Will Manso: Canes’ season not dead yet

This isn’t going to be a story dedicated to saying Mark Richt made an awful move in benching Malik Rosier for a series at Pitt (he did).

This isn’t going to be a story saying Rosier was absolutely terrible the entire game (he was). 

No. This is going to be a story about one simple fact from Friday’s disappointing loss for Miami.

They got outplayed. They deserved to lose. End of story.

The offense couldn’t run the football, the offensive line struggled throughout the game with the different looks that Pitt showed, and yes, as noted, Rosier was really bad.

He left so many potential big plays on the field that I lost track.

The lack of offense forced the defense to be on the field way too long, and by the 4th quarter, they were gassed.

Oh, and the special teams also played poorly. 

So yes, this was a total team effort in getting beat by a team that entered the game at 4-7.

Now the question becomes, what happens next?  Rosier has shown an amazing ability to bounce back within a game, but this is after a loss. Also, this comes after Richt sat him down for a pivotal series.

I wonder where Rosier’s confidence is right now.

Much will be discussed this week on whether UM could still be one of the playoff teams if they get a win over Clemson in the ACC title game.

I believe they can be, though losing opens the window for the committee to do something controversial and shut out an ACC champion one-loss team. It could happen.

That’ll be fun for the media and fans to discuss, but it’s not really something the Canes should worry about.

Coming back to beat Clemson following an ugly loss like this should show the country what this team is made of. It would certainly show me.

Miami isn’t dead.

The Canes are 10-1 and playing for an ACC championship next week against the defending national champs.

Anyone who thinks this is a bad spot to be in either doesn’t understand college football or is just too irrational to see what a great season this has been for UM.

Friday was awful. It was ugly. It was painful. But it’s also now in the past.

The present and future for Miami is the chance to finish this season strong.

On to Clemson. All of UM’s goals are still right there for the taking.

 

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Canes experience ‘Turnover Pain’ against Pitt

Miami’s perfect season is over. The Hurricanes can only hope their shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff isn’t gone too.Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Pittsburgh stunned the secon…

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Hurricanes remain perfect by beating Virginia

The Miami Hurricanes avoided the trap game Saturday and remained perfect by beating Virginia

Trailing at halftime, the Hurricanes rallied in the second half for a 44-28 win that kept their 15-game winning streak alive.

Kurt Benkert started out on fire for Virginia. He hit Joe Reed for a 75-yard touchdown pass to put Virginia up 14-0 in the first quarter.

No. 2 Miami (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Malik Rosier to Ahmmon Richards.

The ‘Canes tied the score in the second quarter when Rosier hit Dayall Harris on a 36-yard touchdown strike.

Virginia (6-5, 3-4) scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass before the half to take a 21-14 lead.

In the third quarter, Virginia scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass to take a 28-14 lead.

That’s when the ‘Canes started their comeback.

Rosier hit Lawrence Cager on a 9-yard strike to cut Virginia’s lead to 28-21.

Jaquan Johnson shifted all the momentum to Miami with a 30-yard interception for the touchdown.

After tying the game, Johnson was given the “turnover chain.”

The ‘Canes extended their lead in the fourth quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run by Rosier.

Miami is ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff. The ‘Canes have one more regular-season game left against Pittsburgh next Friday.

After that, the ‘Canes will take on Clemson in the ACC Championship game.

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Hurricanes remain perfect by beating Virginia

The Miami Hurricanes avoided the trap game Saturday and remained perfect by beating Virginia

Trailing at halftime, the Hurricanes rallied in the second half for a 44-28 win that kept their 15-game winning streak alive.

Kurt Benkert started out on fire for Virginia. He hit Joe Reed for a 75-yard touchdown pass to put Virginia up 14-0 in the first quarter.

No. 2 Miami (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Malik Rosier to Ahmmon Richards.

The ‘Canes tied the score in the second quarter when Rosier hit Dayall Harris on a 36-yard touchdown strike.

Virginia (6-5, 3-4) scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass before the half to take a 21-14 lead.

In the third quarter, Virginia scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass to take a 28-14 lead.

That’s when the ‘Canes started their comeback.

Rosier hit Lawrence Cager on a 9-yard strike to cut Virginia’s lead to 28-21.

Jaquan Johnson shifted all the momentum to Miami with a 30-yard interception for the touchdown.

After tying the game, Johnson was given the “turnover chain.”

The ‘Canes extended their lead in the fourth quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run by Rosier.

Miami is ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff. The ‘Canes have one more regular-season game left against Pittsburgh next Friday.

After that, the ‘Canes will take on Clemson in the ACC Championship game.

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Will Manso: A Miami-Notre Dame classic awaits

The biggest game the Miami football program has seen in well over a decade is finally here.

Some would argue it’s the biggest regular-season home game since UM’s heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s.

