Recently listed as a Heisman frontrunner, D’Eriq King is the quarterback of the future that Hurricane fans have desired for years. In two consecutive ESPN College Gameday matchups, Miami’s offense has been firing on all cylinders, hungry for more, “disappointed” by putting up 47-points on Louisville.
Updated odds to win the Heisman Trophy (Bovada):— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) September 28, 2020
D'Eriq King +500
Trevor Lawrence/Justin Fields +600
Kyle Trask/Sam Ehlinger +700
K.J. Costello +800
Najee Harris +2000
Spencer Rattler/Travis Etienne +2200
Mac Jones/Kellen Mond +2500
Sam Howell/Ian Book +3000
Chuba Hubbard +4000
The complete revamp of the offensive system has resulted in an attack that the ACC is unfamiliar with. All except Clemson.
It’s been exactly 10 seasons since Miami defeated the Tigers—that victory coming for Miami on the road, with Randy Shannon as head coach. Since then, the teams have only faced-off twice, with Clemson outscoring the ‘Canes 96 to 3 between the meetings.
Despite a daunting opponent looming on the horizon, the current Miami team is arguably the best of the decade—easily the most exciting. We’ve often seen the Hurricanes with stellar defenses but paired with an offense that couldn’t match the production. They say “defense wins championships,” but it’s the offense that Miami needed in order to dominate.
In his first year at Miami, ex-Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee has helped the team start 3-0 and up its scoring average by nearly 20 points/game (25.7 to 43.3). Ranked 12th nationally in scoring. Gus Malzahn: "What he's done is unbelievable. Probably the best coaching job in the country"— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) September 29, 2020
Rhett Lashlee, D’Eriq King, and the offense as a whole has propelled Miami into College Football Playoff conversations, but they’ve yet to have a test like Clemson. King, while at Houston, played against the Oklahoma Sooners, but even their defense is nowhere near the likes of the Tiger’s. Given Miami’s failures against Clemson in recent years, the matchup on October 10th will show us how far the Hurricanes have truly come, and further prove or disprove King’s Heisman-candidacy.