The Miami football team has two weeks of practice remaining until they conclude the 2019 regular season. Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz wants his team focused on Florida International and Duke and not which bowl game and who the opponent will be.
The Miami football team has turned their season around with three straight wins over Pittsburgh, Florida State and Louisville. Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz wants his team focused on the final two games of the regular season against Florida International and Duke and not what bowl game Miami is projected to play in.
The most recent projection had Brett McMurphy of Stadium projecting the Miami football team to the Orange Bowl to play Alabama. While that would be a huge accomplishment for the Hurricanes and bring a lot of national attention to Miami, Diaz stated on Monday they have to stay focused on the everyday.
Miami is simply not good enough yet to be able to look beyond the next game or as Diaz said the next practice. Losses to then struggling Virginia Tech and a poor Georgia Tech team will likely cost Miami a berth in the ACC Championship game. The Hurricanes also won games as an underdog against Virginia and Pittsburgh.
The late victory over the Panthers and blowout wins over Florida State and Louisville have Miami trending in the right direction. Whatever attitude and focus they had in practice over the last four weeks, Miami needs to continue those habits. Diaz spoke to the Joe Rose Show on Monday on the focus Miami needs to have.
“We have 12 days left in our regular season and we have to win each day. We are not a good football team when we think about anything that is not right in our hands. We have displayed that this year. Right now we are really locked in.
I know this, we weren’t thinking about any bowl game when we were sitting there at 3-4. Nobody was. We didn’t get to this point by thinking about that, so it would be foolish to start doing it now.
We know the little things like the players being accountable and connected to each other has gotten us back on track and we will stick with that. Wherever they decide to send us, we will be happy to go.”
FIU enters Saturday’s game at Marlins Park needing a win against Miami or at Marshall next weekend for their sixth victory of the season to become bowl eligible. Duke needs to defeat Wake Forest this weekend and the Hurricanes next weekend for bowl eligibility.
Miami cannot look past them like they did Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes have to play to the best of their abilities over the final two weeks and not up or down to the level of their opponents. If the Hurricanes can do that they should finish 8-4. That will put Miami in position for a high tier bowl game.