MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – One week after exposing the Ohio State Buckeyes football team as a Top 25 fraud; the Miami Hurricanes look to go “wild” against Kansas State University.
The game will be a homecoming of sorts for former Miami Hurricane linebacker Arthur Brown. He was a top recruit out of high school and played with the Canes for a season, but was never able to live up to the hype he had in high school.
He transferred from the Canes to Kansas State to play with his brother Bryce. The younger Brown was also a top recruit out of high school and heavily considered signing with the Canes as well. But, Bryce went to Tennessee and then transferred. His career flamed out as quickly as his brother’s.
Kansas State statistically has the toughest defense to score against in the country, yielding only 3.5 points per game. However, Kansas State’s first two games have been against Eastern Kentucky and Kent State respectively, so this is a huge step up in competition.
Kansas State will have the unenviable task of trying to stop the Canes’ rushing attack powered by running back Lamar Miller. Miami is 33rd in the country rushing with the Canes averaging 206 yards on the ground per game, according to cfbstats.com.
Miller, just a sophomore, is number three in the country running the ball, averaging over 150 yards per game in just two games this season. But, Miller hasn’t been able to punch it into the end zone through two games, scoring just one touchdown.
If Miami has one glaring weakness this season, it’s the passing game. Two different quarterbacks have played for “the U” this year and neither has been able to get anything going. The Canes are averaging just 159 yards per game, which is 102nd out of 117 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
Jacory Harris returned to his role as the starter last week against the Buckeyes. But, he was his old self throwing as many touchdowns as he did interceptions. The interceptions have been the only thing keeping Harris from becoming a solid starter at Miami.
The turnover ratio has been a major issue for the Hurricanes as they are minus three in turnover ratio through the first two games. Plus, UM is averaging nearly twice as many penalties as their opponents this season.
Still, Kansas State is only averaging 24 points per game, which is 83rd in the country up against a defense that is allowing just 19 points per game.
The game will come down to the turnover battle and the strength of Miami’s running game, which depending on Harris’ performance, should easily tilt the game in the Canes’ favor.
The Canes are favored by a 13 point margin, according to bodog.com’s betting line.
The Canes game can be seen on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m.