Hello again, Canes fans. We’re back for another GameThread as your UNDEFEATED Miami Hurricanes look to continue their strong season.
Today, the #7 Miami Hurricanes have a huge, HUGE game as they take on the #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 8pm on ABC.
Here’s a hype video for you:
Here is today’s uniform combo
Saturday’s fit. #teamadidas pic.twitter.com/rIsiRCi2nP— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 9, 2017
Here are today’s captains
Rockin' the 'C' on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/dkfiWiqdch— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 9, 2017
Here’s How to Watch by Cam Underwood
Here’s our Game Preview by Stefan Adams.
Here’s our X’s and O’s Scheme Preview by Justin Dottavio.
Here’s our Matchup of the Week by Matt Washington.
Here’s our picks from around the CFB world for this week by John Pickens.
Here’s a tailgating guide for this week from Donovan Hutchins.
Here’s a visit weekend preview by Cam Underwood
Oh, and if that list isn’t enough, a couple more things for you:
- There will be more players visiting than the ones listed. So, even with an elite visitor list, it’s going to get better.
- From today’s media email (which was put on social media by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press so I’m not overstepping by sharing what was already shared in public): “CLUB LIV: No media member is permitted to enter Club Liv for any reason, before, during or after the game. This area is strictly for recruits only.” SO MIAMI IS SHUTTING DOWN THE CLUB LIV AT THE STADIUM FOR THE WHOLE DAY FOR RECRUITING PURPOSES!! OMGGGGG!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Here’s how Mark Richt has fared vs top 10 teams by Stefan Adams
Here’s a piece about “Thug U” and the perception of Miami by Donovan Hutchins
Here’s a look at the season stats coming into today’s game:
Here’s a great key players graphic sent to me by Brian Paratore of SportsPerch
Here are additional game notes, from Miami Athletics
#7/#6 MIAMI HOSTS #3/#5 NOTRE DAME FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1989
• 7/#6 Miami (8-0) will be in search of its 14th straight win when it hosts #3/#5 Notre Dame (8-1) in a matchup of historic college football rivals. Kickoff for the matchup is set for 8 p.m. on ABC.
• The Hurricanes have opened the season with an 8-0 overall record for the first time since 2002.
• Miami sits in first place in the ACC Coastal and its 'magic number' to clinch the division is one.
• UM's current 13-game winning streak is its longest since 2001-02 (Jan. 3, 2002 - Dec. 7, 2002) and the longest FBS winning streak. Georgia (10) and Wisconsin (10) both also have double-digit streaks.
• Miami has not won 14 in a row since the tail end of a stretch when it won 34 games from 2000-2002. UM's last loss came more than a year ago (Oct. 29, 2016); 377 days will have elapsed since.
• The University of Miami and the University of Notre Dame are the only two programs nationwide ranked in the Coaches Poll of college football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
LAST TIME OUT: MIAMI VANQUISHES VT, 28-10, IN COASTAL MATCHUP
• Miami secured the first 6-0 start to ACC play in program history with a 28-10 win over Virginia Tech last time out at Hard Rock Stadium. The win was UM's 13th in a row dating to Oct. 29, 2016.
• Prior to 2017, UM's best start in ACC play was 3-0 which happened three times: 2004, 2012 & 2013.
• Miami's defense put on a dominant performance against the Hokies, holding one of the ACC's top scoring offenses to a season-low 10 points and 299 total yards, forcing four turnovers in the win.
• Junior DB Jaquan Johnson delivered an impressive game, finishing with a team-best seven total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. He was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week.
• Redshirt junior Malik Rosier improved to 9-0 as starting quarterback at Miami with 202 passing yards and three total touchdowns. Rosier added a career-best 84 rushing yards in the victory.
• The Hurricanes compiled 429 total yards of offense, including 210 rushing yards on just 34 carries.
DEFENSE DAZZLING UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DIAZ
• University of Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has helped direct the Hurricanes' defense into one of the more dominant units in college football for the second straight season.