Whatever you want to call it, this Miami-Notre Dame game has become one of the biggest of the 2017 college football season.

The Fighting Irish come in ranked third in the latest college football rankings, despite one loss, while the ‘Canes are just seventh, despite being undefeated.

The semantics of that can be argued all day, but like UM head coach Mark Richt said this week, it doesn’t matter.

If the ‘Canes win this game and close out the season undefeated with an Atlantic Coast Conference title, they’ll play for a national championship. The same can be said if Notre Dame wins out.

In many ways, this game is a late-season College Football Playoff semifinal. The loser likely has no chance to be in the final four.

How does Miami match up, and does the team have a shot at pulling off the upset? The answer, to me, is obviously yes.

I’m not sure I would have said that a couple of weeks ago, but UM’s impressive dismantling of Virginia Tech has made me a believer.

I think after years of hoping for it, “the U” really is back.

But that doesn’t mean this game will come easy for Miami. It’s quite the contrary. The ‘Canes haven’t faced an opponent like this Irish team in a long time — certainly not during their current 13-game winning streak.

Notre Dame has a dominant offensive line that can help their offense run right over you.

Miami’s defense is superb, but this offense can still move the ball on them if Miami doesn’t have that same physical attitude from the start.

Yet, my concerns in this matchup are more surrounding the UM offense.

Despite a dominant win over Virginia Tech, Malik Rosier threw three interceptions — and the offense had some very inconsistent drives. That simply can’t happen against Notre Dame.

The ‘Canes are built to have a good balance on offense and let the defense wear down opponents. If the Irish get out to a lead, I’m not sure the Miami offense is capable of getting too one-dimensional and just throwing to catch up.

Miami needs good drives to win the battle of field position. And most importantly, the ‘Canes must win the turnover battle.

The wild card in this game is the sold-out crowd expected to rock Hard Rock Stadium.

It was electric last Saturday, and it will be even more deafening and exciting this Saturday.

There seems to be a magic about this team right now. It hasn’t always been pretty, but Miami keeps finding ways to win.

At 8-0, I’m done questioning how good the ‘Canes are.

They’re in this spot because they belong. And now, against one of their historic rivals, it’s time to force the rest of the country to believe, too.

Expect some old-school action and drama, and another classic between these two schools.

Prediction: Miami 31, Notre Dame 30

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Will Manso: A Miami-Notre Dame classic awaits

The biggest game the Miami football program has seen in well over a decade is finally here.

Some would argue it’s the biggest regular-season home game since UM’s heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s.

Whatever you want to call it, this Miami-Notre Dame game has become one of the biggest of the 2017 college football season.

The Fighting Irish come in ranked third in the latest college football rankings, despite one loss, while the ‘Canes are just seventh, despite being undefeated.

The semantics of that can be argued all day, but like UM head coach Mark Richt said this week, it doesn’t matter.

If the ‘Canes win this game and close out the season undefeated with an Atlantic Coast Conference title, they’ll play for a national championship. The same can be said if Notre Dame wins out.

In many ways, this game is a late-season College Football Playoff semifinal. The loser likely has no chance to be in the final four.

How does Miami match up, and does the team have a shot at pulling off the upset? The answer, to me, is obviously yes.

I’m not sure I would have said that a couple of weeks ago, but UM’s impressive dismantling of Virginia Tech has made me a believer.

I think after years of hoping for it, “the U” really is back.

But that doesn’t mean this game will come easy for Miami. It’s quite the contrary. The ‘Canes haven’t faced an opponent like this Irish team in a long time — certainly not during their current 13-game winning streak.

Notre Dame has a dominant offensive line that can help their offense run right over you.

Miami’s defense is superb, but this offense can still move the ball on them if Miami doesn’t have that same physical attitude from the start.

Yet, my concerns in this matchup are more surrounding the UM offense.

Despite a dominant win over Virginia Tech, Malik Rosier threw three interceptions — and the offense had some very inconsistent drives. That simply can’t happen against Notre Dame.

The ‘Canes are built to have a good balance on offense and let the defense wear down opponents. If the Irish get out to a lead, I’m not sure the Miami offense is capable of getting too one-dimensional and just throwing to catch up.

Miami needs good drives to win the battle of field position. And most importantly, the ‘Canes must win the turnover battle.

The wild card in this game is the sold-out crowd expected to rock Hard Rock Stadium.

It was electric last Saturday, and it will be even more deafening and exciting this Saturday.

There seems to be a magic about this team right now. It hasn’t always been pretty, but Miami keeps finding ways to win.

At 8-0, I’m done questioning how good the ‘Canes are.

They’re in this spot because they belong. And now, against one of their historic rivals, it’s time to force the rest of the country to believe, too.

Expect some old-school action and drama, and another classic between these two schools.

Prediction: Miami 31, Notre Dame 30

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