Miami Hurricanes Football: Five most important games in 2015

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2. Clemson at Miami – October 24

The Clemson Tigers were in a transition year of sorts last year, Tajh Boyd left to join the NFL prior to last season, and because of that, the Tigers had some concerns over their quarterback position. Despite the loss at QB, the Tigers found a way to win 10 games last season, including a victory in the Russell Athletic bowl, where they cruised to an easy 40-6 win over Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Related: Clemson Season Preview and Prediction

Miami and Clemson finished the year last season neck in neck in points per game, Clemson averaged 30.8 while Miami averaged 29.2. Clemson will be stronger this year offensively, and will look to build upon their scoring offense.

Unless Miami can improve upon their passing and rushing game (they finished 48th and 50th in the country), it’s likely that the Hurricanes will struggle against Clemson’s hard-nosed defense, which was third in the country only allowing 16.7 points per game. This game is probably the third most difficult game for Miami, a win here could propel them forward in the national rankings.

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