Miami Hurricanes at Boston College Five things to watch

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Allen Hurns #1 of the Miami Hurricanes eludes a tackle from Jim Noel #23 of the Boston College Eagles during the game on September 1, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Allen Hurns #1 of the Miami Hurricanes eludes a tackle from Jim Noel #23 of the Boston College Eagles during the game on September 1, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /
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Win the turnover battle

Turnovers have been more important to the Miami Hurricanes than any other team in college football over the last year and a half. The turnover chain provides a huge emotional lift to the team and has put the offense in good position to convert that into points.

Miami’s wins against North Carolina and Florida State, that preceded the loss to Virginia illustrated that more than any other games since the introduction of the turnover chain at the outset of the 2017 season.

The Miami defense turned the Tar Heels over six times and returned three of those for touchdowns in a 47-10 victory last month. Against Florida State back to back turnovers deep in Florida State territory allowed the Hurricanes offense to start consecutive drives in the red zone. That helped UM out of a 27-7 deficit.

After finishing third in the nation last season in turnovers forced, Miami is seventh this season. Nothing deflates a crowd more than a turnover. The Hurricanes defense probably needed to come up with multiple turnovers to ensure victory, while keeping their own to a minimum.

The Hurricanes defense forced three turnovers against Virginia, but Perry and Rosier combined to throw three interceptions. Miami has forced 14 turnovers in their five wins this season, just the three against Virginia in their two losses.