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November 29, 2017

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CoCane

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AfriCane

I ain’t no number 2.

1mg of Epi

Beat Clemson and CANEZ get to rest until Jan 1

Posted by: SinisterCane | November 29, 2017 at 04:55 PM

Lose to Clemson and Canez get to rest until Dec 30

BigWindyCane1

CMR wins the Coastal Division and loses his top three offensive players, Walton, Richards and Herndon. I am satisfied, but I still think the Canes will surprise people on Saturday. The Canes play best when no one respects them. The Canes always play best with chips on their shoulders

Malik Rosier

Co you weren't feeling Huell last year, what about now? He looks good with a year under his belt.

Malik Rosier

No more shit bowls

86Cane

#ShoulderChipsAreUs

Malik Rosier

🖕🐆

BigWindyCane1

Minnesota has taken 9 free throws while the Canes have taken none. Once again, the Canes are not getting fair treatment. The Canes are aggressive but they are not getting the whistles. It's horrible

BigWindyCane1

My mistake, the Canes have two free throw attempts. Still, not enough

86Cane

Announcers are all about the Big 10!

orange 'n green in the vein

Here's an amazing concept; if your team has trouble defending the paint and rebounding, play you five best defensive players more minutes together in a scheme designed to take away key space. Izundu, Huell, Lawrence, Brown and Newton can lock this down in a zone to hide the two fouls on the center and small forward. Who knows, might even get to the foul line again tonight if they keep taking everything to the end of the scoring lanes each possession?

Never seen a left hand bank shot scored from a sitting player before tonight.

CoCane

I wouldn't say I wasn't feeling him. I was hoping he would've been more of impact frosh then he was. It was obvious he was too skinny and needed to get stronger.

He looks better so far. He's holding his own tonight...

Killerbeez41

We goin to the ship...We going to the ship!!! All this adversity, what are you gonna do. LETS GO CANES...LETS GO CANES!!!

BigWindyCane1

Very proud of how our Canes men basketball team is playing so far up north, against a highly ranked opponent on the road and on national TV. This is how big teams show up. Announcers are pro-Gophers though

WWIN

DW is ballin!!! Big improvement

BigWindyCane1

During this stretch, the Canes look like one of the best men's college basketball teams in America

BigWindyCane1

Free throw attempts 15-5 in favor of Minnesota

TruCane81

CMR wins the Coastal Division and loses his top three offensive players, Walton, Richards and Herndon. I am satisfied, but I still think the Canes will surprise people on Saturday. The Canes play best when no one respects them. The Canes always play best with chips on their shoulders

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | November 29, 2017 at 10:01 PM

I am NOT satisfied but I agree.

We will beat Clemson like we beat vtech, maybe worse.

We will probably run away with the National Title and Pitt and the close wins will be distant memories.

Well, til the same things happen next year anyways.

Oh well, I can accept that.

BigWindyCane1

Minnesota has twin Sasquatch brothers getting all the calls

86Cane

Richt is on the clock.

His Royal Dudeness

I guess I dont see it, I dont think we are gonna beat Clemson. We have an Awfense that cant run or pass. Anything can happen, but I for one am not confident.

BigWindyCane1

Free throw disparity 22-5

BigWindyCane1

Referees bias is absolutely ridiculous

86Cane

Free throws against us 22-5? Is that an issue?

Maybe if it were the other way, OK, now I get it!

BigWindyCane1

Canes look like a championship team right now. The Canes are overcoming a lot of adversity. The ACC is clearly the best conference in America

Terrance Sullivan

Our Miami Hurricanes balled out tonight Daddy Woooo!

CoCane

Good win hoops squad. Newton with 9 assists to only 1 turnover. He looked like a real PG tonight...

WWIN

Ole Jimbo must be leaving... fsu commits are dropping like flies!

Sarasota 'cane

Richt is on the clock.

