Canes Weekly: Hurricane fans ride emotional roller coaster, despite 24 point victory
The stadium was in disbelief.
Despite being on the road, FAU stadium was filled with Miami Hurricane fans, and the tension was palpable at the half.
The score was 20 to 20 in what fans thought would be a blowout, and a single question remained stuck in ‘Canes fans minds; has anything changed?
Over the past two years, Miami Hurricane fans have ridden a roller coaster of emotions. From the very high of beating the Gators in 2013, to the very low of losing in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. ‘Canes fans have gone through it all.
But at FAU as somber memories played through the heads of Miami fans, the teams took the field. With expectations lower then they had been all night, the Miami Hurricanes team the fans’ expected to see finally made itself apparent.
A shaky defense became a turnover forcing machine, and a struggling offense put up 24 unanswered points off of what seemed to be pure will.
All of a sudden, the panic turned into confusion for hurricane fans. Despite the great second half, one couldn’t help but wonder; Can the 2015 Miami Hurricanes demonstrate consistency, or is the roller coaster going to face yet another fall?
Only time can tell whether or not they will perform well on a game by game basis, but the lesson Friday night taught was much simpler then X’s and O’s; The canes must focus on themselves more than their opponents.
Nearly every year on the day the University of Miami releases their football schedule, Hurricane fans gather around to predict wins and losses. If the past has taught us anything; however, it is that Miami’s match ups are unpredictable.
Over the last couple of years expectations have been sky high entering the season, but by the final whistle hope has dissipated. The reason for this disappointment is that Miami fans are comparing what they believe the talent level is on both teams.
If Miami games are going to continue to be evaluated that way over the course of the season, then it will be a disappointing year, because the national distinction of the football program at this point is uncertain. Instead, this year’s games should be analyzed from the perspective of the Hurricanes as an individual team, not Miami vs their opponent.
Just think, if you erase the thought of Florida Atlantic University as the opponent, Friday was a successful night for the Miami Hurricanes. The team forced five turnovers, and sophomore running back Joseph Yearby rushed for over 140 yards. Miami had 7 wide receivers with double digit receiving yards, and despite the “Fire Al Golden” banner that flew over the stadium, the Hurricanes scored 24 unanswered points to win the game.
As the Hurricanes gear up for their next matchup against Nebraska on Saturday afternoon they should be viewed in a different light. Not for their victory over FAU, but rather because as an individual team there were positives to be found.
You must judge them this way because the reality of the situation is that the glory days of Jimmie Johnson, Howard Schnellenberger, and Dennis Erickson are over. This is a different team, with a different mindset, and different goals. It would be naive of us to judge them on the same scale.
Final Prediction for Miami vs Nebraska: Nebraska and Miami run the ball well and both starting backs (Joseph Yearby and Terrell Newby) total over 100 all-purpose yards. Game goes down to the last two possessions, but the Miami Hurricanes feed off of their home crowd and pull out a tight victory.
Final Score: Miami 28 Nebraska 24