In their wins, Rutgers held opponents to 28.21 percent on third down. Opponents converted 50.63 percent of their third downs in Rutgers' losses. Miami has to find a way to stay out of third and long with Brown at QB. The running game will be critical for Miami versus Rutgers.
Rutgers is 90th nationally, converting 36.54 percent of their third down attempts. The Scarlet Knights are 87th versus Power Five opponents, converting 34.35 percent of its third down attempts. Rutgers converted 43.04 percent of its third-down attempts in wins and 29.87 percent in losses.
Miami is 34th allowing opponents to convert 35.37 percent of its third down conversions. The Hurricanes are tied for 35th allowing Power Five opponents to convert 35.71 percent of their third down conversions. Getting Rutgers in third and long will be critical. Rutgers is last nationally completing 48.4 percent of their passes.
In close games situational football is critical. Miami has to score TDs in the red zone, stay out of third and long on offense and force Rutgers into passing situations on third down. If Miami can thrive in situational they will put themselves in a position to beat Rutgers and win the Pinstripe Bowl.