Posted by: 86Cane | November 29, 2017 at 11:01 PM

The F***? That alarm is not set to go off until the end of the 2020 season. Dude hasn't even started his QB recruit yet. SMDH

Go 'canes!!

canezilla


Richt is on the clock.

Posted by: 86Cane | November 29, 2017 at 11:01 PM
GO TO BED!

raizecane

Posted by: 86Cane | November 29, 2017 at 11:01 PM
GO TO BED!

Posted by: canezilla | November 30, 2017 at 05:50 AM

****************************************

According to my watch, CMR bought himself time and well deserved I might add.

raizecane

For those of us on the east coast and in particular Florida, today is the last day of Hurricane season 2017. whoop whoop

Go Canes!!

Richt is on the clock.

Posted by: 86Cane | November 29, 2017 at 11:01 PM


I've actuallly seen his clock. The alarm is set to:

"Whenever and if ever I choose to leave I'll leave."

canezilla


For those of us on the east coast and in particular Florida, today is the last day of Hurricane season 2017. whoop whoop

Posted by: raizecane | November 30, 2017 at 07:14 AM
THANK GOD, NOW IM GOING TO COSTCO AND BUYING A 5 GALLON BUCKET OF KY JELLY SO THE HOME OWNERS INSURANCE CAN SEDUCE ME

MLAlumni1970

So happy the Canes BB team won. Watched it for awhile, but fell asleep. When you are a senior citizen, you're entitled.
What was the score?

DallasTX Cane

Richt is on the clock.

Posted by: 86Cane | November 29, 2017 at 11:01 PM

#stirdapot

30CINCO

Josh Newberg
@joshnewberg247
Expecting it to become official today - Jimbo Fisher will leave FSU for Texas A&M (FREE)

Ohio_Cane

BYE, BYE, JIMBO. BYE, BYE, JIMBO. BYE, BYE, JIMBO. WE HATE TO SEE U GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

His Royal Dudeness

I saw FSU's top LB recruit is coming in for a visit.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | November 30, 2017 at 08:56 AM

The beautiful part is even if he stays, the irreperable damage has been done.

The team is awful and totally unmotiated, recruits are decommitting and everyone knows he's looking for a way out.

I almost want him to stay at this point.

Go Canes!!

How badly does FSU regret rescheduling that meaningless, embarrassing game they have next this weekend to get bowl eligible right about now?

It's going to be a circus, whether he stays or goes and right now they would love for this season to just be over.

1mg of Epi

What exactly happened in tally? Whys jumbo want out so bad?

Go Canes!!

Very surprised to see 6 out of 7 media “experts” pick us to at least cover this Saturday.

https://twitter.com/barrettsallee/status/936241669267230720

Ohio_Cane

The beautiful part is even if he stays, the irreperable damage has been done.


Posted by: Go Canes!! | November 30, 2017 at 09:19 AM
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ZERO chance he stays now

Ohio_Cane

What exactly happened in tally? Whys jumbo want out so bad?

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | November 30, 2017 at 09:34 AM
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I've read a few things that all may be true. Bad relationship between Jumbo and the FSU AD. Houston has a great hospital for his son, who is sick. Private jet for his son's transport when needed.

Oh, and MONEY. They're gonna overpay for him like crazy at A&M

Terrance Sullivan

Zilla LOL Good One. The Good People at Costco are anticipating your arrival Brotha!

86Cane

I've actuallly seen his clock. The alarm is set to:

"Whenever and if ever I choose to leave I'll leave."

Posted by: Go Canes!! | November 30, 2017 at 07:26 AM

I too have seen the clock and this time U are correct Sir!

86Cane

#KickingTheAntPile

Go Canes!!

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | November 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM

No matter what happens now, it’s a win-win for us!

CaneRock

Fisher's facilities exuse is a cop-out.

FSU & TAMU's facilities are better than ours, but who's 10-1?

Bells & whistles don't win football games.

Can't turn a hoe into a housewife, that's why He's leaving.

KYcane

“Can Mark Right fool us all”

Right or Richt?

