News: Despite allowing a season-low 94 rushing yards Saturday at Virginia, the Miami defense allowed the Cavs to convert 9-of-14 third downs in route to allowing 41 points on Saturday.
Analysis: The unit managed to force one turnover, and kick returner Duke Johnson housed a 1st quarter return, but they were again gashed for 388 yards passing, and allowed 41 or more points for the third time this season.
News:Analysis: Miami gave up just 12 points Thursday against Virginia Tech, forcing three turnovers and recording one sack. They still surrendered 421 yards, but the "bend but don't break" style was effective.
News: Perryman (ankle) will play Saturday against Notre Dame after missing the previous two games, according to the Miami Herald.
Analysis: The 'Canes defense is getting shredded both on the ground and through the air, so Perryman's return can't hurt. If your scoring values turnovers and special teams scores, Miami is a surprisingly viable option despite the points they allow.
News: Perryman (high ankle sprain) is unlikely to play Saturday at Georgia Tech, according to the Miami Herald.
Analysis: The 'Canes defense has given up 675 yards rushing through three games, and now will be without their leader and second-leading tackler. The Yellow Jacket offense may not see much resistance.
News: Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong has been suspended for Saturday's game against rival Florida State for a "violation of team rules."
Analysis: According to multiple sources, the previously-suspended Armstrong tweeted about visiting a PR firm with known ties to professional athletes. As a die hard Miami fan, and Hurricane Club donor, I want to ask you how anyone can be this stupid? In the wake of what has been alleged in Coral Gables, this has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Armstrong has never lived up to his recruiting hype, and it's quite probable his Hurricane career is over. Amazingly, it may help the 'Canes pass coverage moving forward.
News: Virginia freshman quarterback David Watford completed just 4 of 16 passes for 89 yards against North Carolina State. He had one touchdown, but was intercepted three times.
Analysis: Starter Michael Rocco didn't fare much better, finishing 7 of 19 for 36 yards. That's some pretty woeful quarterback play, and the rotation doesn't seem to be working for any party involved. A resurgent Miami defense might be worth considering this Thursday night as the Wahoos head to South Beach.
News: In four games not against Ohio State quarterback Joe Bauserman, the Miami Hurricanes' defense has yielded some staggering numbers to opposing signal callers: 89 of 125 passing, 994 yards and seven touchdowns.
Analysis: That's a 71% completion percentage. The 'Canes have also given up an average of 57.8 yards rushing and four scores on the ground. North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, and wide receiver Dwight Jones must be licking their chops.
News: Miami defensive tacle Marcus Forston suffered a knee injury in a non-contact drill during practice yesterday, and will miss the remainder of the season.
Analysis: Miami is scarily thin through the middle, even before this injury. 260 pound converted defensive end Adewale Ojomo will slide over for a unit that ranks 105th nationally in rushing defense. They're giving up 202.3 yards per game, and still face David Wilson, Giovani Bernard, Georgia Tech's triple option, and Perry Jones/Kevin Parks. Get my drift? All ACC running backs become options against this unit.
News: Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is out for the season after he presumably tore the ACL in his knee.
Analysis: Head coach Al Golden was coy with regards to the nature of the injury, but Buchanan will undergo season-ending surgery, and apply for a medical hardship waiver. Obviously not good news for an underperforming unit.
News: The NCAA has ruled that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris and wide receiver Travis Benjamin must sit one game, and repay extra benefits. They are amongst eight 'Canes suspended.
Analysis: That's the good news here, as the defense is shredded. DE Olivier Vernon will mix six games, S Ray Ray Armstrong and TE Dyron Dye four, and DT Marcus Forston, LB Sean Spence DE Adewale Ojomo one. QB Stephen Morris and WR Tommy Streeter are the big winners here from a fantasy perspective, in addition to all things Maryland. Harris is an interesting fantasy conundrum. He sits for a week, has a bye...but I think he earned the starting job.
News: Miami head coach Al Golden says he expects to hear from the NCAA in the next 48 hours with regards to eight Hurricanes ruled ineligible by the school last week.
Analysis: Oh, the gamesmanship. The 'Canes don't practice tomorrow, and are required to release a depth chart Tuesday as well. If Golden is right on NCAA timing, tomorrow's depth chart will be meaningless. I continue to recommend benching QB Jacory Harris, and the Miami defense until further notice.
News:Analysis: Miami yielded only 10 points while recovering two fumbles and getting three sacks on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Miami has the ACC's leading defense, but will face a potent Virginia Tech offense next week.
News:Analysis: Miami allowed only one defensive touchdown against Maryland on Saturday and held the Terps to three total points in the second half. Miami also tallied two sacks and one interception. No telling which Miami DST shows up next week against Georgia Tech's triple option.
News:Analysis: Miami allowed 24 points against Virginia Saturday while totaling one interception and one fumble recovery. The Hurricanes trainwrecked when Jacory Harris left the game, so it's risky to use these guys against Maryland if he's out this week.
News:Analysis: Miami allowed 21 points against Clemson Saturday while totaling three sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. This is a talented unit, but Florida State is a dangerous matchup. Still, you could probably do worse.
News:Analysis: Miami allowed three points while totaling five sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Pittsburgh Thursday. Whoever started the Hurricanes this week hit the jackpot. They're not a great start against Clemson in their next game, but you could probably do worse.
