Every weekend with a Canes win is a great weekend, no? Let’s recap it, and look ahead.
Canes Move to 2-0 after beating FAU 38-10
Not the overwhelming scoreline of a week ago, but Miami emerged victorious for a second consecutive week, dispatching FAU 38-10. A couple of things for your reading enjoyment:
Jerry’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly team grades
Highlights from the ACC Digital Network
On top of those things, a couple stats for you;:
No Miami Hurricanes team has ever scored as many points through 2 games as this team. The closest to this season’s 108 points after 2 games: the 2002 Canes scored 104 points, and the 1994 Canes scored 103 points.
Miami’s run game is 6th nationally with 326 yards per game, 2nd nationally with 8.69 yards per carry, 2nd nationally with 10 rushing TDS (5 each in the first 2 games), has had 5 instances of players going over 100 yards on the year, and 2 of the 9 players nationally to have gone over 100 yards and 1+ TD in each game (Mark Walton and Joe Yearby, if you were wondering). So, that’s positive.
On defense, Miami leads the nation allowing just 34.50 yards per game on the ground, and 0.91 yards.
So, to recap, The Canes are one of the best teams in the country at running the ball, and in a couple of key categories the BEST team in America at stopping the run through 2 games. Not a bad start, IMO.
Next up: @ Appalachian State
In case you missed it — and how could you since EVERYBODY has mentioned it — but Miami’s next game is a road trip to Boone, NC to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers. This is the biggest game in AppState history and the first time that a P5 team will visit Boone, NC.
AppState athletics announced that the game will be televised by ESPN. Subsequent reports have locked down the gametime: 12:00 Noon.
For those interested in lines and such, our John Pickens wrote about the fact that Miami opened as only a 3.5 pt favorite against App State.
App State is pulling out all the stops for the biggest game in School History. Standing Room Only 2nd student section, 2nd video board, VIP seats, and skydivers. OH MY!
This one App State twitter account has been very vocal. While there are several tweets I could embed here, you’ll get the picture with just one:
It's Miami week!!! Miami actually thinks they have a chance to win this game— App State Traditions (@Appalachian_St) September 11, 2016
Anyways, our resident coach Justin Dottavio says the Canes will need to utilize RPOs to get the offense on schedule against App State this week. Click it and learn something. I do every time I read one of Justin’s pieces.
We’ll dive more into this matchup as the week progresses, but those pieces are a great place to start.
Per a report by Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post, Miami is set to announce the mugh-anticipated Indoor Practice Facility during the bye week.
Speaking of Matt Porter, he had 5 things Canes fans need to know about App State heading into this week’s game.
After starting with back to back wins, the Canes are ranked 25th in both major polls.
Christy Cabrera-Chirinos of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote about several points of focus for the Canes as they prepare for the first road game of the year.
A little late, but Canes legend Leon Searcy joint J.T. Wilcox of South Florida High School Sports on his podcast last week to talk about Real Men Block, and also the Canes.
Lastly, here’s a video about former UM CB Artie Burns’ journey from Miami to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Great stuff.
Adversity made Artie Burns flourish, not falter. pic.twitter.com/VF5OAeeBmx— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 11, 2016
Have a great day, Canes!