Go Canes!!

Posted by: CaneRock | November 30, 2017 at 10:56 AM

He’s doing exactly what Meyer did at UF. Looking at a roster full of entitled recruiting misses who think they should win just because they put on the jersey and bailing.

canezilla



Zilla LOL Good One. The Good People at Costco are anticipating your arrival Brotha!

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | November 30, 2017 at 10:23 AM
AND I HAVE COUPONS

CaneRock

Posted by: Go Canes!! | November 30, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Can't say I agree with the players being entitled Go Canes. They're not the ones that are holding these schools hostages for raises on top of already ridiculous salaries just to coach College ball...and termination buyouts that basically amount to "participation trophies" for failure.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: CaneRock | November 30, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Couldn’t agree more about the salaries CR.

TruCane81

What exactly happened in tally? Whys jumbo want out so bad?

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | November 30, 2017 at 09:34 AM


Cant recruit on our demise anymore.

The heartbreaker we gave him was just the beginning and he knows it.

He is gettin out of town before we, along with clemson, louisville, and the rest drop his stock even more.

He got two straight SUPER HERO players that carried the team.

Without that, he is average.

1mg of Epi

Posted by: Go Canes!! | November 30, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Can't say I agree with the players being entitled Go Canes. They're not the ones that are holding these schools hostages for raises on top of already ridiculous salaries just to coach College ball...and termination buyouts that basically amount to "participation trophies" for failure.

Posted by: CaneRock | November 30, 2017 at 11:36 A

I think Go makes a good point about players.... a coach doesn't jump ship for a lateral move with a current team ready to compete for a ship.

Calling aTm a lateral move from FSU is probably generous btw.

TruCane81

Can't turn a hoe into a housewife, that's why He's leaving.

Posted by: CaneRock | November 30, 2017 at 10:56 AM


Ohhhhh I forgot about that.

Yeah, it aint fun for him in Tally. He's out.

1mg of Epi

“Can Mark Right fool us all”

Right or Richt?

Posted by: KYcane | November 30, 2017 at 11:07 AM

As long as it's not "Recht"

Go Canes!!

God loves a Canes fan, always!

Will be in NYC this weekend, something planned months ago, staying on W 31st St.

Just googled Canes watch party NYC and the NY Canes have a watch party at Brother Jimmy’s on E 31st St, a 7 minute walk from my hotel.

Yeah baby!!! Going to be awesome!!!

1mg of Epi

http://www.espn.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/100332/the-58-0-loss-that-turned-miami-into-a-title-contender

86Cane

Right or Richt?

Posted by: KYcane | November 30, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Fixed it. Thank you!

86Cane

Oh, and MONEY. They're gonna overpay for him like crazy at A&M

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | November 30, 2017 at 09:50 AM

This.

He is still marketable right now and may be good for one last BIG contract. If he stayed at FSU and loses badly again next year his street cred would suffer beyond repair.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: 86Cane | November 30, 2017 at 12:53 PM

He knows his roster and who’s committed publicly or in private better than anyone. They’re gonna suck again next year and maybe the next.

He’ll have a honeymoon at TAMU for a while and make the same or more money.

No brainer.

Go Canes!!

This is awesome. He’s just FSU look foolish now.

Andy Staples: Just asked Jimbo Fisher on @ESPNUonSiriusXM if he'd be Florida State's coach next season. His answer: "You know what my answer will be. I don't talk about jobs."

CGNC


What exactly happened in tally? Whys jumbo want out so bad?

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | November 30, 2017 at 09:34 AM

My co-worker is a Nole alum and he says he frequently does this with his agent to get more money, mostly for other things, like a "football only facility" or something. But this year with their record, FSU is not inclined to oblige. They won't fire him b/c his buy-out is $40 million.

His Royal Dudeness

Posted by: Go Canes!! | November 30, 2017 at 01:31 PM

A&M would want THAT ovet Sumlin? Okay.

TruCane81

A&M would want THAT ovet Sumlin? Okay.

