Miami football needs to continue Clemson trending negative turnover margin

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team needs to continue the trend of Clemson being minus six in turnover margin over its last three games. Clemson overcame a minus-three turnover margin at Syracuse to win 27-21 three weeks ago and three turnovers to two by Louisville in a 31-16 victory versus Louisville last week.

Clemson threw two interceptions to no turnovers by Notre Dame in a 35-14 loss in South Bend two weeks ago. The Miami football team had its first game with a positive turnover margin since a 20-14 win at Virginia Tech when the Hurricanes were plus four in a 35-14 victory at Georgia Tech last Saturday.

The positive Miami turnover margins at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are the only ones for the Hurricanes in their last eight games. Miami began the season with consecutive games of plus two against Bethune-Cookman and Southern Mississippi. Miami was -11 in turnover margin in the seven games prior to Georgia Tech.

Miami had two interceptions each against Georgia Tech quarterback Zach Gibson and Zach Pyron last Saturday. Safety Kamren Kinchens tied a Miami record with three interceptions, including a 99-yard touchdown return and now leads the country in picks. Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson had the other interception versus Georgia Tech.

Miami has forced multiple turnovers in only three games this season against Power Five opponents. What has cost Miami offensively is turning the ball over deep in their own territory. Miami had two turnovers inside its own 30 once against Middle Tennessee State and three times plus an interception return versus Duke.

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has thrown six interceptions with two against Syracuse and one versus Notre Dame over the last three weeks. Against Georgia Tech was only the third time this season Miami has had multiple interceptions in the same game. Miami has recovered multiple fumbles in the same game three times in 2022.

Five of the 11 Miami fumbles lost this season came against Duke. The Miami offense has thrown multiple interceptions three times this season. Miami is 4-0 in games this season when they have a positive turnover margin. The Hurricanes are 0-4 with a negative turnover margin and 1-1 in the games where the turnover margin was even.

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Clemson had a positive turnover margin three times and was even four times when the Tigers began the 2022 season winning its first seven games. The Tigers have won two of its last three games despite the negative turnover margin. The turnover margin is often an indicator of who will win and Saturday should continue that trend.