This week in “Bless Your Heart,” we jump into Clemson football and their Week 12 opponent: The Miami Hurricanes. The Canes are talented and, with a new coach, have reinvigorated the energy of “The U”. Now, heading into their 11th game, it feels more like they are once again saying “We’re back, we promise!”
October is a great month for football, but there are still weeks that it kind of feels like Summer (especially when games are at noon). The best football of the year is, without a doubt, played in November.
It finally feels like Fall. I mean, sure, after about a week it begins to be evident that winter is inching increasingly closer, but still- it’s Fall. Regardless, I would much rather be cold at a game than sit in an absolute sauna in August-October.
Pair the changing weather with the best time slot for a game (3:30 for those keeping track at home), and you have a recipe for another great day in the Valley. Well, unless you are leaving the tropical temperatures of South Beach to face the Tigers.
The Miami Hurricanes are an enigma.
They went into the offseason and made some of the most serious moves to show that they were absolutely going to be in the conversation in the national picture. The draw of coming and leading your home back to national prominence was pitched to (successfully) then Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal and then Clemson AD Dan Radakovich. The Canes used that momentum on the recruiting trail and transfer portal for great hauls. Seemingly, the U was back.
That was until September 18th, when an already listless Texas A&M crammed the Canes in a 17-9 game.
From there, the season has seemingly come off the rails. The college football behemoth Middle Tennessee State followed up the A&M loss with a whopping total of 507 total yards of offense. It was a game that saw Miami give up bomb after bomb after bomb in deep touchdown passes in a 45-31 loss.
From there the Canes have been inconsistent and hit mightily by the injury bug. Although, after last week they do have some reinvigorated hope thanks to the play of freshman Jacurri Brown.
Can Clemson football keep the momentum going against Miami?
But Clemson comes in with a major opportunity to build off of last week. Miami has had a struggling offense all year, and, as good as their defense has played, it feels like this game could get away quickly. Especially if Clemson can establish a run game like they were able to do against Louisville.
This Tiger team seems to be reenergized from the win last week and I think this is where Clemson begins to hit their stride.
Miami, Bless your hearts.