On Saturday, the Miami football team will be challenged defensively limiting explosive plays versus Louisville. The Cardinals are first in the ACC with six plays of 60 yards or more this season. Louisville running back Jawhar Jordan leads the ACC with nine plays of 30 or more yards this season.
Miami has often been susceptible to big plays this season. The Hurricanes have allowed 23 plays in 2023 of 30 or more yards. Louisville wide receiver Jamari Thrash will also challenge Miami. Thrash is third in the ACC with seven receptions of 30 or more yards and with four receptions for 40 or more yards.
Miami has been far better at limiting explosive running plays. The Miami football team ranks in the top five in the ACC allowing explosive runs. Miami is 11th in the ACC allowing 226.5 passing yards per game, and 10th allowing 7.1 yards per pass attempt.
Miami is 13th in the ACC allowing 20 completions of 30 or more yards and 10th with opponents completing nine passes for 40 or more yards. With Jordan the focal point of the Louisville offense, Miami can not get complacent defensively and allow Thrash to get behind the defense. Thrash is second in the ACC averaging 81.6 receiving YPG.
Jordan is second in the ACC averaging 97.60 rushing YPG and leads the conference averaging an astounding 6.92 YPC. Louisville backup RB Isaac Guerendo is second in the ACC averaging 6.39 YPC. The Cardinals are fourth in the ACC averaging 4.92 yards per carry. Louisville is sixth in the ACC averaging 6.7 yards per pass attempt.
Louisville is third in the ACC averaging 32.7 points per., and fourth at 439.0 total yards per game and fourth with 6.71 yards per game. Miami is fifth in the ACC allowing 20.7 PPG, third with opponents averaging 312.5 yards per game and 4.99 yards per play. Saturday will be one of the biggest challenges for the Miami defense in 2023.