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Opponent Watch: 10/10

Posted on October 11, 2018, in Football by StLouHoo.

MIAMI

Hoo Matchup Date/Location: Sat, 10/13 @ UVA

This week's result: Won 28-27 vs Florida State (Home)

Miami had to come back from 20 points down in the second half to pull out the win in this rivalry game, one in which they were heavily favored. N'Kosi Perry had a rough outing, completing only 13 of his 32 pass attempts for 204 yards, losing a fumble, and failing to make an impact running the ball. But he threw four TDs and in the end, that's what mattered. Miami's defense struggled in the first half, giving up 17 points before the break, but locked it down in the second half, and FSU amassed only 200 total yards on the night. 

Record: 5-1 (2-0)

 

DUKE

Hoo Matchup Date/Location: Sat, 10/20 @ Duke

This week's result: Bye

Record: 4-1 (0-1)

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Matchup Date/Location: Sat, 10/27 @ UVA

This week's result: Bye

Record: 1-3 (1-1)

 

PITTSBURGH

Hoo Matchup Date/Location: Fri, 11/2 @ UVA

This week's result: Won 44-37 vs Syracuse (Home)

Pitt won an overtime shootout with rival Syracuse. The Panthers put up a solid 402 yards of total offense, mostly thanks to RB Qadree Ollison going for over 200 yards from scrimmage, with his backup Darrin Hall chipping in 100 yards rushing as well. QB Kenny Pickett struggled, 11/22 for only 137 yards and a TD vs an INT and a fumble as well. Pitt's defense struggled on 3rd downs, allowing the Orange to convert on 10 of 18 attempts. The game turned on three takeaways by the Panther defense, including one that sealed the game in OT. Pitt now travels to #5 ND; can they knock off a Top 10 opponent for the 3rd straight year?

Record: 3-3 (2-1)

 

LIBERTY

Hoo Matchup Date/Location: Sat, 11/10 @ UVA

This week's result: Lost 49-41 vs New Mexico St (Away)

For the second straight week, the Flames found themselves in a shootout 2,000 miles from home (won 52-43 at New Mexico last week). QB Stephen Calvert put up 54 pass attempts to power the Liberty offense (57% completions, 2 TD / 1 INT), though RB Frankie Hickson came through as well with 155 yards on 24 attempts. But the defense got shredded again, allowing 572 total yards, failing to notch a single takeaway, and allowing the Aggies to convert on 50% of their 3rd down attempts.

Record: 2-3

 

GEORGIA TECH

Matchup Date/Location: Sat, 11/17 @ GT

This week's result: Won 66-31 vs Louisville (Away)

Georgia Tech ran it up on Louisville with a purpose. Their passing game? 1/2 for 12 yards on the night. That's it. Instead they ran it 65 times for 542 rushing yards. It was personal (GT coach Paul Johnson has a vendetta against UL's defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder). Their defense was "meh," but once they were up by a few touchdowns, the defense mailed it in for two 4th quarter UL TD's. It did score on a pick 6, though, to pad the final score. 

Record: 3-3 (1-2)

 

VIRGINIA TECH

Hoo Matchup Date/Location: Fri, 11/23 @ VT

This week's result: Lost 45-23 vs Notre Dame (Home)

Virginia Tech failed to notch the upset win on national TV. VT's offense was too reliant on the pass while playing catch up, with QB Ryan Willis attempting 52 throws for 309 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT. He also had a costly fumble that ND took back for a TD that broke the game for the Irish. The RBs only took 22 handoffs on the night, getting 132 yards, they should've gotten more work. VT's defense couldn't get off the field, letting ND convert 9 of 16 3rd down attempts, ND's QB completed 71% of his throws, and they gave up 178 rushing yards to ND's running back Dexter Williams.

Record: 3-2 (2-0)

 

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Coastal Division Power Rankings

1. Miami

2. Virginia Tech

3. Duke

4. Virginia 

5. Pittsburgh

6. Georgia Tech

7. North Carolina

 

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