• Miami's defense ranks 10th nationally in yards per play allowed (4.4), one of the most important metrics when measuring a college football defense in 2017. In 2016, Miami ranked #16 (4.7).
• Miami ranks first in the nation in tackles for loss (8.8 per game), fifth nationally in team sacks (3.50), third nationally in team passing efficiency defense (98.33) and fourth nationwide in turnover margin (1.38). The Huricanes rank seventh nationally and first in the ACC in passes intercepted (13).
• Last time out on Nov. 4, Miami held one of the ACC's top scoring offenses in the Virginia Tech Hokies to its fewest yards of total offense (299) and its fewest points scored (10) of any game this season.
• The Canes rank No. 12 nationally in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17.6 points per game.
ROSIER AIMING TO IMPROVE TO 10-0 AS MIAMI'S STARTING QB
• QB Malik Rosier will be making the 10th start of his career and sixth home start when he lines up versus Notre Dame on Nov. 11. He has perfect career marks of 5-0 at home and 4-0 on the road.
• Rosier is fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency (143.5) with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• Rosier ranks second in the ACC in passing yards per game (283.0) and third in total offense per game (319.9). His three 300-yard passing games this season are tied for second among ACC QBs.
• In five career starts at Hard Rock Stadium, Rosier has compiled a 62.7% completion rate (104-of-166), 1,393 passing yards, 11 touchdown passes and four picks to go along with 201 rushing yards.
• Rosier's only start prior to 2017 came on Oct. 31, 2015, when he played in place of injured Brad Kaaya in a 30-27 win at Duke. Rosier finished 20-for-29 for 272 yards with two touchdowns.
• Rosier was announced as Miami’s starting quarterback by head coach Mark Richt on Aug. 22 during the final week of Hurricanes fall camp, winning a four-man quarterback race for the job.
• Rosier redshirted the 2014 football season and served as back-up in Kaaya's final two seasons (2015, 2016). Rosier was a member of the 2015 Miami Hurricanes baseball team that made it to the College World Series, though he did not travel to Omaha, Neb., with the team.
UM A TOP-TEN TEAM FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON UNDER RICHT
• After a 28-10 win last time out on Nov. 4, Miami jumped two spots to No. 7 in the Associated Press rankings (No. 9). UM remained at No. 6 in the Amway Coaches Poll for the second straight week.
• UM has been ranked in the top 10 of both polls for the last four weeks (Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29)
• It's the second straight year head coach Mark Richt has Miami ranked in the top 10 after UM had not ascended to such a poll position since Oct. 27, 2013 (No. 7 in AP / No. 6 in the Coaches Poll).
• Miami was ranked No. 10 in both the AP and Coaches Polls on Oct. 2, 2016 after starting 4-0.
WHO’S ROCKING THE TURNOVER CHAIN?
• The University of Miami “turnover chain” made its debut Sept. 2 vs. Bethune-Cookman, when sophomore DB Malek Young was rewarded for his interception with an oversized sparkling “U” chain on the sidelines at Hard Rock Stadium. 15 different players have worn "the chain."
• UM has forced 20 turnovers through eight games; the Canes forced 19 turnovers all of last season.
• Four Hurricanes wore the chain, designed by famed Miami icon "A.J. the Jeweler," against Virginia Tech: DB Jaquan Johnson, DB Sheldrick Redwine, DL RJ McIntosh and DL Jonathan Garvin.
• Miami has recorded 20 turnovers on defense so far, and the 15 different student-athletes who have worn the chain are: Young, Johnson (two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery), Redwine (one recovered fumble, two interceptions), McIntosh, Garvin, DB Amari Carter (forced fumble vs. Bethune-Cookman), DL Ryan Fines (recovered fumble vs. Bethune-Cookman), LB Michael Pinckney (interception vs. Duke), DL Pat Bethel (forced fumble, fumble recovery vs. Duke), DB Michael Jackson (four interceptions), DB Dee Delaney (interception vs. Florida State), LB Shaquille Quarterman (fumble recovery vs. Georgia Tech), DL Demetrius Jackson (interception vs. Syracuse), LB Charles Perry (interception vs. UNC), DL Joe Jackson (forced fumble vs. UNC).
