Miami Football 2017: 3 takeaways from upset loss to Pitt in Week 13

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 24: Dewayne Hendrix
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Miami on the road isn’t Miami at home

Miami came into game undefeated, but that doesn’t mean every game has been smooth or a blowout (see Notre Dame Game). This team has had a couple of close calls. When you take a deeper dig into the games Miami struggle in you notice most of the games are on the road.

They have ground out victories against Florida State and North Carolina, but both are sub .500 teams and you know what both games have in common? You guessed it both of them were on the road. They won both, but barely.

I don’t know what it is, but most college players aren’t the same on the road. Is it maturity? Preparation? Whatever it is, the Hurricanes are the new version of Jekyll and Hyde. They didn’t get over 250 total yards against the Pittsburgh defense Week 13 and they missed countless big play opportunities to bust the game open early and missed them.

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In Week 12 they spotted Virginia 14 points, but it was at home, they spotted Pittsburgh 10 points in the second half and couldn’t make the comeback. A team that had a clear College Football Playoff path now looks a little blurry.