Nothing eases a post-loss hangover like a visit from ACC doormat Duke. The Canes will host the Blue Devils on Saturday, as Duke tries for their first win against Miami since their first meeting in 1976.
Duke will be looking to snap a cold streak of its own, having lost its last three games. Favored by 15 points and with its annual showdown with cross-state FSU looming in a week, Miami could find itself looking past the Blue Devils.
To avoid a repeat of last week's upset by Virginia, the Canes cannot take Duke lightly. The Blue Devils are in last place in the ACC Coastal division, but they've lost their past two games by a combined 5 points to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
When the Canes have the ball: Lamar Miller has seemingly disappeared from Miami's offense. After running for over 100 yards in each of the Canes' first five games, he's averaged 64 yards a game in the last three games. Tommy Streeter has since emerged as Miami's most dangerous weapon. The 6'5" receiver is Jacory Harris' favorite target, and he's hauled in 14 receptions for 361 yards in the last three games.
But Duke safety Matt Daniels is the kind of defensive back who has given Harris fits in the past. A smart centerfielder, Daniels has 2 interceptions and 13 pass break-ups this season. If he disrupts the passing game, Miami will need Miller to step up big time.
When the Blue Devils have the ball: The Blue Devils have the 27th-ranked passing attack in the nation, averaging 279.3 yards per game. QB Sean Renfree is completing 66% of his passes, but only has 6 touchdowns to 7 interceptions on the season. Miami's inexperienced secondary could be in for a long afternoon.
Duke's running game is less of a threat. Leading rusher Juwan Thompson only gets 10 carries per game, and as a whole Duke is averaging 3.1 yards per attempt. Miami's best bet to slow down the Blue Devils will be to stack the line of scrimmage and try to pressure Renfree into some hurried throws and bad decisions.
Who has the edge? Duke has fought hard in two close losses recently, but the Blue Devils are due for a letdown. Golden will not let the Canes look ahead to the Seminoles, and Miami should roll at home.
The Pick: Miami 28-Duke 10
Kickoff is at 3:00 on ACC Network and ESPN3.com