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Miami football needs better big game performance to take next step

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami football program needs better performances in big games to return to becoming an elite team. Miami was embarrassed last season in losses to Clemson and North Carolina. The Hurricanes’ season won’t be defined in their season opener against Alabama, but being competitive can make a statement.

In reasons seasons against elite teams, Miami has been dominated. Clemson and North Carolina ran through Miami in 104-43 combined losses. Alabama has dominated Power Five opponents in season openers under Nick Saban. Alabama has won season openers against Power Five teams under Saban by a 25 point average.