Miami is still the team to beat atop in the SEC at the moment at 2-1 with no conference losses. As the defending champions, the Hurricanes have started the season as the top scoring offense and second in yards. What makes them so dangerous you ask? Quarterback Axton Richardson. Richardson has been the true epitome of the words dual threat this season as he has 838 yards passing, 287 yards rushing, and ten total touchdowns. But wait, there’s more! Running back Marcus Duncan is nothing to scoff at either as he is averaging 172 total yards per game. This offense is nearly unstoppable. Defensively, the Canes have some work to do to prove this defense can carry them to back to back titles after giving up 36, 58, and 30 points through the first three games
Oregon is now on a two game slide, and we all know not to poke the Duck. Quarterback Jefferson Allen has been interception laden which has led to their demise. On a bright note, running back Puma Longtree is having his best individual season of his career so far, averaging 111 rush yards per game. Linebacker Jedidiah Longtree is having another player of the year type of season as he has yet to have less than ten tackles in a game. The talent is definitely present for the Ducks to make a run and turn their season around, but they have to start taking care of the football and scoring touchdowns.
This is a semifinal rematch from a season ago, and both teams have the same core present. Expect this game to be a back and forth battle with the team who turns the ball over less winning.
Houston Freeman: Miami 38, Oregon 35
David Ware: Miami 49, Oregon 42