Posted by: His Royal Dudeness | November 30, 2017 at 02:31 PM


Dude, when they say "he has more money than brains", these are the type of people they speak of.

Old Skool

Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) RIP

mark from Atlanta

This is about Richt...not jumbo. ...
Soup - to answer....yes he can...yes we can...won't be easy. ...but, we're playing a football game Saturday night!
Gut check. ..show Us what U made of!

I cut my rocking chair up for a bonfire of Tiger meat.
Rockin' is our business. ..business is good!
God bless you and your family and go Canes!!!
Get some!

Herbieibis

Richt uses the same game plan he used at UNC and Pitt, we'll be lucky to score 10 pts. If he plays to win, as I stated before 24-20. It will be somewhat of a monumental task without 3 of your best offensive players but if we come out and play like we did against the Irish, it's a moot point. Rosier has to have Greg Maddox type of accuracy Saturday night. The game will ride on him.

Speaking of Dumbo. He does less with more. Had a top 10 team with all that talent and turns it into a 6-6 season. Really they had more talent on defense than Clemson, with what they had coming back but they laid down once McPherson went down.

Now for the 5th time are any of u Canespacers going to the game.

LA3

I would happily take 10-1, winning Coastal, and beating FSU-VaTeach-ND, and chance to with ACC at the beginning of the year. This team has been "better to be lucky than good" and a year ahead despite losing MW and AR being 60%.

Let's get excited and embrace the opportunity ahead. I believe the key is our D! If the D can't hold them to around 17 points or so, then we will have very tough time winning. Have to stay in lanes and contain QB then no allow their homerun hitting RB break a long one. Have to play tight coverage on short passing game and see if QB can beat us deep.....he has not shown that much and he can get rattled if he gets hit.

It is all about the D if the U is going to win this one. The O will have limited chances in low scoring affair. Need out punter to flip field a few times PLEASE.

My son and I will be at the game.....LETS GO CANES!

LA3

One other thing. CMR knows he can't win playing straight up so expect him to have exciting game plan!

Dabo and Brent will also have some tricks and be aggressive.

1mg of Epi

Richt uses the same game plan he used at UNC and Pitt, we'll be lucky to score 10 pts. If he plays to win, as I stated before 24-20. It will be somewhat of a monumental task without 3 of your best offensive players but if we come out and play like we did against the Irish, it's a moot point. Rosier has to have Greg Maddox type of accuracy Saturday night. The game will ride on him.

Speaking of Dumbo. He does less with more. Had a top 10 team with all that talent and turns it into a 6-6 season. Really they had more talent on defense than Clemson, with what they had coming back but they laid down once McPherson went down.

Now for the 5th time are any of u Canespacers going to the game.

Posted by: Herbieibis | November 30, 2017 at 03:42 PM

Richt should have an easy time gameplanning as there is very little on film. We will have enough talent on the field to win. It will be a good game.

1mg of Epi

One other thing. CMR knows he can't win playing straight up so expect him to have exciting game plan!

Dabo and Brent will also have some tricks and be aggressive.

Posted by: LA3 | November 30, 2017 at 04:05 PM

Starting to think more and more that marks gameplanning all season was designed to allow him to spring new stuff in this game. It's kind of insane, but it's the only thing that makes sense. Even tho it doesn't make any sense at all.

RCCF

We Will Be Just Fine!!

This Season Was GREAT compared to what we have been subject to for over 10yrs

This Season Motivated Fans, Put Butts in Seats, Got Gear Back up to Top5, and Pushed Recruits to Look at Paradise as a Home

Im not mad at whatever Happens!! I Expect Undefeated EVERY Year

Im SUPER Elated w/Progress and the Death of Mediocre Attitudes

fyi......Berrios said as much, Idk who listens to their interviews and what not but Berrios basically said the culture changed and losing is no longer acceptable...as in it was acceptable before doing things the Nittany Way!


