We were curious to see what Miami might be saying before the Duke game and after the loss to the Blue Devils last year. As it turns out, not much, at least in public.
This is about as much as anyone is willing to say:
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"I remember losing; that’s all I remember from that game," Denzel Perryman told the Miami Herald.
"We found out during halftime [that Maryland had upset Virginia Tech, giving Miami a chance to move up] and at the end of the game it was an "L", so it was pretty frustrating."
Running back Duke Johnson, who missed last year's game, chimed in: [the most] "frustrating thing" about last year’s game was that the Coastal title game "was right there within our reach. … The second half just didn’t look like we wanted it. Duke came out [in] the second half, and they wanted it more."
The 'Canes are being quiet publicly, which you'd expect from a well-coached and disciplined team. What's being said privately would be really interesting to hear.
As for Duke, Jeremy Cash, a Miami native, suspects that the Blue Devils still lack respect. Duke enters at 4-0 and #23 in the nation and told the Miami paper this:
"From an outside perspective, I think people still don’t believe in Duke football. People have strong feelings that everything we’ve done thus far has been a fluke. That’s alright with us because we know outside opinions don’t affect us in any way, shape or form.
"We come out with the mentality that we’ll let people run their mouth, and we’ll run our business. People are going to hate — that’s fine. Just remember to spell our names right."
Miami is listed as a seven point favorite.