When: Sometime between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
Where: Royal Funeral Services, Miami Gardens, FL.
TV/Radio: ESPN3/560 WQAM
Spread: Miami by 60
Savannah State Last Week
The Tigers beat Fort Valley State 27-20. Rumor has it, Fort Valley State is coed.
Miami Last Week
Savannah State X-Factor
Lightning. A weather delay would be the only thing halting this hurricane. Wait, what?
Al Golden’s tie. Will he continue the hot streak of the solid orange?
- Miami ranks fourth nationally in overall defensive efficiency.
- Saturday will be Al Golden’s first game as head coach of an AP Top 25 team
- Savannah State’s two losses are by a combined 131 points. Yes, 131. Maybe the spread is too low?
Miami – No. 16 in the AP Poll, No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll
Savannah State – Click here
- Josh Baumgard
Will Miami cover the 60-point spread?
Jonathan Magolnick: I would love for the Canes to revert back to the days when they blew out even solid teams by over 50 points like Washington in 2001 (65-7), but today it’s not too smart to take a 60-point spread. Having said that, I’m picking the 60-point spread exactly. Canes 66-6 for the push.
Vishnu Parasuraman: Miami 63-0. It could be worse. Savannah State has already lost two games by more than 60 each, against much worse opposition. This is a name-your-score game, and the Canes’ backups should want to score some points. The defense will also want the shutout.
Josh Baumgard: I think the two gentlemen above me are nuts. Not only are they going to cover this spread, they’re going to obliterate it — that is unless a sense of pity engulfs Alfred James Golden during halftime when the score is 43-0. Miami 104-2.
When will Stephen Morris take a seat?
Jonathan: I would look for Morris to take a seat at the start of the second half as Ryan Williams comes in and gets some valuable playing time. Look for Williams to look to receiver Stacey Coley. This looks like the game to get back on track after those two big drops against Florida Atlantic and the lessened playing time against Florida.
Vishnu: Second quarter. He hasn’t had the best start to the year, so I would think he might get a little extended action, which means playing a bit more than he usually would in a game like this. Midway through the second quarter, he should make way for Ryan Williams.
Josh: When he gets on the team bus on the way to the stadium. That was an ode to Greg Popovich and a shameless plug.
More Yards: Duke Johnson or the Tiger offense?
Jonathan: I’m going to take Duke Johnson here with the hope that he has one of those games for the ages in which a back runs for over 250 yards. Also, the Canes defense has been stout thus far, which doesn’t bode well for Savannah State. If the Gators only scored 16, Savannah State won’t do better. Look for about 150 total yards of offense for them max.
Vishnu: Duke Johnson. Savannah State shouldn’t break 100 yards, and Duke can get that in a few plays against this defense. We don’t know how long he will play for, but the coaches should at least give him a decent run coming off a bye week.
Josh: Randy. This is the one where Duke has about eight to ten carries for a buck fifty. His ability to pop in and out of top speed is going toy with the Tigers’ defense. The good news for Savannah is Duke shouldn’t see the field in the second half. I hope they have a team shrink accessible on the visitor’s sideline.
Biggest Surprise of Miami’s season so far?
Jonathan: The biggest surprise thus far for the Canes has been their defense. They have only allowed 22 points through two games after having a subpar defense last year. This is all without Deon Bush, one of the defensive leaders. Also, Tracy Howard and Tyriq McCord look to be hitting sophomore strides as they rebound from mediocre freshman campaigns. Look for the defense to keep it up.
Vishnu: Easy answer would be to just say the entire Canes’ defense, but I will focus on the two starting cornerbacks in Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard. In two games, they have locked down opposing wide receivers and enabled the defense to play a lot more aggressively. I expected improvement, but not to this extent.
Josh: That the NCAA still has their thumb inside themself. Actually, why am I to be surprised about that?