12% Seats Limited Moving Forward NEXT YEAR is REAL

Don't Doubt the Ring This Year... We ARE NOT a Bad Club!

KYcane

12% Seats Limited Moving Forward NEXT YEAR is REAL

Don't Doubt the Ring This Year... We ARE NOT a Bad Club!

Posted by: RCCF | November 30, 2017 at 04:55 PM

Shotgun!!!

Go Canes!!

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article187346958.html

🐜🌀

Now for the 5th time are any of u Canespacers going to the game.

Posted by: Herbieibis | November 30, 2017 at 03:42 PM

Do I really have to go back 4 times or am I not a canespacer🤔

raizecane

I wil be attending a viewing party somewhere in the champions gate region...that's if i survive the earlier days events.

86Cane

I cut my rocking chair up for a bonfire of Tiger meat.

Posted by: mark from Atlanta | November 30, 2017 at 03:09 PM

I LOVE THIS!

Alex D

What's good Legion/Canespace? Long time no post; MR need to open up the offense and let it all out. Defensively, the D Ends need to contain the Clemson QB when he get out of the pocket. Hope all is well with everyone.

SinisterCane

CIS:
Scouting Clemson
Here we are, 9-10 point dogs (seriously?!?) in a long overdue ACC title game matchup. Through the ups and downs of a 10-1 season there are still many questions remaining about this team. What is the identity on offense? Can the offensive line generate movement and establish any kind of a running game? Will Diaz abandon the zone coverage calls that are consistently exploited for easy chunk gains and TDs? Will anyone step up to fill the voids vacated by the Hernon and Richards injuries?

And the elephant in the room, the biggest question of them all – how will Rosier respond after one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a college QB?

We can debate these questions ad nauseam but I’m more concerned with looking ahead to the opponent: Clemson. To prepare for this matchup I scouted their recent competitive games against NC State and FSU. I planned on watching more games but I got a clear enough picture of their (extremely predictable) offense after 1 game, and I wasn’t studying their defense as closely because I don’t have access to All-22 coaches’ film.

Before I dive into my analysis I will note that contrary to what the general public, betting public, national media and Clemson fans believe these teams are very closely matched on paper. Football Outsiders’ ranking metrics rate Miami as the better offense and Clemson as the better D/ST unit, although it’s worth noting that their kicker is a major liability. Factor in turnover differential and this is a tough game to
project on the surface with statistics.

Clemson Offense

Clemson runs an offset-pistol spread option attack with tempo. Their playbook is deep and they incorporate window dressing into many of their core plays. Film study, eye discipline and mental focus will richly reward any defense against this offense. After studying the NC State game I was able to predict most of their plays before the snap when I broke down the FSU game. Field position, personnel, down & distance and formation/alignment/pre-snap motion in particular are strong giveaways for what’s coming. It helps that you can completely ignore the jet motion they love to integrate into their scheme. Through 2 games I saw jet motion 25+ times and the motion guy never sniffed the ball.

Personnel

Kelly Bryant is a solid dual-threat college QB.

Big, strong, fast, agile. He can escape pressure and deliver a blow (as Hoskins on FSU found out)
Good ball security as a runner and passer. Lost fumbles when defenders attacked the mesh point on option runs
1-read passer. Stares down initial target and lingers if he’s not open
Excellent accuracy inside of 12 yards when his feet are set and he’s in rhythm, although ball placement wavers on sideline throws
Can throw completions on half-roll bootlegs
Throws a terrible deep ball. His footwork and foundation break down when it’s not a 1-step or 3-step timing throw
Looks to the sideline for checks and audibles. Won’t react to late pressure looks
Very composed, mentally and physically tough. He does almost all the short-yardage work and even runs 3 straight times at the goal line. Very durable and undeterred by contact, he will put Diaz’s theory about hitting QBs and breaking them down (ex. Dungey) to the test


RBs are a mixed bag

Etienne is explosive and fast but small with average contact balance. I expect he would struggle in pass protection
The others are JAGs. They will take the yards that are blocked