Miami Surrenders Over 350 Yards to Buckeyes In Week Two Loss
News:Analysis: Miami's defense found the going much tougher in Week Two against Ohio State than it did at home versus Florida A&M in Week One, with the Hurricanes giving up 36 points and 414 total yards of offense to the Buckeyes in a disappointing loss on the road in Columbus. Terrelle Pryor didn't exactly smoke UM's corners and safeties, hitting only 12-of-28 passing, but did manufacture 233 yards and one score through the air just a over week after the Hurricanes held FAMUs quarterbacks to a combined 58 yards in Coral Gables. Pryor proved much more dangerous on the ground, however, where Miami's defensive front allowed the junior 113 yards and a second touchdown on 20 total carries. Tailbacks Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine, who combined collected 73 yards, weren't nearly as impressive as Pryor, but still managed to contribute to Ohio State's 181 total yards rushing for the day. While special teams for Miami was outstanding, especially given Lamar Miller's 88 yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's contest, the Hurricanes defense as whole failed to manufacture any turnovers, compared to the four interceptions thrown by Jacory Harris on the offensive side of the ball for Miami. A bye in Week Three should allow the Hurricanes enough time to review areas of improvement on defense, and, in all likelihood, will inspire a solid performance a week from Thursday against Pittsburgh. Given the success that Ohio State found running the ball against the Hurricanes this past weekend, however, fantasy owners may want to approach the match-up with Pitt with caution, as tailbacks Dion Lewis and Ray Graham could make this a difficult game on the ground for Miami.
News:Analysis: Miami (FL) shut out Florida A&M while forcing eight sacks and returning an interception for a touchdown Thursday. The expectations were high for the Hurricanes given their FCS opponent, but they were basically flawless and so you have to be impressed. We don't recommend playing this defense against Ohio State next week, however.
News: Miami's defense limited Duke to 358 yards, including just 55 yards rushing, and put the finishing touches on a 34-16 win Saturday with a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown by LB Darryl Sharpton.
Analysis: Miami dominated the third-down battle, holding the Blue Devils to three successful conversion in 12 tries (Miami's offense converted 14-of-21 third downs). The 'Canes venture outside the ACC to play South Florida on Saturday.
News: LB Sean Spence (knee) and S Ray Ray Armstrong (knee) are expected to play against Duke this Saturday, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Spence recorded 35 tackles and two sacks in Miami's first seven games. Armstrong also played in seven games, and had 17 tackles and a pass deflection.
News: The 'Canes limited UNC to 329 yards of offense in a 33-24 loss on Saturday.
Analysis: Miami allowed just one offensive touchdown and forced UNC to kick four field goals. Up next, Duke and the ACC's worst rushing offense.
News: DL Eric Moncur (lower extremity) and DB DeMarcus Van Dyke (lower extremity) are probable for Saturday's showdown with UNC. DBs Ray-Ray Armstrong (lower extremity) and JoJo Nicolas (upper extremity), along with LB Sean Spence (lower extremity) are all out.
Analysis: Not having Armstrong and Nicolas really stretches the 'Canes secondary thin, but the return of Moncur could mean added pressure from the D-line on UNC QB T.J. Yates.
News: Miami held the Cavaliers to less than 150 total yards (74 pass, 74 rush) and intercepted one pass in Saturday's 52-17 win.
Analysis: This latest effort hsa pushed Miami into the top half of ACC defenses. The front seven will be tested against UNC in Week 11, as the 'Heels just ran for 192 yards against Duke.
News: Miami forced four turnovers (three fumbles, one interception) and spent nearly 39 minutes on the field as the Hurricanes pulled out a 28-27 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Analysis: The Deacons racked up 555 total yards, including 408 yards through the air. They caught a break when QB Riley Skinner was forced to leave the game with a concussion. Next up for is Virginia and the conference's worst overall offense.
News: LB Sean Spence will miss this Saturday's game with Wake Forest due to an injury to his left knee, the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Spence will be replaced by Ramon Buchanon, who played extensively against Clemson when Spence went down. Spence was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and is fourth on the team in tackles with 35. He also has two sacks.
News: Miami surrendered 410 yards to Clemson, but did come up with three turnovers in a 40-37 overtime loss on Saturday.
Analysis: The 'Canes did a good job against the Tigers run game, holding the dangerous C.J. Spiller to 81 yards on the ground. Miami faces a well balanced Wake Forest offense in Week 9.
News: S Randy Phillips (shoulder) says he will be ready to play this Saturday against Clemson, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Phillips, who has not played since the Va. Tech loss on September 26, practiced Tuesday without pain. This Saturday also marks the first time in three games that Miami will face an ACC offense, following three straight non-conference wins.
News: The Hurricanes allowed 229 total yards and eleven first downs to Central Florida in Saturday's 27-7 win.
Analysis: LB Colin McCarthy recorded his first interception of the season. The 'Canes have given up just twelve TDs this season, fourth fewest in the conference.
News: DE Eric Moncur (leg) and S Randy Phillips (arm) will both miss Saturday's game at Central Florida, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Phillips will miss his third consecutive game for the 'Canes, while the loss of Moncur adds to the already depleted defensive line.