PITTSBURGH, Sporting Alert – No. 2 Miami will seek to maintain its undefeated and impressive run this season when it travels to Heinz Field to battle against Pittsburgh in college football action on Friday.
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The Hurricanes (10-0), who have handled some tough opponents in recent weeks, will be hoping to close out their regular season fixtures with another victory in preparation for the clash with No. 3 Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.
A loss to Pittsburgh on Friday certainly wouldn’t eliminate Miami from the College Football Playoff, but it would definitely make things very tricky for the Canes against the Tigers.
What To Remember
- Miami takes a 15-game winning streak into this encounter, dating back from last season
- This is current run by the Hurricanes is the FBS’ longest streak
- The Canes have won 18 of their last 20 meetings against the Panthers.
- Visitors will be cautious knowing that an unranked Pitt team upset No. 3 Clemson last season
The Florida-based side is heavily favored by ESPN’s Football Power Index, and rightly so, after moving up one place in the college football playoff rankings this week, but coach Mark Richt is more focused on taking care of his players’ health in the short preparation week.
“We don’t have a lot of time [to prepare]. “Pitt doesn’t either,” Richt said. “These guys know. They know they have to get their rest, take care of their bodies.”
He added: “We, as coaches, have to be wise and not do things to wear them out but still do enough to be prepared.
“They have to take care of themselves.”
Richt, though, is hoping his players will continue to explode on the field, with the highlight undoubtedly being placed on the number of takeaways so far this season.
The Hurricanes have 19 takeaways across the last five games, according to STATS LLC, and 27 for the season, which tied for third in the nation.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh (4-7) has lost its last two games against North Carolina and Virgina Tech and would like nothing more than to snap the Hurricanes’ unbeaten streak and make life ever so interesting for the CFP selection committee.
Miami has won 11 of the last 12 head-to-head matchups dating back to 1998, and leads this all-time series versus Pittsburgh, 25-10-1.
The Canes also have a very good track record in Pittsburgh, having not lost on the road in the series since 1997.
THE MIAMI HURRICANES NOTES
- Miami is looking to complete the seventh undefeated regular season in the modern era of Hurricanes Football (since 1979) and rst since 2002.
- The Canes checked in at No. 3 in the latest College Football Playo rankings released on Nov. 14, its rst position ever in the CFP “top four.”
- Last time out on Nov. 18, Miami extended its winning streak to 15 straight games dating to Oct. 29, 2016 with a 44-28 win over Virginia at home.
- Miami’s current 15-game winning streak is the longest in FBS, and the program’s longest winning streak since the 2002 season, when the
- Hurricanes nished the tail end of a 34-game winning streak. Georgia and Wisconsin tie for second nationwide with 12-game winning streaks.
- For the rst time since 2002, Miami has started 10-0 overall and for the rst time since joining the ACC in 2004, Miami is 7-0 in conference play.
- With a perfect 10-0 record, Miami is one of just four remaining unbeaten teams at the FBS level and the only unbeaten team in the ACC.
SERIES NOTES FROM PITT
- Series Began: 1950
- Series Overall: Miami leads 25-10-1
- ACC Series: Miami leads 3-1
- At Pittsburgh: Miami leads 14-5
- At Miami: Miami leads 11-5-1
- At Neutral Sites: DNA
- Last Meeting: Nov. 5, 2016 (Miami 51, Pitt 28)
- Last Meeting at Pitt: Nov. 27, 2015 (Miami 29, Pitt 24)
- Current Series Win Streak: Miami has won 2 (2015-16)
- Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 2 games (twice)
- Longest Miami Series Win Streak: 8 games (twice)
- Largest Pitt Margin of Victory: 17 points (36-19, 1976)
- Largest Miami Margin of Victory: 58 points (58-0, 1967)