Following back-to-back thrilling, comeback wins, Miami has found itself one of just eight unbeaten teams in the nation and ranked inside the top 10. However, some analysts have put the Hurricanes on “upset alert” in Week 8, as Syracuse comes to town fresh off a stunning victory over No. 2 Clemson.
Find the TV channel, time, live stream, odds, and pick information below.
Miami-Syracuse football TV channel, time, live stream
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 3:30 p.m.
TV Channel: ESPN
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Miami-Syracuse football picks, odds
Pick: Miami 44.2-19.8 (from the OddsShark computer)
Odds: Miami -17
Miami-Syracuse preview, keys to the game
Miami’s 5-0 start to the season, coupled with the dramatic fashion in which the Hurricanes have pulled out their last two wins, have the Hurricanes ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll. Some analysts are predicting the Hurricanes will make a run to the College Football Playoff.
To keep its playoff hopes alive, however, Miami needs to avoid the fate suffered by Clemson in Week 7: an upset at the hands of Syracuse.
While Miami has shown impressive resilience in finding ways to win games, it has also looked ripe for an upset the past two weeks.
Last week, the Hurricanes came back from down 10 points in the second half to beat Georgia Tech, thanks in large part to a tipped pass that was caught by receiver Darrell Langham on the sidelines in the final seconds. That set up a game-winning field goal from Michael Badgley.
The week before, against Florida State, Langham caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining to beat the Seminoles by 4.
Miami coach Mark Richt has voiced his desire for his team to start games better on offense. That offense has been rooted in a strong ground game that produced 184 yards against Georgia Tech despite star tailback Mark Walton being out for the season with an ankle injury. Walton’s replacement, sophomore Travis Homer, contributed 170 of those yards against the Yellow Jackets.
The Syracuse defense been better against the run than against the pass this season, limiting opponents to under 130 yards per game on the ground. Just because Miami has run the ball effectively this year, however, does not mean Syracuse can sell out to stop the ground game.
Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier has shown that he can win games with his arm.
Against Georgia Tech, Rosier threw 37 passes, completing 23 for 297 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has thrown for 272 yards per game and 12 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions. Most importantly, Rosier has come up clutch, delivering big throws in key moments in each of the last two weeks.
On the other side of the ball, the Hurricane defense will face a challenge in stopping Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey.
Dungey, in his second full year as the team’s starter, has been exceptional all season, and he continued that strong play against Clemson last week. Dungey threw for 276 yards, three touchdowns and — perhaps most importantly — no interceptions against the Tigers. On the season, Dungey ranks 15th nationally in yards per game with just over 297.
Dungey has two imposing targets in receivers Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips. Ishmael leads the nation with 62 receptions on the season and ranks third nationally and first in the ACC with 114.6 yards per game. Phillips has emerged as a red zone threat, scoring three touchdowns on the year.
Miami’s defense has been fairly stout all season, though its secondary has struggled at times. Against the Orange, the Hurricanes will be without s tarting cornerback Dee Delaney.
As a whole, Miami’s defense ranks No. 20 nationally, allowing an average of 18.6 points per game.
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