Canes to try getting back on track vs Duke

The Hurricanes return home today to take on a 4-0 Duke team that knocked the Canes from the driver's seat in the Coastal Division a year ago.

The stage was set. Virginia Tech had lost earlier in the day last November and Miami just had to beat Duke to take control of the Coastal Division in the ACC.

Then the Blue Devils went out and hammered the Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium by the score of 48-30.

Today, the Hurricanes will get a rematch in what's shaping up to be a very important game for Miami. The Hurricanes have struggled tremendously against ranked opponents during the Al Golden era and Duke comes in ranked 23rd in the USA Today Poll.

Duke is 4-0 so far this season and they've now won 12 of their last 14 games with their only two losses coming against eventual national champion Florida State and Johnny Manziel-led Texas A&M.

The Blue Devils have picked right up where they left off last season on the offensive side of the ball, despite losing last year's offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to Florida in the offseason.

Quarterback Anthony Boone has been very efficient with the football through the first four games of the season. He's completing over 62-percent of his passes for 864 yards and seven touchdowns. He's thrown just one interception. He's also added three scores on the ground.

Duke gashed Miami on the ground for more than 350 yards in last year's game and that's a concern for a Miami defense that was shredded by Nebraska on the ground last Saturday. Shaun Wilson leads the way with 404 yards and four scores.

Jamison Crowder leads a solid group of receivers. He's caught 22 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Max McAffrey has hauled in 20 passes for 200 yards and two scores.

A major key to the game will be Miami's ability to slow down Duke's running game. It's unlikely they'll be able to shut it down completely but Miami's defense must be able to get off the field -- something it was unable to do against Nebraska -- and give its offense a chance to score points in what should be a shootout.

A lot of fans aren't happy with Golden's performance as head coach going back to the end of last season. Tonight's a big stage for the fourth year head coach to make a statement and begin the Coastal Division play with a victory over last year's champion.

Tonight's game is set to begin at 7:30 on ESPN 2.


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