The Miami Hurricanes could have their best team in years under head coach Al Golden who was 13-11 with this team in two years heading into 2013. Coming off a solid win against the Florida Gators, the Hurricanes have what it takes to become a serious contender in the ACC and could win the state of Florida with a win against Florida State later in the season.
On the other side of the field, the Savannah State Tigers are one of the lowest-rated teams the Hurricanes will face all season. The Tigers are 1-2 with no wins, or even close games, against FBS teams this fall. It could be pretty ugly when the lowly Tigers travel to Miami to take on the improved Hurricanes.
Miami’s offense has not been all that impressive so far this season as it averages just 27.5 points per contest through two games, but the it’s reliable. Stephen Morris hasn’t been setting any records with his 322 yards and three touchdowns through two games, but he is the veteran that this offense needs. Running back Duke Johnson is a superstar and could be a Heisman winner before his career at Miami is over. The sophomore back has 245 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries this season.
Savannah State has very little firepower on offense, averaging just about 11 points and 191 yards per game. The offense has been awful this season and the only possible bright spot for this team has been the pass game — although there has been a different quarterback star in each game which is very rare. The run game is non-existent, averaging just 17 rush yards per game. That’s not a typo — they average under 20 yards per game on the ground.
Defensively, the Tigers have allowed an average of 54 points and 535 yards per game. This defense is even worse than the offense — which is scary. Miami, on the other hand, only allowed over 400 yards to the mighty Gators, but held FAU to under 300 yards. This week won’t prove anything for the defense, either, but I can guarantee there will be no run game for the Tigers.
Savannah State will travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game will be aired on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Savannah State 3, Miami 59