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Monday Musings: Finishing strong

NCAA Football: Miami at Boston College Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


And you know what that means. Let’s crank out the sails on our orange and green colored schooner, and set sail across the sea of Miami thoughts rolling through my mind.

1) Well, I what can I say? I doubted the Canes bigly on Saturday, and they responded with fury. Good on them. I was irate after the 7-0 BC start, as I thought I was watching more of what I’m used to seeing from Miami far too often: a four-quarter battle against a team that’s far inferior talent-wise.

2) But that’s not what happened. Miami rolled to a 28-7 halftime lead and answered a third-quarter BC surge with another score to stay up 21 points. That’s........what good teams do. They impose their will and dictate the game, and that’s exactly what Miami did. Credit to Mario and company for having those fellas ready to play.

3) Tyler Van Dyke was solid. Sure, Boston College, despite their 6-6 record - isn’t particularly good - they lost at home to Virginia Tech 48-22 two weeks prior - but TVD and the offense still executed. 23/36 for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns is a strong day.

4) Xavier Restrepo made a massive play on 4th and 4 from the Boston College 33, laying out and bringing in a ball for a 28-yard gain and a huge first down. Miami punched it in and extended the lead to 35-14, which might have been the play of the game. 6 catches for 117 yards. Boss showing.

5) Miami’s offensive balance was beautiful. 36 passes, 290 yards. 40 rushes, 242 yards. Absolutely outstanding execution. That’s what Miami’s offense should look like.

6) I dare anyone to name a better running back room than Mark Fletcher, Jr., Henry Parrish, Jr. Ajay Allen, and Don Chaney, Jr. That’s a collection of outstanding talent right there. My word. And that’s not even including TreVonte’ Citizen. The RB group is one to lean on moving forward, especially with the Canes having improved its offensive line as much as it has in short order.

7) Now the Canes await their bowl destination. Projections have them anywhere from the Military Bowl to the Sun Bowl to the Holiday Bowl. The latter two interest me more, as a clash with a team like Utah, USC, or UCLA have more marquee value than SMU (sorry, Rhett Lashlee) or Memphis. We’ll find out where the Canes are going on Sunday.

8) Canes hoops has a massive game on Tuesday, as they take on Kentucky at Rupp Arena in the ACC/SEC Challenge. It speaks to the progress Miami has made as a program that they’re considered on the same level to be paired with a team like Kentucky. Hopefully the Canes can come away with a marquee win that would do wonders for their resume when the Selection Committee is putting the field together in March.

Go Canes!