Miami Hurricanes defense has outperformed average of opposing offenses

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The Miami run defense is going to have to get better in the final five games of the season against opponents that excel running the football.

Miami holding opponents below their season rushing average through the first five games in 2020 is encouraging.

Expect more rushing yards against in the remaining six games. The Miami pass defense allows 240.3 yards per game this season which is 51st nationally.

Miami opponents allow 243.27 passing yards per game. The 11 opponents Miami will play this season average 243.27 passing yards per game. That would rank 43rd nationally, one spot behind the Miami passing offense. The first six Miami opponents average 249.59 passing yards per game and the last five average 239.91 per game.

The first six Miami opponents would rank 38th in passing offense and the last five would rank 45th. Miami has held three of their six opponents below their average passing yards per game.

Miami held UAB 5.7 yards below average and Louisville 83.5 below average. Florida State threw for 25.8 yards above their average and Clemson exceeded theirs by 49.3 yards.

Miami held Pittsburgh 18.4 passing yards below its average and Virginia exceeded its season average by 66.6 passing yards. The Miami defense will be challenged in the second half. Every offense is better than their first six opponents except Clemson.

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Miami needs the offense to become more consistent in the second half of the season to take pressure off the defense. Achieving balance on both side of the ball will improve the Hurricanes overall.