Unranked Pittsburgh stuns No. 2 Miami, likely dashes Hurricanes' national championship hopes


Miami won't get the same help, and although it had already clinched the Coastal division of the ACC prior to this game, the Hurricanes will face the Tigers in the ACC Championship game. It also ranked No. 2 in the CFP standings. Despite two forced turnovers from the Miami defense, Pitt still found a way to gain 351 total yards and come out on top.

They will have to as Pat Narduzzi's 4-7 Panthers have nothing left to play for except pride after coming up one yard short of victory last Saturday - Kenny Pickett hooked up with Jester Weah on a 74-yard pass to the Virginia Tech 1 but Pitt couldn't punch it in on four attempts. Remember, last year, Pitt upset eventual national champion No. 2 Clemson, too. It had a stretch of four straight games from October 7 through October 28 that were all decided by eight points or fewer.

Even before last week's slow start against Virginia, Miami flirted with disaster at various points this season.

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It wasn't until the Hurricanes' win over Virginia Tech on November 4 that they started being taken seriously as a national title contender.

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Offense hasn't been a strength for Miami.

The Hurricanes have 19 takeaways across the last five games, according to STATS LLC, and 27 for the season, which tied for third in the nation.

Last time out on November 18, Miami extended its winning streak to 15 straight games dating to October 29, 2016 with a 44-28 win over Virginia at home. We see characteristics of a championship team with Miami. The Tigers now have a three-year ACC Championship streak.

Miami almost blew it last Saturday, showing signs of a letdown against Virginia after the highs of back-to-back triumphs over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, but the Hurricanes pulled it together with 30 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Cavaliers 44-28 and run their winning streak to 15 in a row. Pitt and Syracuse both entered this week with 4-7 records and were playing at home when they pulled off their respective upsets.

For now, though, Pittsburgh will bask in the glow of an impressive victory over Miami that has brought about more chaos in the playoff rankings with little time remaining to sort things out.