• Is it the chain? Miami is first in the ACC and sixth nationally with a turnover margin of +10 (1.43 / game). Miami's four interceptions vs. Syracuse were the most picks by a Hurricanes defense in a single game since recording four against Savannah State at home on Sept. 21, 2013.
THE NATION'S LONGEST ACTIVE WINNING STREAK
• The Miami Hurricanes have won 13 games in a row dating back to Oct. 29, 2016, and have not lost since a 27-30 defeat at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The 13-game winning streak is FBS' longest.
• Miami's average margin of victory during its current 13-game winning streak is 15.7 points.
• Since taking over, Mark Richt has guided Miami to a 17-4 record and Miami’s 17 wins have come by an average of 20.5 points. The four losses have come by an average of just 8.0 points.
BALLHAWKING IN THE SECONDARY
• Miami ranks third in the nation and second in the ACC in team passing efficiency defense (98.33).
• The Hurricanes rank first in the ACC and fourth nationally with an average turnover margin of +1.38 per game (+11 for the season), and a big reason is standout play in the Hurricanes secondary.
• Miami's 20 gained turnovers are the most in the ACC and its 13 are tied for the most in the league.
• A week after matching Syracuse QB Eric Dungey's entire season interception total in a single game (four), Miami had three more interceptions on Oct. 28 in a 24-19 win over North Carolina.
• UM has forced 20 turnovers through eight games; the Canes forced 19 turnovers all of last season
• DB Michael Jackson leads the Hurricanes with four interceptions, three of which have come in the last three games. His four picks are the most by a Hurricane since Artie Burns had six in 2015.
• Miami's four interceptions vs. Syracuse on Oct. 21 were the most picks by a Hurricanes defense in a single game since recording four against Savannah State at home on Sept. 21, 2013.
THE QUARTERBACK WHISPERER
• Under the watchful eye of head coach and quarterback guru Mark Richt, play at the QB position has been instrumental during Miami's 13-game winning streak - the longest active win streak in FBS.
• Miami's quarterbacks have thrown 33 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions over the 13-game winning streak and have thrown for 3,837 yards - an average of 295.2 yards per game.
• In 21 games since taking over as head coach at The U, Richt has helped his quarterbacks compile a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 46:14 and 5,853 passing yards - an average of 278.7 per game.
BRAXTON BALLING IN FINAL SEASON AT THE U
• Senior WR Braxton Berrios has been Miami’s top offensive threat in the first eight games of 2017. Berrios leads all Hurricanes pass catchers with 36 catches, 474 yards and seven TDs this year.
• Berrios' stat line in 2017 exceeds his combined stat line from the past two seasons (2015-16), when he totaled three starts, 24 catches, 264 yards and two touchdowns in 24 games.
• Berrios has started every game in 2017 and ranks 10th in the ACC in receptions per game (4.4).
• The North Carolina native was a CBS Sports Midseason All-American as an "all-purpose player."
• Last time out vs. Virginia Tech, Berrios had a team-high four catches for 59 yards with one TD.
• Berrios came up big against Florida State on Oct. 7, starting and hauling in a career-high eight receptions for 90 yards with two scores. He was named ACC Receiver of the Week on Oct. 9.
• Berrios posted his first and only career 100-yard receiving game in a win over Toledo on Sept. 23, catching five passes, including a career-long 55-yarder, for 105 yards with one receiving score.
"BADG-O-MATIC" ON THE VERGE OF MAKING HISTORY AT THE U
• Senior K Michael Badgley, is on the verge of making Miami history in his final season at The U.
