Miami vs. Duke: Complete Game Preview

David MayerCorrespondent INovember 21, 2012

Miami vs. Duke: Complete Game Preview

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    The Miami Hurricanes (6-5, 4-3 ACC) head to Durham, NC on Saturday to face the Duke Blue Devils (6-5, 3-4 ACC) in a huge Coastal Division matchup.

    The last time these two teams faced each other was last season when the Hurricanes beat the Blue Devils, 49-14 in Miami.

    This is a different season as Miami hasn't improved on its 6-6 record last season, while Duke has already doubled its win total of a year ago.

    Read on for the complete preview of Miami and Duke.

Game-Day Information

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    Who: Miami vs. Duke

    When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Durham, NC

    Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

    TV: ACC Network

    Radio: WQAM 560 AM, WELE 1380 AM

    Internet Stream: Canes All Access

Depth Chart for Miami

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    Position: Starter, Backup (as of Nov. 19, 2012)


    QB: Stephen Morris, Ryan Williams

    FB: Maurice Hagens, Sean Harvey

    RB: Mike James, Duke Johnson

    TE: Clive Walford, Asante Cleveland, Dyron Dye

    WR: Herb Waters, Allen Hurns, Garrett Kidd

    WR: Phillip Dorsett, Kendal Thompkins

    LT: Malcolm Bunche or Ereck Flowers

    LG: Jon Feliciano, Jeremy Lewis

    C: Shane McDermott, Jared Wheeler

    RG: Brandon Linder, Daniel Isidora

    RT: Seantrel Henderson, Ereck Flowers




    DE: Anthony Chickillo, Jelani Hamilton or Ricardo Williams

    DT: Curtis Porter, Corey King or Earl Moore

    DT: Olsen Pierre, Luther Robinson

    DE: Shayon Green, Tyriq McCord, Kelvin Cain

    OLB: Thurston Armbrister, Eddie Johnson

    MLB: Jimmy Gaines, Raphael Kirby

    OLB: Denzel Perryman or Gionni Paul,Tyrone Cornelius

    CB: Ladarius Gunter, Tracy Howard, Thomas Finnie

    CB: Brandon McGee, Antonio Crawford

    S: Rayshawn Jenklins or A.J. Highsmith,

    S: Kacy Rodgers II, Vaughn Telemaque, Deon Bush



    Special Teams

    P: Dalton Botts, Jake Wieclaw

    FG: Jake Wieclaw, Matt Goudis

    KO: Jake Wieclaw, Matt Goudis

    H: Dalton Botts, Ryan Williams

    LS: Paul Kelly, Jimmy Gaines

    SS: Paul Kelly, Brandon Linder

    PR: Phillip Dorsett, Duke Johnson

    KR: Phillip Dorsett, Duke Johnson


    Injury Report 

    WR: Rashawn Scott - Suspended - Out

    Out for the Season: Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity), Malcolm Lewis (lower extremity), Sean McNally (lower extremity), Eduardo Clements (undisclosed injury), Robert Lockhart Jr. (leg), Davon Johnson (knee).

Depth Chart for Duke

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    Position: Starter, Backup (as of Nov. 19, 2012)


