College Football Preview: Miami Hurricanes Host the South Florida Bulls

Danny DolphinAnalyst INovember 25, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 20:  The Miami Hurricanes student section cheers during a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Hurricanes 2010 football season is coming to a close.

Will they finish this one out strong?

Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 27, 2010

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

TV/Radio: ESPN U, WQAM 560

Records: Miami 7-4 (5-3), South Florida 6-4 (3-3)

Line: Miami by 11.5


  • It is still uncertain who Miami will start at quarterback. Will they stick with the freshman Stephen Morris or go with Jacory Harris, who is still apparently “recovering” from a concussion that occurred three weeks ago?
  • Miami running back Lamar Miller was named ACC Rookie of the Week after rushing for 163 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech.
  • Miami lineman Brandon Washington was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.


When Miami has the ball:

When the Canes lost Harris to injury a few weeks ago, they transformed into a running football team. The results have been mostly promising and the offensive line has improved each week.

They ran effectively last week in the loss to Virginia Tech, finishing with 262 yards on the ground.

Regardless of who starts at quarterback, Miami shouldn’t defer from the run-first mentality. This week will be another good test as the Bulls have a pretty good run defense, giving up just 3.55 yards per rush.

They do need to cut down on the mistakes after turning it over six times last week.

Leonard Hankerson continues to dominate. He has 12 touchdowns (Season record) and 958 yards on the year and will go down as one of Miami’s all-time greats at receiver.


When South Florida has the ball:

The Bulls rank 103rd in the nation in total offense with 312 yards per outing.

Miami was run over last week by Virginia Tech (251 yards), so expect South Florida to pound the ball for much of the game.

They have an erratic quarterback in B.J. Daniels who has nine touchdowns against 12 interceptions on the year.



Despite underachieving again this year, Miami would obviously like to finish the season out with a win, get to 8-4, and qualify for a respectable bowl game.

They will win this one big at home.


Miami 34 South Florida 20