Canes Weekly: Should the Canes “worry” about App St?
After two dominating performances against FAMU (70-3) & FAU (38-10) , the #25 Miami Hurricanes will travel to Boone, North Carolina this week to take on the (1-1) Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Hurricanes are currently favored by 3.5 points this week according to Vegas Insider, and many experts are calling this game a “Trap Game,” but do the Hurricanes need to worry about a team that is (0-4) against ranked teams, since they shocked the world and defeated #5 Michigan in 2007?
Miami head coach Mark Richt thinks differently.
“How can you take this team lightly?” Richt said “How can anybody who knows football take this team lightly? We don’t even have to say that to our guys. They’ve seen the film. They watched them play against Tennessee. They know.
“It’s really almost an insult to have to answer the question. Not being rude to you, but this is a really good football team and everybody knows it and we’re geared up to try to do the best we can to play great that day,” said Richt.
Saturday’s noon kickoff will be the first road game of the season for the Hurricanes and Mark Richt’s first test as the head coach for his alma mater. Many expected the offense to carry the way for this team, but it’s been Defensive Coordinator, Manny Diaz, and his defense who have step-up and lead this team to their impressive 2-0 start.
The Hurricanes’ defense is allowing 205 yards per game this season, and while the Canes have faced two “cupcake” teams, their performance is still very impressive. The Canes are starting three freshmen LB’s in Shaq Quarterman, Zach McCloud and Mike Pinckney, who was the defensive player of the week; with 9 total tackles, 6 solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Canes’ defense also ranks #1 in tackles for loss in the entire country with 22.
This week’s opponent Appalachian State won’t be a “cupcake.” This is a App St. team who almost beat #9 Tennessee on the road, and honestly it was a gift from God when Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs dove into the endzone, fumbled the football and somehow Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd ended up with the football and gives Tennessee a 20-13 lead.
The Canes will be playing in front of a sold-out Appalachian State crowd and some are calling this their biggest home game in school history, this game is so crazy that once tickets were released, they sold-out in less than one hour.
Predictions: Many App St. fans are saying they will beat the Hurricanes this weekly and it’s honestly very disrespectful. I think Brad Kaaya leads Miami into Appalachian State and shows everyone why he’s projected to be a first round draft pick and a Heisman contender.
Appalachian State: 14