It has been almost two weeks since the Miami Hurricanes' 16-13 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers. Now, the Hurricanes (5-2, 2-1 ACC) will look to get back on track and keep their hopes alive for an ACC Coastal Division title this week against the Boston College Eagles.
Like Miami, Boston College (5-2, 2-1) also had a bye last weekend after their 38-20 victory over the Louisville Cardinals. The Eagles will look to remain undefeated at home under the primetime lights on Friday night.
This will be the 30th all-time meeting between Miami and Boston College. The Hurricanes have a 24-5 advantage in the series, but this will be the first time since 2012 that they will have faced the Eagles.
Miami at Boston College
Kickoff: Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Spread: Miami -3.5
Three Things to Watch
1. The return of AJ Dillon
It was announced on Tuesday that Dillon had returned to practice and Boston College's standout running back would play against Miami on Friday night. Dillon injured his ankle early in the second half against Temple on Sept. 29 and missed the Eagles' last two games against NC State and Louisville. Dillon led the ACC in rushing a year ago and has already rushed for 652 yards and six touchdowns on the year.
Miami's defense has been solid all season. The Canes rank 12th in the nation in rushing defense, giving up 106.1 yards per game on the ground. However, in the loss to the Cavaliers, the Miami defense surrendered 139 yards on the ground.
2. Malik Rosier starting once again, but N'Kosi Perry will play
Last week during the bye, Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt announced that Rosier would be the team's starting quarterback against Boston College. However, Richt also said that Perry would see playing time against the Eagles.
Perry started in the Canes' last game against Virginia but was pulled after two interceptions. On the season, Perry has completed 56 percent of his passes for 666 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rosier started the first three games of the season for the Hurricanes. He has completed 52 percent of his passes for 781 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
If Rosier struggles early, expect to see Perry in early relief. It could be a situation where Richt won't hesitate to play musical chairs with the quarterback position for the rest of the season. But as the saying goes, if you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one.
3. Defensive end Zach Allen
The Hurricanes' offensive line has struggled, to say the least. Things won't be any easier this week, as they will be lined up against Allen, who is one of the better players in the ACC. This season, Allen has 36 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and an interception. He also has three pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
Look for the Hurricanes to have tight end Brevin Jordan or Travis Homer to supplement their pass protection against Allen and the rest of the Eagles pass rush.
After an embarrassing season-opening loss to LSU, Miami went on a five-game winning streak. But the Hurricanes are beginning to show signs of a decline, which started in their come-from-behind win against the Florida State Seminoles and continued in their loss to Virginia.
As for Boston College, they played well in Dillon's absence, and now they get their best offensive weapon back in the backfield. While this game probably won't see a ton of points scored, the Eagles have a distinct advantage playing in at home and in colder weather.
Prediction: Boston College 27, Miami 23
— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.