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Rosier Back At Quarterback In Critical Road Game

Curtis Stevenson
October 26, 2018 - 12:44 pm

After a week off for Miami to reflect on their loss at Virginia, it is back on the road under the lights for tonight for an affair against Boston College.

The break hopefully helped Miami refocus and recharge for the stretch run in the ACC. As we all know by now, Malik Rosier will get the start at quarterback and we will see how that goes. Coach Mark Richt did say that N'kosi Perry would play in the game at some point.

Like I said before, when Richt decided to go back to Rosier after making the switch to the younger Perry, I think it could be a fluid situation. I believe he will try to ride the hot hand and put each player in a position to be successful. This can get tricky having watched coaches try to balance this dynamic over the years at many levels. We shall see how this looks.

However, one thing to keep in mind is the fact that it is not on the quarterback, whoever that may be, to win the game on his own. He needs help. And there is plenty on this roster to provide that. The main thing is to run the offense and play within yourself. Both guys have shown they can do that and when they have, the results have been positive.

Looking at Boston College who comes in rested with a week off themselves, and an identical 5-2 record, they’ve won all four of their home games at Alumni Stadium. The big story line going into this one will be the health of preseason ACC player of the year A.J. Dillion. The star running back has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. When healthy, he has averaged close to 160 yards on the ground his last 12 games. Clearly put, he is one of the best players in the country.

The Eagles like to bludgeon their opponent, and even without Dillion, they have been effective on the ground, racking up close to 227 yards per game. That to me, is the key to the game. Miami has to control the line of scrimmage like they have shown that they can do, and the linebackers must fill the gaps and tackle. Look for defensive tackle Gerald Willis to have a stellar game for the Canes. They must stop the run and get Boston College into some obvious passing situations. That is where the turnovers will come for the Canes. If not, then the Eagles have you right where they want you, and can go into their bag of tricks and get a big play in the passing game.

This is a good opponent who won't beat themselves. Miami must stay disciplined and patient at times and they should be fine. When the schedule came out I circled this game as a possible landmine for Miami and my thought process has not changed. If Dillion is a healthy starter, this could be a very close game going into the fourth quarter. He is the key to pulling off a possible upset.

After a loss to Virginia, there is no way Boston College will be taken lightly. If they get steady quarterback play, Miami has a chance to get back on track in the conference. Go Canes!

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