Miami football: Offense getting back on track has simple formula

Oct 14, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; . Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; . Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

The offense for the Miami football team has gained more than 450 yards in all six games this season. Miami has stalled offensively in the last two games primarily because of penalties and turnovers. If Miami can limit their penalties and turnovers, the Hurricanes should be a high-scoring offense again this season.

The Miami offense getting back on track has a difficult matchup on Saturday versus Clemson. Clemson leads the ACC allowing 261.8 yards per game. Miami is first in the ACC averaging 501.8 yards per game on offense. The matchup between the Clemson defense and Miami offense will be a key on Saturday night.

The Miami football team is 13th in the ACC averaging 70.5 penalty yards per game and 12th averaging 7.2 penalties per game. The Hurricanes are averaging 7.5 penalties for 68.5 yards in their wins and 6.5 penalties for 74.5 yards in their losses. In games against FBS opponents, Miami averages 7.6 penalties for 77.8 yards.

Miami is tied for 12th in the ACC with a turnover margin of minus 0.50 per game. In ACC games, Miami is last in the conference by a wide margin with a turnover margin of minus 3.5 per game. The overall turnover margin of minus seven is also the worst in the ACC. That is despite all but Duke and Virginia playing more than two games.

Almost all of the negative turnover margin for Miami has come in the last two games. Miami had a minus three turnover margin versus Georgia Tech two weeks ago and minus four last week at North Carolina. Miami began the 2023 season with one interception thrown by Tyler Van Dyke and without forcing a turnover.

After the season opener versus Miami (Ohio), Miami had a turnover margin of plus two versus Texas A&M, even versus Bethune-Cookman and plus three versus Temple. Losing two fumbles in each of the last two games in addition to five interceptions thrown by Van Dyke have been critical in the losses.

Miami has also been hindered by inconsistency in the red zone and scoring territory. The Hurricanes are fifth in the ACC scoring on 86.21 percent of its red zone trips. Miami is eighth scoring touchdowns on 58.62 percent of its red zone trips and fourth converting 27.59 percent of its red zone trips to field goals.

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Miami had six drives inside the 30-yard line versus Georgia Tech and scored only 20 points. Three of the five Miami turnovers against Georgia Tech occurred inside the Yellow Jackets’ 30 and a fourth was on the Hurricanes’ 25 that culminated in a TD. Miami has to maximize its opportunities on Saturday versus Clemson.