    QB: Sean Renfree, Anthony Boone

    RB: Juwan Thompson, Josh Snead, Jela Duncan

    TE: David Reeves, Issac Blakeney, Erich Schneider

    WR: Conner Vernon, Max McCaffrey

    WR: Jamison Crowder, Corey Gattis

    WR: Desmond Scott, Issac Blakeney

    LT: Takoby Cofield, Lucas Patrick

    LG: Dave Harding, Matt Skura

    C: Brian Moore, Conor Irwin

    RG: Laken Tomlinson, Marcus Aprahamian

    RT: Perry Simmons, John Coleman or Carson Ginn




    DE: Justin Foxx, Dezmond Johnson, Jonathan Woodruff

    NG: Sydney Sarmiento, Steven Ingram, Carlos Wray

    DT: Nick Sink, Jamal Bruce, Jamal Wallace

    DE: Kenny Anunike, Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo

    MLB: Austin Gamble, Kyler Brown

    WLB: C.J. France, David Helton

    CB: Ross Cockrell, Garett Patterson

    CB: Tony Foster, Garett Patterson

    S: Dwayne Norman, Brandon Braxton

    S: Jordan Byas, Chris Tavarez

    S: Walt Canty, Anthony Young-Wiseman



    Special Teams

    P: Will Monday, Ross Martin

    FG: Ross Martin, Will Monday

    KO: Ross Martin, Will Monday

    H: Will Monday, Brandon Connette

    LS: Jackson Anderson, Jacques Bristow

    PR: Conner Vernon, Jamison Crowder

    KR: Jela Duncan and Patrick Kurunwune, Desmond Scott


    Injury Report 

    Duke will not release its injury report until Thursday, Nov. 22.

What Happened to the Hurricanes Last Week?

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    Miami quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns as the Hurricanes defeated the Bulls, 40-9.

    Clive Walford, Phillip Dorsett, and Herb Waters each had over 100 receiving yards in the game. Dorsett led all receivers tying a school-record with 12 catches.

    Running back Duke Johnson led the team in rushing with 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

    The Hurricanes defense held their opponents without a touchdown for the first time all season long.

What Happened to the Blue Devils Last Week?

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    Duke quarterback Sean Renfree threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn't enough as the Blue Devils lost to the Yellow Jackets, 42-24.

    Wide receiver Desmond Scott finished the game with 10 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils.

    Duke's defense allowed 330 yards on the ground against Georgia Tech's triple-option.

What It Means for Both Teams

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    Before Monday's news about the Hurricanes self-imposing the postseason, this game was a must-win for the Hurricanes' chances of making it to the ACC Championship game.

    Now, it's just the last game of the season for the Hurricanes.

    The same goes for Duke with its loss to Georgia Tech last weekend. Now Georgia Tech is heading to the ACC Championship game against FSU.

    Even though this game isn't what it could have been, it still will be an exciting game as neither team is exceptional on defense.

Key Player(s) for the Hurricanes: Defensive Line

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    The key players for the Miami Hurricanes this weekend will be the defensive line. Duke quarterback Sean Renfree is the heart and soul of the Blue Devils offense, and if the line doesn't get pressure on him, he will pick apart the defense at will.

    There is no doubt that the defensive backs at Miami aren't very good, but it doesn't help when the opposing quarterbacks have all the time in the world to throw.

    If the line doesn't get pressure on Renfree, it may be a very long game for the Hurricanes.

Key Player for the Blue Devils: Sean Refree, QB

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    Duke quarterback Sean Renfree is the difference between the Blue Devils winning or losing on Saturday. He isn't the best quarterback in the country, but he is very athletic and if given time to throw the ball, he is extremely accurate.

    Renfree has two terrific wide receivers in Conner Vernon and Jamison Crowder who have combined for 1,668 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

    If Duke's offensive line can give Renfree time to throw the ball, we may see a record-setting performance by the senior.

The Hurricanes Will Win If...

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    The Hurricanes will win this game if they can slow down Sean Renfree, it's as simple as that. The Blue Devils are not a running team. In fact, Duke is ranked No. 108 (out of 120) in rushing yards per game at 116 yards per game.

    The defense has to be ready for a whole lot of passing from Renfree and if they can control him at the line of scrimmage, the Hurricanes should be able to walk out of Durham with the win.

The Blue Devils Will Win If...

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    Duke will win this game if offensive linemen keep Miami's defense off of Renfree. I know it sounds like a broken record regarding Renfree, but I truly believe he is the difference in the game.

    Duke has a quick-strike offense with a plethora of weapons at wide receiver. If Renfree can throw at will against a very suspect Hurricane defense, they should win this game.


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    This game is probably the hardest game for me to predict all season. I see both teams racking up tons of yardage and points as neither defense will be able to hold the offenses.

    What it may boil down to is whoever has the ball last.

    My guess is Miami will.

    Final Prediction: Miami 41, Duke 35