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Pregame thoughts from Land Shark

10/3/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

MIAMI -- I'm watching Miami warm-up right now, and the receivers catch the deep ball with such ease. That's one advantage Jacory Harris will have over Landry Jones in this game. However, it's going to get a lot tougher here in the next half hour when the Sooners are in Harris' facemask. Regardless of who the opponent was, Oklahoma's defense deserves credit for back-to-to-back shutout wins.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple had a rather extended conversation on the field earlier when the teams started to warm up. Would've loved to hear that conversation.

Miami has still not given me its official lineup changes, so I'll post those as soon as I get them.

If Miami wins this game, it will be the Canes' third win over a ranked opponent this season. That is worthy of a top 10 ranking. It would also be a big win for the conference considering how so many of the other teams struggled today. This is a chance for Miami to reassert itself as a frontrunner in the ACC.

The challenge for Miami's defense will be to contain running back DeMarco Murray. Jones isn't going to be asked to win this game by himself. Murray is the Sooners' top option on offense, and the Canes will have to do a better job on him than they did on Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams. The Canes' depleted secondary will key in on Ryan Broyles, who has been Jones' go-to receiver so far. He's already got 309 receiving yards and a team-high seven touchdowns.

Updates on the lineups to follow.