WRs are competent

Reliable hands and route running
Not a group that generates much separation down the field, but their offense is geared toward short passing, sustained tempo drives anyway
Renfrow is the headliner. Small and average athletically but he’s shifty and precise running the slot option and whip/pivot routes
14 is the only one with size. He’s a red zone option similar to Langham


OL also a mixed bag

Running game depends on tempo, confusion from split flow and window dressing, and numbers advantages. Not an OL group that asserts its will moving bodies but they get the job done
Both guards can pull effectively
Communication is the main difference between this group and the superior ND OL. Clemson has issues picking up blitzes
They protect well against a 4-man rush. Metrics indicate they are good at preventing sacks on 3rd down but below-average on early downs.
76 the RT is a weak link as his vertical pass set is slow and sloppy at times


Scheme

Clemson’s offensive philosophy is to sustain long drives wearing down a defense with tempo and misdirection. They call plays to get themselves in 3rd and manageable and throw to the sticks for easy conversions. They are a highly rated 3rd down offense for that reason. Eventually they get inside the 10 where they try to break a defense down with QB runs, taking every sliver of an advantage they can get.

The best way to present their scheme is to list their preferred plays based on the available information:


Standard downs 2x2 with H-back/Y – Inside zone or zone read to H-back side. Sometimes they pull the G and run power. They also run speed option.
Standard downs 2x2 with inline TE opposite RB – Power.
Standard downs 2x2 with inline TE on RB side – Zone read or zone read play action
1st and 10 near the 50 – Play action shot play, QB draw play action
3rd and 5+ 2x2 – Stop/curl routes to the sticks with outside fade by boundary WR (usually left). Slot option or pivot route by Renfrow. Occasional half roll right or backside slant
3rd and short between the 20s – Zone read. They ran Mesh concept once but Bryant has slow eyes and doesn’t come off his primary read so I doubt they try it again
Jet motion – Split flow QB counter or inverted veer
Empty – QB draw or designed scramble
2x2 stack – Switch release variant: dig/post/wheel combo, or bubble screen
Motion to field side trips – HB swing or QB draw
Standard trips right – Half roll rub route to sideline, bubble screen or fake bubble screen (QB draw or inside shovel)
Hurry-up-no-huddle – Curls to the sticks, over and over and over again, with the outside fade alert of course


Red Zone:

Inside the 10 Bryant is invariably running the ball. The QB counter Power play with jet motion is their bread and butter preferred play. They also do zone read, inverted veer and QB power to the TE (strong) side. They want a numbers advantage utilizing tempo with split flow/misdirection. Outside of the 10 they might try the following:


#14 slant or fade
Cain isolated to 1WR side with narrow split on the hash – fade
Beware 2x2 speed option and speed option play action


The Miami defense is capable of shutting down this offense similar to what we saw against Virginia Tech. Penetration from the DL, particularly McIntosh, would disrupt Clemson’s run game and put their offense behind schedule where they really struggle. The LBs have to keep their gap integrity and play disciplined with their eyes to clean up what’s left. Clemson’s OL doesn’t get to the 2nd level often therefore a focused, engaged LB group that trusts what they see can attack downhill to great success. None of their WRs are dynamic after the catch so tackling won’t be an issue for the Miami DBs. Clemson doesn’t break many tackles in general from what I’ve seen.

For coverage it’s imperative that Miami play its corners in press alignment. Clemson wants to throw quick hitters and will continue doing it until a defense adjusts. I give the advantage to Miami’s corners in man coverage. The matchup to follow is Renfrow vs. Bandy (as Pete identified on the podcast) as they are mirror images in terms of skill set and strengths. It may be tempting to bait Bryant into INTs with zone pressure, especially trap coverage in the flat, but odds are he’ll either find an easy completion throwing into the pressure or just eat a sack.

