The Cincy on the Prowl opponent briefview continues with a look at the Cincinnati Bearcats’ final non-conference opponent, the Hurricanes of Miami (FL).
The Skinny On Miami (FL)
- 2013 Record: 9-4
- All-Time Record: 837-318-53
- Conference: Atlantic Coastal Conference
- Head Coach: Al Golden (4th yr)
- Head-To-Head: Miami leads 10-1 (h/t, 1947 Bearcats team)
- Last Meeting: Miami 38, Cincinnati 12 on September 12th, 1998
- Kickoff Date, Time, Location: October 11th, TBD time, Sun Life Stadium
Area Of Strength – Runningback
The Canes boast one if not the best runningback rotation in the ACC in 2014. If Duke Johnson comes back fully healthy that is. Last year as a sophomore he was running the ball at a torrid pace, averaging over 115 yards per game through the first two-thirds of the season before going down with an ankle injury. But fellow sophomore Dallas Crawford wasn’t half bad playing in his stead, rushing for 264 yards and a trio of touchdowns over Miami’s final five games.
If Johnson returns to his early-2013 form, he and Crawford could become the one-two punch that Al Golden needs to compete for an AAC title. If not, pencil Miami’s secondary in here as their main area of strength.
Area Of Weakness – Rushing Defense
Miami surrendered 26 touchdowns on the ground last season (94th nationally) and allowed opponents to run for almost 2,300 yards on them (83rd nationally). The Hurricanes’ front seven just wasn’t all that imposing in 2013 despite a 316 lber clogging up the middle. Unfortunately he’s gone as well as their edge rusher Shayon Green who paced the team with 10.5 tackles for loss last year. Many players along the line and at linebacker will be seniors next season, which should help, but overall this area of the team needs to be vastly improved in 2014.
Way Too Early Prediction
More so than any of the previous predictions, I can’t get a bead on this game. Cincinnati could win big, squeak out with a victory, lose by a little, or get blown out. There’s just too many moving parts on both teams to gauge how this game might go. So I’m going to take the weenie way out and push.