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GAME THREAD: Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers

Miami looks to close out the regular season with a final ACC Coastal win.

Virginia v Miami Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Welcome back, friends!

The Miami Hurricanes close out the 2017 regular season with a game against ACC Coastal Division foe Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

Here is today’s uniform combo:

Here are today’s captains:

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 a good and reasoned (if unpopular) comparison for this year’s Canes 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 this week’s food and football tailgating guide by Donovan Hutchins

Here’s a look at how Miami is riding the wave of confidence to great success this season from Donovan Hutchins.

Here are some reasons why you should be thankful for this year’s Canes by Matt Washington

Here’s this week’s injury report by Cam Underwood

Here’s a look at the season stats for each team from Miami Athletics

And, here are more game notes from Miami Athletics:



• #2 Miami (10-0, 7-0 ACC) looks to extend the longest active winning streak in FBS to 16 games and close out a perfect regular season when it travels to Pitt (4-7, 2-5 ACC) on Nov. 24 (noon, ABC).

• Miami checked in at No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Nov. 21, marking the program's highest-ever positioning in the playoff rankings since the CFP's inception in 2014.

• With a 44-28 win over Virginia on Nov. 18, Miami clinched its first 10-win season since 2003 (11-2).

• The Hurricanes have opened the season with a 10-0 overall record for the first time since 2002.

• The Hurricanes are looking to finish undefeated in the regular season for the seventh time in the modern era of Miami Football (since 1979) and for the first time since 2002. UM recorded undefeated regular seasons in 1986 (11-0), 1987 (11-0), 1991 (11-0), 1992 (11-0), 2001 (11-0) and 2002 (12-0).

• Miami's 7-0 start in ACC play is its best in history; its previous best ACC start was 3-0 ('04, '12, '13).

• Miami has won 15 games in a row for the first time since 2001-02 (Nov. 24, 2001 - Dec. 7, 2002).

• UM has not won 16 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); 391 days will have elapsed since that loss.

• With a win over Virginia on Nov. 18, UM closed out a perfect home slate for the first time since 2002.


• The Hurricanes fell behind by two touchdowns early in the third quarter, but outscored Virginia 30-0 over the game's final 27:21 to top the Cavaliers, 44-28, and remain undefeated at 10-0 in 2017.

• QB Malik Rosier accounted for four total touchdowns and tied a career mark with three touchdown passes, while sophomore RB Travis Homer rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

• For the second straight week, Miami's defense helped its offense with a score of its own; DB Jaquan Johnson returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. DB Trajan Bandy did it vs. Notre Dame.

• Miami's defense tied its season high with 11 tackles for loss against the Cavaliers and the Hurricanes added five sacks - one shy of their season high. DL Trent Harris had 2.5 TFLs and two sacks.

• WR Ahmmon Richards led all Hurricanes with four receptions for 51 yards, including a 10-yard TD.

• The win was UM's fourth in the last five games against Virginia, capping a perfect home slate (7-0).

• The Hurricanes honored 14 players competing in their final home game during Senior Day festivities.


• Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has directed the' defense into one of the more dominant units once again, and was named a Broyles Award semifinalist as the nation's top assistant coach.

• Miami's defense ranks 12th nationally in yards per play allowed (4.6), one of the most important metrics when measuring a college football defense in 2017. In 2016, Miami ranked No. 16 (4.7).

• The Hurricanes lead the nation in team sacks (3.80) and rank fourth in the nation in team tackles for loss (9.0). Miami ranks first in turnovers per game (2.7) and is tied for first in turnover margin (+16).

• The Canes rank No. 15 nationally in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17.7 points per game.

• Miami has forced 19 turnovers over its past five games - more than 88 FBS teams have forced all year.

• The Hurricanes defense also ranks seventh nationally in team passing efficiency defense (107.33).


• QB Malik Rosier will be making the 12th start of his career and fifth road start when he lines up versus Pittsburgh on Nov. 24. He has perfect career marks of 7-0 at home and 4-0 on the road.

• Rosier has accounted for 28 total touchdowns in 2017; he is just two scores shy from tying Vinny Testaverde's single-season Miami record of 30, set during his Heisman Trophy campaign in 1986.

• Rosier is third in the ACC in passing efficiency (141.6) with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

• The Alabama native ranks fifth in the ACC in passing yards per game (261.1) and fourth in total offense (298.8).

• In four career road starts, Rosier has thrown for 1,152 yards on 70-of-137 passing for 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is averaging 293.3 yards passing per game in his four career road starts.

• 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 in the victory.

• Rosier was announced as Miami’s starting QB by head coach Mark Richt on Aug. 22 during fall camp.

• Rosier redshirted the 2014 football season and served as back-up in 2015 and 2016. He was on the 2015 UM baseball team that went to the College World Series, though he did not travel to the CWS.


