And, back to the drawing board, we go. It took me a while to get the strength to write this. So I will make it quick(I always say that and it never happens). The Miami Hurricanes beat, no, let me try that again... The Canes won. "Beat" just doesn't feel like the right word to use for what we saw out of the Miami Hurricanes football program today.
It was a tough game to watch. It was exhausting.
The Canes went down to the wire with a Central Michigan University team that went 1-11 last year and is in the midst of a total rehaul. Easier put, that was not a good team the Canes struggled to beat. So it begs the question, are the Miami Hurricanes that much better?
You can see the talent at multiple positions, but they are nowhere near good enough to take a team lightly and still dominate. Not at the FBS level, anyways. Today was a clear sign that there is still a long way to go.
Canes fans can feel it. The disease is still there. This team still lacks discipline, committing another 13 penalties tonight. Coaches and players and apologists can spin it however they like, but the fact is if the Canes come out and execute and dominate, as they should have, we would not have been in the position we were in with a few minutes left in that game.
I was also disgusted to hear the coaches, commentators and players try to spin this game positively in the post-game on the radio. If you think you have anyone fooled, think again.
Jarren Williams did not have his best game, but the offensive line tonight was on another level. In my opinion, they looked worse today than what they looked like against the Gators. The CMU defensive line was in the Canes backfield all afternoon putting a licking on Jarren Williams. I give credit to Williams for continuing to get up after the beating he was taking, on what felt like every play.
They even tried to switch it up a bit again by going with the original opening day line of John Campbell at right tackle and moving D.J. Scaife back inside. That didn't matter. We knew offensive line depth would be a major concern and I'm not sure there is much they can do to change that at this time. We can only hope that the guys continue to grow, build some confidence and get better. It's hard to see that happening after today's showing.
How bad is it when there is a 4th and 3 early in the game on the CMU 23 yard line and you decide to go for it over kicking a field goal? If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about how confident this coaching staff is in their kicking game, then I don't know what to tell you.
The Canes defense looked very good again this afternoon, bailing out the offense on multiple possessions. It's just embarrassing that this game came down to the defense having to make another play to preserve the win(Al Blades Jr. with an interception to seal the victory).
For the ones saying "Thank goodness, we have a bye week to correct our mistakes", go somewhere else with that crap. So which one is it? Is it bad to have a bye before the UNC game(ACC game), but a good thing to have one now before the ACC schedule gets rolling?
Canes fans, this is going to take some time. What're another few years, right?
Next up, ACC play gets going as the Canes face rival Virginia Tech, October 5th at home.