Miami may be hurting as of late, but the U is back in 2017. The U Part III is led by a revitalized, goatee wearing Mark Richt and known for the Turnover Chain.
Miami is 4-0 in games decided by eight points or less this year while Clemson has won close games for years; so both teams think they can win a close battle.
Miami is limping into Charlotte to play its eleventh consecutive game with no break, and the stretch is taking its toll. The Hurricanes struggled with 6-6 Virginia and then lost to Pittsburgh (5-7) 24-14 in the two weeks heading into Saturday’s matchup.
Senior star tight end Christopher Herndon’s season ended with an injury at Pittsburgh, while star receiver Ammon Richard’s season came to an abrupt end at Wednesday’s practice.
Miami leads the nation with an average turnover margin of 1.55 and is near the top with 29 turnovers. While this is partly due to skill, this streak involves luck that will run out at some point. On the other hand, Clemson team has a positive turnover margin for the first time since 2014.
Sophomore running back Travis Homer and junior quarterback Malik Rosier combine for 70 percent of Miami’s rushing attempts. Slot receiver Braxton Berrios has 45 catches, but none of the other healthy players have more than 18 catches.
Clemson has one of the most efficient and one of the least explosive offenses in the nation, which bodes well for the Tigers. Miami’s defense is excellent, but not having a break for almost three months is devastating to a team, similar to Clemson in 2015.
Miami may be hungry after their loss to Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t change the effect of losing their bye week and two key players in a week.
Prediction: Clemson 28 Miami 21