"Never argue with a moron. They'll bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
There are three types of losses when you breakdown football games.
The first type is when a team has more talent and is just better prepared and executes their game plan. In my opinion, a solid example of that type of loss would be what happened at the beginning of the year in Blacksburg when ECU stormed into Hokie country and stole a victory away from Virginia Tech. The Pirates employ a platoon of tall, physical receivers who are good in jump ball situations. At the time, VT had their talented secondary intact but ECU executed their gameplan of attacking the field vertically through the air for 427 yards and three touchdowns.
The second type of loss is when you lose the turnover battle and it is the deciding factor in the contest. Another fairly recent example would be the Middle Tennessee State versus Florida International contest that occurred two weeks ago. FIU was out gained 428 to 375 in total yards but the Panthers tallied five takeaways to just one and beat MTSU 38-28.
The last scenario is when a more talented team is simply not prepared to play. Whether it's poor coaching during the week or players not being properly motivated on game day.
It happens, but it shouldn't. Not at Miami.
And they did.
There are so many points that can be made to how Miami screwed up this weekend. Miami is 6-0 when they rush 27 or more times a game. The Canes ran the ball just 20 times the entire game. They are also 5-0 (the Cincinnati game being the sole outlier) when Kaaya attempts less than 24 passes. They put the ball in the air 33 times against the Cavs.
It wasn't even just the play selection on offense that was disheartening. The Cavaliers were employing a QB in Greyson Lambert who has been a part time starter throughout the season and had a total of just 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions going into the game. What did Miami do? They rushed three defensive linemen and sat in eight deep zones. Lambert picked them apart for short passes all game and Miami totaled a giant goose egg in the sack department.
That shouldn't happen and can't happen, not here, not at Miami.
Sorry that this is a short piece.. To be honest.. There's just not much more to say. As the season goes on you can see the stats, you can see the trends of how Miami wins. Pound the rock, keep the terrible defensive play calling on the bench and salt the other team away.
But hey, what do i know, right?