• After a 44-28 win last time out on Nov. 18, Miami maintained its No. 2 rankings in both the Associated Press poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. It was the second straight week UM was No. 2/2.

• Prior to the Nov. 12 poll release, the last time Miami was ranked No. 2 in both polls was Oct. 26, 2003.

• It's the second straight year head coach Mark Richt has UM ranked in the top 10 of both major polls.


• The Miami Hurricanes earned their highest ever position in the College Football Playoff rankings relased on Nov. 21, jumping one spot to No. 2; it was their second straight week in the "top four."

• After a 41-8 win over Notre Dame on Nov. 11, UM moved up four spots in the playoff rankings released on Nov. 14, jumping from No. 7 into their first position ever inside the "top four" at No. 3.

• Miami's four-spot leap matched the biggest jump by any team into the top four since the CFP's inception in 2014, matching Alabama's four-spot jump in 2014 and Oklahoma's similar leap in 2015.

• Miami debuted at No. 10 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings of 2017 released on Oct. 31 and, after a dominant 28-10 win over Virginia Tech, jumped to No. 7 in the Nov. 7 rankings.


• The now famous University of Miami “turnover chain” made its debut Sept. 2 vs. Bethune-Cookman, when sophomore DB Malek Young was rewarded for an interception with an oversized sparkling “U” chain on the sidelines at Hard Rock Stadium. 16 different players have worn "the chain."

• Miami has forced 19 turnovers over the past five games, more than 88 FBS teams have all season.

• Three Hurricanes wore the chain, designed by famed Miami icon "A.J. the Jeweler," against Virginia: DB Jaquan Johnson, DB Michael Jackson, and RB Travis Homer, who recovered a fumbled punt.

• The 16 Hurricanes who have "officially" worn the chain: Homer (fumble recovery), Johnson (four interceptions, fumble recovery), Jackson (four interceptions, fumble recovery), DB Sheldrick Redwine (fumble recovery, two interceptions), DL RJ McIntosh (fumble recovery), DL Ryan Fines (fumble recovery), LB Michael Pinckney (interception), DL Pat Bethel (fumble recovery), DB Dee Delaney (interception), LB Shaquille Quarterman (fumble recovery), DL Demetrius Jackson (interception), LB Charles Perry (interception), DB Trajan Bandy (interception), DL Jonathan Garvin (two fumble recoveries) and DB Malek Young (two interceptions).

• Beginning with a game against Syracuse on Oct. 21, Miami forced four turnovers in four straight games - the first time a team has done it against four Power-5 opponents since at least 2004.


• Junior DB Jaquan Johnson has been one of the nation's top defensive backs this year, and was one of just four defensive players named a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year last week.

• Johnson has been named ACC Defensive of the Back three weeks in a row (Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20), becoming the first Hurricane to ever be honored by the ACC in three consecutive weeks.

• The last ACC player to earn honors in three straight weeks was Deshaun Watson of Clemson in 2014.

• Johnson leads UM in tackles with 75 and is also tied for the Miami lead in interceptions with four.


• The Hurricanes rank first in the ACC and second nationally with an average turnover margin of +1.60 per game (+16 for the season), and a big reason is standout play in the Hurricanes secondary.

• Miami's 27 gained turnovers are the third-most nationally and its 17 interceptions are second-most.

• The Hurricanes, who rank first in the ACC in both above categories, forced just 19 turnovers in 2016.

• DB Trajan Bandy's pick-six vs. Notre Dame on Nov. 11 was Miami's first defensive score of the season and the first interception returned for a TD by a Hurricane since Tyriq McCord vs. Cincinnati in 2014. DB Jaquan Johnson followed up Bandy's pick-six with his own against Virginia (Nov. 18).

• 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.

• DB Michael Jackson is tied for the UM lead with four interceptions - the most since Artie Burns had six in 2015.

• UM's four interceptions Oct. 21 were the most by the defense in a single game since Sept. 21, 2013.


• Senior WR Braxton Berrios has been Miami’s top offensive threat through Miami's 10-0 start. He leads all Hurricanes pass catchers with 41 catches, 522 yards and eight receiving touchdowns.

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 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in 24 games.

• Berrios' 522 yards and eight TDs in 2017 are more than his other three years combined (496, five).

• Berrios was named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, considered the "Academic Heisman," in early November. He holds a 3.96 GPA as a double major in entrepreneurship and finance at The U.

• Last time out vs. Virginia (Nov. 18), Berrios totaled 38 receiving yards on three catches.

• Berrios posted his first and only career 100-yard receiving game vs. Toledo on Sept. 23. He hauled in five passes, including a career-long 55-yard reception, for 105 yards with one receiving score.

• The Raleigh, N.C., native was a CBS Sports Midseason All-American as an "all-purpose player."

Aaaaand that’s all she wrote.

Be sure you root on your Miami Hurricanes vs the Pittsburgh Panthers at NOON on ABC, and hope in the comments to discuss all the action.

Go Canes