitors isn’t alleged to roar into November and rework itself right into a playoff contender.
But that’s precisely what appears to be taking place with Miami. Even when the Hurricanes obtained to 7-Zero, the skin-of-their-teeth method through which they had been doing it each week appeared extra prone to arrange a fade again to Earth towards Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. Instead, the Hurricanes have gotten higher — quite a bit higher — and are enjoying with unbelievable velocity and confidence.
three. It’s time to provide the Hurricanes their due and rank them within the prime 4.
Miami made its debut at No. 10 within the preliminary College Football Playoff choice committee ballot and solely ticked as much as No. 7 final week. It’s lastly time to provide the Canes a lift — all the way in which to No. 2 behind Alabama. As considered one of solely three undefeated groups left in a Power Five convention, Miami handed its badessments for entry into the highest 4, each resumé and eye, towards Notre Dame. Though the Hurricanes’ complete resumé may not maintain as much as nice scrutiny — with Virginia Tech dropping Saturday, Notre Dame might be the one ranked crew they’ve overwhelmed so far — it’s late sufficient within the yr the place you must reward successful. And Miami didn’t simply beat a Notre Dame crew that got here in Eight-1, it was a complete domination.
four. The ACC title sport is wanting like a de facto quarterfinal
We now know that Clemson and Miami will play in Charlotte on Dec. 2 for the ACC championship. Incidentally, it’s the primary time the Hurricanes have performed in that sport since becoming a member of the ACC in 2004. But one thing a lot, a lot larger most likely might be at stake. Assuming Miami takes care of enterprise towards Virginia and Pittsburgh, the Hurricanes might be 11-Zero heading to Charlotte. If Clemson does what it’s alleged to do towards the Citadel and South Carolina (which might be a tough sport, significantly in Columbia), the Tigers might be 11-1.
That makes the maths fairly easy for the choice committee: The winner of that sport might be within the playoff. Even in Miami followers’ wildest goals, the concept of coming this near a playoff bid simply two years faraway from the Al Golden ear appears too good to be true.
5. Brian Kelly received’t have fond reminiscences of Hard Rock Stadium
Though this place has undergone a $500 million renovation within the final couple of years, it most likely would have taken twice that quantity to take away the stench from Notre Dame’s final look right here within the 2012 BCS championship sport when it misplaced 42-14 to Alabama. And although the stakes weren’t as excessive as that night time, the efficiency wasn’t any higher. Though you must give Miami full credit score for taking cost from the outset and smothering the Irish’s ballyhooed working sport, Notre Dame appeared fully timid on the mbadive stage.
The Irish appeared plodding and sluggish towards Miami’s athletes and couldn’t do something proper because the rating rapidly obtained out of hand. What an embarrbading efficiency for a crew that had been fairly dominant in its eight wins this season and began to vogue itself a playoff contender. Now with its second loss, the nation can ignore Notre Dame for the remainder of the season and never fear about whether or not the Irish will take a spot within the semifinals away from an influence convention.
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