Six is the new 10.

Two decades ago, when the Miami Hurricanes were great, 6 wins were something achieved right about midseason.

Now, it’s a big-time goal to reach 6 … for the entire season.

Furthermore, the Canes (5-6 overall, 3-4 ACC) will have to come up with perhaps their best effort of the season Saturday to beat visiting Pitt (7-4, 4-3).

A victory would make the Canes bowl eligible, give them extra practices that would be extremely valuable for their younger players and provide for a joyous Thanksgiving week.

A loss would end a losing season at 5-7.

Here are your 5 Canes takeaways:

1. Next!

Miami’s 40-10 loss Saturday at 9th-ranked Clemson is hardly worth discussing, except to say it was expected.

The Canes managed just 19 yards during the 1st half and 98 for the game. Miami went just 3-for-11 on 3rd-down  conversions and 0-for-1 on a 4th-down try.

Miami’s defense was just as bad, allowing Clemson to convert 14-of-19 on 3rd down. Clemson gained 447 total yards.

2. Quarterback question

In games this year when QB Tyler Van Dyke was either injured or missing, Miami is 2-3.

One of those victories is credited almost entirely to the defense as Miami defeated Virginia 14-12 in 4 overtimes.

Freshman Jacurri Brown appears to be the heir apparent to TVD. Brown is 1-1 as a starter, and he really can run. But his lack of passing skills – pointed out in this space since his 1st spiked throw – should cast a lot of doubt as to his future in Miami.

Either he improves drastically or the Canes simply have to find another QB in the transfer portal/prep recruiting.

3. Scouting Pitt

The Panthers have had only 1 atrocious loss this season – at home to Georgia Tech (5-6).

Pitt also lost in overtime to a Tennessee team that started the year 8-0, including victories over Alabama, Florida, LSU and Kentucky. Pitt lost to ACC Coastal Division champ North Carolina, and the Panthers lost at Louisville.

The Panthers led during the 4th quarter against Louisville and North Carolina.

4. Sign here?

Miami, in its 1st year under coach Mario Cristobal, has 0 victories over a squad with a winning record.

There were games on Miami’s schedule that could’ve qualified as “signature wins,” most notably Clemson but also arch-rival Florida State and Coastal champ North Carolina.

But Miami lost those 3 games by a combined total of 112-37.

Pitt, with its 7 wins, certainly would qualify as Miami’s biggest victory of the season, especially with a bowl bid at stake.

5. Awards time

With a game to go (maybe 2 if there’s a bowl), here’s a quick look at who would win the following titles for Miami’s 2022 season.

Offensive MVP: Tyler Van Dyke got better without playing. He didn’t have a great season (by his 2021 standard) prior to his arm injury. But after he went down, Miami’s lack of having a big-time passer has been glaring.

Defensive MVP: Safety Kamren Kitchens has played like an All-American with his 6 interceptions and 1 touchdown. Although more ball hawk than heavy hitter, Kinchens also ranks 2nd on the team with 52 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. He also is tied for the 1st on the team with 6 passes defended.

Special Teams Player of the Year: Returner Key’Shawn Smith, kicker Andres Borregales and punter Louis Hedley have to share this title. Smith is averaging 30.5 yards on 21 kickoff returns, with 1 TD. Borregales is 16-for-19 on field -goal attempts and 31-for-31 on extra-point tries. Hedley is averaging 45.2 yards on 43 punts.

Newcomer of the Year: Transfer Henry Parrish Jr. leads Miami with 700 scrimmage yards in just 9 games. He has 6 touchdowns and has averaged 5.0 yards per touch.

Surprise of the Year: Wide receiver Colbie Young, a little-known junior-college transfer, emerged with an array of 1-handed catches. His catch totals have dimmed lately because of Miami’s QB issues since the Van Dyke injury. Still, Young – a big target – has made a name for himself with 31 receptions for 367 yards and 5 TDs in limited opportunities.