The Miami Hurricanes kept their undefeated start alive on Saturday with another late-game rally to beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It was their second straight narrow win over one ACC team near the bottom of the standings after escaping with a win against the North Carolina Tar Heels last week. With a major showdown against the Florida State Seminoles coming for the Canes, Miami has to play drastically better.
While Miami has risen to No. 7 in the nation, they have not been playing like it the last two weeks. Beating UNC and Wake Forest, a combined 6-9 on the season, by a total of seven points is not how an elite program handles business. If the U wants to really be “back” then these types of games should be tune-up games where they run up the score and win comfortably to assert their dominance over the also-rans in the conference.
Instead, they’ve been on upset alert and needed fourth-quarter rallies to escape with wins. That won’t cut it against Florida State, who has been handling their business like an elite team. The Noles have been running teams off the field, taking every advantage they can get and turning it into points. They are aggressive on defense and can shut down even explosive offensive teams, like they did against the Clemson Tigers. Their offense is as efficient and dynamic as any in the country with the No. 3 scoring offense in college football.
In short, there won’t be any opportunity for Miami to stage a dramatic comeback if they fall behind early. The Hurricanes need to play a complete game at their highest level yet this season to have a shot against this FSU team. Do the Canes have that in them?