Miami 2018 Betting Preview: Hurricanes Still Have Major QB Questions
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Miami 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +4500
- To win the ACC: +600
- To win the ACC Coastal: +117
- To make Playoff: Yes +700, No -1100
- To make NY6 Bowl: Yes +220, No -300
- Win Total: 9.5 (over +110, under -130)
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Miami 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 8.4
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Miami Under 9.5 (-110)
The resurgent Miami Hurricanes raced to a 10-0 start last season, despite some moments of smoke and mirrors. Toledo, Florida State, and Georgia Tech all had the lead heading into halftime of their respective games with the Canes. The second halves in 2017 can be described as magical defensive havoc for Miami (as it ranked 13th overall), which led to the birth of the turnover chain.
A 10-0 start to the 2018 season is in play for Miami. The Hurricanes are projected to be favorites up until they visit Virginia Tech. There are tricky situational spots in the schedule against up-and-coming teams, such as Virginia or Boston College, off bye weeks.
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Miami also had the benefit of multiple games at home last year, including an Orange Bowl loss to Wisconsin. The tables have turned this season, as Miami hits the road five times. The biggest road contest comes at Blacksburg against Virginia Tech for Coastal Division supremacy.
The roster has question marks on the offensive line, and the fan base is not happy with the play of quarterback Malik Rosier. Third-down conversion percentage was an issue (Miami ranked 125th in the nation), and there was too much dependence on the explosiveness of players such as wide receiver Braxton Berrios, who is gone to the NFL.
Even with the Canes projected to be favorites in so many games, the schedule is full of rising teams in great situational spots. Virginia comes off a bye week to catch the Hurricanes on a hangover from Florida State. Virginia Tech hosts Miami on back-to-back travel. We will fade the explosiveness, the quarterbacks and the questions on the offensive line for an Under 9.5 -110.
What else you need to know about Miami
Books opened the LSU-Miami game at Canes -3. That line currently sits at Miami -2.5. Although I project Miami to not get to 10 wins, this is a spot I am looking to back the Hurricanes.
LSU is 122nd overall in returning production, and while the Tigers are generally rich in recruiting talents, there is chaos in the coaching staff. Matt Canada departs, making way for tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, a strong Ed Orgeron supporter, to take on the role of offensive coordinator.
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Joe Burrow transfers in from Ohio State to be LSU’s quarterback, but the running back stable doesn’t return a single touchdown. I don’t have faith in Orgeron-Ensminger calling a game, making adjustments or developing the quarterback. Take the Canes in Week 1.