If the Miami Hurricanes did not have the playoff committee’s attention before, they have it now.
The Canes came in ranked at No. 7 but is now No. 2 to in the AP polls after demolishing No.3 Notre Dame at home at Hard Rock Stadium 41-8, Saturday evening. Miami’s turnover chain was in full effect forcing Notre Dame to four turnovers in the game. The Fighting Irish was held scoreless for the majority of the game and only managed to put up their eight points in the third quarter. Miami held Notre Dame to only 261 yards total for the game.
Miami’s offense has been in good hands under the leadership of signal caller Malik Rosier and Saturday’s game was no different. After losing the team’s leading rusher Mark Walton, earlier this season after an emotional victory over Florida State, the Canes still manages to be strong on the ground. Of Miami’s 374 offensive yards, 237 were made up from rushing yards.
Miami’s offense dominated the line of scrimmage and Notre Dame’s defense could not stop the Canes. Rosier completed 15 of his 24 passes for a total of 137 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, he rushed for 44 yards on 9 carries and a rushing touchdown.Rosier finished with a QBR of 81.0.
Travis Homer lead in rushing with 18 carries for 146 yards. Right behind him was freshmen DeeJay Dallas with 12 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns.
Many were waiting to see the outcome of this matchup. Despite Miami’s undefeated some believed the Canes were not strong playoff contenders for the national title. However, after defeating the Fighting Irish in a lopsided manner, it is time for Miami to be taken seriously for a chance at the national title.
Miami was crowned the Coastal Division champions before playing Notre Dame after ACC Atlantic Division Louisville defeated Virginia 38-21 Saturday afternoon.
For the first time, UM will go up against the defending national champions Clemson, December 2 in Charlotte, N.C. for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Clemson clinched the ACC’s Atlantic Division after defeating Florida State 31-14 Saturday. Next week Miami will face-off against divisional opponent Virginia.