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The Miami Hurricanes blew a chance to play in their home stadium in the Orange Bowl getting trounced by North Carolina in their final regular season game. That didn’t diminish what the Canes accomplished during the tumultuous season winning eight games, their highest total in three seasons. A matchup with the Big 12’s Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Cheez-It Bowl gives the Canes a chance to flush that loss to UNC out of their system and to show once again that the “U” is back. Miami looks to end a three-game bowl losing streak as a 2-point underdog on the opening college football betting line.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys -2

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A berth in the Orange Bowl was there for the taking in the final regular season game. Unfortunately it was North Carolina that took it. Miami finished third in the ACC with a 7-2 record, 8-2 overall, but that 62-26 loss to the Heels left a lasting impression. UNC ended up with a higher CFP ranking denying the Canes a chance to play a bowl home game. Instead, Miami heads a short distance to Orlando to take on OSU in the Cheez-It Bowl. The second ever meeting between the programs takes place on Tuesday, December 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The game will air on ESPN.

All Manny Diaz wanted was a chance to play another game after the UNC debacle. The final scheduled game against Georgia Tech, which would have been a chance for the Canes to rebound, was shelved by the ACC. “Thank goodness we have a chance to play another game. It’s very important for me for this football team. Over the course of the season they’ve done a lot more right than wrong. You want them to feel the reward for that. I do think it’s important we put on a great performance whatever bowl game we get to go to,” Diaz said.

The Canes will move forward without two of their top defensive players after starting ends Quincy Roche and Jaelen Phillips opted out to prepare for the NFL draft. The pair combined for 30 tackles and 12.5 sacks. They actually left the program earlier than expected since they were non-factors in the UNC game. The Canes allowed a program record 554 rushing yards and 778 total yards in the 62-26 loss. That performance was shocking since the Canes tossed a shutout against Duke the game before.

The Cowboys climbed to No. 6 in the AP poll after winning their first four games. They finished the season splitting their last six going 1-5 ATS in that stretch. OSU ended the regular season with a 42-3 win over a shorthanded Baylor squad. After watching UNC’s running back duo of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams each rush for more than 200 yards in the last game, the Canes catch a break not having to chase Chuba Hubbard all over the field. The nation’s leading rusher in 2019 opted out of the season and will begin preparing for the NFL draft.

Diaz “suspects” standout quarterback D’Eriq King will play in the bowl game. King also hinted at returning to the team for next season with players given an exemption by the NCAA due to COVID. That would be a boost for the Miami offense. King threw for 2,573 yards with 22 touchdowns and was the team’s second leading rusher with 520 yards. He also tallied four touchdowns on the ground showing off his dual threat ability. He helped the Canes average 34 points per game while amassing over 432.3 yards per contest.

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The Canes can’t put the loss to North Carolina behind them soon enough. Miami was gouged by Carter and Williams, who combined for an NCAA record 544 rushing yards. Carter had 308 yards and two touchdowns while Williams added 236 yards and three scores. Miami had no answer defensively giving up big play after big play. Carter and Williams each had a long run of 65 yards and together averaged 11.6 yards per carry. Sam Howell threw for 223 yards and the Heels put up the most rushing yards and total yards against a Miami defense.

“We got our ass kicked. It was a humiliating performance. We have to give credit to North Carolina. They were phenomenal. That was probably as good as they can play matched up with probably as badly as we can play, and that’s the result,” Diaz said following the loss.

In a season full of them there weren’t many positives in this one. The Canes possessed the football for fewer than 20 minutes and got 292 total yards from King. The Canes actually took the lead when Jose Borregales capped the opening possession with a 47-yard field goal. UNC rattled off the next 34 points before King hooked up with Mike Harley on a 2-yard scoring pass to close the half. King’s second touchdown throw was a 76-yard beauty to Brevin Jordan midway through the third making it 41-18. The Canes had the Orange Bowl secured as the third-place team in the ACC. They didn’t need to beat UNC they just couldn’t afford to get blown out in record fashion. And that’s what happened.

2020 Miami Hurricanes Schedule

Date Opponent Score
Sep 10 vs UAB W 31-14
Sep 19 @ Louisville W 47-34
Sep 26 vs Florida State W 52-10
Oct 10 @ Clemson L 17-42
Oct 17 vs Pittsburgh W 31-19
Oct 24 vs Virginia W 19-14
Nov 6 @ NC State W 44-41
Nov 14 @ Virginia Tech W 25-24
Dec 5 @ Duke W 48-0
Dec 12 vs North Carolina L 26-62
Dec 19 vs Georgia Tech CANCELED
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