How to Watch Miami vs. Pittsburgh

Doug Mendoza
November 25, 2017

A decade ago they stunned West Virginia in the regular season finale, a setback that cost the Mountaineers a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game. It also ranked No. 2 in the CFP standings.

However, there's one enormous difference between the 2007 Pitt upset and the 2017 Pitt upset.

Rosier, who lost his first game as a starter, was 14-of-32 for 180 yards.

With the Hurricanes down 17-7 at Pitt and ten minutes left in the fourth quarter, Richt opted to bench quarterback Malik Rosier in favor of backup Evan Shirreffs in a shocking move.

He was right. Pitt held on for the 24-14 win. Just before the half quarterback Kenny Pickett rushed for a 6-yard touchdown to give Pittsburgh a 10-7 lead going into the locker room.

Pickett didn't generate a lot of hype as a recruit. The rally came too late against Pitt, and the Canes' worst fear all season finally happened.

Miami: The Hurricanes may have that glittery record and marquee wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, but they've lived dangerously all year. It had a stretch of four straight games from October 7 through October 28 that were all decided by eight points or fewer. Their uninspired performance with a flawless season at stake probably closes the door on two ACC teams getting into the playoff.

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It wasn't until the Hurricanes' win over Virginia Tech on November 4 that they started being taken seriously as a national title contender. On top of the loss exposing Miami's already evident points of weakness, the benching of Rosier has the potential to cause some drama that wouldn't have been there if Miami would've romped to victory today the way everyone imagined they would.

Despite forcing two turnovers, the Hurricanes were unable to slow down the Panthers' offense.

It's just hard to be confident in the team we saw on Friday at Pitt doing enough to beat Clemson. They have really strengthened their resume the last three weeks. But the bottom line is, Miami's never won an ACC championship.

There are parallels between Miami's loss to Pittsburgh and Clemson's loss earlier this season to Syracuse.

Pittsburgh came into the game 4-7 with no chance of having a winning season, but from the opening kickoff they were playing with energy.

Clemson had the benefit of losing in October, giving itself two months to rebuild its resume. This time, the turnover chain was put away, and the swag was replaced by anger and frustration from a team that was set to be undefeated heading into its first ever attempt at winning an ACC championship.

For now, though, Pittsburgh will bask in the glow of an impressive victory over Miami that has brought about more chaos in the playoff rankings with little time remaining to sort things out.

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