TAMPA, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – The University of Miami needed a few more minutes last weekend and they might have been able to pull off an improbable upset of Florida State. But, now the Canes must regroup and focus on the Bulls of South Florida.
Miami’s once potent offensive attack has gone into a multi-year slump and 2011 is no exception. The Hurricanes are averaging just 29.5 points per game, according to cfbstats.com. That puts Miami’s scoring offense 48th in the country.
Miami’s rushing game has been the bread and butter of the offense. Led by running back Lamar Miller, the Canes gain an average of 156.9 yards per game on 34 carries. That translates to roughly 4.6 yards per carry and the Canes have put the ball in the endzone 17 times this season.
Miami’s passing game, led by senior quarterback Jacory Harris, has been efficient, but now very explosive. The Canes offense averages 228 yards through the air per game and has 20 passing touchdowns.
Where Harris has especially improved is not turning the ball over. For the season, Jacory has thrown 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
He’s having the best season in his four-year career and has Miami fans wondering what if Randy Shannon had been able to develop him better.
Miami will be going bowling this season, but a victory on Sunday can go a long way towards improving the bowl they play in at the end of the season.
The Canes are currently 5-5 and with Saturday’s game being winnable and a season finale against a very bad Boston College team, the Canes should finish 7-5 if everything breaks their way.
Saturday’s game against the Bulls is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and can be seen on ESPNU.