Happy Monday morning, Canes fans. Let’s get right to the news and notes for September 25th:
Canes move to 2-0 on the year, Beat Toledo, 52-30
After a sluggish start, Miami blew Toledo out in the 2nd half 42-14 en route to a 52-30 win in the 2nd game of the season.
Stefan Adams had your game recap
Matt Washington had your 3 stars
Miami Hurricanes Football: 3 Stars from the Toledo Rockets game https://t.co/6JIpSORsYf— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 24, 2017
Josh White had The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Toledo Edition https://t.co/nVey1610AS— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 24, 2017
Justin Dottavio had your film recap with some really great stuff
Clinic Talk: Film Review of Toledo at Miami. Buck sweep, CB play, and pass combinations too. ‘Canes beat Rockets https://t.co/IlOHXCDkzE— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 24, 2017
I looked back at the commentary and analysis leading up to the game with the first installment of The Day After
So, after all of that, Miami is 2-0 and headed toward their first ACC game of the year. Forward we go.
Canes steady, rise slightly in rankings
Yeah, I know that section headline seems contradictory, but it’s the truth. After their 52-30 win over Toledo, Miami stayed at 14th in the AP poll, and rose 1 spot to 13th in the Coaches Poll
I mean, rankings are cool, and I like being ranked as opposed to the alternate. But, in the end, the goal is winning games, so onward we go.
Short Week on deck
Welcome to a short week for the Canes. The next game is FRIDAY NIGHT at 7pm in Durham, NC against 4-0 Duke.
For those who may have forgotten, this is what happened the last time Miami traveled to Durham to play the Blue Devils
As of Sunday night, Miami opened as a 5.5 point road favorite against the Blue Devils. With both teams undefeated and coming off big wins (Miami over Toledo by 22 points, and Duke over rival North Carolina), this game should be a good one.
While we’ll have plenty of commentary and analysis ahead of the game, here’s a key stat to know:
3rd Down Defense:
Duke 7/50 (14%) allowed. #1 nationally.
Miami 21/40 (52.5%) allowed. #128 (of 130) nationally.
Just save that stat in your brain for this week, because getting off the field on 3rd downs on defense, and staying on the field/extending drives on offense will be key for both teams. Mark my words.
Blips on the Radar
Here are the rest of the things you should be reading right now
A recap by Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post
A recap by Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Canes started slow. And then, well, things went the way they wanted them to against Toledo...https://t.co/Osi0CiBHxk— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) September 24, 2017
A recap by Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald
A post-Toledo pack of nuggets by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald
Lots of UM personnel notes to emerge from win against Toledo: https://t.co/BGbKOkAmjA— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 24, 2017
A recap by Christopher Stock of InsideTheU.com
Malik Rosier, No. 14 Miami Overcome Slow Start for 52-30 Win vs.Toledo https://t.co/kDuDqosHQH— Christopher Stock (@InsideTheU) September 23, 2017
Day-after quick hitters by Matt Porter, Christy Cabrera Chirinos, and Susan Miller Degan, respectively.
Mark Richt expects the Hurricanes to be in better shape against Duke on Friday and more UM notes from Sunday...https://t.co/UKP9Y1LCFJ— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) September 24, 2017
And, to close out, here are your highlights from the game
Enjoy your Monday!!!