My biggest concern on this side of the ball is if Clemson gets good field position and gets the ball inside the 10 their QB counter is tough to stop. Clemson is a unique challenge in the red zone even for Miami’s elite red zone defense. Otherwise I expect Miami to keep Clemson from sustaining drives and turn the game into a field position battle that the offense can win with superior 2nd half adjustments.

Miami Offense vs. Clemson Defense

I don’t have as good of a feel for this side of the ball, for a number of reasons. Miami’s offense has been fairly unpredictable this year and I foolishly thought they wouldn’t be able to score against VT so take that fwiw. There are a number of options available to assume the snaps that would have gone to Hernon and Richards so that adds another layer of unpredictability. On top of that Clemson’s defense is a feast-or-famine unit. Their front 4 dominated a weak FSU OL but was largely invisible against NC State giving up 3+ YPC consistently, and Syracuse obviously moved the ball with great success as well. They have such a variety of pressure looks that you rarely see the same blitz twice, and I honestly have no idea how Miami will respond to that. Without All-22 I can’t get a full grasp of their scheme anyway.

Personnel

Regarding personnel, we know they are productive up front. Ferrell #99 is getting a lot of draft buzz but he doesn’t concern me in this matchup. He’s not a dynamic pass rusher. Most of his sacks are clean-up/coverage sacks where he uses his length to disengage. Think of him as similar to Joe Jackson with more agility in space. Wilkins #42 was MIA against NC State but he has good body control and can win the leverage battle as DMoney has noted. Lawrence #90 is a mammoth and athletic for his size but he’s been playing through pain all year and hasn’t been productive. Norton has been a much better player all year, for comparison. Bryant #7 is a highly-active effort player who likes to get his hands in passing lanes. Clemson often uses him on slants and twists and sends edge blitzes to his side. St. Louis has had a good year but needs a bounce back game after last week otherwise Rosier is in trouble. I’m not sure how many snaps he will get but Huggins #6 7 is a backup DT who has upfield penetration ability. In general the Clemson DL wears down late in drives as their size and lack of a rotation works against them. They don’t like pursuing down the line of scrimmage so horizontal offense could give them fits and pay off as the game progresses.

Their LB group actually impressed me more than the DL in the games I saw. Lamar #57 has sideline-to-sideline speed and is a powerful striker. O’Daniel #6 is their jack of all trades like 23 on ND. He frequently lines up over the slot where he can blitz, drop into zone coverage or man up on a WR. He’s experienced and athletic but no match for any of Miami’s WRs, so that’s a matchup to target if it appears. In general their LBs stay in their gaps and prevent chunk gains in the run game. NC State was consistently gaining yards on the ground but couldn’t break any long runs.

Their DB group is solid especially in conjunction with the front 6/7. Their safeties are disciplined about maintaining depth and rarely give up any deep balls, which is mandatory for them because of their blitz frequency. They are schooled to keep the ball in front of them and will give up cushions on the perimeter or voids in the shallow middle of field if they have to. The FS duo of #23 and #1 2 anchor the group although 12 might not play much as he’s the backup apparently. Muse #1 9 is a big stiff box safety who’s very exploitable in man coverage. Mullen #1 is one of the best corners I’ve seen this year but his counterpart Smith #31 is overmatched physically and athletically.

Analysis

Miami’s gameplan should be to avoid 3rd and long at all costs. Clemson mostly runs Quarters coverage on early downs. They don’t reroute and their safeties drop deep and react late so slants and digs should be effective. I would try to take advantage of the width of the field early on with jet motion, screens (RPO to field side with their corners far off), Empty formation quick game, swing or Texas routes to Homer, etc. Anything that slows down their DL and gets them guessing and moving laterally will pay off in the long run. Once the offense is in rhythm and the Clemson D is off-balance I’d incorporate the running game with Inside Zone, Power and Wildcat. If Miami can generate 3-6 yards a rush like NC State did then that creates balance, wears down their front and opens up the play action game. Their corners are susceptible to double moves and FSU hit them with a trick play for a wide open TD. On 3rd and long they send confusing blitzes every time. On 3rd and short they play press-man straight up so Berrios is obviously the guy to target, and Richt has done a better job in recent weeks of designing pass concepts that help create separation.