• Badgley, who was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last week, ranks second in Miami history in career made field goals (72). He hit a Miami-record 25 field goals in 2015.
• Badgley needs just one field goal to tie Carlos Huerta’s (1988-91) Miami career record of 73.
• The New Jersey native, who earned third-team All-ACC honors for the second straight year in 2016, has enjoyed a strong start to 2017, going 12-for-14 on field goals and 30-for-30 on PATs.
• Badgley ranks second in the ACC and 18th nationally with a field goal percentage of 85.7 this year; his 1.50 field goals made-per-game average is 24th-best nationally and fourth-best in the ACC.
• Badgley connected on a game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining against Georgia Tech (Oct. 14), his fourth of the game. He has scored 62 points for Miami this season
• Badgley 371 career points are the second-most in UM history; Huerta (397) owns the UM record.
CLOSING IT OUT: MIAMI IMPRESSING IN SECOND HALVES UNDER RICHT
• Since Mark Richt's arrival as head coach, Miami has outscored its opponents in the second half in 17 of 21 games, but a streak of 11 straight games ended in a win over Syracuse on Oct. 21 (14-16).
• Miami has a second-half point differential of +206 in 21 games under Richt, good for an average of 9.8 points in second halves. UM has lost the second-half battle just three times under Richt.
• Miami's only three games on the wrong end of second-half scoring came vs. Florida State (-11) and at Virginia Tech (-14) in 2016, and against Syracuse at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 21 (-2).
• The Hurricanes have outscored opponents 390-184 in the second half in 21 games under Richt, and have held an opponent to 10 points or fewer in the second half in 15 of 21 games.
HERNDON KEEPING #TIGHTENDU TRADITION ALIVE
• The Hurricanes were expecting a big year from senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV, and he has delivered, including two catches for 61 yards with a 43-yard touchdown last time out (Nov. 4).
• Herndon has already set career marks in catches (32), receiving yards (392) and receiving touchdowns (four) in eight games, besting his previous highs set as a junior in 2016 (28, 334, 2).
• Herndon recorded career-high totals of 10 catches and 96 yards with one TD vs. Syracuse on Oct. 21.
• The Georgia native, who has started all eight games this year, ranks second on the team with 32 receptions for 392 yards. He was named ACC Receiver of the Week on Oct. 23 for his game vs. Cuse.
• In 40 career games, Herndon has made 23 career starts and totaled 78 receptions, 963 yards and seven touchdowns. He started 12 of 13 games in 2016, when he set career marks in every category.
• Herndon's 2016 tight end partner, David Njoku, was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has 18 catches for 195 receiving yards with three TDs this season.
• Njoku (2017) became the fifth Miami tight end drafted in the first round since 2000, joining Bubba Franks (2000), Jeremy Shockey (2002), Kellen Winslow (2004) and Greg Olsen (2007).
DEFENSIVE LINE PLAYING IT "KOOL" UNDER ONE OF NATION'S BEST
• Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, widely regarded as one of the best line coaches in America, has made an immediate impact in his first two seasons at Miami.
• The Hurricanes rank first in the nation in tackles for loss per game (8.8) and fifth in sacks (3.5).
• Miami finished the 2016 season fifth in the nation in tackles for loss per game (8.3) and ranked 22nd in sacks per game (2.85). UM finished 2016 with 108 tackles for loss and 38 sacks.
• Led by 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks from sophomore LB Michael Pinckney, Miami finished with 9.0 tackles for loss and four sacks in a win over Syracuse at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 21.
• The Hurricanes posted season-high marks of six sacks & 11 tackles for loss vs. Duke on Sept. 29.
• The Hurricanes defense posted 9.0 tackles for loss for 27 yards, including 4.0 sacks, in a 52-30 win over Toledo on Sept. 23. Senior DL Trent Harris tied a career mark with two (2.0) sacks.
• Following the 2016 season, Kuligowski was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line.
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