Miami Hurricanes: Three Keys To Beating the Ohio State Buckeyes

David MayerCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates victory over the Florida State Seminoles as he leaves the field at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 38-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Everyone knows about "The Call" so I won't even go there.

Its a new year and two new teams.

Its really hard to see what either the Hurricanes or Buckeyes even have at this point.  Miami routed Florida A&M 45-0 and OSU beat Marshall 45-7.

We can only assume what we already know, this should be a heck of a game.

Miami has been down and battered for the last few years. This game will really show Hurricane fans and the nation, if Miami truly is back.

There are three keys for a Miami Hurricane victory.

No. 1: Control the Tempo

The crowd is going to play a huge factor on the game.  105,000+ OSU fans will make it hard for Jacory Harris and the Canes offense to hear. 

That is why Miami needs a fast start.

Last week against Florida A&M, Miami ran a lot of no huddle offense.  I believe the sole reason was for the game against the Buckeyes.

If Miami can run out there and put quick points on the board, the crowd will grow silent.

No. 2: Slow Down Terrell Pryor

The second thing Miami needs to do is to slow down Terrell Pryor.

Pryor only had a little over 2,000 yards passing last year, but killed teams with 794 yards running the ball.

Miami's defensive lineman and linebackers need to play smart and wrap Pryor up. They can not let Pryor run up and down the field.

The last two games for Pryor though has showed me that he is starting to make plays with his arm.

In last years Bowl Game against Oregon he went 23-37 passing with 266 yards and two touchdowns. In last weeks game against Marshall, Pryor went 17-25 for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Obviously Pryor is finally starting to show that he can also throw, and dual threat quarterbacks are always scary.

The problem for Pryor is those last two games in which he had over 250 yards passing, wasn't against a good defense like Miami has. 

No. 3: Offensive Line Protection

The third and last thing Miami needs to do to come out of Columbus with a victory is the obvious, the offensive line needs to give Harris time to throw.

Miami's offensive line, in my eyes, was horrific last year.  The constant pressure Harris was in contributed to many of his 17 interceptions. 

As seen last week and against Florida State last year, if the line can give Harris time he can throw for major yards and touchdowns.

So overall the plan is simple.  They need to control the huge crowd, slow down Pryor, and protect Harris. If they can do those things, there is no doubt in my mind Miami wins.

In fact, I will predict the outcome.

Miami 38 OSU 24.


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