Miami can’t afford to do straight dropbacks every down like we saw against Pitt. The offense is not prepared or equipped to handle the full onslaught of Venables blitz packages because they lack the formations and personnel to max protect effectively. On 3rd and long I’d look to either get the ball out quickly with a smoke route or slant, or run a fast-developing pass concept (like Spot/Snag) that has a checkdown option. I know fans will be hoping to hit deep balls against their blitzes but the reality is their safety(s) keep their depth, the pressure will arrive quickly and Rosier consistently failed to hit open deep throws against Pitt’s single-high coverage. Miami’s offense – players and playcalls - is at its best when it gets a rhythm going, not when it relies on sporadic deep shots sandwiched between 3-and-outs.
Last thing to mention: McCloud is an extremely dynamic punt returner capable of shifting the balance in any game. Feagles’ crappy punting may come in handy this week if it means McCloud doesn’t get a clean catch.

Prediction

Gotta put my faith in the defense to step up once again, and I think the offense can avoid the early faceplant and pull away some in the 2nd half. I like the intangible factors because this team thrives on overcoming adversity as the underdog.

20-14 Canes

86Cane

Rosier has to have Greg Maddox type of accuracy Saturday night. The game will ride on him.

Posted by: Herbieibis | November 30, 2017 at 03:42 PM

NEGATIVE.

The game will ride on the OL and DL.

#Football101

86Cane

It's kind of insane, but it's the only thing that makes sense. Even tho it doesn't make any sense at all.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | November 30, 2017 at 04:35 PM

I see you found my lost tinfoil hat?

86Cane

12% Seats Limited Moving Forward NEXT YEAR is REAL

Don't Doubt the Ring This Year... We ARE NOT a Bad Club!

Posted by: RCCF | November 30, 2017 at 04:55 PM

Always on board, but riding in the back tending bar.

CGNC

Posted by: Herbieibis | November 30, 2017 at 03:42 PM

Not able to make it

CGNC

I see you found my lost tinfoil hat?

Posted by: 86Cane | November 30, 2017 at 08:20 PM

lol1 I have not seen my tinfoil hat since the GrUden rumor was "flying around". Remember that?

CGNC

for those going to the ganme - here is the Charlotte Cnaes Alumni website:

https://www.alumni.miami.edu/connect/groups/regional-groups/us-canes-communities/alumni-clubs/charlotte-canes/index.html

CGNC

game and Canes. Two typos in one sentence - could be replaced by a machine - LOL

Go Canes!!

We’re gonna need two big ones Saturday.

If that happens we win.

I’ll will happen.

27-24 Canes.

In overtime.

86Cane

GOING ALL IN, READ IT AND WEEP:

Miami 34, Clemson 13

trianglecane

24-21 CANES!!

1mg of Epi

It's kind of insane, but it's the only thing that makes sense. Even tho it doesn't make any sense at all.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | November 30, 2017 at 04:35 PM

I see you found my lost tinfoil hat?

Posted by: 86Cane | November 30, 2017 at 08:20 PM

That was yours? Well that explains the funk

VA Cane

RCCF...i'm on that bus right behind the driver ...me Soup and KY Cane.....in the Drinking section!!!!!!

His Royal Dudeness

New nickname for Pinkney and Quarterman...

Clemson needs to mind their P&Q. Huh? Huh?

VA Cane

Going to try to go to the game...lot going on...have not seen them this year...my fathers partners daughter has a big art gallery there...she has a couple ticks.....told me if I can get there I can have 1....lot going on...but going to try to go!!!!!

1mg of Epi

This is a Clemson writer and well worth the read:

https://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2017/11/30/16717474/i-hate-nostalgia

KYcane

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | November 30, 2017 at 09:57 PM

Now there’s some good bulletin board material

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